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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's Good About a Drought?/ Updates

I asked myself this question as I slathered on sunblock, preparing to do chores outside. I looked at the can of "Off" and it flashed into my mind. What's good? Fewer MOSQUITOES! I don't have to spray myself with bug-spray!

Mosquitoes adore my taste, and flock to me. Some bug sprays are simply a condiment to improve my taste! They ignore my hubby, Art, and circle me singing their keening song.

They used to lurk in the shade under the oaks, in clumps of grass, and laid eggs in any available water to propagate. Easy to keep water dumped out of potential nurseries this year.

The bites itched, the possibility of encephalitis or West Nile disease was unnerving. I do my chores faster without crazy-woman mosquito swatting breaks. A definite plus in this blistering heat.

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Rabbit herd down to 37-- meat in freezer

Pears ripened two months early, only the size of ping pong balls or a few like tennis balls.

Grasshoppers eating everything in sight -- even the jalapenos!

I'm writing a column for a local paper. Have done three so far.

Saw "Green Lantern" and enjoyed it. Waiting for sequel; you know it's coming!

Enjoying Janet Evanovich's "Smokin' Seventeen" on audio book. I always enjoy a giggle at the antics of Stephanie, Lula, and my favorite: Grandma Mazur! My sister finished the print version in one day.

Feeling cheerful. More than enough to do to keep busy. Life's good.



  1. WOW honey, when you say it's hot where you are, you really actually mean it! *sends mosquito repellant rain you way*

    Off for a stress free day at work todayas the teacher's are striking, so school is closed to the children. Have a feeling, I'll get loads done!

  2. Yay, no bugs! I'll take what plusses I can get. Still wish I could send you some of my rain!

  3. Saw your teachers marching on the news yesterday, Rachel. Hope you enjoyed your quiet day.

    Ruth, I'd be willing to take any extra rain you had to spare.

    No fireworks this July 4; too much fear of fires they might start. Weather still dry; 102-105 F.