Tuesday, September 19, 2023

None by None: Word Counters


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Counting my words again.

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month, one group member picks a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we share what we all came up with.

 This month's number is 27
It was chosen by Me.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme None by None.

~ Do you remember ant farms? Ever have one? Not me. Ever want one? Still not me. Especially not now, anyway, and definitely not on my upstairs landing.

~ It started with siding. When we had some replaced on the west side of the house, the worker accidentally broke our window. And replaced it, of course.

~ We had no problems. Actually, I was pretty happy, the original window didn't open, was just glass, but the new one opens for a nice cross breeze.

~ Fast forward about three years, when we noticed one day, a big blank ant was crawling down the wall under that window. Then later, another. Oh, no.

~ The ants were marching. One by one. And two by two. And lots by lots. According to google, looking for something sweet. That could be a problem.

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Strawberry Banana Bread

~ Recon mission: identify ingress point. We knew it had to be around that window, but never saw exactly where. Choosing between kill and deter, we chose deter.

~ They don't like cinnamon (those insect heathens). So I although I rubbed the window ledge with it, I certainly wasn't sprinkling it on my wall and carpeting.

~ Don't know if that deterred some, but certainly not all. Plan B time. Hubs found a gentle, indoor safe insecticide. And they stopped. For a few hours . . .

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~ Sorry, I'm not sharing my baked goods, wall, stairway, and even (how far do ants go?) my bed {{shudder}}. No more Mrs. Nice Girl, this is war.

~ Plan C: divide and conquer. Vinegar's another deterrent. I sprayed the window, wall, carpet. Hubs sprayed a stronger insecticide outside, in the rocks and up the house.

~ The ants aren't marching. Or they've changed course (hopefully not to my neighbor's house). All's quiet on the western front, but us? We stand at the ready. 

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 Strawberry Banana Bread         


Printable Recipe

1 overripe banana
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup strawberry yogurt
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
3 TBSP strawberry preserves

*Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.
*Set aside 4 slices from the center of the ripe banana and set aside. Hull and slice one of the strawberries and set aside.
*Mash the remaining ripe banana, along with the overripe banana in a bowl with a fork. Whisk in the oil, brown sugar, egg, and yogurt.
*Mix in the flour, 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Hull and chop the remaining strawberries. Fold into the dough. 
*Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Even out, then arrange the reserved sliced banana and strawberry onto the top.
*Mix together the remaining cinnamon and the tsp of sugar, sprinkle over the top.
*Bake for 55 - 60 minutes, until the center of the top springs back to the touch. 
*Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edges and removing from the pan. Whisk the strawberry preserves to loosen. Paint onto the top of the bread using a pastry brush. Cool completely before slicing.


  1. Our kitchen was invaded a few years ago and we finally got a professional who attacked it outside at the next. Thankfully gone.

    1. Yes, with all the things we tried, I'm thinking that Hubs spraying the rocks below the window is what most likely got the nest and dealt the final blow.

  2. In my experience ants have been more of a spring time issue, but whenever they come in it's annoying. Glad to hear that the issue is taken care of.

    1. Maybe these ants didn't realize that spring is over and it's fall now.

  3. Gahhh! I really struggle with bugs in the house. Really. So glad you've found something that works.
    I'm afraid I go for the big guns first...

    1. It would have been a much shorter issue if we had gone for the big guns in the first place.

  4. Only ever seen ant farms in TV shows, why would any one want a window that doesn't open by choice, I don't get that but I am a windows open type of person. Ants around the house I do not like and find them frustrating at times to get rid of

    1. When we bought this house, we were surprised to see that we had 2 windows that are just glass (I assume to let light in) but don't open. The other one was in the master bathroom. Seems to me, a bathroom is the worst place to have a window that doesn't open.

  5. If there's food for them, ants, like all bugs, will find a way. It's not malice, it's instinct and hunger. We still have to draw that line and you did the right thing going DEFCON 5 on them.

    1. Although I know you're right, I'm confused because therer's absolute;y no food for them in my hall stairway.

  6. Yummy sounding cake; not so yummy sounding ants. We have invasions every spring, but ours lasted into the summer this year. Why? I'm hesitant to go maximum strength on them, too.


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