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Postcards From The Swamp

I'm swamped with work, and I'm living in a swamp. Swamps are the image of the day. I want to paint a swamp court, full of gnarled mangroves and submerged rocks, with elegantly clad newts and possums wearing soggy Elizabethan finery, while tiny winged frogs sing from atop the root-vaulted halls.

I want to do a lot of things, really, but the work-swamp may prevent it, and anyway, if I do get a shred of free time today, there's already a painting in progress.

The air is like wet vinyl, and the mosquitoes are cruising around with the self-satisfied whine of a job well bitten. I would like to paint mosquitos drinking blood martinis. As it is, I am just slathering campho-phenique on those personal surfaces that were used as a staging ground.

Squirm War 2004 has ended, with a total rout (mine) hundreds of casualties (the bugs) reinforcements (James) and an ultimate triumph of superior technology over numbers (fans and Borax.) We can sleep in the bedroom again. I'm thinking it'll be at least a week before I don't wake every thirty seconds thinking "AHHH! Is that a bug?!"

They have things here that I want to call "daddy longlegs" but which have a three inch legspan, in an oval rather than circular pattern, and small mottled spots. And they jump. Daddy longlegs don't bother me that much, but these things give me the willies.

On the bright side, there is a bumper crop of fireflies this year, and the yard lights up in the evening, looking all magical and Norman Rockwellesque. Then one'll get into the house and the cat will slap it around. Then it will chase the cat. There is no sight on earth more pathetic than a grounded firefly chasing a panic-stricken cat. "NO! The intermittent glow! It's coming for meeee!" I would like to paint that, too.

And while I'm wishing, I'd also like a pony.

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Missing the desert a bit?

*grin* Very much so, but I'm trying not to compare, because whining about how great someplace else is tends to annoy the hell outta other people.

Don't you dare wimp out and not paint these in the next ten years.

More things you never wanted to know...

Catnip repells mosquitos... 10-times more effectively than deet.

I suggest growing some in pots. (I believe, in victorian times, they used to keep pots of it on their window sills to keep flies and whatnot out.)

Re: More things you never wanted to know...

Oh, and there's whole thing about getting the cat stoned, too...

Daddy Longlegs are a whole order of arachnids, much as primates, rodents, and carnivores are all orders of mammals. Generally, they don't spin webs, but rather eat plant material.

I don't know how many species of daddy longlegs there are, but could be one.

Does it kinda look like this?

If so, it's a harvestman. They are in the same family as daddy long legs, but neither are spiders, just arachnids. If I remember correctly, and I probably don't, harvestmen don't spin webs.

Very similiar, only mottled gray brown. Maybe that's what it is...

As long as you are wishing, wish me the winning lotto numbers.

On the bright side, there is a bumper crop of fireflies this year

I found that statement hilariously funny... is it just because I'm tired? I'll check again in the morning and see.

hello have seen your work on elfwood and deviant and your own website and thought I would drop in. All I can say about the bug situation is "welcome to the south" there is every kind of bug imaginable and nearly every one of them make noise, look icky, or bite, just start buying bug spray, and catnip, and citronella now before they really start attacking mid summer. But other than that the south isn't that bad. LOL

If you can find it over there, try this anti-insect stuff called Badger Balm. Smells fairly strong, but it's a small price to pay for the fact that it works.

..Here we go. 'http://uncommonscents.com/badanbal2ozt.html'

I bet that's what Dour uses when he needs to keep bugs away...

Not a pony, but

Ursula, I do not have a pony, but I do have a small black Tennessee Walker that would love to live in your green space.


Technology vs. Mosquitoes

Sympathies on the insect swarms. Are you in the Land o' Locusts? If you did win the lottery, there's the Mosquito Magnet Pro. I doubt it works on centipedes, but at least they don't fly.

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