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Cloudy morning

I am fighting either allergies or a head cold.

Our doors rattle and squeak when the wind is blustery.

One wall of my room consists of a pair of double doors with a dead drop down to L's studio apartment. If we leave the doors open too wide, Emma sits out on the ledge and thinks about jumping out to tackle the yard kitties. So we've been propping the door open to just the width of a roll of duct tape, which has been great up until the mosquitoes started emerging from pupation and started coming in to bite me. Waking up itchy isn't very fun.

I am thinking I should construct some sort of screen to cover the whole door opening. That would aid in both keeping the cat in, and the mosquitoes out.


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Feb. 18th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
I think I'm north of the Zika line! Anopheles mosquitoes don't make it this far north...only to those poor cads in Texas and Florida.

Man, it sucked when I worked in the lab next door to an Anopheles lab in Texas!
Feb. 18th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
Due to international travel, I don't think it matters any more. Plus, the next disease is already out there, they just haven't noticed it yet.

#dark #goth #letsallwearblack #omg #Ilostmyblacklipstick
Feb. 18th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
i don't think you are safely north of the zika line. isn't it both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus? I'm getting this from https://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/AedesDistributionMap.pdf
Feb. 26th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
So, I think we're right on the edge of where it has been predicted to maybe potentially show up. I believe most of the entomologists/epidemiologists who have been studying these maps think that it is only likely to get a toehold in areas with year-round Aedes populations (i.e. Florida and Texas). Periodic freezing weather helps to keep Aedes in check, in general.
Feb. 17th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
omg all the suggestions for decorating this, making tote bags, party favors, etc etc etc

Feb. 18th, 2016 05:14 am (UTC)
It may be easier to use gauzy fabric than actual netting.
Feb. 18th, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
I think you might be right about this. OTOH, scrottie did something like this over his window in AZ, and found it to be ineffectual.

The part I'm not looking forward to is going over to the big-box fabric store in the nearby shopping plaza, ugh. I should probably just make myself go over to the "local" (farther away) fabric store just to get an updated mental inventory of what they have, even if they lack gauze or netting.

I wish I lived near Seattle Fabrics. Even if they didn't have what I wanted, I love going to play among the neoprene and ripstop nylon, sigh. Ooooo, they have hibiscus mesh...
Feb. 19th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
We had a similar giant fabric emporium nearby that finally folded about two years ago. Le sigh.
Feb. 18th, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
seattle fabrics has mosquito netting that might serve double duty as padding for a certain framed photograph. let me know if you want that or something else they have (and how much) and i could ship it to you this weekend.
Feb. 19th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm! I like this notion. I will have to take some measurements this evening and get back to you on it.
Feb. 19th, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
you can't bicycle in the rain...
whoah cloudy morning. we've been waking to a liquid sky, pouring cats and dogs no less

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