Sunday, June 10, 2007

Beauty and the Beast

We have beautiful flowers outside right now. They are just getting to the point where they make the yard shine. I braved the beasts out in the yard to go pick this bouquet. Normally I would leave the peonies on the bush, so I could enjoy them outside, but this year, I don't get to be outside. We have "the beasts" already here. What you ask are the beasts~ mosquitoes! They are horrible! We have done everything possible in our yard: no standing water, a mosquito magnet, hubby sprays (don't comment about how awful that is for the environment, we know already, but without it, there is no chance at all for us to be outside) We live in mosquito heaven here. It is a place where Lewis and Clark even wrote in their journals about the horrific nature of the mosquitoes. There are about 3 weeks out of the year, where we can't be outside past 5:00 in the evening or outside during the day if the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing. If we are lucky, they get better after that time frame. But for the time being we suffer: scratch, itch, swat, bite. It's actually quite funny to watch people walk to their vehicle or try to spend time outside. It's like a dance almost with flailing arms and slapping hands. Personally my favorite part is when one lands on Hubby, and I get to smack him, hard, with the excuse that he had a mosquito on him! Heh!

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