Who doesn’t enjoy a little nibbling of the ears now and then? Unless of course it from gnats and mosquitoes. The gnats this year have been ridiculous (have I mentioned that before?) Seems like they like to hang around places that have a lot of rain. That would be us ~this summer especially. Every time I have a job to do in the garden or a stone patio to build, those little buggers like to whiz into my ears and eyes. Sometimes it was so bad I would put off going out to get some gardening done until they were gone. Not anymore! I started wearing a Slogger’s Buzz Off Wide Brim Hat. I am not generally a big fan of hats, but when I saw the insect repellent feature on these hats, I had to try it. Sure enough, it works! Now I look like a responsible gardener warding off the dangerous rays of the sun when I am really just trying to keep those damn bugs away! But, little did I know when I first saw these , they have a UPF 50+. What a deal~ looks good, protects from the sun and it keeps the bugs away. YaY! So now when I am gardening they fly around me but they do not go under my hat. I gave one to my friend for her birthday and she loves it. She trimmed her hedges (and she has a lot of hedges), she can’t believe how well it worked keeping those gnats out of her face, and she really loves the sun protection. The other day when I was out in the vegetable garden, my son said, “Nice hat! What’s with the gnats around your head though?” They were all around, but they were not getting in my eyes or ears or face. Works for me!
We started a new garden project. A new stone patio in the afternoon shade. A friend gave us a bunch of blue stone so the price was right. We have the space so we thought we might as well put in the work and make our garden more comfortable to enjoy. Yesterday we got a load of dirt to even out the very uneven lawn that we will be putting the stone on. Today we put in the stones, leveling as we go. We had yet another cloudy day filled with gnats. I won’t even tell you how silly I looked with my buzz off hood on my head, knee pads, and a swarm of tiny black flies around my face. That was when I looked good. Of course the rain came and poured and poured. The rest of the afternoon was mud pies. But we were able to finish laying the stones. I am going to let the mud dry so tomorrow I can sweep it away.
Another level? Sure…. why not. My back is strong. Many more gnats visited the work site to nibble or should I say chew on the humans in the area. But we persevered and Level two was completed…Sort of.
Could barely walk today. My legs are not used to crouching for two days in a row. Pulled muscles I didn’t even know I had, so no working on the rocks today. Besides we both have jobs to go to. But… We need more stones, so off went my honey bunch for more stones this evening. Hopefully I will finish the job tomorrow. I think it is supposed to be cloudy again. More gnats. great, can’t wait.
Rained..Again…All day. Even cloudy with bugs would have been better.
Finally got to put in a few hours on the stones. The bugs even seemed to give me a break.
Leveled them and now all that’s left is finishing touches, dirt and some plants to make it look like it has always been there. I couldn’t do more because it started raining again!… Getting tired of gloomy skies and muddy soil.I will post a picture of it when it is done.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~Ruth Stout