Ever since I have moved here, I called this place "Jurassic Yakima Valley!" I say this because every animal and insect is bigger than anywhere else I have lived, including Montana! (Although they are all pretty big there too.) The mosquitoes in Yakima are the biggest I have ever seen. They do not really like biting me, but for they sure love nibbling on the rest of my family.

But I've made an important discovery: burning coffee grounds really does work as a repellent! Get those pesky creatures out of your way! I did it and it worked.

One word of caution, though: Snakes love those old grounds. So watch out ...