Natural ways to exterminate ants

Natural ways to exterminate ants

Ants are very difficult to control and eliminate. It is often going to take time and consistent effort to completely eradicate all the ants in your home. Many homeowners have the notion that only expensive insecticide can be used to effectively address an Ant infestation. But this is not entirely true because there are a good number of natural elements that can be used for controlling ants.

Most ant control chemicals and sprays are very expensive are often difficult to use. On the other hand, the natural materials that are effective in controlling ants are cheap and easy to use.

If you happen to need ant control services, you should check out Pestbusters Singapore. They specialize in removing pests without excessive harming of your home, office, or the environment around it. You should check out this link here for more information.

The following article by Heather shed light on some seven natural ways to get rid of ants.

7 ways to get rid of ants naturally

The way ants are descending on my kitchen. The sticky sweet smell of homemade strawberry jam is irresistible if I do say so myself. But after watching them take an afternoon dip in my coconut oil I’m not feeling very hospitable.

I draw the line at coconut oil, y’all.

There are certain spices, such as cinnamon and turmeric, that are thought to repel ants, but I haven’t had much luck with them. Read more here.

You likely now know a couple of ways to get rid of ants naturally. But do you know how to make super effective pesticide that will prevent ants from infesting your home?

The following article by Susan Paretts unveils some homemade pesticides you can use to address your ant problem.

Homemade pesticides to get rid of Ants

An infestation of ants can make spending time in and around your garden a less-than-pleasant experience. These pests can also damage your plants by disturbing their roots and protecting other insect pests like aphids, which feed on the plants. Instead of spraying your plants with potentially toxic insecticides, use natural remedies to rid your garden of them. Read more here

You probably now know how to make an ant control pesticide. If you did not get any result from using these homemade pesticides, then you should consider employing the services of a professional pest control company. In order for an ant control company to effectively eliminate all the ants in your home, you are going to have to make some preparations.

The following article by Lisa Jo Lupo shed light on 8 steps to prepare for an Ant control service.

8 steps to prepare for ant control service

You’re seeing ants trailing across your kitchen floor or found them in the bathroom. What can you do? There are a number of DIY options to get rid of ants, or you can choose to use a pest control service. This article discusses the pest ant extermination process and what you need to do to prepare for service. Read more here

Final note

You don’t always have to use chemicals and sprays to kill the ants in your home. Presently, there are some natural elements you can use to effectively address your ant problem. Even more, you can make your own ant control pesticide using natural materials.

If you did not get any result from using them, then you should employ the services of an ant control company. Before they arrive, you are definitely going to have to make some preparation so that they can effectively address your ant problem for good.

What One Should Know About Industrial IoT?

While IoT has been gaining a lot of attention from people in various sectors, its true depth is not so well known among the general masses. Currently, there are many researches and publications dedicated to IoT, hoping to demystify it for all the stakeholders concerned. IoT is set to become ubiquitous within the next few years and it is time people became aware of what it means to them. IoT is basically powered by a wide network which interconnects a large number of devices through various channels. IoT optimises all these connected devices by making them complement one another’s shortcomings. In order for this to happen smoothly, standardised IoT platforms like Lumada are extremely important. Many people are unaware that industrial IoT is referred to as industrial internet as well. Industrial IoT has the potential to streamline all kinds of industries, cascading them into never before seen heights of efficiency.

If you want to start on adopting IoT for your business or home, visit Hitachi ICT’s website. Being created by Hitachi itself, support for Lumada will be effective. It is time to take up smart solutions and empower your business or home now. Check out Hitachi Lumada at their website above.

In this article, we shall discuss, what one should know about Industrial IoT.

A brief introduction to Industrial IoT
Industrial IoT is basically a subset of the larger IoT, wherein production equipment are interlinked with one another in order to streamline the process of manufacturing. Some of the industrial IoT applications extend to the devices utilised in marketplaces as well. The primary end goal of industrial IoT is to expedite the process of physical production. While the Internet was earlier assumed to be a network comprising of computers, today it has broadened to encompass all kinds of devices. With the advent of economic sensors and mobile technology,
the Internet is now capable of supporting a lot more applications than mere information transfer. As IoT technology evolves, devices will become more smarter and self-reliant in the future.

The rise of industrial IoT platforms
Although automation is not a new concept to the manufacturing industry, it is still yet to develop into its most advanced form. In spite of having boatloads of information and automation technologies at their disposal, manufacturing companies are unable to utilize it to the fullest owing to the compatibility issues among them. The problem with most of the technologies is that, they depend on both open source and proprietary tools to function. While open source tools permit development, proprietary tools are constrained from it. Due to this, most of the compatibility issues have reached a stalemate with no way to resolve it. As a result of this, IoT technologists are proposing developing an industrial IoT platform to avert these issues in the future. By defining standards for industrial IoT platforms, compatibility issues will be a thing of the past.

Papers in everyday life

Paper is a commodity we come across every day in our lives. Starting from the daily newspapers to tissues, clearly

papers dominate our lives. This explains why the paper industry is one of the largest industries in the world.

You should check out Tissue World Miami paper trade show .

In schools, papers are used for conducting examinations, for writing assignments etc. Students learn from books that

are made of paper. In the newspaper industry, papers are used to print the daily newspapers. It is estimated that 24

billion newspapers are published in America alone.

Papers are also used for publishing books. According to sources, around 129 thousand million books are published every

year all over the world. These are industries which we know need paper as their main job is printing and publishing, but

there are numerous other industries which use paper but not for printing or publishing.

The cigarette industry: the outer covering of a cigarette is paper. The soap industry: the soaps are sold in paper

covers. Toothpaste comes in a paper cover too. Playing cards are made out of paper. Labels on bottles, Name tags are

all made from some kind of paper. Tablet strips are put in boxes made out of paper, masking tape is made of paper. Paper

bags are used to carry groceries from the supermarkets etc.

The government offices use paper for a variety of reasons too. Marriage certificates, vehicle registration papers,

mortgage papers, legal affidavits, different permits etc. are all printed on paper.

Another type of paper widely in use are the tissues. There are many different types of tissues: toilet tissue,

facial tissue, paper towels, table napkins, wrapping tissues etc. Tissues are made almost the same way as papers. Toilet

tissues are available as 1-ply and 2-ply. The only difference in these two is that 1-ply just has one layer of tissue

whereas 2-ply has 2 layers of tissue. The only difference between the different types of tissues is that the manufacturing

companies use slightly different chemicals to treat the pulp required to make the tissues.

Paper expo/exhibition are held where conferences and exhibitions of paper are conducted. Many different paper and pulp

companies get together during this exhibition and discuss about their product variety and the other services they render

to the other related industries. They use this platform to discuss the new opportunities in the field of paper industries.

These exhibitions are also attended by the printers, publishers, investors, promoters, R&D professionals etc.

How Jumbo Tissues are Different

Tissue is a thin and soft material used for a variety of purposes like cleaning, wiping, hygiene reasons, wrapping, table napkins etc. It’s become a common commodity found at homes too.

For the manufacture of Tissue World Jumbo Roll Tissue, softwood and hardwood are collected. The bark of the wood is removed and the woods are chopped using machines into smaller pieces and then separated to make batches. This chopped wood is put into many chemicals and a huge quantity of water and heated for a few hours. Within a few hours, a pulp/ slurry is formed. This slurry contains cellulose fibers, lignin and some other residues. The lignin and other residues are washed out before the pulp is bleached. The pulp is then mixed with a lot of water and this mixture is sprayed on screens of mesh to remove the water. If the lignin does not get washed out properly, then the paper will turn yellow with time. The material on the screen of mesh is then pressed to remove as much water as possible, then dried. It is later scrapped off from the surface of the screens using metal blades and rolled on jumbo reels. This forms the parent tissue reel. The difference between a normal tissue roll and a jumbo tissue comes in during the process of tissue conversion. During conversion, the jumbo tissues are cut to have bigger width and more length and are wound on cardboard rolls. These are then packed and sent off to the market.

In places such as public restrooms and industries where tissues need to be present in large quantities, it is more convenient if the size of the roll of tissue is also bigger. If the regular sized tissue rolls are opted for, it will have to be restocked fast. To avoid this hassle, jumbo roll tissue suppliers started producing jumbo tissue rolls. They are big enough to replace ten regular rolls of tissue and are more economical. This introduction of Jumbo Roll Tissue, has many  benefits like it prevents theft of the tissue roll as it’s difficult to steal it without people noticing it, a person using the restroom will be more comfortable etc.

They can also be used for domestic purposes where tissues are used like towels to wipe utensils dry of to wipe wet hands, clean a spilling etc. Since they are more economical, it also as a cost saver.

The Pulp and Paper Industry’s Current Status

Paper is important for some people’s daily activity. It is important for students, artists, office workers, business men, teachers, and some others. It is widely used for different purposes and it has helped people in many different ways. The materials used in making paper come from tress, plants, and other raw materials. These are collected and processed in paper mills. However, with the evolving world, things are already changing and improving and some people are saying that the pulp and paper industry is already being replaced by technology. Is it true?

Exhibition at Tissue World Miami

Come March 21-23, 2018, there will be a tissue industry paper expo and conference in Miami, USA, where over 200 exhibiting companies and 2500 visitors are expected to attend. This Tissue World Miami exhibition is expected to attract numerous industry experts, and if you are concerned about the future of the industry you should attend.

Next, Robert Carminati, in his article, will explain to us why the pulp and paper sector is not dead yet.

Market & trends: the pulp and paper sector is not dead yet

Despite the numerous and often digitalization-driven criticalities that manufacturers and market players are facing, the pulp and paper global landscape still appears lively and most of all able to build upon the opportunities that some steady-growing sectors can today provide.

The Paris-headquartered consultancy and financial risk-monitoring company Euler Hermes has recently released its 2017 outlook on the pulp and paper industry worldwide. The good news, according to analysts, is that «the paper’s era has not come to an end yet» despite the troubles it has been undergoing over the last years. In fact, it is Euler Hermes’s opinion that this year the global gross output of pulp and paper is poised to increase by a 1.4% rate. This growth is expected to be driven by «a surprising resilience of mass retailing and a rising demand for e-commerce packaging» especially. Observers estimated that the value of the entire sector amounts today to 1,190 billion dollars and assigned it a moderately high risk rating. The US, Japan and China are considered as the key players in the international arena. Read more here.

That was good news! According to Euler Homes Analysts, the pulp and paper industry is not yet in danger. In fact, despite all the challenges they have encountered, the industry is still continuously growing. In addition, American Forest and Paper Association, will tell us about global forest and paper industry reports on sustainability progress.

Global Forest and Paper Industry Reports on Sustainability Progress

WASHINGTON –The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) launched its 2017 Sustainability Progress Report.  It is the sixth biennial report highlighting ICFPA members’ progress on the sustainability commitments agreed upon in the 2006 CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability.

 “We are proud to announce our global industry’s continuous progress, which represents our commitment to social and environmental aspects associated with forest management and the manufacture of forest-based products,” said ICFPA President Jane Molony. “We look forward to continuing to supply the growing global demand for sustainable products, including fuel, fiber and forest products, while moving towards a greener economy.”

“The U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry remains devoted to advancing sustainability performance,” said American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman. “In 2016, our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative reported a 16 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, surpassing the 15 percent reduction goal ahead of schedule. Our members quickly moved to set a new GHG reduction goal of 20 percent by the year 2020 and are focused on contributing that progress to worldwide sustainability achievements.” Read more here.

That was just another proof that the pulp and paper industry is still performing well and is not yet on the verge of ending. According to the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA), the global sustainability performance of the forest product industry is improving. Great!

On another topic, let us read about a report saying that the pulp and paper industry in N.L. braces for Trump administration newspaper duties. Peter Cowan will tell us about it.

Pulp and paper industry in N.L. braces for Trump administration newsprint duties

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is bracing for a U.S. decision that could apply duties to newsprint exported into the United States.

The department of commerce is expected to make a decision Tuesday afternoon on whether to put duties on all Canadian newsprint exported to the U.S.

An American company, North Pacific Paper Company, has complained of unfair subsidies to Canadian producers, and has asked the U.S. to add duties of 25-50 per cent.

Kruger, the parent company of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, is one of the three companies targeted by the U.S., but duties would apply to all Canadian producers.

About half of the newsprint produced by the mill in Corner Brook is exported to the U.S., totalling about 120,000 tonnes a year. At going market rates that newsprint is worth about $84 million. Read more here.

So an American company has made a complaint about unfair subsidies to Canadian producers that’s why they have asked US to add duties of 25-50 percent. I hope that this issue between the parties would be resolved immediately. The pulp and paper industry is important because they produce the things that we need. In addition, we should not worry about this industry coming to an end because they are perfectly fine. There might be challenges, but they were able to resolve them and they are still active in producing the paper that we need.

How Pest Can Negatively Affect Your Business

In life and business, you will only get one chance to make a strong first impression. Therefore it is important that you address anything that could ruin your first impression. One thing that could affect your reputation is the infestation of pest. For a second, imagine the damages that pests like rats and cockroaches can have on your business. They may destroy important business files and documents. Even more, they could scare the living daylight out of your prospective client.

A recent report from the (CEBR) centre for economics and business research shows that businesses in the United States spent about $6.8 billion to deal with pest infestation in their facilities. Even more, they also lost more than $13.2 billion dollars as a result of damage made by pest. Presently more than ninety percent of businesses that were surveyed claimed to have suffered at least one pest infestation in the past five years.

The amount of money that is lost to address pest infestation runs into billions of dollars. What this means is that pest infestation is not something that should be ignored or overlooked. The impact of pests not only affects business financially, it can also cost them their reputation as well. A lot of businesses have been made to pay compensations and fines relating to the pest infestation.

Businesses are now being plagued by the negative review, feedback, and comment especially on popular social media platform as a result of pest infestation. These reviews could ward off potential clients. And even if the pest infestation situation has been properly addressed, the damaged has already been done. The negative feedback might continue for a long time.

Staffs and employees have also been affected by the effects of pest infestation. In some situation, pests, such as rat, mice or cockroaches, might carry microbes like viruses and bacteria that could lead to food poisoning and other serious health condition. Also, pest infestation could also affect the productivity of business which will ultimately slow down their profit and growth. In order to ensure that similar incidents do not repeat itself, engage the service of Pestbusters to monitor the pest infestation situation at your workplace regularly.

Pest infestation management

Obviously, the best way to address pest related issues in your business is to call an expert who has the expertise as well as the equipment to handle any type of pest infestation. Even more, these expert are discreet and they know the best way to keep pest at bay for good. They can also provide practical advice that could help staffs and business owners in preventing any form of infestation in the future.

The leading companies in the food industries hardly have any pest related issue. This is because they spend thousands of dollars to set up systems that will prevent pests from infesting their properties. They are willing to splash tons of cash in preventing pests because they know that just one pest incidence could affect their business for years to come.

Ways to address pest infestation

  1. Prevention

Reduce the chance of pest entering your property to the barest minimum. Seal all gaps, replace broken windows and doors. This will go a long way in preventing pests from entering the structure

  1. Restriction

Learn all you can about pest and train your staff on how to prevent pest, like properly disposing food remains and other items that may lure pests.

  1. Eradication

Employ the expertise of professionals in the pest industries so that they can use the most effective approach to address your pest problem for good.

  1. Monitoring

From time to time, check for signs of pest infestation, do all you can to halt their growth by not providing the conditions they need to grow.

In all, the key to solving pest infestation is to have insight with regards to their behavioural pattern and implement preventive measures that will keep them at bay.

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The residential design process is typically managed by an architect. Consider many details to work out: the theme or style of the room or area for the project, materials and costs will probably be a part of this. You can go in the large amount of different design directions to have the exact look you want using materials which you already have inside your home. But if you do a bit little web-research on ‘house building Cad software’, you’ll quickly learn that the world Wide Web provides more info on this subject that you can handle.

Creating a sacred space within a health care facility will help those who visit and inhabit could possibly and analytical space (including physicians, nurses and staff) to employ their imaginative, hopeful and intuitive side. Pyramid Technique Use a strange quantity of a minimum of five – seven items. Hot tub and spa areas are extremely popular for beauty and relaxation, while majestic waterfalls or fountains add a hint of romance to your outdoor space. You can paint a poster bed for further of the modern look or add height to a low headboard with fabric, artwork or mirrors. Careers in Home Design directly affect the health, safety and overall wellbeing of the folks that work well and live inside the spaces that Interior Designers design.

Choose Carefully. The engine can make its debut appearance in 2010 in the F-150 SVT Raptor. I have put together some fun facts about fashion as well as the history of it.

A classic family area is likely to be however you like for a long time to come. There really are a variety of decorating ideas around the market today, however the best method to complete your interior Christmas decorating is to make those items yourself or along with your family. One elderly client may be too frail to her bed and vacuum her floors. . articledashboard.

Once you have the viewers on your own page, it’s time and energy to go beyond the colors and images. Regardless of whether your home is inside a sprawling villa or in the small apartment with little space to spare, proper and meticulous planning ensures that you simply can result in the best out of the available space. The software also includes textures for tiled floors, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. Regardless of whether your home is in a sprawling villa or inside a small apartment with little space to spare, proper and meticulous planning ensures that you can make the best out of the available space. Why Artificial Grass Lawns are “Green” By Jim Karmie.

a complete color palette. I have provided three guidelines for designing with ceramic tile however, these aren’t the be-all design. You can use a valance or cornice box over it to soften the harsh edges. Lighting your kit can be considered a fun yet challenging time. Find out more at http://www.

Wedgewood china will give any dining table the wow factor. You also need to enhance your skills and knowledge of web site design technologies at regular interval. Rather than being outdated and old, retro takes the best of previous styles to produce a modern approach. You can showcase your personality by pairing neutral colors together in unique ways on and on with subtle themes that still get your point of view across.

My two year blogiversary

So important that I well…..technically it was Saturday. But whatever, I forgot. I had too much going on this weekend. Ha.

I made it two years. Without quitting. Or quitting and shutting down for good as someone so nicely reminded me yesterday. (I’d of quit like five times over, but I have a best friend clause, which prevents me from shutting down without written consent…anyway, it’s pretty convenient. That whole think it over for two days first thing is a good idea.) Truly though? I adore that each and every single day that I have best friends who will tell it to me like it is. Who will say things like, “you mean, not quit permanently.” Because she was right. Because she and my other best friends won’t let me get away with living in my own little world. They make me be real, with them, with myself.

Best friends who will send me an email after my post yesterday that basically says, in the nicest way possible, you need to suck it up and make him CIO. And? She too is right. As always.

Best friends that I wouldn’t have without this space. Had I not re-started a blog one morning two years ago, I wouldn’t know them. I wouldn’t know any of you. That? I just can’t imagine.

I never thought I’d meet the most amazing people in the world, through my words here, but I have.

In two years, I have done a lot. More than I even knew possible when I started writing here that day.

I’ve had a baby.

I lost a pregnancy.

I’ve written things that I wish I could take back. I’ve written things that make me weep, because it’s just so real. I’ve written things that threatened to sink me. I’ve written things that make me smile.

I’ve been to a blogging conference. In a few weeks, I’ll be attending my second one.

I spoke at a keynote in front of 1,000 people, something I would never have thought possible.

I’ve gone on vacations just to meet people I met through this blog. Haven’t met a single ax murderer yet.

I’ve sat at lunches and dinners with people I didn’t know two years ago and not wanted the meal to end. Meals one on one, meals in large groups. Mostly filled with more laughter than I knew possible. Occasionally some tears. But mostly, laughter.

You all have supported me in everything. Through things that I can’t imagine I could have made it through two years ago. Through depression, heartache, divorce. You all have been there, listening and I love you for it. From the bottom of my heart, I love you for it. Here, I made you all some cupcakes. No worries, there are enough to go around.

Have you heard of this thing called the Lilith Fair?

If so? Don’t bother buying tickets. It’s a waste of money.

Years ago, I believe in 1999, Logan and I were on vacation in Colorado when one of his cousins had extra tickets to the Lilith Fair. We were thrilled to get to go since we’d tried to get tickets to see it in Los Angeles and weren’t able too. It was an all afternoon/evening outdoor concert at Fiddler’s Green. We had grass seats, which was totally fine. There were about twelve of us who went. We got there around 2 pm and hung out on the grass. A few people we were with had real seats but they were still allowed to sit on the grass with us during the day. We spread out blankets and played cards. We bought food and drinks and took them back to our little area in the grass. We could hear the bands that were playing on the smaller stages, even though no one played on the main stage until say 5 pm.

There was a huge area that was filled with different food booths. You could buy t-shirts, get hemp tattoos, see weird art. Whatever. It was an experience. The smaller stages were filled with lesser-known women bands, but I remember knowing some of them.

When the concerts started on the main stage it was amazing. We, in one night, saw Sarah McLaughlin, Sheryl Crow, Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, Lisa Loeb and my all time favorites, the Dixie Chicks. It was five or six hours of non-stop concerts. Sheryl Crow came out in the middle of an Indigo Girls song and jumped up on their piano. Lisa Loeb ran across the stage while someone was singing with a kite. Sheryl Crow told jokes before she sang. The Dixie Chicks were freaking amazing.  At the end, they all did a few songs together. It was huge and it was fun and it still goes down in history as one of my all-time favorite concert events ever.

Fast forward to this spring.

I heard Sarah McLaughlin was re-doing the Lilith Fair. I waited. I watched for signs that it was true. She announced her line up. It was highly impressive. You can see it here if you’d like. I signed up to be notified early, so I could buy tickets when they came out. They finally went on sale. When I saw that Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLaughlin, Sugarland, Court Yard Hounds and Miranda Lambert were all going to come to the Denver show, I bought two tickets. Pricey. Expensive. $135 a piece tickets. I figured maybe I’d get my mom to come out and we’d go. In the end, though, I decided to give the second ticket to my friend, for her birthday. Which was today. Figured a concert on her birthday was a good present. She was thrilled.

She and I both re-arranged our schedules. We made sure our kids are covered, took time off work, both of us even found people to go walk our dogs at some point. Then we get there. We stand in line to get in. No biggie. We have to toss our sunscreen because it’s in a spray can. Which was fine, our bad. We go to the small stage area and there is no place to sit. It’s all rocks. You could only stand….I mean unless you like rocks up your butt. There are only like 6 booths and they are only giving out samples of crap. A coupon. A teeny spray deodorant. Nothing to do. Nothing to see. We’d seen it all in three minutes flat. There was no place to sit and absolutely no shade. Then we saw the sign. The bands listed sign. The, this is when people are playing sign. NONE of the people we had come to see, besides Sarah McLaughlin were listed on it. She wasn’t going to play until last. We literally only knew one other person on the list and neither of us are fans of her. We walked over to where you could buy food. There were three drink booths and two food booths. Ten bucks for beer. Six bucks for a hot dog. Those were basically the only choices. Hot dogs, cheeseburgers, crappy beer or water. You can buy better food at the Costco food stand. Heck, I can buy better food outside the Home Depot on Saturdays. That guy sells brats and churros and crazy shit. Not that we went to eat or drink, I’m just saying, it was seriously limited.

We bought five dollar bottles of water and tried to find some spare concrete to sit on. Because, hi, guess what, nothing is on the main stage till 5pm, so we aren’t seating until then. Yeah. No place to sit and they wouldn’t let us go to our seats early. More and more and more people started filling into a tiny confined space. It was hot. There was no place too move and hundreds of people wondering why we couldn’t just go sit in our seats. This one woman kept inching closer and closer to me. I told my friend, if she gets any closer, she will soon be in my lap. It wasn’t even her fault, there was just that many people there.

We started asking people around us about the other bands supposedly showing up. Oh they’re not, one woman said. Yeah, I guess it wasn’t doing so well so some of them bailed. So I paid $135 a pop, to wait around until 9pm, on a weeknight, to just see Sarah McLaughlin? Whose CD I wasn’t impressed with enough to buy? Yeah, pretty much.

We sat there for about 45 minutes fuming, before we finally decided to leave. That it wasn’t even worth the time. The money was a waste, but to waste our time and be grouchy on top of it? To see shitty bands we’d never even heard of? Not worth it.

We were not the only ones either. We walked out with six other people. The people who’d been sitting next to us had been debating it. There were six of them. We had people leaving in front of us and people leaving behind us. We were offered tickets, free tickets, by eight other people. I offered my tickets to five different people in the parking lot and each of them said, no, we’re thinking about leaving too. I came so close to handing my tickets to the homeless guy at the freeway entrance.

Sarah? You have lost my business. Forever. I will never again buy your albums. I will never again believe anything you say. I may never again go to an outdoor concert that supposedly has multiple acts. You pretty much just ruined it for me. Maybe you don’t care. Maybe you will never see this. It’s more than the money. It’s the principal of it. You sold something and what you sold was a lie. I’m upset. As much for the friend whose birthday I just ruined as for myself. The money? Well it’s gone and I’ve wasted money on stupider crap before. It was a lot of money to waste though. I’m not exactly rolling in it, you know? I’m a single mom with three kids who just lost half a day of work and $300 on top of that.

I’ve been to better free concerts than this. Heck, a few years ago….the only time I’ve even seen Sugarland in concert, it was a free outdoor concert at night in freaking Palmdale, California. I remember driving up there wondering if we were being dumb. I showed up, with my husband and my little girls and we had an absolute blast. We ate tons of great food and sat on the grass and watched a two hour free concert.

This? Didn’t even come close to a free concert at a fair. It wasn’t worth the gas to drive there, much less the money I spent. I’d of stayed tonight if ANYONE you said was going to be there had been there. Just one of them. But no, it was all a lie, so we left.

I wasted my time, my money, my energy and my faith in concerts. I’m disappointed. I’m grouchy. Mostly though? I wish I’d gotten what I paid for. That would have been cool. Shrug. I won’t make the mistake again.

You lost two fans today.

I’d go baby sleep boot camp, but I’m too tired for that

We are playing some perverse game of musical beds in my house. It has to stop, I am just not sure how to stop it.
It started out all innocently. See, when Harrison was born, we had a scare in the hospital. Nothing big, but scary enough that I was a neurotic mess the night he came home from the hospital. When the choice came to put him in his crib, I hedged. The girls had always slept in their cribs. But that was a different time and I was a different me. So….I brought him to bed with me. Logan raised his eyebrows at me, but didn’t say a word. It just sort of worked. Harrison was a great sleeper as an infant.

Fast forward about nine months and he stopped being a pleasant bed baby. We transitioned him into sleeping in the crib. Which worked out okay. However? He’s not a great sleeper. At nearly two years old (Sigh. When did that happen?) he still wakes up and cries out for me a couple times a night. He’s lost his bink. He’s gotten caught up in his blankie in a way he doesn’t like. He…well whatever, he just doesn’t sleep through the night. Or he won’t and he screams, which isn’t pleasant for me or his sleeping sisters. However? In January when Logan moved out, I started going to get him when he woke up. Bringing him into bed with me. Partially because listening to him cry, made me weep. Partially because I already wasn’t sleeping, so what did it matter.

Also, Bailey has pretty much slept with me non-stop since January. I put her to bed in her bed. Most nights at least. However, as soon as I leave the room, she gets up, takes her blankies and goes and gets in my bed. Two or three hours later, when I go to bed, I’m not willing to move her, so I generally leave her.

I don’t mind her in my bed. She’s like the perfect sleep buddy. She rarely moves. She barely makes a peep. She’s cuddly. I do mind Harrison in my bed though. Yet, I don’t seem to be able to stop it.

Reality is, it’s hard to say no at 2am. I know he wants me. He knows he wants me. I am weak. It’s hard, this single parent gig. Some people do it non-stop. I don’t. We share custody. But still, there are three of them and one of me. at night, when I’m tired? I loose the will power to be strong.

I am also very, very tired. He’s rolly. He’s like a baby steam roller. He’s a blanket thief. I don’t even think I can explain to you what happens to the sheets. He’s insane. He’s a toddler blanket dictator. Bailey and I wake up shivering. He kicks too. Some mornings, I play, where are my children. It’s a fun game. Where fun equals weird.

This is a night/morning example from a few days ago: (I copied it out of a chat with Liz from last week.)
At midnight maybe, Bailey came into bed with me. At 1am Harrison woke up.

I brought him into bed with me. At 3am  I know Bailey got up and went to the bathroom, at 6:45am I woke up, I was alone. Went to see where my children all were, can only assume Bailey got tired of Harrison kicking and left. She was on the couch. Maybe Harrison went to sleep with Morgan for some ungodly reason, because that’s where he was. He Probably kicked her too many times she got up and slept in Bailey ’s bed? Is insane. No fucking wonder I am so tired today.

Yeah. That was a few days ago. Last night? I slept with the little two in my bed. I woke up on the edge, with Bailey basically huddled right next to me…probably for warmth, since Harrison had stolen all of the covers.

Is it a wonder that I’m tired all the freaking time? I should know how to do this. But I don’t. It’s hard to break a habit that I started. I never started it with the girls. The reason Bailey sleeps with me, is solely because she was just too sad when her dad and I separated and needed me. She may still, which is why I’m not willing to kick her out of my bed yet.

I feel bad that I’m okay with her in my bed, but not him.

He’s gotta go. I just don’t know how to be a hard ass at night. I’m great at it during the day. At night though? I’m a big ole wuss and he knows it.

Halp? Any ideas? Tell me I’m not alone. Please, someone. Anyone?