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Yes, goose tastes almost the same as duck. I like it.
Good that the fires are out. We have bright wintersun and it is still too warm for december. When it will not get a lot colder in january we will have a lot of midges next year. And they love me. Nobody else will be stinged when I'm around.
I know what you mean. If there is a mosquito or sandfly (midge), out of a room full of people I will be the one eaten alive. They say some people have something in their blood that attracts them. I believe it. I just stay indoors most of the summer. The mosquitoes here carry dengue fever, Ross River fever and other nasties, and the sandfly bites end up huge and scabby before they heal. Not to mention the damn horseflies!
I have heard that if you take B6 supplements it puts off the bities, but I haven't tried that yet.
I also heard of it. The vet says it also works against ticks when the normal prophylaxis failed. We tried that but it doen't worked.
Our sandflies here are suspected to carry lyme disease since last year. It is also not funny.
Last year at a racetrack I can't count all the bites. Then someone said rub yourself in with vinegar. I was so frustated that I did it. I smelled like a pot of pea soup (we take vinegar to pea soup) but it worked very well.
Horseflies are also nasty but they are slow and most times I get them when they try to bite me. I luckily react not to much to their bites ( Other can't walk after a bite in the foot) I only have a hurting swelling.
Happy new year to you all
Vinegar is so useful. I think it's bad for your body to ingest it, to be honest. But it lifts sump oil out of unsealed pavers (from experience) and helps clean a lot of things. Since I have been living with tank water, I have found it hard to get rid of the soapy feeling if I use proper soap in the shower. Shower gel washes off okay, but tank water is so soft it leaves a lot of the soda. This was really annoying me for a long time. Then I thought of vinegar. I keep a small container in the shower now, and after I finish showering, I put about a teaspoonful or less in a large jug of water, and tip it all over me. The soapy feeling goes instantly. It's fabulous. It rinses off easily and doesn't leave you smelling of vinegar. And I have discovered that a similar concentration or maybe a bit stronger, poured over the shower walls and glass at the end of a shower keeps them clean for a long time. You still have to scrub them occasionally, but there is hardly any build up. Generally I would have to clean the shower weekly to keep it really nice, but not now. I was never big on cleaning with vinegar, but I'm a convert now.
I have used methylated spirits on stings - ouch - but I haven't tried vinegar. I'll have to next time. Lyme disease is terrible. I thought it was only spread by ticks, but I guess I've learned something new.
The whole planet seems to be plagued by biting insects.
And all my best wishes for 2014 to you, Gesine, Christine, Michael and Crista and everyone who passes by to read.
Best wishes to you Dez, Gesine, Michael, Crista and the lurkers ;-)
I am glad it's 364 days before the next New Year's night
the noise, the stench, the drunk people yelling drunk insults
I do stay indoors but you can still hear them ;-(
so let's make this a good 2014
may you all become healthy, happy and rich
Happy New Year to you, too. Thank you for your good wishes, Dez and Christine. Christa and I stayed indoor as well during the fireworks. They were nice to watch, but quite noisy. Mimi wasn't disturbed. She enjoyed our company, so everything was fine for her.
You really won her with your patience, didn't you, Michael? I was so worried when you got her that she wouldn't settle - or that YOU might not settle with HER. LOL And she's such a lucky little cat.
I have to say, I didn't realise how far I am from town. I sat up to see the New Year in, got distracted by something online, and when I looked at the time, it was 12:15. Not a sound! There may have been something, bur my air conditioner is so loud I wouldn't have heard it. In town I could always hear the fireworks going off and birds panicking. At least this far out it didn't disturb the wildlife.
But at that moment I felt so grateful to live in a little area surrounded by the countryside.
Good that Mimi wasn't disturbed, my sisters dachshund Rijk was panicked and they could not let him alone and so they let him sleep next to their bed for one night.
Ed&Willem stayed calm but they they did look at me from time to time as if to say, can't you stop this racked? And they did notice the acrid smell of gunpowder and didn't like it, phew!
Poor animals. They don't know what is going on. Dogs, in particular, seem to have the hardest time. And birds.
Fireworks ignited during New Years Eve 2013 permanently blinded 11 eyes, 11 hands had to be amputated as were 184 fingers
that is just for the Netherlands mind you!
A lot of the victims are young, a lot of them are bystanders.
The only reason individuals are still able to buy/use fireworks is the economical impulse; an end-of-the-year splurge that may make the difference between having a business or going bankrupt. The entrepreneurs don't have to pay for the medical expenses.
/end of rant/
Wow - that's just awful, Christine. They are illegal here, although maybe one State still allows public sales. In Queensland the fire risk is so high, it's just not worth it. That doesn't stop the various councils, etc, from sponsoring events. I don't think it will ever stop.
what you sow
what' s that???
before you look
the orange, before you eat it.
my peer peer peered at me