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Annoying Ant Anomaly

Ants… UGH!!! They’re climbing up my walls, marching steadfastly across the kitchen counter, around the sink, right to the sugar bowl. Each Annoying Ant picks up a grain of sugar and halls it away… then another, and another, and another. At this rate they’ll steal all of my sweet stuff by night fall. The little thieves blatantly parade through my house, single file like a living cargo train.

They send out scouts too, to see what else is ripe for the pickin’ and find my cats food. Working feverishly on their treasure trove they dismantle it piece by crunchy delicious piece. Then attack my cat for taking a share of their find. Those greedy buggers!!! We’re being robbed blind right in front of our eyes. Annoying, ungrateful, rude Ants. They must think this is their house. Enough already!!! I run to the cupboard and pull out my trusty poison friend, Raid Ant and Roach Killer to rid myself of this Annoying Ant Anomaly.

My organic, veggie, earth friendly roommate gasps in horror and says, ‘Wait! Stop! Don’t spray that toxic stuff in our home. They are living beings, don’t kill them, think of the karma’. Thoroughly annoyed, I say, ‘Karma, schmarma. I want ’em gone now.’ She says, ‘Use Cinnamon.’ I reply, ‘Cinnamon? I’m not baking a batch of cookies, I’m trying to get rid of pests, Raid always works for that.’ She takes the can of Raid from me and throws it in the a box destined for toxic waste disposal.

Then goes to the spice rack, grabs a bottle of ground cinnamon and begins sprinkling it in a thin ring around the sugar bowl and cat dish leaving a little break in each. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ She replies, ‘It’s a doorway so the ones inside can get out.’ Making a coughing noise I say under my breath, ‘Uh huh a door right. Why didn’t I think of that, duh!’ We both smiled looked at each other, then at the ants.

The ants reaction was amazing… within moments they began running back and forth, freaking out. I could almost hear them screaming, ‘This is wrong! This is so wrong! It’s bad! It’s real bad! Gotta’ get out now!’ My roommate closes the cinnamon circle. Then she takes an index card begins lifting out the confused ants left inside and takes them outdoors. Talking to them all the while. She tells them how nice they are, but they don’t belong inside the house because it is so much nicer and safer outside. I must be loosing my freakin’ mind!!! I’m hearing ants! And what is she doing! Did I hear her talking to them? Does she really think there is any use in that. They are ants for goodness sake!

When all ants are carefully extricated from the house, she sprinkles cinnamon across the threshold and in front of a spot where they might have entered the house. She says, ‘Just to make sure they don’t get any more ideas’.

Well huh, who woulda’ thunk…

EPIPHANY… Ants Hate Cinnamon!

I’m amazed and sold. It’s an earth, human and bug friendly solution to the Annoying Ant Anomaly.

~Bonnee Klein Gilligan

Bonnee Klein Gilligan – about me

Greetings everyone, I’m glad to be here at Babel. Thanks to Malcolm for inviting me.

This is my first blog so I’ll introduce myself, I am Bonnee Klein Gilligan. I love to laugh. Enjoy writing about the things which impact me most… like consciousness, food, love, life and our beautiful world. I delight in expressing what I sense… through art; bringing it to life in color and line. And the sensual pleasures of food, don’t get me started… love all aspects, cooking, presentation and the joys of eating. I’m passionate too about Reiki, personal growth, enlightenment and things of a Spiritual Nature.

I write a funny Green Living Blog which is the continuing story of a woman who is awakening to a greener consciousness and life. Each one addresses a problem faced in daily life with an eco-friendly solution. It takes a lighthearted look at the issue of global warming and what we as individuals can do to lessen our carbon footprint and impact.

From time to time I may also include in my Babel blogging a tasting exploration of a favorite restaurant in Sedona/Verde Valley and Northern Arizona with a favorite recipe too. I write a column called Bonnee’s Food Corner which is published at Recently Carl Jackson, editor of did a video interview of me about my Food Corner and Reiki Ryoho. Watch it if you like.

And if you are interested I may also blog about Reiki Ryoho, healing, personal empowerment and other things of a Spiritual nature. In addition to being a writer I am also a Reiki Master Teacher. I travel internationally and teach all levels of Reiki Ryoho, but specialize in training or re-training masters. Reiki Ryoho is a method which relaxes and wholes you. It spiritualizes the body and allows more of who you truly are to permeate. As a result one comes to balance and heals on all levels. Reiki Ryoho Pages by Adonea explains this energy science and is a resource for all level practitioners and those new to Reiki. I have been a teaching master since 1994 and am known in the Reiki community by my spiritual name Adonea.

And one more thing about self, I am also an Esoteric Artist, my medium is pastel. I specialize in esoteric spiritual portraiture and drawings of the angels, masters and beings who quietly guide us in our daily lives. My art is featured at Bonnee’s Creative Spiritual Works. Most of my work is done by commission. Original work or  Giclee prints are also available.

If you have special requests or questions relating to any of the topics I’ve listed, I’d be happy to consider blogging about them. Just leave me a request on the comments to one of my blogs.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this. Have a glorious day.


Smelly Sponge Syndrome – an epiphany

My kitchen sponge smells. I do one sink full of dishes and wham… the next day I’ve got a smelly sponge. New sponge or not, it makes little difference. I’ve heard that nuking it for 1 minute makes it all fresh again. So I started nuking it after each washing… and even put a wedge of lemon in with it, which helped a bit. I’ve thrown it in the washing machine too… but I don’t ever remember having to work so bloody hard to keep my sponge clean and fresh. GEE!

I’m a wee bit of a ponderer, so this quandary began a wondering. Now I have to fess up that I’m 54 this May so I’ve been around awhile and done my fair share of dirty dishes. Not that, that matters much in the overall. I’ve mostly been using Dawn to ‘Power Away my Grease’. But you know, it’s only in the last 10 years or so that I’ve noticed the stink wafting from my dish sponge. As my trusted Dawn kept getting more and more concentrated and Powerful the time to spongy odorousness became shorter.

Today my trusted friend Dawn is Ultra Concentrated with ‘Bleach Alternative’ whatever that is? And it now takes as little as 1 night for Ultra Awful Sponge Smelliness. Boy oh howdy, Dawn must be like sweet ambrosia to bacteria and germs. Seems the harder we try to kill the buggers the bigger and badder they get. I was resigned to the daily nuking of my sponge… for the rest of my life.

Enter a new roommate… an organic veggie, earth friendly type. She put a half used bottle of Earth Friendly, almond scented, Dishmate on the counter. I pick it up, turn it around and read the label. Then scoff and say to myself, ‘Yeah, like that’s gonna Power away the grease from these dishes, humpf!’ She then threw away my smelly sponge and put out a new one. I thought, ‘Hey, I just put that out last week, its still good just needs to be nuked again.’

Over the next week I used Dawn mostly and a little Dishmate. Then started to use only Dishmate… the dishes were sparkling clean and the sponge always smelled fresh the next day. As an experiment I used Dawn one day and whamo… immediately back to Smelly Sponge Syndrome.

EPIPHANY… Smelly sponge Dawn; sweet smelling sponge Dishmate.

Amazing!!! I’m dancing around the house with the sponge in hand, singing, ‘I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it… and I know, I know, I know I like it, like it!!!’

My roommate asked why I was so excited, I told her about my amazing discovery and she said, ‘Isn’t it great and better for the environment too.’ My life being slave to smelly sponge was over and I’m reborn with a new environmental consciousness.

Copyright ©2008 Bonnee Klein Gilligan. All rights reserved.

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