I’m smacking myself silly this morning. After the heat FINALLY broke here in Houston, bringing the kind of temperatures that remind me of why I moved here 30 years ago, we now have to avoid going outside because of a massive mosquito outbreak. Now, mosquitoes are not-so-lovingly referred to here as the Texas State Bird. We always fight them in the summer, so it’s not like this is anything new. Except, apparently, it is. These mosquitoes are a “floodwater mosquito” variety that are more aggressive. We didn’t have rain for months, but a good soaker from a few weeks ago (we were out of town and missed it) has brought the skeeters out in force. I’m used to swatting the occasional mosquito in the house, but we’re getting a mess of them indoors as well. I am currently wearing my new favorite fragrance, eau de Off!
However, neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor the ten plagues of Egypt, nor these nasty little bloodsuckers will keep me from my appointed task of writing my little blog. Today, I get to have fun by sharing some reader feedback.
First, thanks to Renovating Rita, along with a few other folks on Facebook, to remind me to pass along information that some of you may not know. You do not need a Kindle to read Kindle books! If you have a computer or mobile device, you can download Kindle software for free and enjoy inexpensive and fun reading (may I recommend The Foreign Language of Friends – ahem). I read my Kindle books on my iPad, and it works out great for travel — I no longer have to load down my suitcase and backpack with the inevitable pile of books that go with me on a trip. For more information, visit this link: Kindle Reading Apps.
Second, Alex Hernandez responded to my recent posts about physical cleansing. Alex pointed out that some of my readers may be withdrawing from drugs and/or alcohol, in which case any detox should be done with the help of someone trained in such matters. Alex, I agree! I wrote those blog entries to an audience who I assume are reasonably healthy and who just want to do some seasonal cleaning on their innards. Anyone dealing with medical matters, whether addiction or diabetes or whatever, should make sure that they work with a healthcare professional if they’re doing any kind of detox.
Alex recommended the following websites for anyone who wants more information:
http://www.rehabinfo.net/alcohol-detox/ and http://www.rehabinfo.net/drug-detox/
Thanks, Alex and Rita! And thanks to all of you who read and comment on A Woman’s Nest. Together, you are helping me shape this blog into what it is meant to be, and I am grateful. I learn so much from my readers.
Just catching up after manic editing. Thanks for the comments on my Blooming Late guest blog. I’m glad you liked the War and Peace bit. That still gets me muttering into my porridge. Onwards and upwards!
Ouch in sympathy with the mozzies. We don’t often get the little pests here – midges are bad enough. it sounds horrible. Keep swatting!
Your book looks great. As soon as I know my edits are finally done, I’ll be catching up with reading as well. Looking forward to that one.
See you on She Writes!
Eau de Off. (I’ll be annoying everyone with that saying from now on…mwahhaha!) LOVED it!
I actually started with the free kindle reader on the computer and it works just as well, (or better), than the stand-alone versions. I highly recommend this program.
As always, you make me smile! I love your reading your blog. 😉
Nadine, I was wondering where you were going when I received this title in my inbox! LOL. The mossy’s would be driving me crazy! I think I would have to leave state!
Oh dear, ““floodwater mosquito” variety that are more aggressive.” that is very distressing! I hope you are managing okay?
Thank you for the mention. I am please to have helped in some small way. Also I got a nice bump in viewers to my blog, I believe from your mention, so thank you to your readers for taking a test drive there.
My pleasure! The more I do this blog, the more excited I get about the people who read it. Glad some came over your way.