Happy November: Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Retail stores across the nation have been slowly and quietly setting up their Christmas displays since the end of September; as if we didn’t notice.  In every store, there is that one eager overly Christmas-spirited employee who has been patiently waiting for this very day, the 1st of November.  Today, is their day to shine!  Each of them proudly clocking in a few extra minutes early wearing their red fluffy Santa hats ready to engage into the holiday spirit.  Less than a minute before the retail store opens for business, they CRANK up the seasonal Christmas music marking the first day of the holiday season!

Back in my day, not too, too, long ago, the holiday music use to begin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  Today, it officially begins on November 1st.  I am part of the 1% who feels this is just a tad bit ridiculous.  I love Christmas, but now that I have kids, November and December are parent-hell.

It is extremely difficult to take my kids anywhere during November and December, because toys are EVERYWHERE!

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to the grocery store.  I only needed two items: tin foil and a red bell pepper for dinner.  We came home with tin foil, a red bell pepper, and a $10 fluffy, sparkly, stuffed rainbow unicorn!  

The grocery store put a giant bin of rainbow colored stuffed animals at the front door!  You literally could not avoid it.  Of course, I could have told my screaming over dramatic child, “NO,” but even I could not resist wanting one.  Seriously, they had a rainbow colored llama!  How cool is that! 

I can feel it now, my wallet drying up before I even begin Christmas shopping.

Anyways, here is wishing everyone a great start to a  Happy Holiday Season!!  

 

Happy Halloween: Fly Invasion

FLY 3 Nightmare
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Classic Horror Film Experience

An interesting way to start Halloween, I woke up into a living nightmare…a fly infestation in my house!

Walking into my living room felt like a horror film.  All the light fixtures were covered in house flies.  They were on the walls, the ceiling, and the air vents.  Interestingly, there was a half circle of them on the ceiling starting from the living room circling into the kitchen.  It was absolutely jaw dropping as to how many flies were in my house.  If I were to guess, I would say at least 100 house flies.

I am not sure if I should take this as a bad omen or just a crazy odd incident.  Being the clean freak that I am, I do not know where they came from!  How eerie that it happened on Halloween!

The flies could have came from our rotting pumpkin outside our front door.  I told my husband to throw it away over the weekend, but he “forgot.”  So, I threw it away on Monday, but I guess it was too late.  The house flies could have came from anywhere, even the back door.  Either way, I do not like flies, ants, or bugs.

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Vacuum VS House Fly

I hung up a bunch of fly strips, but I do not have the patience to wait for 100 flies to find them, so I busted out the vacuum.  I didn’t think it would work, but I sucked up at least half of them!

Surprisingly, most of the flies I sucked up into the vacuum survived the whirlwind tunnel of death in the vacuum container, forcing me to dump the container outside, far, far, far, away from our house.

I did squish a bunch with a rolled up calendar, but that gave my preschooler a heart-attack.  In case you didn’t know, “Flies have feelings.”  So, I sucked up as many as I could with the vacuum, a more humane way of getting rid of them, I guess.

Anyways, I am down to just a handful of flies in the house.  I can tolerate a handful, just not a 100 of them.

I am going to deep clean the house (again), wash out the trash can and disinfect the garbage disposal, in case all these flies came from there; but I am pretty sure they came from our pumpkin that sat beside our front door for two weeks.  Ugh, gotta love Halloween. 

Happy Halloween everyone!  Hope your day is as interesting as mine, but without the flies!