Archive for June 28th, 2010
Lazy mornings. I really enjoy the lazy mornings of summer. I had them for two whole weeks (until Summer rec. started today). During one of those lazy mornings, this is what happened:
As I rolled over in bed, I felt a presence. I open my eyes, and there’s Becca…big ol’ blues staring right at me. It was 8:15 – past any “respectful” waking time, I guess. So, I pulled myself up out of bed and headed downstairs with said child. Before making the coffee, I decided that I needed “just five more minutes” before I was ready to greet the day. As I laid down on the couch, Becca (and Rex) crawled up next to me. Becca was happily petting Rex. Then Chloe, with her anti-gravity morning hair, came tromping down the stairs. I guess there was no more “five more minutes.” As Becca continued to pet Rex, she stopped and said, “Mom, there’s a bump on Rex’s neck.”
A bump on Rex’s neck could mean just about anything. He’s had gum, broken pieces of suckers, liquid ‘gooey’ candy from a tube and other oddities stuck in his fur. So, with one eye open (and the other about half open), and no caffeine in my body to speak of, I check out Rex’s neck. There sure was something sticking up. I thought it was his skin. I gave it a little tug, and something about the size of an old fashioned watermelon seed was between my fingers. I hold it up to my face, and then I see it. The head and the legs. (Ewww, I’m getting itchy just thinking about it now). It was a damn tick! Ugh! I take it into the kitchen and try to squish it in a paper towel. No go. This thing was a fighter. A big, fat, ugly, full-o-blood fighter. I had to get tough. I took it outside and squished the paper towel under the leg of our patio chair.
I had to make sure it was dead, right? I didn’t want to (OK, maybe I DID want to…just a little). Ewwwwwwwwwww! It was like…like…blood jelly. Completely gross. I made my coffee and hoped it would help the heebie jeebies go away. Then, of course, I had to look up ticks on the internet. Just because. I’m going to share a picture with you. Again, just because.
And that’s how I started off one day of summer vacation. What followed in the next few days was a big ol’ dose of Frontline on the dog, and some crazy chemical on the lawn. But here’s a preview for my next post: the tick was NOT the grossest thing that has happened so far this summer. Have you ever heard of GWAR? I’ll fill you in next time!