So I squished them with a rubber mallet.
Scorpions are nocturnal, and when under a black light, they glow green. So I took my black light out back at night with my mallet and every time I found one on the walls or in the rocks, I squished it. My total count by the end of the season (which lasts 2-3 months) was in the high 70's. I frequently posted my adventures on facebook and apparently garnered a small following, because I had several people ask me how my "Scorpion Wars" were going, and referred to me as the Scorpion Hunter.
I was really hoping this year that I wouldn't have to deal with them again, since I've taken more precautions this year in preparing for them. However last night, I found a juvenile one in the kitchen on the floor. Not sure if it was in the house for a while, or if one of my dogs brought it in on their fur. I went outside last night and found (and killed) 6 more. I'm hoping it's just outside - I can handle them outside. I just hate the thought of them inside my house.
Anywho, on to less spine-tingling subjects.
My birthday was this last Saturday the 28th! Originally we were going to go to a lake and my dad and I were going to scuba dive, but due to a miss-communication, there wasn't any gear available to rent. So, my mom and I had a girly day instead ^_^ Went to breakfast at our favorite French-themed restaurant, then a quick shopping trip at Penney's followed by our traditional birthday pedicures. My mother never used to like the idea of someone touching her feet, but after I persuaded her to at least try a pedicure, she has been hooked ever since, and now for every birthday and mother's day, we go :D I'm so proud <3
That evening I had more family over for a potluck styled dinner and some cake (duh). It was a lovely birthday! And of course, I did a special manicure for the day :D I wanted to do something that reflected a part of me. So I decided to try a scale pattern, because I not only love fish, I also love mermaids (and secretly long to be one). Now most scale patterns I've seen on nails are painted over a gradient or solid color. I did it differently, because I not only lacked a teeny tiny paint brush, I also lacked the ability to paint smooth, even scales. I instead used my dotting tool and did individual dots (yes, it took me a very long time). I think it looks pretty good for a first attempt, and a little more detailed! Check them out:
Outdoors in direct sunlight
Outside in the shade
I used Model City's "Fairy Godmother" for the base color, You Polish's "Rowena" for the dark blue, Colors by Llarowe's "Surf My Wave" for the medium blue, and a specially made light blue from Above the Curve. All the colors went very well together, as you can see.
Like I said, not too shabby for a first attempt! I was happy :) And I didn't want to cover each nail completely, I wanted to be a little unconventional and do "patches" of scales on the other nails. I got quite a few complements on them, too! Hooray for progress!! Next step is to try doing it the way I always see it done - by painting the scales on. I better start looking for a teeny tiny paint brush!
I hope you all survive your Monday!! I'll have another new post for you tomorrow morning!