The Birthday Boy and the Electronic Swatter

Here’s the birthday boy (YAY! He made it to SEVENTY!) with his coveted birthday present:

The iPad and the

Yes, indeed. It is an electronic mosquito dispatcher. Even though we have no standing water around here, the mosquitos seem to find a way to breed after a monsoon rain, and make their way to our deck.

Here you see the Deck Denizen with the [scorned] iPad and his newly-acquired mosquito swatter. This morning was the maiden “voyage” for its use, and it proved quite up to the task. When the mosquitos sensed their breakfast was ready and waiting, they grouped together and swarmed onto the deck. A couple of waves with this electronic “swatter”. and they got the message. The survivors apparently put out the word. After that, there were a few brave attackers – teenagers, no doubt – but they didn’t get the chance to have anything to brag about back at the ‘hood.

And, no, he doesn’t dye his hair! The chemo has thinned it considerably, but that is his natural color.

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30 Responses to The Birthday Boy and the Electronic Swatter

  1. Judy Bell says:

    I thought there weren’t any mosquitoes in Arizona. Shucks!


    • judilyn says:

      There are a few during the monsoons, but NOTHING like what I am reading about that other people are experiencing. I lived in Florida for 36 years, and THAT is MOSQUITO country! Where will you be?


  2. Sherry says:

    I just put it on the birthday list here. Sounds wonderful. Always makes me feel great to kill those suckers. The deck denizen looks great! Tell him to go get em’! What’s the secret for getting to 70 with no gray hair???


    • judilyn says:

      Heredity is the secret. His father died at age 95, and his hair was not entirely grey even then. The strain of the disease, though, has produced a stray grey here and there!


  3. Sharon says:

    Congratulations on another great birthday — and on great genes! And I appreciated the review on the electronic fly swatter, too!


  4. gypsy97 says:

    First of all, happy birthday wishes! That mosquito swatter is a great idea. Does it have to be plugged in or does it run on batteries? It would be useful to take camping in certain areas.


    • judilyn says:

      It runs on rechargeable batteries, and there are two swatters per package (for ~$22. at Amazon). I’m thinking that the charge wouldn’t need to be replenished very often, so a two-pack might last quite a while during a campout. I haven’t seen a 12-volt charger for it, though. That would be useful! ;->

      It does seem that the mosquito herd is much smaller as each day comes along. Do you suppose they have a communication system? Or maybe it is because there is less rain now.


  5. Kit says:

    Hey, G-Man! Happy 70th! Hope you have another 70!


  6. dreamjosie says:

    Please pass along our heartiest Birthday Wishes. Lookin’ good for 70 and happy for that milestone.


  7. texcyn says:

    Well this is a very Happy Birthday indeed!! WTG!! I’ll bet today was a great one πŸ™‚


  8. Peggy Bohler says:

    Happy birthday! I have only one issue with the blog. I always try to hit “like”. Facebook-like. Take care you two! We think of you often.


    • judilyn says:

      Hi Peggy – Not sure what you mean. Isn’t there a place to just hit “like” at the bottom of the blog text when you look at it on your screen? That’s where it shows up on my copy. There are two “likes” there right now.

      Hope you and John are both doing well, too, and having some fun.


  9. Shirley says:

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Gary is looking great and looks like he is having a BLAST with the swatter! I never heard of it! I’m sure you both enjoyed his birthday!


  10. Clanmother says:

    Happy Birthday! Happiness and laughter are indeed the best medicine of all. But I really think that your delicious meals add the zest and drama.


  11. LFFL says:

    Oh, YAY! Good for him and 70 young years!!! Fabulosity!!


  12. Joann says:

    I am happy to say that so far, so good on chemo. 7 years ago, and a highly undesirable kind of breast cancer. I have lots less hair as well, but 62 and a smattering of grey at the temples. My paternal gma didn’t grey until she was in her 80s. First, I like the idea of getting to 80+, and second! I am vain enough to enjoy my mousey brownish hair. It is one of the few things the DNA fairy didn’t shaft me on. Belated birthday blessings. I just started reading your blog recently. Sigh, if they can work out that Star Trek transporter thing, I would like to put in a standing order for breakfast at your house! Yum!


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