Friday, July 23, 2021

Fear No Weevil

 Day 1. Bob, there are 4 little black bugs on the counter. he did not answer, I did not repeat.
Day 2. Bob, there are little black bugs on the counter by the toaster oven. he did not answer, I did not repeat.
Day 3. BOB THERE ARE BUGS ON THE COUNTERS. I JUST KILLED 7 of THEM! He heard me, so did the neighbors.
He said, What kind of bugs?
I said You know, the mealybugs or flour bugs.
His reply, I have no idea what you are talking about
OF COURSE he didn't, when has he ever cleaned out cabinets?
I say, You know, the little black things that just appear out of no where inside flour, meal, or cereal boxes.
He says Nothing! 
I say, Did you HEAR ME?
Yes, I heard you, what do you want me to do.

With steam coming out of my ears,
I checked flour, meal, cereal, crackers and dog food. NOTHING!

I attacked the dog food storage cabinet first. Removed enough stuff to fill half the trash/rubbish bin.
See I know some of you call it the rubbish.
I tossed things that expired all the way back to 2011, none of which had bugs, they were  rusted metal pan, 4 ancient dog bowls, and a few things that were last touched in 2006.
I did THREE cabinets, remove/toss/clean/replace.
Nary a weevil to be found.
I made three trips to the recycle and the trash cans, filling each of them half way.
The Last thing I put in the garbage was the box of milk bones, that came with Beau 9 months go and we never used them because he was overweight and I put them away and forgot them.
As i went to toss the box of bones I decided to dump the bones out by the moss rose tree stump for squirrels and any other rodents that might like bones.
As I dumped them, guess what was in the box?
WEEVILS! to me they are mealybugs. What do you call them?

The good news is, I got THREE HOURS of exercise and sweated off at least 100 calories and three cabinets have now been Summer Cleaned and all expired foods are gone

A funny thing happend on the way to clean cabinets, I sat down in the rocker and asked my phone 
What are other names of Weevils
An hour later, after reading it all and laughing madly, here I am telling you the story.

A few questions here that i found people had asked and the answers. for more fun google search is waiting.

What are the bugs in my flour?
they are weevils, they look like rice, but the move around. this means your flour is infested.

Is it safe to eat the bugs in my flour?
The eggs are inside and they hatch, they are common in flour, wheat, rice. They are safe to eat, but not in excess, if you can see them in the cooked food, they are o to eat but not pleasant if you have guests.

How do the bugs get in sealed packages?
Weevils are voracious, they leave the package they came in and chew their way through cardboard to get to the food, PASTA inside the box. they like seal seams and stitching holes, easy to chew threw.
(remember they are edible) 

Why do weevils get in flour?
If the female weevil chooses to lay eggs in the flour in a packaging area, she does so because when they hatch they need food, and will gorge on the flour until they can run ad play in the flour.

How can we prevent this from happening?
When you bring your flour home, place the bag in the freezer for 48 hours. the eggs will never hatch after freezing, which means they will not eat the flour and run and play.

Will all of this information stop me from eating BREAD? 
Nope! I am not dead yet after 76 years of eating bread and who knows how may weevils I have consumed and did not know it.
Remember this...

 See no Weevil, Hear no Weevil, Eat a Weevil
Now sing with me 
 Rock You

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Does Da Sun Shine in Da Black and White?


Easy and Ann saw this 3 days ago when I auto posted it on the wrong date and had 2 that day.
I meant to put it on autopost for today. I put it on Friday.
Now it is HERE and we just got home from The KNEE Doctor.
Bob will get a new right knee on Aug 16, 3 weeks IF I can manage appts with Primary doc and referral to a cardiologist of which he has none.
Fingers Crossed
Yet another setting on my camera, Black and White! 
I took a couple of indoor photos of Beau in black and white and decided to see if 
the brilliant sunshine in the back yard shows in black and white.


 camera slowly to the right, 
and got this photo just for your sight

The Nook in Black and White

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Ghost Bumps?

Things that go bump in the day Part 2, AKA Ghost Bumps?
In a prior post, I told you I stepped behind the big bush and immediately the hairs on arms and legs stood straight up. The word energy was used.
Most of us thought Ghost Goosebumps! Will you admit to that?
You know, spooky stuff like in the movies and books.
Can you say Research? that is my middle name. Ha Ha.

By typing why do hairs stand up on my arms in Google search, I found 3 words that all mean hairs stand up on skin.
horripilation -the erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement.

Piloerection is a technical term for what happens when your hair stands up, such as when you’re cold, scared, or excited. better known as goose pimple, goosebumps, goose skin

cutis anserina  the medical term for the emergence of tiny bumps on the skin usually in response to the cold

None of the above seems the right answer to me, and I dug deeper.

AHA! a well known side effect to phenylephrine is the standing up of hairs on the body.

Guess what has phenylephrine in it? Nasal Spray!

Guess who has over the past week 3 times used Flutazone spray?

 OH MY. I thought it was a ghost, maybe a real ghost, like the one below.

Hi, my name is Beau,
I am a ghost you know!
I wasn't born this way,
My mama took me into PicMonkey and did play!
Do I still look handsome wrapped in a sheet?
Or do you think I just look Sweet?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Things that go Bump in the day

 Friday Morning, I stepped behind this big bush, to look at a plant, and as I stood every hair on both my arms stood up as high as they could, even the ones on my legs. I have a lot of hair on my arms, it is a family genetics thing, and they used to be blond, now are gray, it was a forest of gray and tingled like crazy.

Later while talking to my most favorite Physicians Assistant at my Derm Doc appt. I told her about it and as I said it out loud, the hairs did it again.. She saw it happen. she looked at me an laughed and said.

Energy! it is out there you know!