Spring brings…

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Springtime in Colorado really puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face.  The patios are bustling with activity, the sun is warm on your skin, and the fragrant blossoms on the neighborhood trees can bring you back to a place long forgotten.  But just when you open the windows for a gust of warm air and a cool refreshing evening breeze, a gigantic moth comes out of nowhere to swoop in on the fun!  I really can’t even believe how enormous these things can get— and I’ve lived in a lot of places!  Each year all I can think of is the movie poster for Silence of the Lambs; where their wingspan is a good 4 inches.  Bugs in general disgust me, but moth season in Colorado takes it entirely to a new level.  When we moved into our house 2 years ago, it had been vacant for several months beforehand.  I think the moths must have made it their home that summer because the next spring had a thawing of moth nests that brought in moths by the dozens at nighttime.  I never wanted to sun to go down each evening.  I felt trapped like Wil Smith in “I am Legend.”  (I never usually reference movies but in this posting it’s too apropos not to.)  They would appear out of no where and surround the lights and fly into the walls.  Thank goodness my husband isn’t as creeped out as I am.  We used to have a cat that enjoyed the hunt once we went to bed, but Mr. Bailey had to be put down in 2009 after 15 good years.  He lived during our pre-new house years though.  Then last fall I adopted another cat from the Denver Dumb Friends League— Fiona.  She probably wasn’t the smartest cat in the litter, but she makes up for it in sweetness.  I am hoping she can take over where Mr. Bailey left off.  We used to find moths scattered about the floor the next morning, but I would rather pick up a dead moth with handfuls of paper towels than have to swat them out of the air after they’ve buzzed my ear!  Time will tell, I suppose.  I’m rooting for you, Fiona!

I have say though, all in all, this is really the only drawback to living in Colorado.  Generally we don’t have many bugs.  The dog and cat don’t have fleas, I don’t get eaten by mosquitos when I sit outside in the evening (and yes, I have the type of blood they usually seek out), and even on high humidity days around here, there aren’t gnats sticking to my skin— things are pretty tolerable.

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