Well, it looks like help is on its way. After Verna’s suggestion of trying Avon Skin So Soft to combat the black flies, I also did some reading on the subject and found that many of the other commercial brands of insect repellent used basically the same formula. I remembered that I had received a gift set of SSS for Christmas and dug it out to see what I had. Although I didn’t have the oil in the traditional form, there was a tube of gel oil. I thought I would experiment to see if it helped.
Keith had to do some work on the deck earlier in the day, and even though the little beasts didn’t usually bother him, he was back inside in minutes, complaining that he was being swarmed. However, he did want to take a walk back to the woods where he had seen a freshly fallen tree which appeared to have some interesting burl figure on it. I thought he was crazy, as I was sure he would be eaten alive.
I suggested he try the gel and see if it would do anything to keep the bugs away from him. He protested mildly, but after the previous attack, reluctantly agreed to give it a try. He applies a small amount to his neck area and headed out the door. I watched him leave like a soldier going to battle.
When he arrived home half an hour later, he was very excited about the tree. In his hands he had two small pieces of wood from the tree. He was very happy because the grain itself looked very interesting. He talked about going back to get more of it using a chain saw (he only had an ax with him.) I was happy for him, but I was more interested in the real question - Did the bugs bother him?
When I asked him, he said he didn’t even think about them. He said there were none around. I realize that he was very excited about the maple, as was I, but I was also equally excited about the thought of once again being able to leave the house again without being eaten alive.
I immediately looked up the number of the girl I had purchased Avon products from to see if she just happened to have an extra bottle of the stuff in stock. Happily, she did! I set up a time to meet with her and soon I will be able to once again venture outside without fear of the pesky black flies. Oh, sweet freedom!
Thanks again so much to Verna! I will certainly update you all as to the success of the stuff as soon as I get it.
On other fronts, I spent the day finishing a small project for my friend Bernie. He has been in the process of making a cabinet for the Digby Fire Department, and he requested that I make some thin 1/8” Baltic Birch painted overlays to adorn it. The area where he is going to apply them is quite small, so the detail needed to be minimal.
He wanted the firemen done as silhouettes and then the fire hydrants and fire truck to be painted. I played around a bit and came up with this:
|From My Painted Stuff|
I haven’t really had the time to take the day and go to Digby, so I am going to put them in the mail today and send them to him. That way he should get them by tomorrow or Monday the latest. If I do get a chance to get over there, I will take a picture of the finished cabinet. I don’t know when he need to deliver it though, so I am not sure if I will be able to.
Today will be more drawing to finish up the next tray I am working on. I tried a re-take on the bear, and will do so again with some better lighting. Then I will be able to post that project in my gallery.
I have a few things going on at once, which is keeping me busy in several directions. I am looking forward again to taking some time at the saw and cutting – this time with more fretwork and a little more detail than the last project. It seems like there is more than ever to do, and that is a good thing.
So that’s the plan. I think it is a good one. It will be a full day and hopefully I will be able to accomplish a lot.
Have a good one!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"