Brazils’ Spider Rain…eeccchhhh



In scenes which will haunt anyone with an aversion our eight-legged friends, hundreds of spiders have begun dangling from telegraph poles in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

Footage posted online on Friday shows the fairly sizable arachnids, identified as Anelosimus eximius, in one massive web.

A local biologist told Gawker that the “social spider” species is known for its very big colonies and “sheet webs,” and said such a mass dangling is “normal.”

Don’t think Brazil will be on my list for vacationing during this time of year…..

About 20 years ago Muskoka was over run with caterpillars, I remember sweeping them away before being able to leave the house, and walking with the kids was awful these little creepy crawlies were everywhere, I can’t imagine this….:D

Laugh loudly, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly

Poopourri – what a co-ink-e-dince

This it too funny! My friends a.k.a  Mildred and Minerva were talking about this yesterday.   Minerva had said “have you heard of poopourri?” and of course I laughed and said “isn’t it potpourri?”  She said there was this stuff you could buy at the store called poopourri just put a couple of drops in your toilet bowl and voila no more stink in the commode! I really thought she was kidding until I opened my email this morning and received my weekly newsletter from Crunchy Betty one of my favorite blogs/websites  I’ve attached part of Crunchy Bettys’  blog/website below.


I also found this stuff online it costs about 10.00 for 2oz  this particular one had Lemon grass, Bergmont and Grapefruit in it. I love the little quote on the side of the photo 

” Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know

This is their ad below I wish I’d thought of this!!   

website is


PooPourri Ad

The best part drum roll Crunchy Bettys’ own poopourri:



Eucalyptus Oil For Preventative Bathroom


That’s right. Eucalyptus oil.

Two to three drops in your toilet water, before doing your business, will nearly completely eliminate any odorous evidence that you’ve done anything.


How to Use Essential Oil to Cover Your Tracks

  • Before sitting on the toilet, place 2-3 drops of oil into the water in the bowl
  • Do, you know, it
  • Flush
  • Walk out of the bathroom, confident that you’ve left no evidence of what you did in there

Now, of course sometimes you (or your husband, who I’m very certain is probably going to be encouraged to use this the most) will overpower the abilities of the oil to some degree. But those times will probably only be after Taco Bell – and you’ll feel so terrible anyway, it’s not like you’ll be in public. (Shame on you.)

And – you don’t HAVE to use eucalyptus. Peppermint, lemon, wintergreen … any relatively fresh and clean scented essential oil will do the trick. Heck, you could even mix some to tailor to your preferred scent.

I use eucalyptus oil as the example because a) it’s the strongest-smelling essential oil I know, b) it smells to me like a bathroom SHOULD smell, c) I like to spell out the word eucalyptus and d) it’s one of the least expensive essential oils.

Why This Is the Coolest Weird Trick Ever

These bottles are SO small, you can hide them anywhere:

  • Tuck a bottle in your purse for on-the-go emergencies
  • Keep a bottle in your desk drawer for unfortunate workday calls
  • Tape a bottle to your husband so he doesn’t forget
  • Tuck a bottle on the back of your toilet or bathroom cabinet – it takes up SO little room
  • Or, you could make a giant sign like I did, for guests

Seriously. I can’t get enough of this stuff. It almost makes you excited to go now, doesn’t it?

(PS – Eucalyptus oil should never be ingested, so keep out of the reach of your little ones.)

Worm Calling??!!

This is one of the strangest things I’ve ever heard of “Worm Calling”  as soon as I heard about it I starting reading more….the practice of calling worms has been going on for hundreds of years.  Seagulls and turtles along with other animals call worms.  Apparently its quite easy to do.

What you need to do is send vibrations into the ground to drive the worms to the surface.  Some say the vibration mimics rain and the worms come up out of the ground to avoid drowning.

You can actually make a “worm grunting” stick.  One stick is smooth and the other is rough, notched out like a saw.  Take the smooth stick and put it about 6 inches into the ground , take the notched out stick and use a sawing motion across the other and voila worms! There are quite a few other methods to use when calling worms just grab a metal garden tool and tap it on the ground.

Happy grunting!

Check out the First Annual Worm Calling Competition at Chappell Farms in Barrie.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 – 9:00AM

Teams will compete to see who can charm the most worms out of the ground.
There will also be games, live music, food, bingo and more!
In support of Seniors Wish Association which helps seniors who do not have family or friends around.
Pledges start at $50 per team of 3. Tell friends, family and work mates that donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.
Contact: Grace United Church at 705 734 0760,, search Worm Rodeo on Facebook. @wormrodeo on Twitter