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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kathy's Comfort and Joy Nest, and Killing Flies

I usually get up around six and hit it hard for the next six to eight hours.  Then I get to rest before making dinner.  My siesta time usually begins around 2:00 or 3:00.  There didn't used to really be anything on t.v. that I enjoyed at that time, but now Dr. Phil comes on at 2:00, so I guess that I'll start watching him.  I always like to have a book handy too.  My sister Angie gave me this one for my birthday and I just started reading it.  It is Serpent Box by Vincent Louis Carrella.  I'm not too sure what I am in for yet with this one.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Here is a picture of me yesterday, in my comfort and joy nest.  If you remember, two weeks ago we got the carpets cleaned, and I moved around the furniture in our living room/dining room.  This remix is the best one that I have ever done, I think.  I am still very pleased every time I look at it.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

For as long as they last, I have my 
birthday roses on the coffee table.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

And, my Jimmy Buffett cup half full of Merlot wine.
Right now, my everyday wine of choice is
"Two Vines" by Columbia Crest.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

This is how my nest looks without me in it.  For the first week after we moved the furniture, I had a sore shoulder and neck.  I thought that I had hurt myself as I was moving things around.  (Cary and the carpet cleaner guys helped me with the big stuff, but I worked on the rest of it myself.)  Finally, it dawned on me that my neck was hurting because of the angle of how I was now looking at the t.v. 

The solution was to prop myself up in a different manner.  So now, the nest really does look like a grandma's spot.  You can see  my pillow, my corn bag, my remote control, my book, and my flyswatter.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I had made a bunch of these hot/cold corn bags last year and gave many away as Christmas gifts.  Dang, these things turned out to be really neat.  I put it in the microwave for 3 or 4 minutes and put it on the back of my neck.  After the first evening, my muscles relaxed, my neck popped, and I feel much better now.  Cary was really cold the other day and I let him use it, and he enjoyed it too.  The heat lasts a long time.  To see the post on how to make these, please "CLICK HERE ".

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I'll get to the fly swatter in a minute.  I just wanted to let you know about our separate remote controls first.  It used to be that Cary always kept the remote by him.  It is a guy thing.  He likes to use "the flicker" as much as possible; switching between shows when the commercials come on or when he wants to check on a game for a second.  There I would be, settled in my nest, and he would get up and do something else, forgetting to hand me the flicker.  For years, I had to get up and retrieve it, if only to turn down the volume when a commercial came on.  This always disturbed my peace, as I would then need to re-situate myself.  

One day, I got one of my brightest thoughts ever, and went into the bedroom and got the remote from there.  Yay!  Now we each have one, even though we are sitting only four feet apart from each other.  Happiness is having your very own flicker, don't ya think?

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Here is Cary's, next to his phone.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

For the past couple of weeks, we have had a huge fly problem.  These pesky guys hang out on the front door screen, and around the entry area.  Every time we open up the screen door, at least a few flies sneak into the house.  I don't know where they came from or why they are there.  The meat bees are mostly gone now, since it has been getting cold at night.  Thank goodness for that.  The flies are also beginning to die off, but they are still irritating.  The fly swatter has been my best friend lately.  You will notice evidence of death below the fly on the door frame, where I killed his uncle.

Yesterday I went to Bi-Mart, and among other things, I bought some fly catchers.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I think that I got ripped off on this one.  It cost $7.97 for this clever fly trap, with one packet of non-toxic fly attractant included.  I also bought a box of extra packets, which cost $5.88 and ended up having only 3 more packets inside.  As of this morning, not one fly has been trapped, even though I have placed this high-priced contraption in the kitchen, in the living room, and outside the front door.  I should have bought fly strips instead.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The flies are supposed to flock to the great smelling attractant and then drown.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I also bought this trap for $2.99.  It came with no attractant.  You just fill it up with water and the flies are supposed to go in and drown, as with the trap above.  I figured that since the flies can drink the cat's water on the front porch, that I should add one of  those high priced packets of attractant into this trap.  As of this morning, there was not one fly inside.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Now, this four-year-old $.99 fly swatter does work.  Of course you have to stand there and not miss, but it is effective and cheap.  Even though it involves hard labor and tenacity, I still count it as my most effective choice for killing the flies. 

Today I have to go back to Bi-Mart because I forgot to buy coffee.  I think that I'll pick up a cheap fly strip and hang it outside the front door.  Ugly but effective. 

So, there you go!  Now that I am done, I feel like this is a Seinfeld episode sort of a post: a half an hour about not much.  Thanks for hanging in there to the end, you guys.  What is your favorite way to rid your home of flies?

~ Kathy M.

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Arkansas Patti said...

If the attractant doesn't almost make you barf it is so disgusting, that may be the problem. The ones that work the best smell awful but that defeats the purpose and I always felt it brought more around than it killed.
I think your pink weapon is the best.
Roses are still looking great.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I love your posts like this, nice and chatty! You look comfy in your nest, and the separate remotes was a stroke of genius. :) As to the flies, well, as icky as it sounds, my dogs like to snap at them and if they catch one it turns into a protein snack for them. LOL I know. . .ick!

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

Ohhh, those flies. I never, ever have them...until I have guests for dinner, and then just one will get in to thumb his nose at me and torment me. The kids think it's hilarious that I go so crazy about a fly, but I can't help myself! I just the swatter out and I never see it again, though, but I get tired of standing in the kitchen with a swatter in one hand!

Fun post...and beautiful roses!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Patti - It is day three, and my pink one is the only one working. What a waste of money!

Lisa - I like these kind too, and so does my BFF Nancy. It is like getting back to my roots. I wish my dogs did that; my other dogs always did.

Deb - Ha! I can truly see you doing that, cuz that is what I do too. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Christine H. said...

I had one of theses fly attractors outside and it worked really well, but it smelled for quite a distance. Do those electric zappers work for flies?

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I loved this post, Kathy! Probably because I'm so nosy I enjoyed seeing your pictures and hearing about your ordinary daily life. :) Your nest of comfort and joy looks awesome...and great idea about the dual remote controls. I may have to do the same thing!

Despite the huge number of bugs in Florida, we don't have much of a fly problem in our house, but that's probably because it is so rare that we can have the doors and windows open because of the humidity. We also have a screened lanai, and that cuts down on the bugs that make it into the house. Now you know more than you ever wanted to about flies in Florida!

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