S’mores, salty ocean breezes, veggie burgers on the grill, sweaty people on the bus — what’s the smell you associate the most with summer?
Summer smells like bug spray.
We have a narrow window of opportunity here, in mid spring, when you can enjoy a sunny day without first bathing in bug spray. I pushed my luck this spring and went outside without protection one too many days. Deer flies ate my neck; both sides, behind my ears, under my hair and on top of my head. And I never felt a thing. Until later.
The little bastards!
They’re worse than mosquitoes. At least mosquitoes have the decency to pierce the skin neatly. Deer flies saw your neck open with their bastard saw-jaws, leaving an open wound and a trail of blood. The bite site isn’t just itchy; it swells and hurts and oozes and it lasts a long time and it makes me swear.
Now I don’t go outside without a slathering of sunscreen and a smelly dose of deet. At least there’s a new scent now, that smells less like OFF! It has less deet in it, but seems to be effective.
Gotta go spray up. We’re going to an outdoor potluck.