Saturday, April 12, 2008

Break out the Fly Masks!

It's going to be 92 degrees out here today. And it's only April 12th. Things are not looking promising for a mild summer. What's worse? The flies are here already, which means my usual perfume of choice-- L'Air du Wheelbarrow-- has now been replaced by the slightly chemical, mildly toxic scent of pesticides and insect repellents. Nothing says "I'm a horsewoman" like the faint scent of pyrethrins wafting off my clothing as I'm standing in line at the grocery store.

The return of our insect friends (where have they all been? vacationing in Bermuda?) has also prompted me to schedule West Nile boosters for both Wally and Wyatt. The vet is coming on Monday, which naturally corresponds with the fact that my paycheck just arrived yesterday. No sooner will my money get deposited in my bank than it'll fly away to pay horse-related bills. Now if I could only get the pesky pests to do the same vanishing act, I'd be happy! ~~~~~~~~~~~

5 comments:

Gina said...

If you have horses they'll find ways to use up your surplus money. :D

The flies are back here as well - it was in the eighties yesterday.

I don't know if it's just me... but I LOVE the smell of fly spray. I spray it on my horse and I take a GIANT deep breath, and go "AH!" Call me weird but I love it.

Do you have problems with your horses keeping their fly masks on?

Samantha said...

At least you haev WARM weather. We are sitting in 12 in. of snow yet!! It's maybe 30 degrees out! I'm ready to battle the flies.

Anonymous said...

Be happy, here in Illinois were suppose to get snow!! And its been rainy and wet all day.

Anonymous said...

Here in MN we just got through battling freezing rain, sleet, and snow plus running after barn doors that were blown off in the wind. Flies would seem awful nice after this...

Cindy Hale said...

Wow, do some of us live on the same planet? The weather seems to be at opposite extremes in various parts of the country! But I think our heat wave is unusual, especially for April. My poor calla lillies and columbines are sad looking, as if they're saying, "Hey, we're SPRING TIME flowers, not SUMMER TIME flowers!"

And don't get me started on fly masks. I think that's another Game Horses Play When They're Bored. "Pass Around the Fly Masks" is what I think it's called.