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Ahh, winter a time to relish in the fact that the spiders, ticks, millipedes, and creepy crawlies have vanished from this earth for a time. But, have they? Absolutely not, they are living with you. In fact, bugs have already found their way into your house for the winter and you don't even know it! There are literally hundreds of bugs in any home and if you wear shoes, have cracks and crevices that are open to the outside, or even leave your door open for a short time-they all have come in already!
Crickets are hiding in your damp basement, spiders are still spinning away in the abandoned corridors and crevices of your living space and yes even if you are cleaning all the time they are still going to be there. Researchers from North Carolina have even stated that a 100 species of bugs in your house are still a very conservative number, they can't account for other species.
There are some places that bugs tend to hang out more than others. For instance carpeted areas are more tantalizing than hardwood floors. There are many people who after reading this are going to run out and grab bug spray or lysol and go crazy cleaning. However, that's only going to unleash chemicals into your home, and in the short and long term can be damaging for your health and your families. Bugs have been carried with human beings from the dawn of time-and they aren't going anywhere soon. Scientists do advise that pests like cockroaches and poisonous spiders should be eliminated.
The moral is the bugs are there, you just can't see them. Plus, what's in your wall? Imagination take flight!
these bugs are in your house
Exterminators have united, and researchers looked into it-these are the bugs that can be found in your home.
DOn't do this!
Recently, I decided to take a gander into my husbands genealogy. I love history. I found out something interesting. He is a Macdonell (Macdonald) of the Antrim line. They owned castles all over the Western edge of Scotland. They also went to Ireland as well, where they had another castle.
The men of Dunlace Castle were known as the MacDonnell's of Antrim. They considered themselves and are considered Scots while living in Northern Ireland. The castle is a national Irish treasure. While there are many interesting stories surrounding the castle one of particular interest in the commandeering of spanish cannons from a shipwreck. The Spanish ship Girona smashed upon the rocky crags that sit near the castle.
Unable to resist pilfering, the MacDonnells took all they could from the shipwreck. They placed the cannons at their gatehouse. The rest of the goods were sold to restore Dunlace castle. They were able to restore it, and then one day the British came. While they were speaking about reparations someone mentioned that they needed those cannons back. The MacDonnells refused that. Then it came to blows and in true 17th century fashion the head of the governor was hacked off and sent to the Irish clan of O'Neils. It was a nice gift, and the O'Neils decided to use it as a ball.
Let me repeat that:
They used his HEAD as a ball!!
Outlander fan understand that not only is it neccesary to read, and reread all of Diana Gabladon's books-but dressing the part also makes you even more of a diehard fan. Perusing the net, you can see tons of ideas for free patterns to make your own, and Hot Topic's awesome season 3 clothing line. Hot Topic sells a lot of fandom accessoires, but wearing this will make you feel better about not going through the standing stones and still waiting for your Jaimie to happen.
A herringbone tweed coat like Claire's from Outlander goes for $108.00 on Hottopic.com.
Or you can get a 1940s shirt dress in regular and plus sizes!!!!! So cool, I mean how many places have these clothes with a mod twist? I have to buy it all!!! Well, I'd like to.
Get this: they have Claire's party dress from season 2!
These dresses and clothes are definitely a must have for any fan. I've looked and looked for a line that is premade. There are a lot of patterns and DIY ideas out there, but this one is nice because it's done for you! Look for a post wearing these in the future!
I'm back! I've been on adventures lately, and it was exciting to see how many things there are to do in Central Massachusetts. If you are looking for a wicked adventure, and you have legs-and some time there are a places you can walk to see the hidden places around the corner. Quabbin Reservoir is the heart of Central Massachusetts. It's a massive man made lake that covered the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. There are moose, frisky porcupines, bear, wolves, and even rumors of infamous Cougar's jaunting happily around.
It's a highly protected place. There are consistent patrols ready to attack any speedy motorboat that might venture into the State police quadrant of waters. We didn't go that far, only fished and got a little too frisky with the motorboats.
There is the lost town of Dana at gate 43 that had to be seen. It's a collaboration of root cellars, old schoolhouse foundations, and basements where once flourishing hotels, churches and homes were located.
I loved it! We tramped over a yellow gate, and followed a old road, broken and in some places crumbled for a mile. The bear scat and snakes crossing the road while we walked were a little worrying. I hate snakes. The one that crossed our path was aggressive, it lunged at us, so we stepped fast around it. Carrying ever on, and not worrying too much about the abundant Black bears because they do in fact run from most noise.
The town of Dana was razed leaving cellar holes, basements, and etched stones in its place. The state maintains the road and the local area, with a marker locating the spot where the town was.
Getting lost in the Quabbin woods is at once magical and at the same time a little bit overwhelming. The forest has happily taken over towns that were once thriving for over a century in Massachusetts, while Boston gets to drink the pleasures of central massachusetts because this reservoir gives them their much needed drinking supply.
There used to be a town hall, and a church. There are a few pictures on the placards placed near them that show what used to sit in front of them about seventy years ago. Now it's a nest of brush, and overgrown herb gardens that keep reseeding themselves from someone's planting over a hundred years ago! It's pretty cool, we stumbled on wild dill and oregano.
The hike in the Quabbin will have you wondering if you went the right way, because a mile seems like four. There is nobody around, except for a few cameras that hang in random trees to watch the wildlife that go back and forth between the water down below and the uplands. You might feel like you are invading someones home, because you are. Not just the animals, but the ghost structures and the residents who lingered here for a hundred years before it was destroyed. You don't need to use much imagination to hear the bustle of the town, or see where the people mostly flocked because there is evidence everywhere.
There was a huge uproar over this eminent domain event that took over the towns int eh 1930s. You will find that most local residents are up to date on what happened, and hold memorial services every year for the bodies that were removed from the graveyards in the towns of Dana, and others. Rumors abound that you can see a steeple from Enfield's church on the water on clear day, hauntingly waiting for a toll that will never come. HUndreds of places like this exist all over the state.
Time to try it out.
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