Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 8 years. Okay, okay, now it's been 9 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

King Ant Killer

Hola.

There is good news. Senor feels better.

Now here is the bad news story. He was stung by a nasty red and black ant one morning. In the beginning, after he depleted a vocabulary that should not be heard by any ears other than his own, it just hurt. He iced it immediately and I made him a baking soda paste.

Then it turned bright red. Then it swelled.
Then he went to sleep for hours and hours and I began to worry. He slept through dinner. He did not feel like getting up the next morning. But he did stay awake and said he was fine, just tired. He went back to sleep.

That afternoon he read for awhile. Then he went back to sleep and slept again through dinner. He did not have any interest in watching Monday Night Football on the computer.

The following day, he was very tired, but able to eat something and complain that the ant bite really did hurt, and he thought he was probably having a slight reaction to it. He ignored all my pleas to go over to the hospital to get checked out. He went to sleep again. In the afternoon he asked for a thermometer. One hundred and two....................... hospital, i said................no, he said...............yes, i said. Well, you know what happened. We did not go. But he agreed that if he still felt bad and had a temperature the following day, yes, he would go. He went back to sleep.

In the morning he could barely talk. Raspy and quiet, but temperature was gone.................... what's wrong with your voice, i asked.......................my throat swelled up during the night and now i can't speak, he whispered back.................good, lord, hospital, i said.....................no!....but if it is not better later today then i will go...........
It got better. Last night he ate well, but he lost a few pounds during this five day ordeal. Today he still has a raspy voice but he had a good lunch and it's Thursday, so he is over with the ladies playing bridge.

If you recall, I am the ant killer. I am the one who searches high and low for the nest, for the leaf cutter path, for the sugar ant hill, for the parasol hole. I am the one that goes out in the middle of the night with the powder and the flashlight because earlier I saw signs of something chomping on the lime tree. I am the executioner of any ant I see.

This morning Senor was out early copy catting me, looking for ant holes, hills, nest, pathways, any signs he could find. When he found them he poured the borax and water mixture on or into their home. This is a mixture he keeps for an occasional spray on the varro blancos. Little critters get their feet in it and then rub it on their face and then, they fall over dead. Senor decided that if it could work on little winged critters, then why wouldn't it work on ants. So far he is working on two nests and he hopes it will at least drive them farther out into the yard and hopefully, out of the yard. He is a dedicated man.

I am happy that he is well enough to begin such a crusade. I think I should have called the clinic and asked them to send a doctor over and now that we know Senor obviously has had an allergic reaction to an ant bite, should it happen again, that is exactly what I will be doing. House calls are a highly accepted practice here in Alamos and I will not hesitate.

Before the ant attack, lights went in under the portal roof and they glow in the evening with soft yellow bulbs. This beautiful iron one which is larger and different from the others marks the center of the portal. There will be four more lights going to the north once that end of the portal is completed.






We also took the tarps off the couches and are now able to sit out and enjoy the evenings again. It looks pretty primitive, but one of these days I will dress it up and do a photo shoot. The roof does not completely cover the sitting area, so it is almost impossible to keep the area clean. I need to add a rug, some flowers, a table runner. You get the picture. The important thing is Cookies like it.............



So I am thinking that I have been dethroned and am no longer the Queen Ant Killer. There is now a King Ant Killer who is convinced he can and will do away with them.
And all it took was one little bite.
Oh, me, oh, my, siesta calls my name......linda lou.

12 comments:

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Oh my goodness gracious! That is SO scary & I am so glad that Bill is ok. Wow - who would think a tiny little hormiga would cause something so awful. Thank goodness Senor is doing good & I hope he won the bridge game! P.S. I LOVE the new lights under the portal....SO PRETTY!!!!
FUNNY COINCIDENCE! The Word Verification word below is "antrant"....LOL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

antrant! That is what he is on......an antrant! LOL, yes, we love the lights, too.

Anonymous said...

That sounds very scary. I think you guys might want to get an epi-pen and keep it handy in case he ever gets another bite.

On a happier note - the new lights are gorgeous and the portal is looking really good. I'll bet it's nice to sit out there in the evening.

Yennifer

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

yennifer! awesome to hear from you. I wonder if those are available here, perhaps not. people get a bite or sting and they get a shot at the hospital for it, hmm, it is a good idea though as he obviously has had a bad reaction. will check into it. love you! LL

Jonna said...

Oh, scary. Mimi is allergic to bee stings and has not found epi pens here. That's not definitive as they may exist in other cities. You can get liquid benedryl and swallow some of that while getting to the hospital. You have to assume his next reaction could be worse, don't wait.

I hate ants too, really really hate them. The red and black ones bite me and I whine mightily because it itches for days and swells and gets red. Nothing like what happened to Señor but I hate it.

The lights are beautiful, you are really making progress with the house.

mermaid gallery said...

those ants are nasty critters...i would be getting in some antihistamines....be prepared! the lights are gorgeous and the place looks great. Now if only the ants stay away.....I would be on high alert!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Jonna, a ferreterria owner gave Senor some pills, VIRLIX. He claims that these tablets are what you should take if you have a reaction to an ant bite. I have not researched it yet, but Senor is taking antihistamine at night. He still has a very raspy voice and tired. yes, I think we had best be prepared. Thanks for the comments on the lights. They are Pretty! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Miss mermaid Susan, we are going to be prepared. Jonna is probably right, just assume it might be worse next time. So funny we have been here now 3 1/2 years and it is his first bite. But, also I have only had one. so maybe bites are really not that common. I was at the Panteon this morning in sandals and looked down and the big ones were crawling everywhere and even on my shoe, but they did not bite. But I jumped out of there fast and brushed them off my sandals...LL

Ian Huntington said...

Your portal is looking fabulous! Really starting to look elegant!
Glad Bill is improving and I continue to enjoy and appreciate the this record of your lives in Alamos. I learn a lot about what I can expect. Another lesson - "Avoid those black and red ants!

Taos Sunflower said...

That ant bite sounds truly nasty; I'm glad he's feeling better. Love the portal. PS I'm with you on killing ants.

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