Beware of ticks; keep petroleum jelly handy

On June 9, the Strawberry and Raspberry Moon is full. Lunar apogee on the 8th reduces the chances that the full moon will bring frost or severe storms.

June 6, 1944, D-Day. Take a moment to reflect on this, the first day of the drive for Berlin and those who landed on the bloody beaches.

Have had one hummingbird at the feeder. Don’t know if he were just passing by or has staked out a home somewhere close. Just delighted to see him!

I was tooling down Battle Ford Road, using it as a short cut, when I came upon a snapping turtle. I think that is what it was, sure wasn’t like the box turtles that I usually seen crossing roads. It was black, long legs, tail and neck. It looked at me as if I were invading its territory. Actually it was a rather ugly and scary thing. Needless to say, I didn’t stop and move it off the road.

The elderberry and blackberry bushes are blooming. Should be a good season.

“Yes, OK, two bouquets will be nice. How many people? Then we’ll need the corner lounge. Sandwiches, tea, coffee, what about soft drinks? Everyone’s going to so much trouble to organize Thelma’s funeral, why didn’t we do something for her while she was alive?” (For Better or Worse)

We tend to put off doing until it’s too late. Sister does very well, sends dozens of postcards every week, always one a day when she is on vacation, visits, has people for lunch and dinner. I have good intentions, but don’t always follow through.

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The old Willie Nelson song says, “isn’t it funny how time slips away.” It does. I have taken to keeping a log, on the kitchen bulletin board, with names and dates of visits, calls, or cards. It is the only way I can be sure that time doesn’t get away.

Thought I noticed that the friend I was going to call to go out for coffee when she returned from vacation, has been home a month. I haven’t made that date.

Did you know that doughnut lovers prefer glazed over any other flavor and more than 10 billion doughnuts are made in the U.S. every year? I missed National Doughnut Day, June 2.

Not sure why there is just one day for doughnuts. Have friends who time their trips west to be at Krispy Kreme when they are coming out of the cooker. I don’t remember doughnuts from Pankey’s, just the cream horns. (Have bought and eaten hundreds of cream horns trying to find one as good.)

Do you remember the shop that was at the corner of Granger and Park? Since I do, I understand why people want to be at KK at the right time. If you know where to find a good doughnut, indulge! Celebrate every chance you get!

Am hearing that this summer is going to be nasty with ticks due to the warm, wet winter and spring. Myth: only tiny ticks spread Lyme disease. Adult black-legged ticks, the carrier of Lyme disease, are just a bit smaller than the adult dog or wood tick.

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Myth: Lyme disease is the only thing ticks spread. In my youth we never heard of Lyme, just Rocky Mountain spotted tick fever. Myth: ticks hop, fly, jump and fall out of trees. Ticks typically creep from the ground up, so fully cover exposed feel and legs with a DEET spray. Even if you wear long pants tucked into your socks, spray.

Keep lawns trimmed and clear away tall grass and bushes around your home, they’re prime tick hangouts.

Mom use the tip of a hot match to remove a tick, put it on the tick’s back and it was supposed to pull its head out to get away. This is easier: Ticks breathe air even though its head appears to be buried. Cover the tick with a 2-inch wide, very thick layer of Vaseline/petroleum jelly. Ensure that the entire tick and affected skin are completely covered. Allow 2-15 minutes for the tick to back out for oxygen. Rather than suffocate, the tick will climb out from under the Vaseline, intact and whole.

After removal by any method, destroy the tick, and wash the area around the bite with rubbing alcohol, iodine or soap and water. Hands and tweezers too.

Word to the wise: How to parallel park … park somewhere else.

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