Mudcat Café message #4064593 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4064593
Posted By: Charmion
17-Jul-20 - 10:43 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Dorothy, I am so sorry for your trouble. I had a bad flea infestation once, and that was awful enough -- the job included smoke-bombing the house (by a professional exterminator) and insecticidal baths for four cats -- but fleas do not go dormant and hide like bedbugs.

Himself encountered bedbugs in a Ramada Inn when he went to Petawawa years ago to do a court-martial. The deeply apologetic manager had all his clothes (including a very expensive dress uniform) steam-cleaned, and his suitcase went into the dumpster behind the hotel. In more than 20 years of travelling all over the country and overseas, often lodged in semi-crappy motels, that was his only brush with the little bastards -- amazing.

The hydro bill came in yesterday, a sum that fairly made my head spin. Of course, now we have an air-conditioner that actually works, and a thermostat ditto, and the weather has been hot like the hinges of Hell, so that should not have been a surprise. At least I'm not mopping my brow while seated at my desk; I hate paying for hours and hours of air-conditioning at peak rates when the upstairs stays hot and stuffy.

I really, really love air-conditioning. In the olden days, by this stage of summer, I would have heat rash all over the back of my neck and in several less mentionable places. The price of electricity may be unnerving, but I pay the bill without (much) complaint.