At times like this...
Really. I have absolutely no desire to hop on the bike for a quick jaunt through the oven.
When Hubby asked if I wanted to go to the WV Place this weekend, I said we'd have to check the weather. After all, if it is going to be 80 degrees, I'd rather be riding than doing anything else. But that is not to be.
It's going to be slightly cooler in West Virginia, if you can describe a 101 degree day as "cool."
Oh, well. If you saw my post the other day, you know our little house in the woods is sorely in need of attention.
And I know the girls will be absolutely thrilled to go for a visit. They all love it there, but it is, without a doubt, Meg's favorite place on Earth. I'll have to try and remember to get a quick video of her smiley face once we get there.
One bad thing about WV during summer is the ticks. The house is after all surrounded by woods. Unfortunately, due to the very mile winter we had, ticks are really bad this year. Having not spent much time there, I'm not sure how bad, but I guess we'll see.
I saw this absolutely horrifying picture on Facebook. It isn't Photoshopped. It's a real photo of an actual snake covered in ticks.
reptile rescue facility in Australia.
If you have a morbid sense of curiosity like me, click on the picture for a larger view. But I warn you, it's sort of stomach-turning.
I never knew that snakes were susceptible to ticks. Apparently, when healthy, they can sort of slough them off. This guy had a fractured head or neck or something. Which made him spend way more time on the ground than usual and rendered him unable to rid himself of the ticks.
He was anesthetized so the parasites could be removed -- hundreds of them -- and as of April was doing well.
I feel sort of better knowing that's on a whole 'nother continent. But it still gives me the willies.
I'll be staying out of the woods for sure. And checking the girls carefully. Even though I keep them dosed with Frontline, I still have to be careful. Because the little buggers will ride into the house on them and then come stalking us humans. Ugh.
I'll be sure to let you know how the visit goes. I hope you all get to ride this weekend.