I have a pond, so they can get water there if they're thirsty. there
are flowers all around, so they can get nectar.
this one insisted on drinking from my Coke can.
glad I heard her before I drank her.
busy. i bought a place in upstate NY, mostly for summer use by
the SO's family. it has a nice veggie garden spot ;) oh, and
black currents! i was really surprised & delighted to find
i need to redo my upper garden. i think it'll be an herb
garden, but with a lilac because i'm not moving the poor thing
how's your summer?
late August is when the yellowjackets go into overdrive
trying to store sweets & protein for winter (even though they
don't winter over well in New England). while the masons &
bumbles might investigate, those yellowjackets are staking a
claim & they love sodapop. it's good for baiting wasp traps
this time of year (whereas something stinky, like catfood,
works better in early summer)
On 8/27/07 9:49 PM, in article Xns9999DDF16C1A0enigmaempirenet@22.214.171.124,
Need chives! LOL
Long form or short form
Short form - summer from hell. DS broke his leg, needed surgery (3 screws
stay put, one comes out in a month). I cut my left index finger, needed nine
stitches, still having issues with the scar.
I hate yellow jackets. They are just nasty to be nasty.
the ban on black currents was recently (3 years ago i think)
repealed in NY. i was surprised to find them growing wild. i'm
going to try starting some from seed. if they grow i'll
probably take them back to NY though. NH isn't so enlightened
about currents yet. i'm a big fan of currents, black or red
(i've not seen white ones yet)
hah! chives are a weed (or is that a groundcover... <g>).
Boo is really into herbs & gardening. he was totally smitten
by the herballist at the Renaissance faire. he was spending
all his allowance on herb plants & dried herbs and wanted to
spend all day hanging out at her booth.
index finger cuts suck! have you tried putting vitamin E oil
on the scar tissue?
how did your son break his leg? that sounds like a pretty bad
green stick break!
yup. especially in August. i had an arborial nest under the
porch on year. i thought it was paper wasps so i left it
alone... until August when they started stinging me when i was
hanging laundry 10 or more feet away from the nest.
my skunk is missing this year so i expect we'll be finding
huge ground nests soon. he was 5 years old so i guess he died
of old age. he used to hang out in the chicken barn & eat with
the barn cats. he did a great job eating yellowjacket nests.
In case anyone is interested, unseasoned meat tenderizer, applied as
soon as possible to the stung area - which you liberally moisten with
water first - takes away pain and digests the venom. I've used this
remedy on my family for 40 years, but I never was stung by a wasp till
just this week. I ran in the house, wet my hand, sprinkled on the
meat tenderizer which has sat in mu cupboard most of my married life,
and in just a few minutes, the searing pain left and my hand was
neither swelled nor red.
I use nothing, wait 30-60 minutes and it is virtually gone.
Can't find any clue that I was stung the next day. I've been
stung many times by most everything except Scorpions (none
in this area).
This reminds me of Granny Clampett's cure for the common
cold. It was some horrible concoction she would brew up and
feed you. In a week to 10 days your cold would be cured.
Worked every time! (grin)
Lucky you. I got stung by a teeny little sweat bee this spring and ended
up on steroids for an arm that was swollen from wrist to armpit and half-
way 'round the circumferance -- and still swelling three days later.
I used Plantain in it immediately and although it helped with the sting, it
did nothing to stop the reaction. Well... wait... I *hope* that was an
unstopped reaction or I'd hate to see a full-blown one.
On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 21:34:04 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
I don't know if it is lucky or not. It still hurts like the
begeezers for a few seconds. Really annoying when the
culprit gets away too, before I can squash it.
I know that it is no trivial matter for some people. I
didn't mean to be flippant. I have my doubts though that the
home remedies mentioned are of much help for a reaction like
you are getting...
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