DIY Bug Repellent

Every summer I have a mosquito problem. Never mind the West Nile Virus threat, I don’t get any sleep as one or more mosquitos feeds off of me all night long, keeping me awake with the horrible itching, itching, itching.

I have screens on the windows! Plus, I went around and tried to plug up every possible opening (they are very old and rickety windows). But at least one invariably gets through.

They always get away if I try to swat them, but spraying them with Windex is effective, I’ve discovered, if you can spot them. Anything spray-able will do it seems. I once got them with leave-in conditioner. The wide spray cuts off all exits, and they fall and then you can smoosh them. The problem is finding them, and this is always an after-the-fact solution anyway. You’ve already been woken up at this point and are dealing with the itching, itching, itching.

Yesterday someone posted a link to this DIY bug repellent on Facebook. I couldn’t find one of the ingredients, the Thieves essential oil, but last night I put all the other ingredients together and gave it a try.

No mosquitos! And while that could just be a coincidence, I’m hopeful. I don’t love the smell though. I don’t hate it exactly, I think it’s the lavender smell that I don’t like. Or the rosemary. Also, I never got around to lighting the tea lights, but I do agree with Claire, who posted her homemade recipe, these are very pretty. Thank you, Claire!

Update: Okay, so it didn’t work. But they were pretty.

DIY Bug Repellent

Dog in a Chair

I love that they put him on a chair, instead of having him lay down on the sidewalk. “Please, join us cute little dog.” “Why thank you. I will have the squirrel please.”

Dog in a chair, West Village, New York City


I’m so glad So You Think You Can Dance is back for the summer. Please please please renew it for next year. In honor of the best reality show on tv, here are more dancing pictures from the Gay Pride Parade, because I love dancing.

Which reminds me, please click on this link of this incredibly attractive and appealing cop dancing. Seriously. Click on that link. DO IT!! I’ll wait. You’re welcome.

Gay Pride Parade, New York City, 2015

I wish I could do this.

Gay Pride Parade, New York City, 2015