Posted in Dogs

AnimalEO Experiment

12/22/16 Update: the AnimalEO did not work for us. The dogs had no fleas, but it did not control ticks. I used Animal EO for over a month, but after pulling multiple ticks off of each dog I gave up and bought Seresto Collars. The Seresto Collars worked well. No more ticks all summer and fall. 

 

Today starts the great AnimalEO experiment of spring and summer 2016. I’ve used topical pesticides and oral pesticides for flea and tick control on our dogs for years. The topical has caused serious chemical burns in dogs, though not in mine. I stopped using it three years ago because it just stopped working. Next came one of the new oral flea and tick control medications. Kind of expensive and didn’t control ticks as well as I wanted. Also caused some mild diarrhea in one of the dogs. Last year I gave it every twelve weeks instead of every four. I found absolutely no difference in the tick control. None of them have ever had a problem with fleas. But ticks are plentiful here (and of the devil).

So after months of research I decided to try the AnimalEO brand product called Away. It is a blend of essential oils made by a holistic veterinarian. To start, I mixed four drops of the oil in four ounces of distilled water in a glass spray bottle. I’ll follow up to let you know how it works.

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Added bonus-it’s environmentally friendly.

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Side Hustles? Part Time Job? Help!

So here’s some honesty. We need to have more money coming in than what we currently have. Here’s some more honesty. We could probably cut a little bit more, maybe $100/month. Maybe not.

We’re not going hungry. We’re not in danger of losing our home. But we’re only getting by. Like many Americans, we’re living paycheck to paycheck. We have no reserves. No savings other than a retirement account we can’t really touch until we retire. (Which may be a good thing.) We’re in some moderate debt. We want out. But we don’t want to sacrifice life in the process.

Okay, yes, we could go completely bare bones, but I believe we do deserve a few things we enjoy. My husband enjoys sports, movies, documentaries so we pay for cable-one tier above basic. We both enjoy shooting so we do have a gun range membership. Those are two things I’m not willing to cut. But those two things together are less than $170/month.

I could probably drill down the groceries a little more. And, I’ll work on that.

This all leads me to my question. Side hustle or part time job? Should have called this the honesty post because here comes some more. I really, really don’t want either of us to get a part time job. We have limited time together as is. And frankly, our marriage is more important to me than money. But it may come to one of us getting a part time job for a very limited amount of time.

What about side hustles? I’ve read a little about some. Have any of you used any and did they help? I’ve been using one of the survey sites for over six months and still haven’t earned enough points to cash out at the lowest level which is only $10. So that doesn’t seem very effective. Has anyone used Inbox Dollars? Have any of you worked as a virtual assistant? I’m considering some very limited and lite pet sitting-maybe just dog walking and feeding.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Posted in Goals, Writing

Mid-Month Check Up

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Time to check those April goals. Where are you on track? Where do you need to catch up? Where do you need to adjust or go a different direction?

Here’s my progress so far.

I added 4293 words to my story last week, well ahead of my goal of 3000. They will be heavily edited, eventually, but that’s okay. Can’t edit what isn’t written, right?

I posted on my blog three days last week. That hits my goal exactly.

I worked on revisions on my short story on Tuesday. That also hits my goal exactly.

So, I’m on track for April.

Doesn’t it feel good to meet goals? When I meet a goal it gives me a little more confidence that I can realize my writing dreams.

So let’s hear it. Where are you with your April goals?

Posted in Goals

Working the Plan

The first full week of my April goal plan is over. How did I do? Great! I met all my goals for the week-YAY!!

  1. I wrote 3676 words (goal -3000)
  2. I posted three times on my blog (goal -three posts)
  3. I worked on my short story on Tuesday (goal -work on short story every Tuesday)
  4. I decided to enter ICL’s novel writing contest (goal -make a firm decision by mid month)

Did you set goals for the week? The month? Do you have a longterm plan? Are you on track to meet your goals?

Posted in Dogs

Tick Season

I hate ticks. There, I said it. They are evil little pustules of disease. But I also hate what harsh chemicals can do to our dogs. Here in the southeastern United States ticks are rampant so doing nothing is not a valid choice. After a little bit of research I hope I’ve found a solution for the dogs and for us. AnimalEO. I bought a small bottle of Away to use on all of us.

To use, mix a few drops with distilled water in a small glass spray bottle. Spray on before going outside.

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I picked up this handy card at our vet’s office this week. So far I’ve seen three Lone Star ticks this season.

What do you use for insect control for yourself? For your pets?