This post comes from a conversation I had with a lighthouse keeper on my second trip to Bell Island. Yes, a real lighthouse keeper. How cool is that?
A “Newfie Screen Door” (his words, not mine) is a natural insect repellent that keeps pesky pests out of your house when it’s a nice day in St. John’s and you want to leave your door open. It mimics a wasps’ nest, so other wasps, bees, and flies will steer clear. The lighthouse keeper said it worked about 80% of the time, which is pretty good, I think. Of course, there aren’t that many bugs around in St. John’s, it being a rather windy city on a geographically isolated island in the North Atlantic Ocean, but this is how they do it here and it seems to work.
For the record, I’m not in the habit of standing in front of mirrors, watching myself do things. There just happens to be a mirror in my kitchen (there are three, actually, all built into the walls), and I was standing at the window doing this and looked over. So there I am. Pretend for me that my hair looks good.