Overcoming Bloglessness




Seasonal Scents.

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.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

12 thoughts on “OFF!

  1. Know the feeling well. But at least we don’t have deer flies.

  2. Sounds horrid. I thought the mosquitoes and flies Downunder were bad, but deer flies sound positively horroresque.

  3. The blackflies in our woods behave similarly – they hang around your eyes, ears, mouth, nose and basically annoy the hell out of you. It’s only later, after you are inside and cleaning up after rock collecting that you realize they’ve taken hunks out of your hide.

    Yup, I well know the smell of bug repellent.

  4. If we don’t get killed by the flue the we get killed by the poison… I was spraying it on my front door before going in and I hailing it… The thought came to mind…

  5. Ahhh first it’s the black flies, which are soo annoying and vicious, then the mosquitoes, then the horrid deer flies – or horse flies — one in the same. And yeah, they are the most vicious of bugs —- they take chunks, literally chunks – out of you. And damn – it hurts and *is* open-wounds for time to come.

    It makes me want to shop vac them up and let them loose and wild in the city, where all they contend with is the mosquitoes. It just seems unreasonable that we can be surrounded by so much beauty – and yet this vicious devils are part and parcel of it all.

    Bring on the toxic stuff — even though it never lasts the “stated 8 hours” —- entirely laughable!

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