Thursday, June 2, 2011

A sort of vacation and not being tickled...

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Does this picture give you the hee bee jeebies?  Imagine this, a delightful view to Menemsha pond in a beautiful house.  The long grass swaying in the breeze...infested with ticks!!  I walked through said grass and collected 2 in my shoe.  Ken had 2 attached to him and we brought 3 home in the car!  Can you say YUCK and not only yuck but the diseases they carry are no joke.  Here is a list...Lyme disease, human granulocytic and monocytic ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, tularemia, Q fever.  

So, enough for the heebee's...I have to say that I should have modified my attitude about going on "vacation" for 3 days.  It took 1 full day to pack.  Once we got there, we had our rigid 2 nap schedule to adhere to and one very bouncy almost 4 year old (who became even more bouncy with each ice cream cone).  It was a task in coordination of nap times and organizing stuff.  To add to it the house we stayed in was generously loaned to us but had a problem with the hot water heater.  This is not a big deal but we kept leaving stuff at the other house which was a logistical nightmare.  I'm remembering the days of lounging on the deck, having a leisurely walk on the beach (insert screeching noise here).  Instead I was playing family with my big girl.  Her version of family is to order you around and she is always in charge.  Our walk on the beach was running to and fro to the ocean to collect water for her sand castle.  There was a large group of great people to socialize with over dinner but instead we were putting our littlest to bed and racing back and forth between houses to join in the festivities and collecting ticks in our shoes.  When I asked Ken if he was having a good time, there was a long pause and then a "sort of".And now, I'm still doing the laundry and we're leaving for VT tomorrow.  I don't want to go!  It is enough of a logistical dilemma to stay at home........