That's me alright. Ambivalent. Mad as hell and happy as a clam. Frightened and courageous. Tired and dauntless. Full of love and exasperation, admiration and disgust. The list goes on. I make perfect sense to me, and Attila loves the paradox. So there you are, Maggie in a Nutshell.
We are still focused on shelter and the basic necessities. Attila has been building a woodshed, it will hold one winter's worth of heat, of wood. We have accumulated three years's worth of wood now, and will be stacking the rest on the NorthWest side of the house. It feels like we have been toting and stacking wood for a lifetime!
The bug season is now in full swing. We purchased head nets, and wear them religiously.
Blackflies will swarm around your head, and crawl into your hairline, or any opening in your clothing. Blackflies bite. The bites hurt. I have only been bitten twice so far this season.
There are two good things about blackflies. First, when they enter the house, all they can think about is getting out again. If they come into the house on your clothing, they will abandon their efforts to feed on your poor defenseless flesh, and head for the windows.
The second good thing about blackflies is that they do not carry any dangerous diseases.
Mosquito season is just starting. Last night, at dusk, I counted over 25 mosquitoes outside the kitchen screen. So far this spring I have killed three of them in the house.
Mosquitoes are an altogether different proposition than blackflies. Mosquitoes will seek to enter your home by any available means, and never give up hope of piercing your skin in search of blood. Mosquitoes can carry the dreaded West Nile Virus. Their "bite" not only hurts, it can cause you grievous bodily harm. West Nile Virus has killed several birds near here, so caution is warranted.
There was a time, only a few short years ago, when mosquitoes were considered no more dangerous than the blackfly. Biting insects were an annoyance, not a health risk. Things have changed in Canada.
By July the worst of the blackfly and mosquito swarming will be over.
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Mosquito with Blackfly
I read somewhere on the web that you could catch bugs in a shallow dish of water mixed with a drop of lemon dish detergent. Mist and I have trophies! No ambivalence here.
I missed picking up the official weather conditions on May 20, 2005. However, the bug report contained in this entry represents the current salient environmental conditions, and which could only be overshadowed by weather events such as earthquake or hurricane, neither of which have occurred.
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