Wednesday, 6 July 2011

WOYWW... Look Who's Back!!!

...much mirth and merriment in the Room of Stash yesterday... look who is back in his rightful place! Yes indeedily, Victor Vagabond has arrived and is settling nicely into his new home. Actually, this is Victor MkII but I love him just the same. So, why am I waffling on about who is on my desk... well, that is because today is Wednesday which means it is time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, the marathon blog-athon which is invented and hosted by Julia Dunnit, who happens to be Chief Desk Inspector... all the deets on how to join in with this phenomenon are ... HERE!




So, remember last week I was bemoaning a midge bite that I had right in that hard to reach middle of the back place? Well, I should have kept my trap well and truly shut because over the last few nights I have been treated like a veritable feast... and upon waking this morning I have just counted no less than 28 bites on my body, legs, arms... even my neck! I am seriously thinking that I have a Vampire Midge in the bedroom but... how am I going to stop the little beastie from gnashing me!! Any tips/hints/ideas will be gratefully received... I am normally bitten by bugs but this is ridiculous... Grim on the other hand has a big fat zero bite count... it must be the sweeter blood they are after! At this rate I will be positively faint with blood loss! Right, I must away... that door frame over there is looking perfect for a bit of back scratching lol TTFN!

Hels x

47 comments:

Dragon said...

Woo,Hels, so glad you are back in business with VV... I remember how bereft I was when mine conked!!
My, isn't he dominant on yer desk??!!
Frankie
xx

Bubbles said...

Citronella.... keeps all midgies away - a little oil rubbed over a light bulb works wonders! My nan swore by drinking mint tea before bedtime and said the mozzies hatd it! She'd also add a sage leaf to her tea because it stopped 'hot flushes' in the night and this also put off the biting-baddies :)

Anyway... LOVING your desk! I so wish I had a vagabond - they look so lovely!

jude said...

I cant believ soo many Mr V's are conking out?why is it the same fault touch wood as hits head mine is ok,but bit weary now..lol.
I have heard of citronella in bowl of water either by bedside or in room surpose to keep them at bay.
I must admit usually i never get bit but this year had 6 so far just on my legs so maybe this year they are Mega Beasties
Have fab weednesday hugs Judex 15

Neet said...

Creative comments rather overshadowed by your midge bites comment. Have you tried anti-histamine tablets to help you? Oh, I feel for you. How awful. I agree about citronella and if I think of anything else I will be back.
Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #4

peggy aplSEEDS said...

yikes, just reading about your bites makes me feel itchy! i hope the citronella tip works! i would love to have a vagabond!

Sue said...

Hi Hels
what happend to you vaga?? mine is now in bits after only two months n not much use! the plates got stuck, awful noise n that was it!!
Hope the bites soon ease,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

voodoo vixen said...

So glad your Vagabond problem got resolved so quickly and I am sure your new VVII will settle in at the speed of light!!
Mozzies... pesky darn things... citronella is good... I smear midgy cream on my arms before bed and that keeps them away!! You have to spray your room... they hide behind the headboard and wait for you to go to sleep and then come out... attracted by the air you exhale.

Airing cupboard stamping said...

The vagabond looks at home in his rightfull place.

Have heard about citronella too. Oh and Marmite as they don't like vitamin B in the blood.

Hope that helps x

Helen said...

Good to see Vic II - hope he behaves himself! Good luck with your midge-bashing/banishing....

Joanne said...

I've got just one on my leg. I caught the beastie that got me though. Hate to say this, but have you checked AlfieCat lately?? My poor Purdy was always bringing little friends home which in the end cost over £70 to get rid of. That was over 20yrs ago!! Victor looks a little bare. Did you manage to get hold of another Union Jack sticker??
Hugs Joanne xx

Tuire Flemming said...

Victor looks really handsome!
You must be very sweet and tasty ;) Hope those tips you got will help you!
Tuire xx

Kate said...

Did they just send a replacement Victor, stickers and all?

Sorry to here about the bites, some people are just irresistible to them!

** Kate **

kath said...

so glad that Vic 11 has arrived and hope he behaves himself...am itching all over now reading about those naughty midgies...stock up on the citronella...big hugs kath xxx

Wipso said...

I'm another who always suffers from being bitten....they like female hormones! Apparantly eating marmite helps to keep them away....I guess you either love it or hate it!
A x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm, here in Oz we use Eucalyptus oil as insect repellent or tea tree oil, but believe lavender and citronella are good too if the others are not available would rub a lander or citronella cloth over your sheets top and bottom and it may deter the midges or else cover your self if obvious spots with oil.. commiserations am at target for sandflies and mozzies as we call them over here too. Wow fancy you having one of Tim's machines trying not be green about that!
Shaz in oz.x

Morti said...

Unlike Shaz I'm definitely not green about your Vagabond I'm afraid - that's three of you on this thread and comments who have had trouble with theirs! I'm sticking with my Big Shot.... LOL.... might help with the bingo wings... Glad you've got him back though - hopefully he will behave himself now! Poor you on the midge bites though :(

Lunch Lady Jan said...

As someone who knows nothing about stamping, cards etc - WHAT does that machine do?????? Looks like something from the Tardis.....! Avon's 'Skin so Soft' range is amazing for keeping the mozzies away and smells good too. xx

okienurse said...

Glad to hear that VV is back in action! Sorry to hear about all the mosquito bites. They are not much fun. Hope the Citronella works. Vickie $43

Lulabelle said...

Glad you have a new Vagabond! Poor you with the mozzies, hope you can find something that works for you!

Annette Goodey said...

So pleased to see that your new Victor is now installed in the room of stash. I am almost afraid to use mine in case it packs up!
I agree with Lunch Lady Jan that Avon's skin so soft can do the trick against biting insects of all sorts and it definitely beats the smell of citronella hands down. You can also buy a gadget which plugs into an electric socket to keep mozzies at bay. I always take one of these abroad and it seems to do the trick.
All the best
Annette

NatashaMay said...

Viktor looks good! :) Sorry to hear about bug bites. Hope you catch the beast soon. :) Happy WOYWW!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Might they be, ugh, hopefully not, bed bugs? I remember we had bed bugs once, we had to take a vacation just to have it exterminated! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Twiglet said...

Hope you haven't brought a nasty little critter back from your travels!! I like the sound of the Avon stuff - might give that a go myself!

Neil said...

Welcome to Victor II. I still want one, even if their "health" seems a bit off ! Have a fun day. Hope the itches go away soon.

minnie_mac said...

Glad to see you have a new Victor. I have found that a cream called Eurax Hc is brilliant for taking the itch out of insect bites. They have it at Boots. It may not be on display, so you may have to ask at the pharmacy desk for it.

Marilyn

Cathy said...

I was doing really well, no green-eyed monster so far this Wednesday ... and now I see ... Victor!!! I WANT!!!!
I am taking my green eyes away!!
Happy WOYWW,
Cathy xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great to see VV back in his rightful place. Hope you sort your bites out soon they sound painful. Great desk. Tracy x

Doone said...

I too suffer when bitten and have been advised the following:

all people get bitten - some of us react to the bites more than others,

in a midge cloud I come out looking like I have chicken pox...

to reduce reaction -I take an anti histamine ( eg. Piriton), apply antihistamine to the bites if the skin is unbroken,

citronella in the room will reduce flying insects, but won't stop the bites
DEET on the bedhead sometimes helps, if you are willing to put a smidge on your ankles and wrists it will stop bites

and so sorry to say this - I found a 5 year change of bed mattress makes a big difference.....(I am NOt accusing you of having a twenty year old mattress btw)

also I check out if next doors moggie/doggie is visiting and leaving me some unwanted friends...

Frontline (pharmacies and vets) do a spray that I do the house with once a year before it gets hot and that works a treat...as well as 'doing' the pets with the drops, if I don't do both I sure do get reactions to bites...

also great desk - hope the VV mkII sees some serious action now it is back.

Dx

Shazsilverwolf said...

You can buy Citronella joss-sticksthat you acn burn, or oils/crystals that you can have a tealight under, before you go to bed. I found insect wipes& bite pens( got mine from Poundland) worked fantasically well too.

nerllybird said...

Hmmm....you sure you haven't got chickenpox??!! Sorry to hear about all your bites, my mum and DS3 have a terrible time with them, too.

And what happened to Victor MkI, may I ask? There was a thread on UKS about malfunctioning Vagabonds but I can't seem to find anything similar on US threads. Curious...
Helen S

Karen said...

Nice to see Victor MkII on your desk. We get bad mosquito bites here (Canada), and use a product called a Therapik to make them stop itching. It's a small, battery powered device that heats the bug bite and neutralizes the proteins in the bite and they stop itching, as long as you treat them within about a day of getting the bite. I would think it would work for midge bites too. I've also read that a cotton swab with bleach on it works, same principle, destroying the protein.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Do you AVON products there? The SKIN SO SOFT is suppose to help. Good for your skin too. Have fun with tne new toy, enjoy WOYWW

Jhayboy said...

Good luck with your baby this time...

Wishing you many happy hours of die cutting..

Jhay...

StampDancer said...

Congrats on Victor's safe arrival! I'm so happy for you.
Deb M
xx

StampDancer said...

Just a tip about the Avon Skin-so-soft - toxic for cats. Keep AlfieCat away.

sasa said...

Keeping it short - looks like A&E here... Enjoy the new man in the house or ask Tim for his...
Thanks for calling by, enjoy the desk-hop!
Sarah at 2

Lavinia said...

Oooo ek! Darn midges are pain eh! I burn some Lime & Grapefruit oil in a oil burner for a few hours on warm nights, it seems to keep them at bay! Hope they improve, and the Vagabond MkII!
Lavinia
x

Angie said...

The cats get most of the insects that enter the house so cant help but I think it is the smell of the sweat they are attracted to so the tea thing makes sense.
I have read a lot about Vagabond problems...especially the motor and how some have had problems having it sorted ...I think they only give a 90day garrantee. Glad you were sorted out.

angelfish said...

You're obviously not eating enough Marmite! So many people seem to be having problems with there Vagabonds:( Glad you got yours resolved.

Sam said...

I am with Morti and sticking with my Big Shot!!
Sorry about your midge problem - citronella, antihistimines and marmite is the only solutions I know work. Not all on toast at the same time though!!! LOL!!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Hels, where are you? - it sounds as though you're in the Scottish Highlands! I believe that Avon sell a cream that is very effective in keeping midges at bay (though that is not its intended purpose) I forget what it is called but must be worth checking out with your nearest Avon Lady. Hope some of the suggestions bring relief. Elizabeth x #72

Sally Morgan said...

Oh you sound like a happy, happy girl...bet you can't stop stroking him...Victor II that is hehehehe! Although, I've been looking on The Bay of E...see, not promoting lol...I'm gobsmaked by the amount of them on there for 'spares or repair'...is there a design fault?
Anyhoo...loving your desk as always hunni...try some Tea Tree oil...wee biting critters hate the smell and it also takes the itch out of existing bites!
*hugs* Sal x

Spyder said...

yes, it's definitely the female blood those little bug(ber)s like best!! HaPpY WoYwW!
((Lyn)) #29

RosA said...

What does Victor Vagabond do? Oh dear, I'm probably way behind the times, am I? We had a midge plague here (Sydney, Australia) earlier this year. Nothing helped to repel them. Mozzie repellant won't work either. But if you have been bitten terribly, as I was, the only relief is antihistamines from the chemist. They can easily become infected, if you keep scratching like I did.

Sue from Oregon said...

I actually got to meet Victor's cousin here in the USA last week. At my local craft store :(.

Try Avon Skin So Soft and I also hear they don't like Garlic. Never tried that one, but a good Italian dinner might just be the ticket! Good Luck!

Lisa said...

good luck with Victor MkII and hope you sort out the mozzie prob soon!

they don't seem to like me but DH suffers as you do, hope the bites heal soon too!

Lisa
xx

Julia Dunnit said...

I missed why you needed a Mark II, but I hope you'll be very happy together, for longer than the Mark 1!! Bugs and bites - me too, and never himself..amazing innit. My cure is Quinine,to be found in tonic water. Which can only be drunk when diluted with Gin....you can see the scene...!

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