Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes……….and Ticks!

Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes……….and Ticks! September 3, 2019
Lori has Dorr County, Wisconsin, I have Arenal Volcano Park. Go figure. I’d rather be hiking in the cloud forest down to the water falls and hot springs than whatever it is that they do in Dorr County.

This is going to be a short one today. I am on my pre-vacation vacation as opposed to my upcoming vacation and post-vacation vacation. Testing that theory this year of the vacation before and after the vacation. Lori Alexander of The Transformed Wife has been largely quiet for the last week or so since Ken danced with the tick and Lyme disease in the hospital ICU. But this this pops up.

Okay, so Lori busy here obviously referencing the distinct danger many folks are in the path of – Hurricane Dorian. Good so far, but what’s this.. this list?!? Is it comedy?

…fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ticks….

What a minute? Did Lori just really make a post about natural disasters and add in ticks??? Laughing so hard here. Here comes a natural disaster with the potential to cause billions of dollars of damage to a swath of states, leaving many homeless and killing others and she makes it all about herself and her recent troubles. The unbelievable insensitivity and sheer gall of this woman!

Oh how I wish I had art supplies with me here because I’d have to whip up a picture of flying ticks in a tornado formation!

I guess Lori does not believe in taking authority over those ticks and praying them away. I’ll do it for her.

Dear Lord, I bind these ticks in the name of Jesus and hurl them them far far away from Lori and Ken in a firey tornado of bitter torment. The blood of Jesus covers this and because Jesus took those ticks on the cross they have no right to bedevil Lori or Ken!

Just kidding! I don’t pray that way any longer. But this would be a standard Funda-Gelical prayer back in my old church days except it would have gone on and on and on about the devilish nature of those ticks.

Edited to add this film: Ticknado!

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  • Lori might honestly think that Sharknado was a documentary.

  • Tawreos

    Ticknadocanequake. I have to confess that when you were binding the ticks and tossing them far away from Lori and Ken I was hoping your aim was as bad as gods and that you would hit her square in the face with the firey tornado of bitter torment and filled with ticks. Does this make me a bad person?

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Nor more than I praying a mocking prayer. Decorating my handbasket to the hot place right now.

  • Tawreos

    I am sure it will be fabulous. =)

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    Nothing personal, but I don’t like ticks either. So far, have been able to avoid getting any attached to me or the dog while we’ve been out walking in the wilds of Nebraska (yes, the mister and I moved to Nebraska in August 2017! It’s a lot different from SoCal, but my family is out here and we’ve been able to undertake children placements as we intended – we wanted to be foster parents and now have two girls whose mama surrendered custody to the state which we adopted and a set of twin girls from the foster system!)…Ticks creep me out. 😛

  • otrame

    It’s just another example of how completely lacking she is in empathy. The tick hurt her husband, might have killed him. Therefore the tick is a disaster, equivalent to a hurricane, because she can’t even imagine what being involved in a natural disaster would be like. And if she was ever involved in one, her only concern would be how it affected her.

  • otrame

    My former daughter in law got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever… in Virginia. She was misdiagnosed so she had developed pneumonia and had multiple organs on the brink of failure before the docs took it seriously. They had to put her in an induced coma for a week due to cerebral edema. The only thing that saved her is that she was a girl and her kidneys were able to handle the stress. The docs (not the ones who didn’t listen when my son mentioned the tick bite*) said that if she’d been male she probably would have died.

    So, yeah, I take ticks seriously. In a truly mixed blessing, the tick population in south Texas has dropped a great deal, because fire ants eat them. Then when Texas A&M started releasing sterilized drone fire ants, successfully lowering the fire ant population, the tick population rebounded a bit. Right now there is a balance. Not so many fire ants and not so many ticks.

    But honestly, if I had to chose, I’d take the ticks. Most tick-borne diseases can be stopped with antibiotics if you get them early. Fire ants are just evil.

    *Which might have been forgivable if the hospital hadn’t had three cases of RMSF in the past 12 months.

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    I have a problem with the notion that our planet isn’t our home. It most certainly is, and it isn’t broken, either. The very forces that we humans find devastating to us, either as individuals (like ticks) or as populations (like hurricanes) are by-products of how our planet works. All are connected to the life-supporting character of our planet. Mind you, we humans are mucking it up right now with anthropogenic climate change. We’re going to take a lot of our populations down, and a lot of other species with us. But life itself will go on.

  • Shwilly

    Woman has the IQ equivalent of a peanut, minus the pea.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    and this is why in the States and here I’m happy to encourage the possum population on my property

  • Saraquill
  • WallofSleep

    Word. Our planet has been through several mass extinction events only to see life and biodiversity return. I’ve been saying for years that activists need to stop framing the issue as “we’re killing2 the planet”, and start framing it as “we’re killing2 our species”.

    I saw this documentary recently on the t.v….

    The activist who is the subject of the film gets it. at one point saying something like “I’m not doing this to save the planet, I’m doing this to save us.” Or something to that effect.

  • WallofSleep

    Hear, hear. I just recently learned that possums eat tons of ticks. I have a new found love of those toothy critters.

  • WallofSleep
  • Brian Shanahan


  • SAO

    Minus the nut.

  • SAO

    We’re not killing off our species. There are 2.5 times as many people on this planet as there were when I was born. The combination of natural catastrophe and reduction in births per mother required to get back to the population of a mere 50 years ago is unimaginable. In short, half the world population of humans could die or disappear and our species would be just fine. Maybe even better off. The years after the black plague in Europe were an economic boom that lifted living standards.

  • Zeldacat

    I would take ticks over fire ants any day. Most of my childhood was in Texas. The language I want to use about fire ants would get me banned here!

  • Cynthia

    Took a peak at her blog again.

    I know she writes less about her children than she did on her old blog, but I was still a bit surprised that she hasn’t mentioned that her daughter – who had been struggling for years with infertility – had a baby yesterday. Maybe her post on how feminism doesn’t work with women’s biology was an indirect reference? If so, it’s a bit nasty.

    Along the same lines, I really hate some of the common doom and gloom lines about how horrible the world is. Yes, we can certainly recognize bad things and see that it is not perfect. Still, we can do what we can to fix it. Did she really say that we just do what we can to keep our families safe and then just leave it to God? What about – I dunno – donating to the Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations? Or addressing climate change? You know, doing something practical to help people outside of your family?

    Plus, we can try to see and celebrate the good that does exist. This “the world is not our home” line just seems to perpetuate hopelessness and helplessness, and a sort of nihilism. After all, if everything is just f**ked up, why bother trying and why care? But today of all days, you would think that she could actually be happy and celebrate the miracle of birth.

  • otrame

    I don’t generally take it personally when something bites me. Not even mosquitos. Oh, I’ll smash them, but usually I don’t actually get mad.

    But I hate fire ants.

    I used to work in the field. When someone accidentally stepped in a fire ant nest, it was considered proper behavior for nearby people of the opposite sex to turn their backs while team members of the same sex helped the victim get out of their clothes and wipe the little fúckers off. Unless there was no one to help but someone of the opposite sex, in which case all bets were off. Getting them out of your clothes and off your skin as soon as possible was more important than delicate sensibilities.

    My youngest, when he was about 6, fell into a huge fire ant nest… up to his shoulder (nests that size are rare these days, except out in the country and not common even there–the sterile drones worked pretty well). His older brother was there, got him stripped down and wiped them off very quickly. He had more than 200 bites and had to have a steroid shot to slow the swelling. Several of them got infected. He’s 37 now and he still has some of the scars.

    I hate fire ants.

  • otrame

    If it gets bad enough we might find our civilization fracturing under the weight of it. But I agree that humans will not be wiped out. And life will go on. Just not the way it is going now. Which I would say is a good thing, except for all the innocent people who will suffer so a few rich people can get even richer.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    It blows my mine she does not mention helping out to elevate the things she’s complaining about. Hate abortion? Volunteer to counsel people thinking about abortion, or work to help more people adopt. Think it’s shameful that some teen single mothers don’t know what they are doing? Volunteer to be a mentor. Hate that our seniors are going hungry and are lonely? Meals on Wheels and other programs are begging for help. She never mentions not once helping out others.

  • Cynthia

    I shudder at the thought of Lori mentoring a teen mom (she has advocated horrible things in terms of infant feeding and discipline), but your point that she doesn’t actually help out or encourage others to volunteer is valid.

  • NikkiofAmystika

    The only kind of tick I like!
    The ’94cartoon was good and the short-lived ’01 Fox live-action series was good. I had no interest in the ’16 Amazon Prime live-action series starring Peter Serafinowicz because I didn’t think he could live up to Patrick Warburton’s performance on the Fox series. /nerdery

  • zizania

    Totally off topic here but, where I grew up, it was generally referred to as “going to (hot place) on a hand car”. You know, those little work vehicles used on a railway line and powered by a seesawing lever thingy. This has probably changed now, due to the prevailing multimedia culture.

  • Mimc

    Yeah she should leave counseling to the professionals.

  • Mimc

    Oh no she’s extra nuts!

  • SAO

    But her brain/IQ is the size of a pea.