The Buds of Spring

Remember the forest had been ablaze of color

Then all the leaves had fallen

Creating mosaic patterns on the ground

The silhouette of trees

Stand against a icy blue winter sky

Yet when we look close

We see the buds

Waiting for that season

Which brings us the hope of spring

Head in The Clouds Monday

In the days when travel was easy

I always look for the window seat

For part of going some where

Is the distance we move to get there

And that makes the journey

So much more interesting

Please indulge me

As I share what I have observed

From my window seat

On “Head in the clouds Mondays”

A Bookish Sunday- Sitting with Old Friends

I’m sitting here on a Sunday morning surrounded by old friends and some just acquaintances

All in all, they have been part of my world, whether as whole tales or just footnotes in the tale of one’s own life.

As with old friends, some remain close

Others are thoughts and feelings of one’s past

And as time moves on, we have a chance for new friends

Some to stay and to share their stories

Many more will come and go, as our own time allow.

There are old friends, sitting on shelves collecting dust

Knowing that they won’t be pulled off the shelf

It is time to se you free

For the unopened, unread book

It just seems so sad

When someone else might be excited

To turn your pages

To view the world thru someone else’s words

So I may take another Sunday morning

I will sit here and open your pages

One more time

To share my thoughts of you

Before I say goodbye

Of Time and Space

I collect clocks and watches

For I can’t seem to keep Time

Clocks all around the house

Each set to slightly different Time

A minute forward here

A couple minutes set back there

So as I wander

Around my home

I have that sense

Of traveling thru Time and Space

Side-note: the clock by my door is always set

4 minutes ahead,

so as I’m leaving

I tend to feel like I’m running late

Randomly Saturday – Thoughts I May have had Before

Wonders of life

All around us

Even below our feet

Letting go of what we know

To begin see all the unknowns

A feeling that there is

More to life

Than we ever imagined

Thanks to loujen haxm’Yor for reminding me of an old post I had done

Thanks all

Curious Friday – Blimey ‘Limey’, It’s An Icky ‘Ticky’

We seem to offer ourselves as

Landscapers and those that spend much time outdoors’

We are the consumer, that becomes the consumed

For all of those that see us as a meal

Mosquitoes, green heads, deer and horse flies

Black flies, no-see-hems and more

They see us as an opportunity

To dive right in, from blood sucking to just biting off bits of ones’ skin

Their goal is to get a meal, before a hand, a paw or tail comes down on them.

Yet lurking out there like an Elephant in the grass, the size of a poppy seed, it is the tick, both the dog and deer tick here in NH, Lone Star and others just outside our range.

They just wait for you to come to them
Holding on at the edge of a twig on a shrub
Or on the tip of a blade of grass
You get to close and they just grab on, usually a piece of clothing
They slowly make their way to the body and from there they seem to know to head to an area where they are hard to detect.
I have come realize doing daily tick checks, that a good part of me, I can’t even see. And there are parts I rather not see
Then you need to ask another to scan all those part of us we can’t see, nor really want too, so thank you, sorry to have ask daily

Deer tick nymphs are small, a speck of dirt, the size of a coffee grind.
If they do bite and start sucking, you won’t even feel it or know it and will allowed to have their fill, they’ll just drop off to continue their life cycle.
Yet they can be a whole lot of trouble, Lyme and other tickborne diseases are spread to humans and animals by the bite of an infected tick. In New Hampshire, and across the United States, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease. Anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus are other tickborne diseases that have been documented in New Hampshire, while ehrlichiosis, tularemia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are tickborne diseases that may be encountered in travel to other parts of the country, including other New England states.

How ticks find their hosts

Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals´ breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations. Some species can even recognize a shadow. In addition, ticks pick a place to wait by identifying well-used paths. Then they wait for a host, resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs. Ticks can’t fly or jump, but many tick species wait in a position known as “questing”.

While questing, ticks hold onto leaves and grass by their third and fourth pair of legs. They hold the first pair of legs outstretched, waiting to climb on to the host. When a host brushes the spot where a tick is waiting, it quickly climbs aboard. Some ticks will attach quickly and others will wander, looking for places like the ear, or other areas where the skin is thinner.

How ticks spread disease

Ticks transmit pathogens that cause disease through the process of feeding.

Depending on the tick species and its stage of life, preparing to feed can take from 10 minutes to 2 hours. When the tick finds a feeding spot, it grasps the skin and cuts into the surface.
The tick then inserts its feeding tube. Many species also secrete a cement-like substance that keeps them firmly attached during the meal. The feeding tube can have barbs which help keep the tick in place.
Ticks also can secrete small amounts of saliva with anesthetic properties so that the animal or person can’t feel that the tick has attached itself. If the tick is in a sheltered spot, it can go unnoticed.
A tick will suck the blood slowly for several days. If the host animal has a bloodborne infection, the tick will ingest the pathogens with the blood.
Small amounts of saliva from the tick may also enter the skin of the host animal during the feeding process. If the tick contains a pathogen, the organism may be transmitted to the host animal in this way.
After feeding, most ticks will drop off and prepare for the next life stage. At its next feeding, it can then transmit an acquired disease to the new host.

Yet, we love outdoors and even running thru a meadow of tall grass and hopefully some day they will find a cure, a vaccine so we can enjoy it all and not be so worried about might be waiting out there for us