I’m a frayed knot

Thirteen Loose Ends I need to wrap up:

1. The winner of yesterday’s What The?! is Beth at A Mom’s Life.

2. It was a close up of this photo:

See the front of that sled? Yeah, it was that.

I love love love love love reading your guesses! And I love even more, that you are willing to play along!

3. On that note, here is a button to spread the word (maybe we can get some fun prizes lined up!)

If you use it, please link to this page so that others can find out what it is all about.

4. Also with that, since next Tuesday is Christmas, there will be no “What The” – but I will do the drawing for the month and announce it Wednesday the 26th.

5. The names to be picked from are: Sarah, Megan (FriedOkra), MommaJones and Beth

6. I’ve decided that I am definitely going to offer my Mommy Cards in a .jpeg format, effective immediately. They will be $15.00 and you will be purchasing the a high resolution .jpeg file. You may then print as many as your little heart desires. Or take it to Kinko’s, Office Max or your local print shop and have them print it for you.

7. I am also going to offer this option for my birth announcements and wedding stationary (for the DIY bride… or, whatever…)

8. I am also going to be offering personal stationary soon.

9. I’ve been tagged for a meme by Kim — Kim, I’ll post it real soon! Promise.

10. My mom and dad are coming to our house for Christmas. (Yippee!)
I’m wondering – For those of you who are familiar with Etsy or use it yourselves to sell stuff, do you like it? Is it a good option for selling? If you remember, my mom sews and sells really cute purses. I’ve set her up a web site, but I’m wondering if Etsy will be easier for her to use?? Opinions?

11. I had every intention of participating in the Christmas Tour of Homes, but I just flat-out got behind. I still haven’t taken any photos of my decorations. So, just imagine the most gorgeous Christmas decor ever. Then pretend it’s mine.

12. My feed is still acting weird. Please let me know if it is showing weird for you, and which feed reader you are using.

13. Please leave me a comment. Even just “hi”. I’m wondering how many comments I can get for Christmas.

My high school science teacher would be so proud

*several people asked if Staples is the only place that offers binding. Definitely not! Office Max, Kinko’s – any office supply store large or small should offer this service. I just have no idea what they would charge.*

After spending a summer in Missouri one year, and having my first encounters with chiggers ever, I was renamed a Chigger Magnet. Everyone else could run around barefoot and nary a bite… I could have myself covered in head-to-toe clothing and end up covered in bites.

But WOW! My site meter shows that I am a new kind of Chigger Magnet! I never thought mentioning chiggers on my blog would bring so many people to it! But it did! When I was scanning my site meter, over and over and over were referrals from search engines from people looking for info on chiggers.

Last year, we went through a day of chiggers, but it was nothing like this year. I learned a lot about my misconceptions on chiggers. So, I thought I’d mentioned them. ‘Cause if people are gonna be dropping in for chigger info, I certainly don’t want to disappoint!

Truth #1 – “Chiggers” is actually the name of the larvae of the harvest mite. In fact, the adult chigger is harmless.

Truth #2 – Chiggers do not burrow into the skin. Thank goodness! – the idea of this has always gagged me; what a relief it was to find out this was not true! However, I reckon the alternative isn’t much better. What does happen, is that the larvae deposit an enzyme that digests skin cells so they can eat those up… a sort of skin-cell smoothie. (okay, that makes me gag too…) The reaction causes the intense itching and welt.

Truth #3 – Because the chigger is not at the site of the itch (by the time you are aware of it), covering the itch with nail polish or Vaseline does not suffocate the chigger. It may help relieve the itch by keeping air from getting to it. But that is it. Mr. Chigger, aka, Skin Cell Drinkin’ Fool, has long moved on.

Truth #4 – The best way to get rid of them is to take a hot shower using a gentle soap as quickly as possible after becoming aware of them. A shower will wash them away. The downside to this suggestion is that most people are out in the woods or at a get-together/picnic type activity when they get around chiggers, making a shower impractical.

Truth #5 – Go ahead and shower though, and wash clothes in HOT water. Chiggers can stay on you for several days and continue feeding during that time, until they are full and fall off. (again, GAG)

So there you have several facts and truths about the nuisance known as the chigger. For those of you who were not aware of such a menace, consider yourselves lucky. Although, you may have some other annoying bugger you have to deal with?

Any other topics you would like me to research? Just let me know in comments. It will be like a Continuing Education class… or not…