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Lately, we’ve been on critter overload.
While in Carbondale, a spider saw my arm, salivated and took a big ol’ juicy bite. The mark is still scratchy and hasn’t yet gone away.
Another spider recently attacked me in the car.
Lately, the mosquitos have been brutal. I have large, red mosquito marks on my arms, back and neck. They itch, too.
And yesterday, Tina was petting Talulah while we were editing some video. “Oh shit. Lou-lee’s got something in her ear. It looks like a maggot!”
Yes, one of our nicknames for Talulah is “lou-lee.”
I looked in, and a tick had embedded itself fairly recently in there. It was too far in to burn out, so I ended up saying a small (atheist) prayer and tugging it out with Tina’s tweezers. Fortunately the head came along for the ride. I looked at it under my magnifying glass that I use to clean my camera sensor.
Looking back, I should have tried a little harder to burn it out. But I was afraid of burning little Lou’s ears.
I didn’t realize we had ticks in the city. Before we had a dog, we spent very little time in the grass and tree areas that we have. I figured we were immune.
I was wrong.
You should see Tina lately. Now she’s intermittently freaking out that a tick is crawling up her back or embedding its head in her pubic hair.
Critters in the city. Pixar should do a cartoon.