Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Only Thing Worse Than Beating A Dead Horse, Is Betting On One

Yesterday I received my first official bug bite of 2010.  I was out clearing brush at my mother's new property and something managed to viscously maul my upper thigh.  I am still unsure as to the culprit, but it itches just the same.

Last summer I was looking into tree planting out in BC.  I got some information and had some contacts, things were lining up.  Later in the summer I was lying on the beach frustrated beyond belief by two black flies that were incessantly biting me as soon as I turned away. (Anyone who has been to the East Coast of Canada in July or August knows the kind.)  and I'm not one of those people whom upon being bit gets a little mark and an itch.  My bug bites swell up to be about the size of a loonie.  I literally look like I have been involved in some shifty product testing by the companies that send you spam for "cheap drugs".  Anyways, it was that moment that I realized how bad of an idea it was to go tree planting, and that I would likely parish. 

Every once and a while if my mind wanders to the, "but maybe it wouldn't be so bad to go planting" area, little subtle reminders, like the one I received yesterday push me right back on track.

With that said, Spring is coming, I am excited!


  1. I only every had one bug bite that caused me problems, I don't even know what it was that bit me. It left a hole in my leg the size of a new penny which I had to have cleaned out and packed for 3 months! The doc was even talking about plastic surgery. Thankfully it eventually healed over though I still have a noticeable scar. I hate biting bugs!

    I use tee tree oil on bug bites now and they don't cause problems.

  2. By the way, I love that each and every one of your posts is titled by a song title. Adds a little... something extra to the blog.

  3. Wow, Akelamalu... your bite beats mine... Hands down. You win. :s

    And thank-you.. I am a fan of scrolling through iTunes until something catches my eye :)