| 10/8/2012 10:03:35 AM

It’s that time of year again: leaves are falling from the trees in a virtual rainbow of reds, oranges and yellows, the hummingbirds are sucking our feeders dry and tapping on our windows demanding refills every 4 hours in preparation for their annual Winter Migration, and the ‘gotta do before it rains’ projects that have been piling up all summer are suddenly assuming an atmosphere of extreme urgency as said rains could be here any week (though given the absence of the Annual Kitchen Ant Invasion portent, I’m willing to bet the wet will hold off a while).

Our Winterizing list of DIY projects includes:

1.    Stock up on RAID to take advantage of sales ammunition for the Annual Ant Wars of Winter. Usually the four-footers have the inside edge, as they stage their invasion just before said RAID sales take place.

2.    Invest in Rat Potion #9. The ants are closely followed by their larger brethren the rats, who have long held the inside track up our interior bathroom walls from crawlspace under da house to the attic; a route coveted by possums, rats, mice, and likely a host of other denizens we never see ‘cause we (sensibly) don’t climb up there! This year the manufacturer has seen fit to change the tried-and-true formula in their Rat Candy, likely anticipating my first agreement to spring for $50 worth of the ‘bigger buckets’ to stem the growing tide. And our gourmet rats are leaving the offerings untouched. Oh joy. Get out the ’44; it’s huntin’ time down in the ‘ole barn!

3.    Hot Tub: drain and refill. Actually this dreaded project was encouraged not so much by the onslaught of winter (and a deck subsequentially too slippery to navigate) as by water that turned yellow-green and refused any chemical balance. When even the local tree frogs refused to slip in to commit their ritual evening suicide, it was MORE THAN TIME.

4.    Deleaf the gutters. Since Man first built House, this job has been a honeydo non-favorite, especially unpopular around here since our resident yellowjackets discovered they could happily nest in some of the gutters under the leaves, making the entire home  improvement project an exercise in the effectiveness of the life-saving Epipen.

10/25/2012 5:28:44 AM

Raid and Rat poison can defiantly see you don't go for organic food. But i would think if it's in your own house you would at least try and not put as much items that are poisonous to humans in there. Maybe something like using a mixture of 1 tablespoon borax to 1/2 cup powder sugar for the ants.

10/14/2012 2:25:48 AM

It's that same old story - do it now, or do it later. Seems like the consequences scare me into action every year. the apple pie is the pay off.

10/10/2012 1:13:01 AM

Diane, you definitely got me hooked on the pie. It's my favorite kind of pie. My Mom's apple pie was the best. I've only tasted a couple pies since she passed that came close to being the same. Fall is a busy time, isn't it? I'm busy with my list of draining water tanks and storing hoses before the freezing solid weather comes. Have a great fall day.

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