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Random thoughts. DEER TICKS. EATING OUT and WHERE TO GO.

Monday, July 08, 2013

I am a hot weather lover DH is the cold weather lover. emoticon emoticon He loves to play in the snow.
He never wants to go South much to my chagrin but we just love to be together and I have to admit after a few days we both want to be back here in Maine. We used to always be in big crowds in our youth. Crowded sidewalks, crowded pubs and crowded markets but we just want to leave crowded rooms it is like we are suddenly Claustrophobic.
A walk on the beach, or in the Maine woods is so nice, except for looking for tics these days.

I am experimenting so I will tell you my idea in case someone thinks it wont work. I am going to sew some head scarves, just like the Queen of England wears when she is not in a crown, tiara or a hat.

Our NV son wants to go the woods. My friends both found tics on their clothes earlier this week. Our state parks are posted “Deer area , check for tics frequently”
I was told and it makes sense if I wear white knee highs walking in the woods if any ticks get on them I will spot them right away and remove them. I have bought the girls white socks just for when they are in the woods. If they do not want them on-I tried.

I decided since I always wear a brimmed hat, my pony tail has to be down low so it bothers me that the tics might get in my hair.

For the Last weeks I have been looking at my stash of fabrics. I found several yards of lovely textured polyester fabric pale blue and cream. Very light weight and easy to scrunch into a pocket. If I make big triangular Kerchiefs I will be able to put it on my head. It will cover the pony tails or long hair. Then my hat will go over it so if any tics drop down on our heads we will spot them easily. We will be woods walking even in the heat if it comes back. I hope it does because sun beats rain any day in summer.

I have only 3 months of warm sun at the most here in Maine so I have very politely informed DH to stop complaining he is hot.
I know he has a problem with me doing almost all of the yard work but the truth of the matter is simple, I love doing it. I do not care about rough hands etc. I love gardening. Until recently I would not spend money on flowers. I have decided life is short and I am finally wising up to having it my way at last. DH agrees so we can spend on flowers instead of eating out. I love to cook so why buy the food others prepare.
DH said I looked tired yesterday after hours of doing yard work. I think I just looked grubby. He said he would take me out to dinner. I thought about the Norwegian haddock thawing in my refrigerator. I told him it was there and if we are delayed in serving at the restaurant he will miss a show he loves to watch on Sunday nights. He had forgotten his show so I know he was OK with this.
I fixed the fish my way and with our veggies minus any salt or butter, the way we prefer them, he was happy. Happier still when I made him my microwave dark chocolate covered banana with raspberries.
I was in luck, he told me I was RIGHT, Yay music to my ears!!!!!!

Today it is raining so we are thinking of searching for our Anniversary Mug for our Anniversary collection. I am thinking and hoping to go to Bar Harbor with a friend who was born there and has a cottage there. She rents it out in the summer and the people have been there for a very long time, she needs to stop by the cottage and return her library books to the local library. The library is over 100 miles away. She is one of my walking buddies, a widow so she loves company and she tells us all about her interesting life. She also comes up with places to go in Maine and New England. What a fantastic friend she is.

DH is still sleeping so I am just listening to the rain. My flowers were all fed yesterday so it was timely to have a steady long rain shower to get the fertilizer down to their roots. I hope my annuals have a second bloom. So many of our bright perennials are past by now.
I am ready for a nice day out---I HOPE. At least my blog is done.

Pat in Maine.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUNNY332 7/9/2013 2:20PM

    White socks are a definite and also be sure and tuck any long pants into the socks and spray the socks with a spray for ticks.

It works for us.

Hugs, Sunny

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GINIEMIE 7/9/2013 10:09AM

    Never seen a tick, but my brother told me I had to watch for them when I was working in his yard in Ohio. I know they are around here too. So I guess I should learn to identify the buggers. Sounds like you are taking as many preventative measures as you can. I love the scarf idea, and it will protect the scalp from the occasional Maine sunshine.
My DH moved me to Florida, then to Georgia because he hated the cold and I mandated we stay east of the Mississippi. Forgot to say North of the Mason-Dixon line, but it all worked out. I still hate the extreme heat, you can always add layers, there is only so much you can take off! emoticon
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MILLISMA 7/9/2013 9:51AM

    Pat, I heard the ticks are bad this year. I haven't encountered far. I think your idea sounds great. You are right about the white knee highs. The ticks will show up on them. I can remember when my kids were young and use to like to play in the woods, we always did "tick check" every night.

Had to laugh about your comment of only 3 months of warm weather in Maine. Sad but true. We always use to joke about swimming and say that we only had a few swim days each summer.

Have fun if you go to Bar Harbor!!!

Hugs.....Mary Anne

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ROSEWCI 7/9/2013 5:26AM

    Yikes on the deer ticks! Good thing you're preparing to minimize the chances of them adhering to humans!

And I don't know how I'd do with only 3 months of, well, it's just not an environment for me or hubby. We LOVE summer & that's why we live in SW Florida! Hate, hate, hate the cold & snow & ice & nasty weather! I bet it's pretty in Maine least, it seems that it is!

I'm like you Pat, I'd rather eat at home any day! That way I control what goes into the food, & control portions! Home cooking is always the best choice!

Can't wait to hear about your Anniversary family gathering! It's gonna be wonderful! How exciting!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/8/2013 11:27PM

    I've ben missing out on your blogs and thought I would come to your page. I'm guessing i didn't check the box right. Wow!

I, too, love warmer weather . If you all wear long pants and you venture into the woods jsut be very careful and come equipped with a tool to remove ticks. I know several people with Lyme disease brought on by ticks. Yuck.

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    I don't like temperature extremes either way. I hate ticks. Some years they are horrible here.

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NANABE 7/8/2013 9:37PM


You are always so busy and sound so happy with DH. This is the time in our lives where we need to start doing the things we always dreamed of doing. It's time to stop putting things off.

Why does it take us so long to figure these things out?

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CHALLENGER15 7/8/2013 8:55PM

    I believe the Avon Skin So Soft bath oil is supposed to be a tick deterrent, Pat. Where ticks are concerned, I will do anything to avoid getting one!

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RD03875 7/8/2013 8:47PM

    I have the Deet spray and lots of it plus I got flea collars I am going to use as well.

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NEEDSHELP52 7/8/2013 8:47PM

    Pat, Your tic idea should work. I grew up having to be checked after a day in the woods playing. We have them here but we don't go to the woods enough to worry so much. HUGS, Terry

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/8/2013 8:26PM

    Sounds like you may be a step ahead of the ticks. We battle them all summer. Every time hubby walks the dog we do a tick check and usually find at least one. We use the preventative from the vet so that makes me feel a little better. Hubby had Lyme disease about a year ago. It was no fun for sure!!

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YOYOGRAN 7/8/2013 7:28PM

    Jacqueline Kennedy used to wear headscarves, but always looked glamorous. I wonder if she wore white socks too? I have never experienced tics but they sound awful. I was in Scotland a few years ago and they have something there called midges, I've started scratching while I think about them. You sound a very contented woman, that's the gardening.

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HARROWJET 7/8/2013 3:38PM

    My daughter found a tick on her dog's ear. The white socks sounds like a good idea. I don't really know much about ticks.

When is your anniversary?

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EFFIEANNIE 7/8/2013 3:08PM

    We got some ticks earlier this year. Our woods are full of them here too. I like the idea of white stockings. Good idea.

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MARTYLYNN1 7/8/2013 1:40PM

    Ticks are one thing I was not sorry to leave behind when we moved out here. There are ticks here but not many and none of the tiny ones we called seed ticks in Missouri.

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CATE195 7/8/2013 12:54PM

    MY husband and I both love to work in the yard here on Cape Cod, and yes we end up removing ticks! Actually I am taking him to the doctor's this afternoon as he has had flu like symptoms and has a red bug bite on his leg. Hope it's not Lyme's.

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123ELAINE456 7/8/2013 11:51AM

  You have the Right Ideas when it comes to the Ticks. Make sure Your Arms are covered and the You check Everyone after the walk before You get into the Van. I have never been around tick infested places. I don't want to be either. Sounds like You had a Great Dinner at home to your liking. Glad DH was Happy with it too. Sorry the Grandkids can't be there to help You with the Yard Work. Hope they recover very soon. Ear Infections aren't any fun at all. Hope the Plans are coming Together for the Anniversary and the time Everyone is Home. Have Fun Looking for Your Anniversary Cup Today. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IMAGINGPRO 7/8/2013 11:31AM

    Pat, yes there is a lot of ticks out there. You are very smart to try and cover your whole body with light colored cloths. The white stockings are great.When we go any where's where there is long grass, or woods we have a spray that works very well keeping the ticks off of us. We never really thought about going in the woods and have them get in our hair. It is good that you are making some head scarfs.

I am happy that you are having a good time in your gardens. It is so rewarding and it really is comforting too. I love to be working in the dirt..

I am glad that you are having a good day. Hope you get where you want to go and spend the day there too.

Hope you have a very good day.

Love Dot
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BOOBERRY 7/8/2013 10:41AM

    I hate ticks a few years ago while camping we took a brief walk in the woods that led to the lake I will never do it again I got a tick in the back of my neck OH just the thought again gives me the creeps now I try and stay on pavement or gravel Lol

I sounds like you had a good day yesterday. Enjoy today emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/8/2013 10:18AM

    I got itchy just reading about the ticks....:0) I have read recently that contrary to popular belief, ticks don't fall out of trees onto you (I always believed this, as I found one at the base of my hairline after a brief woods walk). Only way to get them is brushing up against something (or, I suppose, standing in one spot long enough for them to crawl onto your foot). They climb no higher on brush than their targeted prey like raccoons, deer, etc.; so they wouldn't be overhead.

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    Ticks - yikes! The thought of them would probably keep me from venturing in to the woods. I hear they are really bad this year as well as mosquitoes. I guess I'm a city girl although my DH has gotten weird in the last few years and doesn't want to do anything where he has to deal with a crowd of people. He spent most of yesterday watching Mountain Men on TV. Should I be worried?

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JACKSGRAN 7/8/2013 9:30AM

    I'm really hard to please emoticon I don't like it too hot or too cold! My DH likes it hot too. It's hot here today, and I have to go shopping! Not good, but I'll cope. Hope you find your anniversary Muf

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2013 9:22AM

    glad your meal worked out as you wished! Sounds delicious.

Deer tics are indeed something to be careful of! Sounds like you have good plans.

HUGS and blessings.

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GOANNA2 7/8/2013 9:20AM

    You had another busy day. You will feel
very British with the scarves but it is an
excellent idea. Beeter than getting ticks.
I was lucky enough to go to the beach
yesterday and just loved it. Have fun on
your day trip when you go to Bar Harbor.
Have a great week. emoticon

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TERRI289 7/8/2013 9:15AM

    Hope your day is lovely....good idea about the scarves.

Today I go for the MRI for my left knee. Taking the day off from Zumba to get a few things done around the house.

Think I will ride my bike though! Have fun looking for the anniversary mug!

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