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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #337: "Learning to Fly"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1176 days ago 2290 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We all have “off days” once in a while. I suppose yesterday was my turn.

The day started out nice enough, and I was ready to take on the world. But then I noticed some bites on my neck and they were itching and really starting to swell. I honestly don’t know when I got them. I was only out for a bit the previous day and they much have attacked me between the car and the front door.

Before I knew it there were several welts on my neck that were swollen and itching like crazy. I have some Benedryl cream, and put that on them, but they still bothered me. The welts were about two inches in diameter each and red and driving me crazy. After a couple of hours of trying to tolerate them, I finally gave in and took a single Benedryl tablet, knowing full well that it would probably take me out for the rest of the day. I wound up taking a mid afternoon nap and didn’t really start to feel normal until late afternoon.

This is the third spring that I have lived in this area back in the woods. Prior to that, I lived right across the street from the ocean. I never really understood why so many people complained about the black flies because I would walk to the post office every day and not even notice them. Many people here say that they are not as plentiful near the water.

Last week I had a bit under my ear on my neck and within two days it swelled so much that it kind of hurt to turn my head. That was when I went to the pharmacy and got the supplies to combat the symptoms. Needless to say, our walks have been on hold. The other day Keith was going to walk himself and only lasted a few minutes, by the time he got to the bridge, he said there was a swarm of the buggars following him. Even though he doesn’t get the reaction that I do from the bites, it is quite unpleasant.

I have searched in vain for the “Off clip-ons” that I was told about. I don’t know if they are even available here in Canada. I detest dousing myself with spray and chemicals and while driving the other day, I saw a couple of people out mowing their lawn and walking wearing what looked like a bee keepers’ suit.

This reminded me as to why I like the winter so much. I think that I feel more of a prisoner here in the Spring than at any other time of the year. It is like a cruel joke that the weather finally moderates only to breed these nasty little beasts. Hopefully they will be gone soon.

So unfortunately, there isn’t a lot to report today. I did salvage the day and do some painting on the project that I am doing for Bernie. I am almost finished with that. I then can move on to the other woodworking projects and keep things rolling. It was overcast all day too, so getting better pictures was out. I will post the project in my gallery as soon as I do.

I apologize for being a bit off topic today. After almost a year of daily writing here I thought if I didn’t post you would wonder. :)

I am looking at a better day today. I have some good things planned and hope to get going on some new projects. There are many that I want to get to work on.

Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint. ~Joseph W. Krutch

I wish you all a good day!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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William

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#1 posted 1176 days ago

I have no suggestions for your walks, but I can tell you what I do to be able to sit outside in the summer. The problem here is mosquitos, but I have found that all bugs and insects are pretty much the same, a nuisance. I keep a five gallon bucket full of water with wood chips in it. When I want to sit around outside, start a fire in a coffee can. Every now and then throw enough wet chips on the small fire to keep it smoking without putting the fire out. Those little buggers hate smoke.
My next story is not a suggestion, but only to tell you what we used to do long time ago.
Growing up along the Mississippi River, it was part of growing up to camp on the sandbars along the river in late summer every year. We used to bring old tires and gasoline with us. This was before we had worries about the environment and gas prices (gas here then was high when it reached 79 cents a gallon). We’d stack a tire or two up on large logs that were brought down by the river, cover it in gas, and light it up. Those tires put off so much stinking smoke that there wouldn’t be any flying insects for miles. Two or three tires would burn all night long.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Verna

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#2 posted 1176 days ago

Sheila, I use Avon Skin-So-Soft. It smells a whole lot better than the chemical sprays, and after a few minutes you don’t notice the oil. I don’t know if it would work for you, but it’s worth a try.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1176 days ago

Yes, William. I am sure that the smoke would help. I just don’t really sit in one place long enough when I am outside.

The SSS Verna is something that I remembered using before (when I lived in Chicago) and completely forgot about. I even think that I got some for Christmas last year. I will check my “stash” and see if that will help. I know lots of people swear by it and maybe these little black flies don’t like it. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I will let you know how it works. :D

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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stevebuk

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#4 posted 1176 days ago

All those bites around your neck, easy fix, keep keith at arms length..LOL

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spunwood

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#5 posted 1176 days ago

I called it an early night last evening because of those buggeroos.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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William

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#6 posted 1175 days ago

I have no idea what the SSS Verna is. I done an internet search, unsuccessfully.
That brings me to another point that is completely unrelated.
Has anyone else recently had problems with googling anything? It seems that no matter what I search for, I have to be careful what I’m clicking on. It seems that every search, including for the SSS Verna, bring some unappropriate (to put it politely) links. I don’t need that mess shown on my computer. I often have young boys that pull up a seat behind me while I’m on Lumberjocks.
Anyway, if the fire idea interests you, there is another option we used to use when camping. Bear with me on this one. I’m going to try to make it family oriented as possible.
While camping, sometimes we wanted to move away from the fire. Some of us were underaged and wanted to sneak a drink without certain untrustworthy snitches seeing us. Some (not me, this is the one category that was not me) wanted to go off into the wood to smoke, uh, not cigarettes. Some of us wanted to carry our girlfriends in the woods.
You get the idea, we didn’t want mosquitos following us for any of these, activities.
Many of us had portable fires. We had used 1×12” boards to make handles long enough to our individual liking. On one end it was cut with a hole large enough for a coffee can. Then we drilled and placed finish nails around the top of the coffee can to keep it from falling through the wood. We would soak the business end of the handle in the river from the time we got there. That waterlogged it enough not to catch fire. The we placed the coffee can through the hole. We placed some tightly rolled up old clothes (scraps clothes) in the bottom of the can. We then built small fires in it like in the suggestion from the earlier post about wood chips burning on the porch.
This gave us a small area of bug free zone for whatever activities we wanted to do. This might work for you and your man for your walks or whatever activities you may wish to go off and get into.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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BigTiny

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#7 posted 1175 days ago

In Winnipeg we consider the mosquito to be our national bird. I’ve been bitten as much as 100 times between the house and the car. I find that Dristan helps with the swelling and pain of the bites.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 1175 days ago

Good to know Paul!

For William – SSS is Avon Skin So Soft oil. Some say it is quite effective at keeping many different kinds of insects off. I did some research and lots of people swear by it. I had some of the ‘gel oil’ and when my partner went out to the woods this evening to get a piece of burl, I had him put some on. He said that none were by him at all. :) This afternoon he was on the deck and they were swarming him. I called my Avon lady and she had some on hand and I will get some in the next day or so. Hope is on its way! :D

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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William

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#9 posted 1175 days ago

Well, now that I know what you were talking about, yes, I’ve heard that.
Actually, my wife buys Skin So Soft from Avon to put on our chihuahua (our small dog that looks like a large rat). She claims it keeps fleas off of her. I don’t know, but she swears by the stuff.
She has often told me I should put the SSS on myself when outside in the summer to combat mosquitos. I guess my only excuse is that I’ve gotten too ornery and set in my ways to try the stuff. Let me know how it works on humans. I may have to swallow my pride and actually tell my wife (gasp!) that’s she’s right and I’m wrong.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Verna

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#10 posted 1175 days ago

William, when I had a retired racing Greyhound, I put the Skin So Soft on her to keep the mosquitoes and fleas off of her. It did work. (Greyhounds are super sensitive to chemicals and Skin So Soft was an easy way to keep her healthy.) I only put it on her tummy and that was enough to keep the fleas and mosquitoes away.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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