Monday, June 27, 2016

Would you know a Deer Tick?

Fresh out of the shower, I was starting my day with a look at my skin in the bathroom mirror. 

This would be a TMI (Too Much Information) post until you realize
this is just a very honest and caring PSA (Public Service Announcement).
Get your mind out of the gutter and read on....

I glanced at my back and noticed the teeny, tinniest speck of black, like a new freckle.  For whatever reason, I happened to pause and noticed that the new freckle was mobile.  I could see no legs but it was definitely moving. Not a freckle!!!

With a scratch of my fingernail the black speck came off and upon closer inspection I realized it was a Deer Tick.  Their latin name is Ixodes scapularis and they are also commonly called the Blacklegged Tick.  

For scale, I placed it on a paper next to a penny to illustrate how small these blood sucking, disease carrying jerks are.  This may sound harsh, but they really are nasty and can make you so sick.  Read more about them and tick diseases in this article by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station HERE

Enjoy the outdoors responsibly and inspect yourself for ticks!

With love,

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Got Weeds?

One of the not so glam elements of gardening is dealing with the weeds. 
Poison Ivy
Nationally recognized chicken-keeper-blogger extraordinaire Kathy Mormino aka
The-Chicken-Chick has asked me to guest blog a series about gardening!
My daughter with a couple of our own chickens
Pinch me! or should I say peck me? How lucky is this girl?!?!?  
You can hop on over to her blog and read the super sweet intro she wrote about me
by clicking HERE
The Garden Fairy and The Chicken Chick on a plant shopping spree.
 Keeping on top of those weeds should be up there on your 'to-do' list.
Be sure to read my post about weeds on The-Chicken-Chick's blog:

and improve your score against weeds with an amazing weed spray!

Trust me, you do not want to miss this very helpful post about weeds so click HERE now!
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Thank you!!! XOXO Julie