“Mosquitoes, how wonderful! No one puts them in cages or makes pets out of them.”

I am late again. This time I can’t blame my computer. It is my fault. It was close to 10:30 when I woke up then I had two papers to read and a couple of cups of coffee to drink before I could face the day. Last night I was restless and woke up several times. Gracie was the sleep disruptor twice, the first at 3:30. When we went outside, it was so dark I had to feel with my foot to figure out where we were: the grass or the driveway. Once back inside, I had to read a while before I could get back to sleep, back to my restless sleep. It’s no wonder I’m tired.

Today’s weather is like yesterday’s but with a breeze instead of a wind. The leaves at the end of the branches are waving but only slightly. I don’t hear my chimes.

Summer has officially started. The house next door has its first renters of the season. I heard them this morning. They weren’t loud but the open window a bit above the couch where I sleep faces their small deck and slider. I haven’t figured out how many are there yet, but I think there is only a single car.

My house is dark though the clouds are light-colored, not like storm clouds. I can feel the humidity. I’ve nothing planned for today but I might switch out the spawn eaten lights for the new ones I have. The spawns prefer red for chewing.

We didn’t have many organized summer activities when I was a kid. The playground under the trees on the field at the end of my street was about the only close place to spend a summer day. The pool was another spot, but it was about as far away from my house as you could get and still be in my town. Sometimes we’d bike ride to a pond in the next town and go fishing. The library was another place to spend some time before leaving with an armful of books. Other times we didn’t do anything but stay around the house.

My mother kept the living room dark. All the shades were down. She believed this was the best way to keep the house cool. We didn’t have AC back then, and we didn’t have any fans. Upstairs was a hot box. It took a while to fall asleep.

My father had an obsession about mosquitos. He always yelled for us to close the outside doors quickly; somehow, though, that didn’t work. My father hunted down mosquitos.  They were his prey. He had a rolled-up newspaper as his weapon of choice. He’d jump on beds to whack the mosquitos on the ceilings. He woke us up a lot when the beds rocked as he walked across the mattress swatting bugs. All the ceilings had smashed bug marks and a few splotches of blood. My father announced each kill, each triumph. He was a mighty hunter.

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6 Comments on ““Mosquitoes, how wonderful! No one puts them in cages or makes pets out of them.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    They predicted cloudy and rain here so who is surprised that we have had sunshine and really warm weather today 🙂 We had a rather nice wind in the beginning of the day but that dies out unfortunately.

    We have unusually few mosquitos this year but unusually many flies instead. So far not many biting ones but I do get bitten every now and again. It is much worse for the cattle, they are light fly magnets.

    I can’t remember a single organized activity from when I was a kid, we just took the day as it came and like You I fished a lot and went to the library. I still take the days as they come I guess 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Today was sort of ugly here. The sun appeared for a short time and the rest of the day was cloudy. It got humid.

      We have houseflies all summer, but they are just annoying. The black flies come in May and then are gone.

      I also pretty much take the day as it comes.

      My grandnephews are in all sorts of sports activities. The oldest, nearly 11, is busy every season.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I had the same sort of night’s sleep but it was not due to my dogs. Too many parts of my body hurt and staying asleep was difficult. I finally gave up around 4AM and pulled out my laptop. I left the room dark so the dogs would stay asleep but Piki Dog woke up after awhile anyway. He poked around for awhile and them came back and flopped himself down in the middle of all the pillows.

    There weren’t a lot of organized things in summer when I was a kid. My mother would find whichever Protestant church in town was running summer Bible school and enroll us in it. That took care of two weeks day care until she could get laid off for the summer. After that, we mostly went down to the lake where there would be activities for kids at the playground. Gimp braiding, checkers, horseshoes etc. We spent so much time in the water we were never dirty. Saturdays we often went to the movies. One week out of the summer was spent away at a cottage on a lake. Later on we spent summers working on a farm in Maine.

    In my house, if you needed the mosquito to be dead, you had to kill it yourself.

    Today was sunny, hot, humid. Then there was a strong breeze and many dark clouds. A few drops of rain. Now it’s sunny again. Who knows?

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I too have had aches and pains, especially in my legs. I have hung them over the couch, bent them, stretched them and still don’t get comfy. It is better when Gracie sleeps in her crate, but last night she and I slept on the couch. She was comfy. I wasn’t.

      My sister once put her number 2 child, Justin, into a summer church program to try to keep him occupied. The program was called Around the World with Jesus. It is now a catch phrase between us.

      My playground, in the field, had all the same activities. It just didn’t have the swimming. I wish it had.

      Mosquitos never bothered me. I got bitten, scratched and that was the end of it. Now they drive me crazy.

      We had the same sort of day but we ended up with clouds, no sun.

      Have a wonderful evening.

  3. Bob Says:

    After day camp ended we spent most of the summer days at the neighborhood public pool. We moved to Dallas from NYC in April 1953 and our apartment didn’t have AC. By May my parents bought a window air conditioner which cooled the living/dinning room. We slept on bed rolls every night until September. The rise of the sunbelt was a direct result of air conditioning.

    This morning a cold front came through dumping more rain and thunderstorms this first day of July. Today’s high temperature topped out in the upper 80s as the sun came out. Summer has been here since January when we had our last below freezing weather. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We had a town pool which, as I said, was at the opposite side of town than where I lived. By the time we walked home, we were sweaty and hot again.

      I didn’t know anyone who had air conditioning when I was a kid. Window units started appearing even after I was in high school. My parents got ones for the bedrooms then one for the downstairs. My sister and I put in central air a while back. I had one in my bedroom window for a long time.

      77˚ was our high for the day.


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