I love fall.
The nights are cooler, the days are significantly less humid, the leaves turn brilliant shades of gold, the kids have homework to do instead of playing on my computer…
But there is one thing I really dislike about fall. Every September, around the time the kids go back to school and we open up our windows and let the breezes waft through the screens, the stinkbug infestation arrives full-force.
This is a stinkbug
You cannot squish a stinkbug. Well, you CAN, but I assure you that you do not WANT to squish a stinkbug. Alice has been battling them as well, and she tells me that the odor of a stinkbug attracts other stinkbugs… some evolutionary quirk that says, Oh, no! One of our own has been squished! Let us hurry en force to the scene of the crime! Yep, some kind of queer lookie-loo gene mapping like that.
A couple weeks ago, we were trying to cool off the upstairs portion of the house by pointing a large box fan out the window. I am SO thankful that the screen was in place:
Can you see some little bugs on that window?
Let me zoom in for you…
There must have been at least 120 of those disgusting insects hanging onto that screen. I have NO IDEA why they would want to plant themselves in front of a blowing fan.
They hide in fabric. Let me tell you, it is a shrieking experience to grab your towel fresh from a nice shower and have a stinkbug fall out onto the bathmat! And then the little bugger flies up to freak you out all over again.
Autumn? I love you.
I woke up at 4:53 a.m. today. That is not too unusual — I get up at 4:45am most mornings (well, those mornings when my husband goes to work). But today he took the day off and slept in. Obviously, my body did not get that memo. Oh, well. I took advanage of the extra time: I watched 45 minutes of early morning news & weather, swept the floors, cooked a hot breakfast for the first 2 boys who were up before 7am, and ironed a pile of shirts (some of which had been waiting for nearly a year to be ironed). [I’m that way with sewing buttons and other small repairs, too. I don’t know why I put it all off — it’s not torture to do such things, I just don’t ever feel like getting out the supplies and DOING it!] A few of the shirts were too small for our youngest when they went into the pile 3 months ago. I ironed them anyway in preparation for the hospice thrift shop/church rummage sale or wherever they end up.
Our entire area is under a high wind advisory today, from 8am – 6pm. While I did not disbelieve the weatherman, at 8:30 a.m. it was calm and peaceful outside. By 9am, the winds had started up and the garbage can had been blown into the ditch. I hope the trucks come soon or I’ll have garbage and recycling to chase!
The winds should make this afternoon’s cross-country meet interesting! EB improved his PR (personal record) by 30 seconds last Saturday — 30 seconds, people!! I think he has no idea how fast he can really run, even though he claims his new PR was because due to a flat course. Today is a home meet and we have a hilly and somewhat challenging course. Add in the wind factor, and it should be an interesting meet.
So, what’s up in your neck of the woods?