Yes, it’s monsoon season in Arizona and with the unusual amount of water pooled in various low places the GNATS have swarmed here and multiplied. I cannot use the word gnats without thinking of the Veggie Tales movie where the giant pea keeps pronouncing it Ga-Nats. And even though I’m a homeschool mom with loads of diverse information in my noggin, I do not know the life cycle or reproduction speed of gnats. Although, from the looks of our back door collection, I would surmise the cycle is FAST! I cleaned the bottom of the sliding doors yesterday and awoke to this:
My pesticide-company-owning-husband said, “Well, they’re dead!” I guess that is good, but gross me out!
The other sad news in the backyard: yesterday we awoke, went downstairs and looked out the back windows… and something was missing…. it was the gigantic gazebo! Gone! Poof! Obviously there was some sort of micro-burst in our backyard to pick up a metal eight-foot gazebo that was anchored down and throw it over the six-foot block wall! Rick looked over all the neighbors’ walls until he located it. That house is vacant presently, so he went over, picked up the mangled metal and canvas conglomeration and threw it back into our yard. He knew how much I loved my oasis of shade covering my patio swing… so he slowly disassembled it in hopes of rebuilding it. No such luck. It’s gonzo, baby. Makes me sad. Here are before and after pictures, which should help you to decide NOT to vacation in Phoenix in the months from May to October.