Monday, April 29, 2019

THE CALL OF NATURE by Nora LeDuc #RomanceGems


I often run into people who tell me, “I just drove through your town. Looks like the aliens landed there.”

What are they talking about? In case you don’t know, here’s a picture.

Yes, I wear one of these nets. I have the head version, and a few years ago, I bought my dream outfit—the jacket. What can be more stylish? What has caused people to adopt this snazzy clothing? Simple. Those little annoying black flies sometimes called the May fly. They first appear at the end of April and grown into swarming blood suckers or mini vampires.

If you’re unconvinced, look at the next photo.
Okay, this might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Ah, spring. The birds have returned and are singing. Flowers bloom. Trees bud. The weather warms and tempts you to throw caution to the wind. You abandon your coat and long pants. You put on shorts, but beware. The insects are lurking, and the population is ready to explode.

Unfortunately, sprays or lotions often have no impact on the horde of bugs all interested in YOU. What should you do? Well, you can stay indoors or visit your local entomologist for advice or become one of us with our net attire. BTW, there’s a rumor a little old lady in town started sewing bug outfits and made millions of dollars. Easy for me to believe.

Now as I sit inside, I start writing my chapters slowly trying to weave together characters, plot, setting and then the words swarm onto the page until I reach the conclusion. However, my sentences are much prettier and have a nicer effect than those winged pests.

So, if you plan to visit New England this season, check out the extraterrestrials or better yet, grab a book and enjoy it on a screened porch. Here are my most recent. Available on Amazon.

Until we meet again, Happy Reading, My Friends. ~Nora

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14 comments:

  1. In all of my visits to Vermont, I've managed to avoid the fly infestations, so I still think New England is a perfect place. :-)

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  2. Hold onto that dream, Liz. Happy Spring.

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  3. In Canada we have blackflies that tear a triangle-shaped chunk of skin off you. Mosquitoes the size of hornets...and let's not forget the no-see-ums. Spring...allergies aren't enough to contend with. LOL

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  4. Wow, Bonnie, you need steal nets to keep them away. Take care and try to enjoy Spring.

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  5. Oh no! I've always pictured New England as the perfect state! LOL Now I'm thinking of the movie Funny Farm with Chevy Chase. I guess each state comes with its problems.
    We have mosquitoes in Texas that are so big they sound like small helicopters as they come in for a landing--on whatever body part that isn't covered. We're lucky that we're staying with our daughter right now. They have a nearby bat cave and bats love small flying insects.

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  6. Onviously one needs to be adaptable, no matter where one lives.

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  7. They only come for one month, Karen. Then of course it's the perfect place! Kathleen, you are right. There's always something.

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  8. I guess you can't be too fashion-minded in the face of such flying pests. The greenheads are terrible on Plum Island starting in June, too.

    Unfortunately, I'm the type of person that will get bit by the one mosquito in the room - even if there are a hundred other people. I'd probably stay inside for an entire month if I had to deal with it on this level.

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  9. The 2nd picture is hilarious (sorry). Sometimes I have bees making hives in my backyard. They're cute only in Winnie the Pooh books, not in real life. But I get how they're important to the nature/ecosystem.

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  10. yes, it's supposed to be funny. Feel free to laugh, Iris. Do you gather the necter? I know a couple who did and called themselves the Beesters. They belonged to a club of people who raised bees. I'm sure there must be a lot of them.

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  11. Satin, no fun when you're allergic. My dad was allergic to bees so he was always on the lookout. But you live near that beautiful beach. You can't stay inside.

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  12. Oh, my goodness. Compared to those hordes of insects, a few mosquitoes aren't much to deal with. I'd probably live indoors forever.

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  13. Just landed back in NH and not looking forward to the Black Flies. There's actually a restaurant in St. Augustine that is called The Black Fly. As someone from NH, it didn't make me want to eat there!!

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  14. Kari, Not sure I'd go there either. Wonder if the owner if from New England. Joan Mosquitoes aren't a picnic either.

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