This blogging thing is still very new to me. I’m learning as I go. My mind has been swimming with subject matter and content presentation ideas. It has practically consumed my life for the past 5 days. In a good way! This adventure is too special not to share. Between my SDH and myself, we have a list that’s at least 3.7 miles long of ideas for content. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, 2.7 miles long…
Bugs have been at the top of the list since the list started. As you can imagine, living in the lush green jungley (is that a word?) part of Hawaii comes with a few bugs. The mosquitoes love me here! They have always loved me no matter where I am. I could be outside with a group of 60 people and I would be the first one to start slapping myself. I’ve been told more than once “they’re not bothering me, you must just be imagining it.” Then the second guessing comes in, “maybe I AM imagining it.” Then a welt would appear and I would be so proud and have to show it off like a trophy to whoever was around. “Look! I’m not imagining THAT” while pointing to the red, itching, getting bigger by the second welt.
Early on, after moving to Florida, we started searching for an alternative mosquito repellent instead of the traditional sprays and lotions.
I found this little gem on Amazon. The Bite Shield!
I was skeptical because it uses cartridges filled with tiny round pellets made from or soaked in a naturally produced alcohol called Geraniol. Instead of the usual, more potent sounding, chemicals that we know aren’t good for us but we use them anyway. Geraniol is found in geranium, lemon and citronella oil.
I used it constantly while living in Florida! It became my security blanket and as long as it was with me and turned on, I was welt free!!! Yes, you DO have to turn it on.
While packing for the move to Hawaii, somehow, it was packed in a “slow boat” box. Gasp! During the cooler months, even in Florida, it wasn’t needed. I’m guessing that’s how it ended up in a “slow boat” box.
We were in our new home in Hawaii for a week or so before the box it was packed in was delivered. Before it arrived, I had to go buy the name brand fan model they sell at the grocery store. While using it, I was still very popular with the mosquitoes and had plenty of welts to prove it. Once my Bite Shield finally arrived, I have been mosquito free and welt free…as long as I remember to turn it on.
Here’s a photo of what mine looks like now.
I’m guessing the substance it disperses is what caused the white parts to turn yellow. Aside from wearing a large headdress made from a citronella plant, this is the best repellent around!
While looking online today to find the correct information to relay to you about the Bite Shield, I learned that I actually get credit with Amazon if you purchase one by clicking on the photo above! Click on the photo of the new pretty white one, not my yellow one.
On a closing note, we had a visit from one of the local internet providers today. Our internet speed was increased from an average speed of .5 mbps to 33 mbps!!! Yes, there is a decimal before the 5. We are moving along nicely now! The service tech had to go out of his way to make this happen for us. Just another example of the aloha spirit!