Now, living in the tropics has its own sets of challenges, as I found out from living in deep-rural Jamaica. I also learnt that household challenges are not regional or even climactic, they are just there for families to deal with and as mothers, we are expected to lead the way.

Written by Francella

Dear readers,


Thanks for joining me, for Household Hints. Let me say upfront, that this is not intended to be an interior design blog, or even a blog at all. What I hope to do, is share, what I consider some useful information that I gathered over the years, in the hope that in sharing them, they will make your daily experience, more comfortable.
As I found out, whether living in the tropics or elsewhere, life can be a little stressful. This can be attributed to housework, those creepy-crawly things we encounter around the house or in the yard, as Mother, we are expected to find solutions or make these things go away.
Mind you, it never occurred to my children (or spouses) for that matter, that some of the things that bothered them, caused me equal discomfort, as they expected me, to provide solutions, once it affected them – be that sickness, streamlining chores, or just making bad go away or turn it into good.
I hope that you will find my suggestion practicable and helpful, and invite you to share your own suggestions with us, so we can all benefit.
Thanks and pleasant reading,

Now, living in the tropics has its own sets of challenges, as I found out from living in deep-rural Jamaica. I also learnt that household challenges are not regional or even climactic, they are just there for families to deal with and as mothers, we are expected to lead the way.

One early problem I had to deal with in rural Jamaica was the problem of keeping Lizards out of the house, particularly Croaking-lizards, as these pesky creatures can be counted on to make their homes behind paintings, hanging-plants, or furniture and any place cool and dark enough to shield them.
After years of frustration, of living with them and growing tired of their droppings all over the house, plus their crawling out of their hiding spaces and taking up positions of prominence near light fixtures so they could hunt bugs and smaller insects, I accidentally found a solution, in Camphor Balls.
Having been using camphor balls to keep my closets insect free for years, it dawned on me one evening, that the only place in the house we did not have croaking-lizards, was in the closets, and that led me to believe that this was due to well-placed camphor-balls in all the closets.
Having accepted this, I began experimenting by placing Camphor Balls, behind Paintings, light-fixtures and in some hanging-plants, and sure enough, gradually, I noticed fewer and fewer lizard droppings, until none at all, and there, problem solved.
I was able to share this novel idea with one of my sons who was complaining about his lizard population, and felt quite rewarded and happy when he thanked me months later, with the note that he was now enjoying his home way much more now, now that his uninvited guests were no longer lounging around and making him uncomfortable (Truth is, he was afraid of them).
The pride I felt then, was its own reward and made me start paying attention to niggling household issues and chores, to share solutions with my children and even neighbours. And so began my little journey to make a note of these little things that seem unimportant, but could help in making our lives so much easier.
Truth is, I surprised myself, with the many solutions or useful hints I amassed, just because I started paying attention to what I was doing, instead of operating in a vacuum.
Next issue, I will share a few more, in a more structured format, as I used this my first contribution, to introduce the concept, in the hope of bonding with you, the reader.
If you found this informative or even helpful, please drop me a line.
Until next week,

I Am Francella.