Do you know why they call them Fire Ants? Because they bite the FIRE out of you!
Dennis and I had a wonderful time on Friday, we ran around Norman (well maybe we walked, SLOW) Dennis did pretty good, he was tired after about 3 hours so we stopped at IHOP and had an omelet and headed home. I did buy a couple of pots but they are really not what I was hoping for, but seeing as how it is into the middle of summer there was not much to pick from. Anyway, they will do fine and I might find larger ones next spring.
Saturday we got up and headed out to the garden center to buy flowers and over to Wal-Mart for potting soil.
We first went to Wal-Mart and that was a smart move because from there we headed to the garden center. I think we had been there about 30 minutes and I had my little tray stocked plumb full and was headed back to the vinca vine trays to get a couple of those...... THAT is where I made my mistake. I picked up a 4" pot and being dry the vinca vine came out of the pot dirt and all..... I quickly put it back in the pot and scooped the pot up off the table.
There they were and by the time I figured out that they were ants (they were so small and black) that they were up my arms to my elbows, and they were BITING as they went! OMG!!!!....... Dennis was across the way from me and saw me frantically wiping at my arms and hands. He came running and so did the gal working there, I hollered at her and told her I needed a water hose or something, she quickly got the hose and began to hose off my arms and hands.
When the dust settled I had bites all over my hands and arms to up my elbows. They were swelling and itching and we hurry out and headed to Walgreens for Benadryl. I usually carry it because I am so allergic to any bites, but wouldn't you know it, I did not have a single chewable tablet to my name. By the time we got to Walgreens the bites on my arms were the size of half dollars. Mercy, those are nasty little things.
After about 5 hours my hands looked like I had on boxing gloves without the gloves!
I guess in hind sight I should have gone to the ER but we are only 3 minutes from the hospital from my driveway, and Dennis and I were very aware of how I was breathing and how I was feeling over all. At the slightest threat of breathing difficulties we would have headed to the hospital. I did feel really bad for about 4 hours and slept for a couple because of the Benadryl but by Saturday evening I was ok except for the swelling.
Well here it is Monday and the swelling in my hands seems to be going down! Yesterday I was finally able to see each bite and there are about 40 of them. They are all the size of a pea and there are blisters on the top of each one.. Thus the name Fire Ants...
BUT! Not to let those little devils win, I went out Sunday afternoon and planted my pots! So there!
I think they will look nice once they get growing, I hope so, they cost me dearly!
My sweet husband is headed back to work today and he is doing well. Just needs to take it easy for a few more weeks. I will miss him being here......... We are buddies......
I am very very busy in the shop right now, I kept a couple of my customers and the Sheriff department called and wants a new design and then they are going to order 80 shirts. That will take some time to sew. So I am off to the shop to work and I will try and get to visit each of you while I work on my computer out there.
Happy Monday girls
AND!!!!!!!! If you see a teeny tiny little black spot that is moving and upon a closer observation you see it to be an ant..............
(I will take pictures of my pots sometime today and share)