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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

♫ I've Grown Accustomed To Their Stink ♫ (with apologies to Lerner and Loewe)

Just as quickly as they appeared, they are gone, a few carcasses left behind.  I'm talking about the stink bugs that have plagued (in every sense of that word) us for the past two years.

When we returned from Florida there were not hundreds of them on our screens, on the cedar siding, on our fireplace screen, and our vacuum (their only known predator) sat unused.

So where did they go?  Are they coming back?

19 comments:

Happyone : ) said...

I sure hope not!!!

Kimberly said...

They must have thought you were gone for good. They are off searching for you. Hope they find someone else to love! (But not me!)

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I hope they didn't move south. Luckily we didn't have many here.

Mage said...

First, welcome home. Second, I hope the diverticulitis is flown along with the stink bugs which I dislike as much as you. Thirdly there's Cruise Law News which specializes in RCL dislike and suits.

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/

His last two entries are about something else, but three down he's blasting away at RCL. Yes, I love Holand America, but I am allergic to something on board, darn it.

I think Narcissism was just as great 100 years ago, there were just less of us around to notice. Now everything we do is so very public.

George said...

I hope you're rid of them for good. Those things are nasty (in every sense of the word).
Welcome home.

Tracy said...

well, I really couldn't tell you becuase I'm not certain if I've ever even seen one. I wouldn't know it if I stepped on it which God forbid I do since it would really smell I'm assuming!
Let's hope they are gone and really gone!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Ha Kathy.... Glad they left you... I've read about them --but we don't have them here.. At least, I've never seen nor smelled any... We do have a million LadyBugs about once a year come through here... They are HARD to keep out of the house --and if you kill one of them, they STINK also... Thank Goodness, they don't stay around long.

We got lucky and didn't have any Cicadas this year either...

Hugs,
Betsy

Retired English Teacher said...

I say, "good riddance" to those critters. I hope they don't come back.

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

We had a few in the spring...but now: nothing! Hmmm...wonder where the stinkbug went??

Jay said...

They're just laying back, being quiet and waiting to attack!

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

I've never seen a stink bug and I'm hoping I never do! Glad they have departed your area and hoping no other creature moves in on their turf around your place :)

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forsythia said...

Hope you're feeling better. You're right. I've seen only one or two stinkbugs this year. On the other hand, if you're in the market for mosquitoes, I just got back from a lovely time with our daughter and her family at a beautiful house they rented in Chincoteague. The mosquitos were awful.

Barb said...

Kathy, I just learned of these invaders from our FL relatives. Don't send them here!

Kay said...

I've seen them every so often, but I've never smelled them. It's not exactly an experience I'm looking forward to.

Cheryl said...

Hi Kath,

They do seem to be gone. I have a feeling they'll be back, though. Maybe they're taking a romantic vacation to do some breeding.

Gilly said...

Fearsome wildlife over the the States.

Glad I'm in the old UK! (Though we do get plagued with Daddy Long Legs sometimes, a bit later in the year)

Barb said...

Our FL relatives are telling us about this invasion. Good Luck and don't suggest that they fly West!

Theresa said...

Yes, we just left Cinque Terre today. :( What an amazing place.