23 June 2011

I'll take coffee in that half-full glass

I should be busy doing something, but I don't have to. That's the good thing about waking up at the crack of dawn. The extra time you have is yours. It's a bonus.

I saw on the news, starting in November 2012, all cigarette manufacturers will be required to cover 50% of the front and back of every pack of cigarettes with one of 9 graphic pictures. Here's an example of three of them:

I think it's a great idea, and yes, I'm a former smoker. I've said it before: quitting smoking is one of the things I'm most proud of doing because it was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

In other big news, I am now the very happy owner of a weave-it afghan, made by my friend Happyone (Karen). Follow the link to see pictures! Karen wrote that she was making the afghan as a surprise for a friend. I really hoped that friend would be me. She came to the salon yesterday to have her hair done. With her, she had the afghan and a bag of home-made chocolate chip cookies for me and my co-workers. I'll treasure my afghan always. Thank you Karen!

I'm so disgusted with the ants in my house! I've put the liquid Terro on squares of shiny cardboard all over the house. The ants have swarmed in the foyer by my garage entrance, by the front door, and on my kitchen counter. The foyer was the worst, but now most of the ants have disappeared. The front door area is better. The kitchen counter ants have just arrived. It's so hard not to use Raid spray or crush the ants. Yuck.

Summer left a comment the other day about my trip and the 'familiar' things. Yes, Cafe Risque is one of them. You drive for miles and miles along I-95 seeing signs for it. When it finally comes into sight, it's little more than a building that looks like a nondescript house. There's the Shetland Pony ranch, Kings Dominion, the model Log Cabin Homes, the upside-down truck, the clock tower in Richmond, South of the Border, etc. I have my 20-oz bag of generic Jelly Belly jellybeans ready to go. I never go on a road trip without them. And my denim Big Dog dress? It's still officially retired. I do wear it around the house sometimes but I only wear it out for watering my garden. It really shouldn't be seen in public. I'll still be wearing a traveling dress. It makes those stops so much easier.

Time to get ready for my last day of work. I have two clients who want to change their haircolor, so it won't be an easy day, but it will be a short day and one that ends with vacation. And coffee! I'm a glass half-full person, if nothing else.


Cindy said...

I read in my birds and bloom magazine all different deterrants for ants. One was a chalk line, they won't cross it, this person used Sidewalk chalk and refurbished it after a rain. It was an issue on hummingbirds. The people tried to keep the ants from the feeders.

I have perimeter pest control for the ants and crickets here. I live on the edge of town, there is no controlling them. They come once every other month. So far they are being kept at bay. They also do slug control for my hostas. I have a few, but not as bad as they usually are.

Noofy said...

I'm a former smoker too. Did those warnings matter to us...nope. Those who want to smoke and pay the price, will.

One of my greatest treasures I have kept from my Mom's passing is her "Mary Ellen's Helpful Hints". Mary Ellen states to rid yourself of household ants there are two options. One, place small sponges soaked in sugar sweetened water, where the ants have been seen. Collect sponges periodically and plunge into hot water to clean and repeat. Second, for a pantry area, put a small quantity of green sage on the shelf. Finally, for outside, pour boiling water into ant hill openings. Good Luck!

happyone said...

You are most welcome and I'm so happy that you like the afghan.

We used to have ants every year in Savage. Here - no ants. At least not yet anyway.

Have a fun and safe vacation!!

Retired Knitter said...

Hi, Sheryl
You and I share a friend ... Happyone! She and I are in Knitting group together every Tuesday so I had a chance to see your Weave It blanket as it was being made. She has been so excited about giving it to you. I am glad you love that blanket, 'cause there were many people at knitting group who loved it to.

When I saw the link in Happyone's blog, I decided to check out your blog. I figured it was pretty good if Happyone was a follower!

I struggle with ants every year. They say Columbia is one big ant hill. I believe it. I have had good luck with ant traps because they carry the poison back to their nests and kill the queen and others ending the invasion of your home. Sometimes you can't tell where the nests are so the traps work well.

Well I will be visiting back. I am also a "glass is half full" kind of person and enjoy blogs where folks share the same approach to life.

Enjoy your vacation.

Retired Knitter

Jamie said...

Have the best vacation ever. And be safe.

Hugs, C. xo

Golden To Silver Val said...

I know you'll have a wonderful time!! Take plenty of pics so you can share them with us. Above all, have a safe trip.

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