i've lost my affection for the Toms. doc told me they were fire ants. and two of them bit me. they don't bite especially hard, they are, after all, ants. but they bite me between my toes, and that is startling. i still watch them and worry about them, their hole got completely washed out by this week's day o' rain. i don't know where they've relocated to, or if they've just been hanging out deep in their burrow waiting for things to dry out. our back yard is sand, so it stays wet a while. especially with the layer of dead pine needles over most of it.
sai sai has learned to bite without drawing blood. which is a relief because i'm never sure when i'm going to offend him. he's bitten me in my sleep before. yesterday i was petting his side, and i knew it wouldn't last long, he won't tolerate it. but he had his head on my one hand and i was petting him with the other. when he'd had enough, he lightly grabbed my free hand with his mouth and then let go. i said "okay" and stopped petting his side and all was well.