We have had, for our part of the country, an incredibly cool and rainy spring. It's been a welcome aberration and anyone who's come to visit lately will have noticed the lush greenery and the cheerful profusion of wildflowers that surround us. Right now it's the season of sunflowers--many fields look like postcards! Yes, all this in the second half of June!
But alas, the downside is that it's also a good and early year for mosquitos. And that's a huge deal for me, since among the six billion people on the planet I curently rank at #246 on the scale of desirability to this pesky creature. It's a distinction in which I take absolutely no delight. I'm not a bit flattered that my blood seems to be tastier than yours, really. But my protestations haven't stopped me from providing nourishment for at least a dozen of the critters already this season. About an hour in the middle of each night this month has been sacrificed to finding a position where the sheets don't irritate the bites up and down my feet, ankles, and shins, and using ancient Tibetan mantras to distract myself from the overpowering urge to remove the offending areas with an apple corer!
You can imagine, then, my interest in one of the latest entries on TipNut.com which purports to contain over 40 ways to relieve the itch from mosquito bites. A couple of them I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot mosquito net (bleach? ammonia?) but there do seem to be plenty of interesting and harmless suggestions with which to conduct some scientific experiments on my legs. Let's see now, where are my Tums...meat tenderizer...scotch tape...witch hazel...plantains...