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    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
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August 04, 2007



GIGIIIIIIIIIII! Yaikkkksss! Sorry but you just made me vomit there.

It feels like I'm calling RENTOKIL company for "THAT" month thing of yours.

Anyways, when I see these little armies parading near my coffee cup while on a Mac, it is a reminder that I should stop drinking. DIABETES attack, my friend!


I'm still for a peaceful solution. Put away your sprays and poison traps. Best solution is to just make sure there IS no food around for them to check out. Wipe kitchen surfaces well. Sometimes (and you'll really think I'm way out there) so they don't bother me, I put out a few grains of food away from the sink or whatever so they hang out somewhere else. But in the end, no food around is the best solution. The ants are only doing their jobs but if the seekers don't find any food, they'll look elsewhere. Poor things.

Oh, your problem is, use some natural repellant around the garbage so there's no way to get there?


btw, thinking of all ants as Siafu is like Bush thinking all moslems are terrorists. (ha ha that comparison too extreme?)


I doubt the absence of food would help much, as they also come into the house in search of water.


K - Sorry!!! :) I know, I know...I imagined your face getting the visual and I cringed with shame. I'll make it up to you!

Chiqs - I am really, really good with making sure there's no food around (you can ask my husband to describe my face when I see him eating chips or popcorn on the sofa in the living room). I used to just leave them be while they were foraging around in the bathroom -- but now that they're invading the -- uh -- more private spaces and crawling all over me, they've gone too far!

PS: I might give them a reprieve because you're making me feel guilty again...

Anna - Yes...which explains the invasion of my bathrooms unfortunately. For some reason they prefer them over the kitchen (which I'm not complaining about because I'd have a panic attack if I caught them swarming about in the pantry).


Hi Gigi, I just tagged you I hope you don't mind and I do really hope you'll join us;)


Honestly, I'm always mesmerized by ants whenever I meditate in the bathroom. I leave them be for the most part, but I agree, there are LIMITS! :D


The cheapest way to get rid of ants? Put salts around your trash bin...they will never visit again. Cost effective, no chemicals, no smell..very effective and efficient. Try mo.

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cheh - Naku, I need to find a recent photo of myself first (here we go again!). But don't think I won't keep trying. :)


Shari - I was sitting on the couch today and all of a sudden I felt a bite on my thigh and there it was again -- an ant. I jumped off and started looking for a trail of them but found none. They're starting to make me feel paranoid, like they're just out to piss me off or something...

Sam - Really? Ants are deterred by salt? I-try ko nga and I'll keep you updated. Thanks!

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