Five for Friday, in which I choose and share five things I’ve enjoyed/are on my mind/I need to do/I’m listening to/watching/etc., is first. My Rocktober Music Fest selection for today, in case that’s what you’re here for, is toward the bottom of the post!
Late last night I got comfy in my bed with every intention of watching Hawaii Five-O till I fell asleep, and I was almost there…so close…when my dog jumped down and went to investigate something in the floor at the upper corner of the bed. This is where I stop and give you a bit of backstory: this time of year, all kinds of critters attempt to run me out of my home. Everything from mice to ladybugs to camel crickets. I live in the country in the middle of two cotton fields next to an empty house with a now overgrown, wooded lot, and critters (and getting rid of them) are just part of living here.
So what had my dog discovered? A baby rat snake. It came in with the recent dip in temperatures, after our most recent influx of mice no doubt. It was curious about Ari, and Ari was curious about it and sniffed it a bit before he decided it wasn’t worth killing and didn’t present danger. I didn’t even bat an eye, because this is about the dozenth time I’ve seen one of these snakes in my house. I usually have my sons remove them to the yard, and if I’m here by myself and can’t round them up, I let them go. As I mentioned, mice can be a problem here, and these rat snakes? They take care of that problem. Sure, I’d rather have them in the crawlspace or completely outside, but they tend to find their own way out.
I was reminded of a few summers ago when I saw my last snake in here. My sons were gone, the snake went out, and I promptly went to the Home Depot to get some Snake Defense spray. I sprayed it all around my house, indoors and out, because it’s all-natural and completely safe for children and pets. And? It smelled sooooo good! Come to find out, many natural snake repellents are made with cinnamon oil and clove oil. I had just made a batch of fall cleaning vinegar, which has an oil blend with cinnamon and clove oils, so last night I grabbed the spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner I’d made from it and sprayed around my bed. I watched the snake for a while, and the snake didn’t cross the area where I’d sprayed. So I thought this weekend, I’d make a stronger homemade version of Snake Defense. Here’s my Five For Friday, and what I plan on putting in it:
- Cinnamon Oil
- Clove oil
- Black Pepper oil
- Anise Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
I’m hoping those scents will also repel the mice – and I’ll be spending all weekend spraying it around the exterior of the house, anywhere mice/snakes can get in (and stuffing those places with steel wool), and maybe diffusing the “snake oil”. Rat snakes are one thing, but poisonous snakes can get in just as easily, and I can not have that.
On to the MUSIC! My Rocktober Music Fest selection for today is the latest from a band who finally released some new music after ten long years.
Tool – “Fear Inoculum”
It is long, but fantastic. Chances are you’ve already heard this if you’re a Tool fan, but if you are a Tool fan and haven’t heard it yet? Pretty sure you’ll love it!
What are YOU listening to this week? What about five things? Five fave new songs, tv shows, books, podcasts, hacks/tips? Let me know!