I spent the morning working with my pond plants. I had on long jeans, socks, croc knockoffs, a tee-shirt and a baseball cap. I sprayed my jeans, shoes and hat brim with a Deet insect repellent and used a sun screen with a milder repellent for all the bare skin. I was covered one way or the other or so I thought.
I am not excited about all these chemicals. Depending on what you read they cause all kinds of side effects but I don’t want to get another tick bite or any other kind of bite.
It was a glorious day. I started early while the pond was shaded. So did the gnats. They were attracted to my teeth. Perhaps they were trying to suck up the remnants of my mocha latte. I had to keep my lips shut or my teeth would look like a windshield at 100 miles an hour. Not a look that works for me. It’s far worse than that piece of parsley stuck there.
Then there were other thingies hovering around my tasty body. I confess that the sunscreen had expired but it hasn’t been a year yet. It should be good. Isn’t there a grace period?
Don’t worry I put my normal sunscreen on first. My dermatologist gets cranky when you came in with a tan. I saw her this week. Despite the fact that I am a very pasty white she loaded me up with pamphlets on the sun, suntans and skin cancer. It’s August. If I’m not a golden bronze at this point, it won’t happen. In another two to three weeks I’ll be cranking out my flannels and the sun won’t see my legs for at least six months!
Back to my ongoing fight with the bugs – After more than three hours, my pond plants were right where I want them. I was not sweaty because it didn’t heat up yet but a bug found one square inch of my body that wasn’t plastered with chemicals and chomped on it.
I have an enormous welt and it itches. It itches a lot!
Insects have been around a lot longer than people and I know why. They are tenacious little goobers that will feast on any bit of tender skin no matter how you try to protect it. I must taste like chocolate.
In my next life, I’d like to be a really annoying insect. I have a list of tasty people to see.
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