The Mighty Minnesota Mosquito

Posted by Karen in Day to Day.
Thursday, April 13th, 2006 at 12:13 pm

That, my friends, is a giant mosquito bite on my right foot. Frankly, I’m confounded. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous these last few days, but I swear, it was nice for like a day when I got this! I sometimes like to think I’m tough, living in the land of extreme weather conditions and actually liking it, but I am humbled by the mighty mosquito. The long, dark, cold, snowy Minnesota winter makes you kind of forget about these critters, but give them one day of balmy weather and they return with a vengeance! Often called the unofficial state bird of Minnesota, these little buggers have made a nightmare out of many a picnic, hike, and patio dining experience for me, and actually ranked #2 on my Con list when I was trying to decide if I should move back to Minnesota from Colorado (#1, in case you were wondering, was hay fever – ahhh, ragweed). Nonetheless, I couldn’t be more excited about the arrival of spring! I can’t wait to garden, and hike, and camp, and lounge on our deck. I am armed with citronella candles, Deep Woods Off, and Burt’s Bees bug spray (which I got for Bruno – is it weird that I’m ok with putting deet on me but not my dog?). There are buds on trees, crocuses blooming, Nate has busted out his bike in a big way, and the grill is scheduled to debut on Saturday for his birthday bash (his b-day is actually Sunday, but we heard there was some other holiday thing happening that day). Yay spring!

Oh, and now that I have a new supafly digital camera of my own, expect more weird photos from me from now on. Consider yourselves warned. I’ll try to ease up on the maimed body parts ones though.

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6 Responses to “The Mighty Minnesota Mosquito”

  1. nator Says:

    PS if you’re local and reading this and you didn’t get an invite to the party, it’s not on purpose: you’re invited. :)

  2. Q Schroe Says:

    Wow! That’s one crazy bug-bite. But the rest of the warm weather related things sound awesome. I’m sure you will give the grill a wonderful intro into the new season.

  3. Rick Says:

    Have a super fun Birthday Bash, but watch out for those skeeters! Ahh, the joys of living in Colorado where the nasty buggers aren’t out yet…

  4. Anonymous Says:

    you have a really cool bike

  5. nator Says:

    Yes… Yes, I do. ( Thanks! ;)

  6. m Says:

    I can’t believe no one has commented on your lovely alliteration! The m-m-m in your title is really very nice, as opposed to the actual insect to which it refers. We will get our mosquitoes, no doubt, but not yet! So, we will enjoy our Easter panini (that really just means sandwiches ;-) on the grill in our backyard and Blitz Torte for dessert. I hope the birthday bash was wonderful!!