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May ends with a cosmic exclamation point as the planets issue so many conflicting orders we don't know what to do. The extroverted Leo Moon sneaks into timid Virgo at 12:15 pm EDT, shifting our emotional framework. Logical Mercury trines probing Pluto, inviting us to get to the bottom of a mystery. Meanwhile, a series of creative alignments urges us to explore new ways to express the magic lurking just beyond the limits of our perceptions.

You are willing to bring up a subject today that might be a conversation stopper on other days. But your jovial approach puts others completely at ease. It's as if you can turn your charm off and on at will, giving you the edge in an important negotiation. Nevertheless, you could be so confident of your message that you forget that communication is a two-way street. Make sure everyone gets a chance to share their opinions without feeling rushed. The Dalai Lama said, "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

Today tried to start off early but was no later than 7:00 am despite the 6:00 am alarm. It is the day that Peter goes off to the hospital for the rest of the week. We will see several things, namely whether I can be self sufficient, whether Peter can go that long without me, and what will happen that we don’t anticipate. I am sure that there will be so many things happening just because we don’t want them to, and that the sky will fall or not.

The sky didn’t fall but the rain sure did. Gatineau gets it again. I had followed Peter up to the hospital and waited while he was admitted as a patient. He will stay in the hospital until Friday when he will come home for the weekend. The wait for admitting was long, almost a full hour before they began to take his information. Meanwhile outside the storm was brewing up.

I decided to wander outside for a smoke so I took a little hike across the street called Ring Road. It was soon after that my phone rang with Peter telling me that they were ready to take him up to his second floor room. I was quick as a bunny to get back as fast as my electric wheelchair could go after I had put out my partially smoked cigarette. Can’t waste them at their high prices.

Up in Peter’s ward of our beds, it was bedlam. A nurse named Cathy helped Peter get the right bed near the window. Shortly after, a pharmacist came in and began going through all of the medications that Peter was taking. A while later, a doctor showed up and examined Peter while he was contending with the questions of the kind pharmacist woman. When both the pharmacist and the doctor had finished and departed, Peter’s lunch showed up. Timing is everything when we are so closely linked in to synchronicity. My fault.

I took a look at Peter’s lunch. It was a macaroni and cheese plate with a little salad and tea. There were condiments, to be sure. Peter needed to be on a 1200 calorie diet and that lunch certainly was bland enough to be one. I didn’t say a word about Peter’s lunch as he bade me to leave before the storm hit. I saw on the weather map that a storm line was crossing over soon enough.

I did as I was asked and left. It was a sad thing for me to leave Peter in the room accompanied by three other men in for pulmonary rehabilitation. I decided not to take the fast bumpy way home. Instead, I crossed over to Mount Pleasant road and follow that north to Riverside drive. It was smooth in comparison to Smythe Road and a long piece of Riverside Drive.

The jaunt home took about half an hour. The first thing I did was to clean the kitty litter. That is a daily task that needs to be done with two large cats sharing the same litter box. Too bad they aren’t trained to use the toilet like some cats I have seen doing. Oh well.

Now I will try to list my priorities and get them done. I am literally on my own until either Jessica shows up or Peter comes home for the weekend. I have to keep myself busy or eat and sleep the time away. It’s only a month that this will go on. So, I will just make the best of it while I have the chance.


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By now you're probably wondering if you can just dump the oils into a spray bottle with water and start spraying away. Well, not quite - there are a couple of extra ingredients that you'll need! Don't worry - making your own mosquito repellent is super easy!
Here's what you'll need:
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka
Mix the witch hazel, essential oil and vanilla extract into a small spray bottle.
You're all set! This formulation will only last for about four hours, so don't forget to re-apply it as needed.


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Most animals love honey, and ants are no exception. Worker ants eat liquids, but the queen and her baby larvae eat solids. In order to stop the colony from propagating, you'll need to make both liquid and solid treats for them to munch on.
For the solid ant bait: mix together borax and powdered sugar in a 1:3 ratio. So for every 1/4 cup of borax, add 3/4 cups of sugar.
For the liquid goo: mix together 1/4 cup of borax with 3/4 cup of honey or maple syrup.
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