My mother told me to update my blog when I called her last. That is really encouraging!
I’ve been battling bugs. Ty thinks the chiggers got my shins when I was out picking blackberries. I’m convinced they attacked when we went out to Beaverfork Lake, went swimming, then sat on a blanket in the grass. There were 30 seconds where my ankles were in contact with the grass, and I think they spread from there. The itching has been constant ever since.
I’m not going to post the picture here, but you can click through to this image if you would like to feel my pain. The bites are much darker and gross looking now, but at least they’re itching less. I used a combination of AfterBite, ChiggerX, Calamine Lotion, and Benadryl pills (at night) to fight the itch.
The other bugs I’ve been dealing with are squash borers. My new favorite blog, Little House in the Suburbs, is located in Memphis. That’s about the same latitude that we are at. They had a warning post, a fighting post, and a losing the fight post. The bugs have taken over my spaghetti squash and yellow squash plants. They apparently don’t appreciate cucumbers. The plants have yellowed off and died except for the new growth on the tips. We got 3 yellow squash, and may still get a spaghetti squash before everything dies.
The only way to get through all of this trauma is to relax on the roof. Here are some pre-fireworks/dinner pictures from our roof to put you at ease.