Let’s just start with the big eww!!! Found this lovely beast on my kitchen floor. Off one of the cats judging by the hair–Gideon probably, as he is short one leg and can’t scratch properly. Pen for scale!! It was as big as a grape!! Eww!!The good thing is that our ticks, mostly wood licks, are not carriers of the dreaded Lyme disease and a province wide study of many thousands of ticks have turned up only a tiny number of disease ridden ticks. But they are just gross. The dogs got a chewy that kills the ticks as they bite but cats are really hard to treat–things that kill ticks tend to kill cats, in very unpleasant ways. I got bit twice last week after cutting the grass–they hadn’t really started drinking blood but they were quite firmly attached. One must never try to suffocate them to remove them as that only makes them regurgitate their disease ridden stomach contents into you. Simply pull slowly and firmly directly away from you till they pop off. Gross little buggers. Everyone seems to have their own way of killing them– I squish them with the blade of a knife, my daughter minces them with scissors and my son incinerates them with his lighter. But I have never seen such an infestation. Surely climate change is responsible. They were never here on the farm and even with the guineas free-ranging and snacking constantly, they obviously can’t eat them all.
I returned my bus yesterday to the compound in Wilkie. My sister came to pick me up and we ended up on a road trip. She had never been to Leipzig so off we went. On the way we stopped to take photos of this beautiful abandoned house. I could live in a house like this. We think it is an old Eaton’s house but it is just gorgeous. Then onto Leipzig. This area was settled almost exclusively by German Catholic pioneers and a church and school were built. During the first and second wars I think the name was changed to something more “WASP” but I don’t know what it was. I have a friend who knows the history quite well, perhaps he will add his two cents worth in the comments 😊.
By now, I was getting hungry. I was actually hungry back in Wilkie but as we were exploring I pushed it away. But I have a tendency to get “hangry” so it was decided to carry on to Bigger and the Snow White Cafe. This is the best Chinese food on the prairies–just a little family run cafe with garage sale teacups–but fast courteous service and delicious food. We had Cantonese chow mien, extra spicy veggies in black bean sauce and honey garlic ribs. We ate till we were bursting and still had leftovers for supper. Actually I didn’t have supper, as I had a load of grain in the truck box waiting for me when I got home, and by the time I unloaded it it was long past supper and time for a whisky and bed. I did pick up some chicken balls for my favourite daughter as she too loves this restaurant. It was such a fluke that we found it–we had gone to an auction in Bigger and again, starving, we popped in to check it out. Haven’t been disappointed yet!!
Then the trip home with a stop for an online fuel filter from Napa. My darn tractor was giving me grief again so tractor man came out and gave it a tune up. Purring like a kitten once more, I unloaded the grain and had a shot of whiskey before bed. What a nice day!! Ahhh!!