Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Heebie Jeebies.

In the garden, a huge carpenter bee landed on my sleeve. I kept on working as he walked around on my arm.  I felt quite kindly towards him. He seemed in no hurry to leave. I was planting corn, and I moved carefully so as not to have him fly off. Sounds silly to say, but I was enjoying his company. It seemed almost like he was supervising my work.

At some point, he did fly off though, and I didn't even notice for a time. I looked around for him, but I did not see where he went. 

I offer this up to let you know that I am not afraid of bugs. I find them interesting. 


...this morning, I was getting ready for work. Toweling off after my shower, I noticed something. For the second time this year, I found a tick. Embedded. I had a quiet tizzy fit, pulled said tick, examined my person for more ticks and found none. I treated my tick bite with antiseptic. As quickly as I tried to hurry, I was running late, and wouldn't you know it, THIS was the morning that I hit every red light between my house and work. 

Although I got to work with one minute to spare, my computer ran so slowly that by the time I clocked in, I was four minutes late. 

The worst part was all day long, I felt like things were crawling on me.


  1. My tizzy fits, unlike yours, tend to be of the loud variety. I've never had a quiet one!

  2. Oh Bob. I was gritting my teeth. I cannot abide ticks. I haven't had one in years...and now I've had two in this spring alone. If things keep up, my tizzy fits are bound to get a bit noisier. You're probably going to hear me clear down in Tennessee.

  3. Oh my God, that's just horrible. The tick and the timing of it, both. And I thought my day was bad!

    Wishing you a good night's rest and an easier day tomorrow.

  4. I'm terrified of ticks or having any bug (or parasite) imbedded in me. Ugh.

  5. I agree that ticks are a horror as the bites of some (Lone Star, Lime) have can have lasting complications.

    Watch your tick bite site for a bull's eye pattern and if you see one (I promise, it's unmistakable), go to your doctor promptly as the bull's eye is diagnostic for a Lime tick bite.

    Lone Star ticks have spread all across the South and up the Eastern Seaboard. They have a tiny white dot on their back and can make you unable to digest beef afterwards - among other problems. I know about this first-hand, too.

    Hope you don't have any problems and I understand the ongoing feeling that there must be a tick on your somewhere.

    Wishing you well!

  6. We get Doctor flies here in Ireland. Nasty creatures that leave nasty bites. The midges are pretty bad too lately.

  7. Scary. I suppose they sometimes get on humans here but mostly dogs and other animals. Isn't' there a risk of the head staying buried if you pull them off?

  8. Oh no, ticks are horrible. I can understand your feeling of having crawlies on you all day after that. Keep an eye on it though, hopefully you'll be fine though. x

  9. I will be fine, and I know what to watch out for. Tim actually developed that bullseye a couple years ago. I dragged him to the walk-in. There is a small tool called a tick twister, Andrew, which removes the tick without pulling off its little head. Usually. I just hate them, though.

  10. Aside from butterflies, I am not overly disposed to sharing my body with insects. Too many are out to get me.

  11. Bleah. I can totally understand being creeped out by a tick. Surely your boss isn't unreasonable enough to give you grief over four lost minutes?

  12. My husband sometimes picks up ticks when he runs on the fells. I always hope that they are in places he can reach himself as I really dislike having to remove them for him!
    We get horse flies here. Horrible things. I still have a large scar on my leg from an ulcer caused by a horse fly bite.

  13. I get multiple tick bites every year and yes, I always feel like things are crawling on me for the rest of the day. I use to worry about Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but I seem to remember learning somewhere that if you remove it within a certain amount of time that it rarely causes any problems. That said, I still watch for that bullseye. I have a "tick key" that will easily remove them from our dogs, but I've never tried it on myself.

    These days it's deer flies I'm battling. Ugh.

  14. We don't have ticks where I live but last summer we went to the southern part of Saskatchewan and they definitely have them there. I pulled a bunch off the dogs but I found one in my hair. I pulled it off but the head stayed inside my body which just grosses me out even now, a year later.


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