Black Fly Fever - Something we never want to go through again!
Despite the fact that we have been traveling to and spent a tremendous amount of time in the Adirondacks (my parents live there and we own land and are building a homestead there), I had NEVER heard of nor had I experienced Black Fly Fever.
Yes, I had heard of black flies, but not about their bites or how awful they are!
Being a teacher, I had never had the opportunity to be there for any extended amount of time from late spring to early summer because, well, I was teaching!
But this year, thanks to COVID 19, I was teaching online and I was able to do that from the Adirondacks. That also meant we were there for black fly season. And not only were we there, we were outside blazing new ATV trails through the woods. And that is when it happened, though we didn't know it until the next day.
That's what happens with the black fly bites. Not only are they so small you don't see them, you also don't feel the bites. Until the next day that is. And by then, well, it is too late to do much but take care of them.
And that is how we ended up with black fly fever. We had so many bites, which swell up and get a sort of pimple in the middle, that our bodies couldn't fight them. Our glands swelled, we had headaches, and we basically felt like total crap. That lasted about a week.
Yes, that's right, a WEEK! And we are never going to let that happen to us again because it was AWFUL!
I'm sharing information so YOU and YOURS can avoid having to deal with this but still have fun in the Adirondacks!
What is black fly fever?
Season is from May to early July
Active Times & Locations:
WHAT WE DO to AVOID BLACK FLY BITES AND BLACK FLY FEVER:
*How WE Treat Black Fly Bites:
Watch this video where we share how we avoid black fly bites while still enjoying our time outdoors clearing another ATV trail!
So now that you know what black flies are and how you can get black fly fever, you can make the most of your outdoor experience in the Adirondacks! Check out other bugs in the Adirondacks and how we deter them here: https://www.creatingasimplerlife.com/adirondack-insects.html
A great way to save money on pool expenses!
Test question: How old is our pool?
Watch the video to find out...we think you will be very surprised!
We decided a long time ago that instead of going on a big vacation every year, we would rather enjoy our summers right in our own backyard. It was worth every penny and we have never had any regrets!
Rich and I are the original owners of this pool and he has personally and meticulously taken care of it each and every year. He opens it, maintains it, and closes it with no problem (I do help of course). This is the ONLY way to make sure it IS DONE PROPERLY and lasts because nobody is going to take as much care with your belongings as you are!
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"Sometimes you need to burn bridges in order to stop yourself from crossing them again."
Well, this is certainly one way to minimize household waste!
Both Rich and I had very contentious divorces that had us in and out of family court repeatedly over the course of 10 or more years. Because of that we accumulated quite a lot of papers, court documents, proof of child support etc. that basically was stored in a series of boxes, bags, and bins in the basement.
Both of our children are way past the age that any of the divorce agreements etc. are necessary any more. They have finished college and basically moved on in their lives and, well, we don't want to leave them a legacy of bad memories to go through God forbid anything were to happen to us! We would rather leave them with the good memories :-)
Now is the perfect time to burn them because we are currently in the process of cleaning out our house to sell so that we can build our dream earth sheltered house (learn more about that here) and we are fortunate to have a very safe place to do the 'ritual burning' on our future homestead in the Adirondack Park of New York State!
Everyone should perform a 'ritual burning of their divorce papers'.
Do something good for yourself and your children and let it all go!
Enjoy the video of our "burn" :-)
I love this little variegated basket. It is a combination and modification of two other basket videos that I watched by Jayden in Stitches and CJ Designs and it literally takes me less than 30 minutes to make!
Written pattern can be found below Video :-)
9 mm crochet hook
Bernat Blanket Yarn in color "Sonoma"
Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in color "Blue Dreams"
**NOTE** See the pictorial pattern below for the base of the basket
Loop onto your hook and chain 4
Slip stitch connectd to the first chain to create a loop/circle
Round 1: Chain 1, and single crochet (sc) 8 times into the center of the loop. Slip stitch to connect to the first sc.
Round 2: Chain 1 and do two (2) single crochet in every stitch going around for a total of 16 stitches. Slip stitch to connect.
Round 3: Chain 1, and do 1 sc in the first stitch, 2 sc into the second stitch, then 1, sc, then 2 sc, etc all the way around for a total of 24 sc. Slip stitch to connect.
Round 4: Chain 1 and do 1 sc each in the next two stitches, then 2 sc in the third, then repeat all the way around for a total of 32 sc (see picture below). Slip stitch to connect.
BASKET SIDES AND HANDLES:
Round 5: Chain 1 and sc in the BACK LOOP ONLY of each stitch around for a total of 32 sc. Slip stitch connect.
Rounds 6-9: Chain 1 and sc in each stitch around until you have 4 more rows. You can place a marker here if it helps you.
Round 10: Chain 7, then sc into the 7th stitch from the start of the chain. This is the first handle. Then sc into each of the next 10 stitches (total of 11 sc). Then chain 7 again, and sc into the 7th stitch from the start of the chain (this is the second handle), then sc 10 more times for a total of 11. You should be at the beginning of the first handle again.
We are still working in the round (this is the 11th round but the sides are 7 of them). Now you will do *10 sc into the center of the handle loop, then 11 sc (one in each of the next 11 stitches), then *10 sc into the center of the second handle, and then 1 sc in each of the next 11 stitches. Slip stitch into the 12th and knot off.
*Note, as. you sc into each handle you will want to keep pulling them to the right as you get closer to the left. Refer to the video if you are not sure what I mean.
Finish up by weaving all loose ends with the yarn needle and enjoy :-)
Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you liked this simple pattern :-)
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