F is a term filled post for us, so I’m going to be discussing a variety of subjects briefly. Let’s start off with the last one… Failure.
The A to Z Challenge is a daily posting challenge with Sundays off. Yesterday, I was supposed to have written my F post. That, sadly, did not happen. I’m 24 years old. I usually have a lot of energy and stay pretty active, except after a very long week at work. This was such a week. After a few drinks with friends after 5 PM freedom, I came home for a quiet night of blogging and bumming around the apartment. I tuned into Grimm, one of my guilty TV pleasures….and fell asleep. I fell asleep, around 9:45 ish, and slept until 1 AM. I not only failed my blog challenge, in that I didn’t write my “F” post, I also failed my generation of sleep deprived post-collegiate professionals. Oh well–better job next time.
So, today you will be getting my belated F post…and G later on in the day. Bear with me as double down on the posting today. Now onto the rest of the F’s:
Fleas. Fleas are a threat pets face every year. These nasty little buggers cause discomfort, irritation, and even infections–they are also very determined in their pursuit of a host. “Fleas are hearty and nimble, and when searching for a host, they can jump 10,000 times in a row, the length of three football fields” (Web MD). I’ve been trying to lead a “greener” life; I recycle, use organic, natural cleaning products, drive a fuel efficient car and walk to destinations when I can, etc. I would like to find a natural flea repellent, as I already use other natural bug repellents. Fun fact: You can use vinegar to deter ants from your home. We had some getting into a window, so I sprayed the outside and inside sills with vinegar. No more ants! Still, I haven’t found a natural flea repellent that works quite as well as the one we’re using now, so this change will have to wait.
Facebook. Did you know that Life with Arie now has a Facebook page? I confess, I have been less than diligent when it comes to Facebook, but I’m trying to post more actively now and grow that online community, as Facebook makes it so easy to share information quickly. Stop by for a laugh, and post a link to your page so that I can “Like” it too!
Farm life. For old friends on this page, some of you may remember my post about going home for the holidays, and about my family’s farm. For those of you who are new, or for a refresher, you can read that post here. I love taking Arie home, because she can run free in the field and enjoy some time off leash without being hindered by a fence. The farm isn’t only a happy place for Arie, but for myself as well. There’s something very calming about being out in open nature, even though I prefer to live in a more populated area for now. In the future, I’d like to talk to my family about buying some of the land we have for a rescue and adoption center. Perhaps one day I can make that a realty.
I’d love to hear of any natural flea preventatives you may use on your pets; if you have a Facebook page for your blog, or just for yourself, post a link in the comments so I can connect with you! Do you have a dream for the future that involves helping animals? What is it?