Summer Will Come

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Summer Will Come!

     Here in northern Illinois, six days into spring, it’s just 11 degrees as I write this post at 7:00 AM.  Maine and Massachusetts have it much worse.  They are windblown and buried under more snow. I encourage my shivering, blue lipped husband and friends, so discouraged and “snow whipped,” to hang in there.  Summer will come!

The sun did come out for a few days and it warmed up nicely to 55 degrees. Time to take off the socks! I turned off the thermostat and opened all the windows to air the place out.  My dogs napped on the deck serenaded by singing birds. Creatures were stirring in the house too. Creepy crawlies emerged from the cracks and crevices and the bright sunshine reminded me to do a better job of dusting and sweeping away cobwebs. Half dead flies roused from their winter comas, too weak to fly, barely crawled on the window sills. They made their annoying presence know, amazingly, by halfheartedly buzzing. I smushed several silver fish in my bathroom not wanting to think about the new life hatching down in the drains getting ready to invade.

All this buzz of activity made me think of garlic. This powerful and potent little bulb works miracles on wasp stings and those angry little guys will be out in full force very soon.  The first summer of our marriage, Rosario and I were visiting my mother in Wisconsin. We were lounging on the grass when I got stung by a wasp. It got me under my arm, that soft tender spot where the sun never shines. Rosario jumped up and ran into the house. The pain was burning and so intense my eyes watered. He came outside with a clove of garlic cut in half. He put the cut side on the site of the sting. I thought he was crazy, but, it stopped throbbing and the pain relief was almost instant. Thankfully, I am not allergic to wasp venom and there was not stinger to pull out.

I learned that bumblebees rarely sting because if they do they will die. Wasps, on the hand, live to sting another day! So, keep the garlic cloves handy at home and on the go because even though you might still need the shovel, snowplow, ear muffs and mittens, SUMMER WILL COME and so will unwelcome stinging guests.

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  1. Liz Mays says:

    OH I had forgotten about silverfish. Those are so nasty and they eat paper and hide in old books too. (Watch out at used book stores.) Ok, I went off track but can you tell I hate bugs?

  2. Ugh, I didn’t know wasps can sting again and again.

  3. Tammy says:

    Oh my goodness this winter really feels like it has last an eternity, hasn’t it?! While I think spring has finally come to North Texas, all our friends in South Dakota and family in Canada (both where we used to live), are fixing their eyes on the firmament and hoping that this cold weather lets up so they can catch a break for a few months!

  4. Donna says:

    I’m allergic to wasps. Ugh! But I did not know that about bumblebees.

  5. I can’t wait It was only 40 degrees today and i’m so tired of being cold

  6. I had no idea garlic could be used for this. I hate wasps and all stinging/biting buggies!

  7. We had spring flies last year. I’m hoping they do not come back.

  8. Kelsey Apley says:

    No idea about your garlic tip! That is a good thing to remember!! I am petrified of wasps!!!

  9. You got my skin crawling, ick. I hate silverfish, too. I had never heard the garlic trick. I hope to never have to try it! :)

  10. Angela says:

    Love the Spring but not the bugs! Didn’t know about using garlic on the stings.

  11. Marcie W. says:

    I can not imagine living in such frigid conditions! Hang in there, sunshine is sure to be on the way soon.

  12. I’m allergic so I’m looking forward to summer because of it.

  13. Lisa says:

    Gah! I’m always afraid of me or the kids getting stung. It’s been a long time, but you don’t forget the pain of a sting.

  14. Raijean says:

    Ha! I live in Chicago and I was starting to wonder if it will ever come.

  15. I was shocked to be able to wear a light jacket today… then remembered its April and I should be picking weeds… not waiting for even them to sprout

  16. HilLesha says:

    Like bees, I thought wasps shortly die after stinging someone, too. I guess not. :o

  17. Ty says:

    I absolutely hate wasp. I got stung once and I try my best to stay as far away as possible.

  18. Colleen says:

    I can’t believe the winter the north is having.

  19. Great tip about the garlic cloves. I never knew that.

  20. Kathleen B says:

    I had no idea that garlic could be used for stings. We live in Florida, but surprisingly, my boys rarely get stung.

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