Friday, May 20, 2016

Tick Off!

 It is that time of year here in the Northeast....tick season! Ticks suck both literally and figuratively.

Certain areas of the province have both the notorious deer tick and the common wood or dog tick. Working down in Queen`s county I could be exposed to both so I make my own DIY tick repellent using essential oils, vodka/witch hazel and distilled water. Truth be told I use this recipe I found online at Primally Inspired. Thanks for sharing! Neat blog - check it out.

I`ve used a variation of this recipe last season with pretty good success, blending a multi purpose tick, black fly and mosquito spray. This season I think I will create a separate tick formula as the prime essential oil is Rose Geranium. Fairly expensive I`d rather conserve the use of the spray for my lower legs and feet as ticks attach to hosts usually from high grasses and low lying shrubs. I will then create a separate spray for flies and mosquitos using a blend of citronella, peppermint, lemongrass and lavender.

FYI - make sure your purchase the Pelargonium Capitatum X Radens species of rose geranium as it has the best track record for tick repellent ability. I use the Eden Garden variety and purchase via

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

No Ball Playing!

 It was with regret I had to fold my men's slow pitch team at the 11th hour so there will be no ball playing this season. At least in Slugger blue anyway.

 How quickly events can conspire against you. Last Wednesday the league fees were announced and with fifteen guys on the full time roster I felt better about the upcoming season. Last year was a nightmare with a spare`s list in name only as none of them actually played a single game. I managed to fill vacancies through TH who managed to recruit some friends who played in a different league. Without their help we would have forfeited many of our games and those three individuals had accepted my offer to play full time for the 2016 season.

It was with shock that I got an email last week informing me that they were unable to  play for the Sluggers any longer as their original team had been invited to play in our league for this season. I was gutted. Not only did I need them to fill out my roster but they were excellent ball players. With only 12 guys now on my roster, one of whom was dealing with a family situation that may prevent his participation, I made the decision to fold the team one week from the start of the season.

I had no spares and probably only 11 guys. Since I have been running the team we always have guys unable to play week to week. Work, family, vacations and injury meant we would always be short players on any given day.

I will admit that losing the team was frustrating but, in a sense, it was a burden I no longer wanted to carry into 2016 having a shortage of players. The new management of the league strongly suggested they expected a full commitment from all teams, forfeits would be definitely frowned upon and suspension from the league could be a result for repeat offenders. I do not need that stress nor did I want the lads to pay for a season of softball that could be unfulfilling at best or one shortened by forfeits or suspension.

Requiem to the Sluggers. It was fun while it lasted. I can only hope my former players can find positions with existing teams or other leagues. If anyone comes looking for a pitcher I suppose I may get back to the diamond. Otherwise I will spend the summer on my bikes and shooting the bows. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rum - El Dorado 12 Year

A spur of the moment purchase while browsing through the rum section of the local NSLC. On sale for $34.99 I decided to give another offering from ED a try.

Very nice packaging with a cork stopper in a unique style of bottle. Neat in the glass it possesses a nose of caramel with a long spicy finish. It really shines on ice, the cubes softening the spice while accentuating a mild oakiness and flavors of baking spices. Very smooth mouth feel and pleasant finish.

A dark amber color in the glass the El Dorado 12 year is a very nice sipper. Yummy.