Spraying For Pest Control

It is that time of year in South Dakota where the pests are looking for warm places to live. One of the pests that have made their way are Boxelder Bugs.

Boxelder Bugs Come In Masses This Time Of Year.
Boxelder Bugs Come In Masses This Time Of Year.

 

Boxelder Bugs Migrating To The Boxelder Tree Located Next To My House.
Boxelder Bugs Migrating To The Boxelder Tree Located Next To My House.

One of the reasons they like to hit my place hard is boxelder trees are planted close to the house. Various reasons why a home owner would choose this tree.

1. It Grows Fast

2. 70 years ago we did not have the choices we do today.

 

How I Manage Boxelder Bugs And Other Pests

When I moved into my home all but 17 years ago, lots of work is what the house needed. One was pest control. Since I have Fibromyalgia I am hypersensitive to smells and that includes chemical sensitivity. I needed a pest control that was ‘Odor Free’. I found it to be Tempo Ultra SC. After it has dried it is safe around food, children and pets. I needed all three. Couple that with a 1 Gallon Poly Sprayer For Chemical And Bleach makes the job easy.

Tempo Ultra SC and 1 Gallon Poly Sprayer
Tempo Ultra SC and 1 Gallon Poly Sprayer

How To Spray Outside Of House

I start from the left working my way right spraying 2 feet from the ground up the side of the house and 2 feet away from the house. It creates a great barrier. I also spray around the window and doors. Going the extra step using this technique has saved me from having crawling pests inside my home.

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Simple System Fast Results

How many of you have struggled with keeping up the house while you work and take care of a family?

Many I suspect given all the books out in the market about cleaning and organizing.

What if I told you there was a different way to approach this area of your life. Would you be interested?

There are many techniques out there and still many want something else.

No one seems to be addressing the issue of getting sidetracked.

There are plenty of things that LOVE to help you get sidetracked. Some of them are legitimate. The majority of them are not.

The number one reason we get easily sidetracked is this.

We haven’t made the important and urgent parts of our day a ‘HABIT’.

The following is the approach Marilyn’s Way has tested, tried, and uses. And that’s coming from a ‘Reformed 5+ Year Pajama Junkie’!.

Will this work for you?

Give it a try!

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How To Make An Emergency FLYing Kit


I really don’t know why I didn’t think of this before to write as a blog.  Many have been sick with cold and flu this season and it makes it very difficult to FLY.  So what should you do?  I suggest you make a ‘Emergency FLYing Kit.’

What are two things that pile up when you get sick?  Dishes and Laundry.  If you are practicing the ‘Daily 9’s’ it shouldn’t get too bad.  They are the habits that keep you, your family and your home going.   I can’t help you with the laundry but I can with the dishes!

Emergency Flying Kit
That’s right.  It is something to put together ‘before’ you get sick.  It is as follows:

Paper Plates
Plastic Silverware
Plastic Glasses
Three ‘Meal Ideas’ that promote ‘Easy Clean up.’
 
Some may say using these things are not good for the environment.  I say NOT using them is not good for a sick caregiver such as yourself.  If you had a birthday party you are likely to have some leftover paper plates.  Maybe from the holidays.  Use them up. 
I average just two times a week where I will eat a meal on a paper plate.  I have plastic silverware and glasses if I really need them.  It is just me so washing some silverware is no big deal for me.  But if you have a family, the last thing you want to do are dishes.  
FLY stands for First Love Yourself others come next.  Do yourself a favor and put a kit together.  Put some napkins in there too.  If you don’t have to worry about all the cleanup you will have to do when you feel better, who knows maybe you just might recover sooner!
 
I hope you will take this idea seriously.  I live with Fibromyalgia and for me just eating on paper plates a couple of times a week makes a world of difference in my FLYing.
Marilyn
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Habit 1 – Get Dressed To Shoes

Reformed 5 Year Pajama Junkie

I am pleased to say I have been doing this habit every day since March 2011 when I took a personal challenge to Flylady’s Monthly Habit for March – Get Dressed To Shoes. This winter I hope to gather all of the photos and the message for the day and put it into an ebook. You will then be able to see all 436 consecutive days in one place.

Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important parts of being able to help us get out of the depths of CHAOS. I have ‘Sleep Apnea’ and I use a ‘Bi Pap Machine’. It has been one of the tools that helped me develop the Habit 1 – Get Dressed To Shoes.
 
The message today is if you do not have good sleeping habits, the rest of the things you do in life will never be your best. I find when I am well rested everything seems to fall into place. That said if a crisis presents itself, I am also better able to handle it.
 
Stress plays a large part of our quality of sleep. I have recently experienced this and was so glad I had the 9 Habits I do daily well established. The 9 Habits are the CORE of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS.
9 Habits To Dance Till You FLY!
9 Habits To Dance Till You FLY!

Many Cleaning & Organizing Systems Out There

There are many out there. The latest in popularity is the Konmari Method. She has great pointers. That said, what I have learned the most is that just like sleep, if you don’t have a set of habits you do each day established, it doesn’t matter what cleaning system you choose none of them will help you achieve what we all want.  A ‘Clutter Free’ enviroment that we welcome anyone into our home without the dreaded feeling of shame.

It wasn’t until I took Flylady’s March Habit Challenge in 2011 – Get Dressed To Shoes that I really understood the concept of established habits that make your day a day to take on any challenge.  This is how 9 Habits for Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS were born.

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Marilyn

Want To Declutter? Can’t Get Motivated? Try This!

As long as there are new products, there will always be clutter. Why? Because we simply haven’t learned the skill when we buy something new, something must leave our home.

The Clutter No One Talks About

You know the stuff. If not, let me remind you. It is the stuff laying around in your homes that have absolutely NO VALUE.  Example, a used paper towel or kleenex that didn’t seem to make it to the trash. What about the cap to the bottle of water you drank?

Then there is something we call ‘Junk Mail’.  Sure, the best way to get rid of that clutter is to toss it right away. Yet many don’t. Rather they will pile their mail and deal with it later.

What about all those ‘Stash and Dash’ moments when company will be coming? Who has the time to sort whether it is trash or not? Instead we shove everything into the nearest drawer with the least amount of things.

Then there are the ‘Expired Items’. Last time you checked, they were close to the expiration date. Remember? Time marches on and now it has expired way past the date.

The Solution?

How about grabbing a plastic grocery bag and doing a 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie? That’s right. It isn’t glamorous. In fact it can be down right boring.

My question is, do we always have to have something to stimulate us and make us think so hard? I am finding out I don’t. In fact one of the things I am asking new members and anyone that wants to get involved is to do the 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie 5 days a week. Yes I am right in there with the rest.

We as a group have been doing this for 3 weeks now and I am telling you, I am seeing a difference in my home. I have been surprised at some of the things that are laying around unnoticable but in fact is trash.

If you want to get involved join the group! Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS.

Marilyn’s Way is

S.E.D.

To Be

Simple, Effective & Doable

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Habit # 1 The Easy Way To Get Dressed To Shoes!

Exercise Days

*Part of a 10 week series. To get involved join the Facebook group Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS

Some may wonder, what are FLYing clothes?  It is simple.  It is something you feel comfortable in wearing while you are FLYing. The purpose is to get you out of your pajamas that tells your mind to slumber rather than FLY.  So what I am going to do is give you some pictures of FLYing clothes that I have worn.

Your FLYing Clothes Are Determined By What You Are Doing For That Particular Day.
 
For example:   I am putting exercise into my FLYing at least 3 times a week.  They are not old worn out sweats.  I have 3 workout outfits that I wear that includes jackets.  Nothing fancy. Each piece from Walmart $10.00 a piece.  I layer with a sports bra and top with thin straps.  If I need to run to the store that is only 11 miles away, I can easily do it wearing the outfit.  I can also clean/FLY in it.  So now I know what 3 out of 7 outfits I am wearing for the week.
Errand Day
One day is Errand Day.  I usually wear nice jeans and a nice top.  One day is Renew Your Spirit Day and I wear a nice pair of slacks and top to church.  This leaves me with 2 days left.  What do I wear? I wear clothes that I feel comfortable in.  For me it is side elastic jeans and a top or a sports bra and top with skinny straps with a jacket over it.  That completes 7 days for me.  If there is something I am working on that I am afraid I might stain a top, I pull out my work shirt to cover any spills.  I also have an apron I will put on if I think I will get dirty.
 
Renew Your Spirit Day
In A Nutshell, FLYing Clothes Are The Ones In Between Your Good Clothes And Your Grunge Clothes.  It Is The Type Of Clothing That You Won’t Feel Bad Wearing When An Old Friend Shows Up At Your Door Or Running To The Store Quick To Pick Something Up And You Run Into An Old Boyfriend.  You Have To Keep One Set Of Grunge Clothes For Certain Jobs.  I Call Them My Painting Clothes.  They Aren’t Super Grungy.  They Have Paint On Them Because I Am Painting.
Apron To Protect Your Clothes
I hope this explains what FLYing Clothes are.  I had a problem at first and if you notice in any of my Individual Photos when I was doing the challenge “Getting Dressed To Shoes, Hair and Makeup”  It was tops and bottoms with a shirt.  It is as simple as this.  So please take a chance on the FLYing side and get out of your pajamas and “Get Dressed To Shoes!”
Marilyn 
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Decluttering Your Home Out Of The Depths Of CHAOS

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a ‘Magic Pill’ that would solve the problem of ‘Clutter’ and ‘CHAOS’? I believe all of us would take it as if it were a vitamin and yet… How many of us take a daily vitamin?

Example Of Taking A Daily Vitamin

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? And yet many have great intentions only to be stopped cold because one cannot make a decision as to which company to trust. Therefore, nothing happens.

Example Of Finding The Right System To Help You Remove Clutter And CHAOS From Your Home

Never has there been a time where so many are willing to offer what they think will work for you by means of getting your home in order. And that is where the problem lays. There are too many of them just like too many vitamin companies. It paralyzes us and nothing gets done.

The sad part of this is that in our quest, it ends up consuming too much of our time. Goals in life are missed because of this.

I created Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! To Remove Clutter And CHAOS. So what is so different from mine to others?

Habits

Habits turn into routines, routines turn into rewards = 3 R’s

Want To Know More?

The past 3 years my facebook group called Marilyn’s Way has had the privacy settings ‘Secret’. The problem with this is that no one has been able to find me.

After careful consideration I have decided to change the setting back to ‘Closed’. What this means to you is my group will be in the search groups of facebook so you can click the ‘Join’ button. I will also provide the link at the bottom of this post. But first…

Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter And CHAOS  Description

A simple, effective, and doable system to help you remove clutter and CHAOS from your home with the core of the system to be 9 specific habits practiced each day before anything else.

The system is set up into levels to help you build as you go and adjust as your life changes within the year.

We must first start with feet planted firmly on the ground. From there we learn to Dance Till You FLY! meaning First Love Yourself. Others come next.

This is how you will be able to take care of yourself, your family and your home.

Additional levels include Weekly Habits for specific days, Zone Cleaning Marilyn’s Way, Monthly Spotlight on one of the 9 Habits to practice and Monthly Events to help members Maintain the system.

What this is NOT:
A system that is very detailed.
What this IS:
The system is a basic platform of simple tools that will help you with finding your own way to make a system work for you.

The group is to complement my blog www.marilynswayhomegarden.com
To Remove Clutter And CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)

How To Join

Click on the following link Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter And CHAOS and click ‘Ask To Join’. We will be standing by to add you. There is a Pinned Post that has all the forms you will need to try out this very simple, effective, and doable system to remove clutter and CHAOS from your home!

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Do The 25 Scoop! And Cha Cha Cha!

When I created Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2015  three requirements had to be part of the system.

           1.  SIMPLE

                    2.  EFFECTIVE

             3. DOABLE

In order for it to work it also had to be………

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 Many systems suggest ‘decluttering 15 minutes’ at a time. Have you ever set your timer and then froze wondering how to go about it? I KNOW I HAVE!!!

So much of our attitude sits between our 2 ears. We have to get creative in order for us to make this 1. Simple  2. Effective 3. Doable.

One of the ways I have learned to distract myself enough to get this part of taking care of yourself, your family and your home is to count the number of items. It doesn’t matter how big or how small they are. Just start counting. I chose the number of items to be 25 simply because that is the day of the month I was born. Nothing more.

What happens when the phone rings and a friend says, “I will be over to visit you in about 15 minutes”? Most of us will get a basket or tub, run through the house and begin to SCOOP things up. If we make our habits jive with our individuality our chances of sticking with it are great!

Take doing the 25 SCOOP a step further and………

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Next time you declutter put some music on and do a 25 Scoop And Cha Cha Cha!

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Canning Green Beans

I have been fortunate to have a high yield with my green beans from the garden. I did plant a second crop thinking the first one would be gone but it still kept producing.

Time to pull out the pressure cooker again and see how many pints I can process. But first I must prepare the green beans. I start by snapping the ends off.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 011 Wash them in the sink.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 014 Cut the green beans up approximately half inch each and place into the jar.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 021 Scald the lids to ensure a proper seal to the jar.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 023Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and hot water. Fill to half inch from top. Place scalded lid on jar.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 024 Screw the ring on and tighten.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 025 Place the jars in heated hot water. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to keep the jars clean on the outside.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 027 Place the lid on.

flowers lily and trixie canning green beans 028Lock the lid and place the weight where it says 10 pounds pressure. Begin timing when the weight begins to jiggle. Allow 20 minutes to pressure cook.

pressure cooker 001Remove from burner and allow to cool 30 – 45 minutes before removing the weight and opening the lid.

baking 009Remove the jars from the pressure cooker and allow to cool. Date them if you like. These green beans are going to taste mighty good in the depths of the coming winter. The greatest part is no jars cracked and nothing exploded! These are things that a perfectionist will be afraid of and procrastinate canning the green beans at all. I am glad I have learned Progress is more important than Perfection.

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The First Cha Of The Great Declutter Your Clothes, You Closet And Cha Cha Cha! Event!

Today is Day 9 of The Great Declutter Your Clothes, Your Closet and Cha Cha Cha! Event held in Marilyn’s Way Group.  For the first 9 days I asked everyone to go through their clothes and closet to find things that can be thrown away.  Some of the items can be:

  • Socks without a partner
  • Soiled and Holey Clothes Beyond Repair
  • Tags You Took Off A Garment You Bought That Never Made It To The Trash
  • All The Things You Empty From Your Pockets That Needed To Be Thrown Away.
  • Old Magazines
  • Expired Medication In Your Bedside Table
  • Empty Boxes In The Closet That Need To Be Tossed Out

As you can see, all of the above take up space making it difficult to ‘Get Dressed To Shoes’ each day as Habit 1 of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System. It happens to the best of us by simply thinking we don’t have time to throw it away or get stuck into indecision.

If you are having a difficult time decluttering your clothes, your closet and cha cha cha’ing start with the Throw Away part of the Cha Cha Cha!  Just seeing some space in your closet will give you the incentive to do the second part of cha cha cha! and that will be the Give Away pile.

Get a trash bag and set your timer for 15 minutes tossing away all the unnecessaries that have found their way into this area.  You will be surprised at what you can do!  It is ‘Just 15 Minutes’!  Go for it!

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