We all have “off days” once in a while. I suppose yesterday was my turn.
The day started out nice enough, and I was ready to take on the world. But then I noticed some bites on my neck and they were itching and really starting to swell. I honestly don’t know when I got them. I was only out for a bit the previous day and they much have attacked me between the car and the front door.
Before I knew it there were several welts on my neck that were swollen and itching like crazy. I have some Benedryl cream, and put that on them, but they still bothered me. The welts were about two inches in diameter each and red and driving me crazy. After a couple of hours of trying to tolerate them, I finally gave in and took a single Benedryl tablet, knowing full well that it would probably take me out for the rest of the day. I wound up taking a mid afternoon nap and didn’t really start to feel normal until late afternoon.
This is the third spring that I have lived in this area back in the woods. Prior to that, I lived right across the street from the ocean. I never really understood why so many people complained about the black flies because I would walk to the post office every day and not even notice them. Many people here say that they are not as plentiful near the water.
Last week I had a bit under my ear on my neck and within two days it swelled so much that it kind of hurt to turn my head. That was when I went to the pharmacy and got the supplies to combat the symptoms. Needless to say, our walks have been on hold. The other day Keith was going to walk himself and only lasted a few minutes, by the time he got to the bridge, he said there was a swarm of the buggars following him. Even though he doesn’t get the reaction that I do from the bites, it is quite unpleasant.
I have searched in vain for the “Off clip-ons” that I was told about. I don’t know if they are even available here in Canada. I detest dousing myself with spray and chemicals and while driving the other day, I saw a couple of people out mowing their lawn and walking wearing what looked like a bee keepers’ suit.
This reminded me as to why I like the winter so much. I think that I feel more of a prisoner here in the Spring than at any other time of the year. It is like a cruel joke that the weather finally moderates only to breed these nasty little beasts. Hopefully they will be gone soon.
So unfortunately, there isn’t a lot to report today. I did salvage the day and do some painting on the project that I am doing for Bernie. I am almost finished with that. I then can move on to the other woodworking projects and keep things rolling. It was overcast all day too, so getting better pictures was out. I will post the project in my gallery as soon as I do.
I apologize for being a bit off topic today. After almost a year of daily writing here I thought if I didn’t post you would wonder. :)
I am looking at a better day today. I have some good things planned and hope to get going on some new projects. There are many that I want to get to work on.
Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint. ~Joseph W. Krutch
I wish you all a good day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"