Before Brandon moved last month, it seemed like the mosquitoes were a little heavier than usual. But we didn't pay too much attention to it because well...it really doesn't get that hot in Michigan in the summer.
(I'm sorry Michiganders, but it doesn't.)
So the heat doesn't wipe out the mosquitoes as quickly as it does say in the third circle of hell, also known as Oklahoma in the summer time.
(Sorry Oklahomans. But you know it's true.)
When my sister and I got back from Oklahoma, it rained for a solid week straight. And it seemed that was what those blood sucking bugs needed to breed like rabbits.
The rain finally cleared...well actually it just stopped for a little bit one afternoon. We stepped outside happy because my dogs wouldn't look at us like we were crazy when they needed to do their business. I mean how dare we take them outside when it is raining?!?
But that happiness was short lived my friends because you see, those mosquitoes, they were E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.
(And the period after the letters in everywhere is NOT me being dramatic at all.)
We made it about a day before my sister starting telling me I needed to do something about the situation.
She said, "You could buy a bug zapper. You know, one of those, that you hang up by your front door."
I replied, "We bought a bug strip our first summer here because the bugs were so bad."
But that was the extent of the conversation.
A week later it came up in conversation again. I just kinda shrugged it off. Spending money on a bug killer of any sort isn't exactly a glamorous purchase.
Running clothes, Chipotle, new pens and legal pads (Yes, I know I'm a freak!), and dark chocolate pretzels? Now those are glamorous.
And then I woke up with TWELVE new mosquito bites. TWELVE.
Suddenly, something to kill bugs seemed very glamorous.
So we hot-footed it to the Wal-marts.
(Side-note #1: No we didn't actually walk to the Wal-Marts. We went in my car.)
(Side-Note #2: Ever since we've read BooMama's book, every store is now referred to in Martha terms i.e. The Wal-Marts, the Steinmarts, the Chipotles. )
I bought a fly swatter that looks like a plastic tennis racket. Except this thing uses batteries and when it makes contact with a mosquito, the mosquito gets zapped.
AND THE BLOOD SUCKER DIES!!
It was available to me for the Always! low price of $6.97.
And it beats out all my other fun purchases from this summer. Because those blood suckers can't get me anymore.
What's been your favorite necessity purchase this summer?
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