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Here's a spider story to go along with Pam's chipmunk war:

I was half asleep taking a leisurely bath when a big, fat spider fell into the water as I was reaching for the soap.  Let me tell you that the tub was NOT big enough for the both of us!  I was pretty desperate to abandon ship!  The ensuing tidal wave was fairly impressive.  I learned this old gal can move fairly quickly when the occasion requires.   Do they measure vertical jumps from a seated position?   I was able to escape, but it did not end well for the spider...

It wasn't funny at the time, but I've laughed in the retelling since then.

On another note, I've also learned something about myself this past week that made me chuckle.  Apparently I don't know how to use the horn on my vehicle.  On these snaky, dirt canyon roads, we get some hunters driving around, and they sometimes think they are the only ones on the road.  I popped up over a hill and there was a vehicle coming my direction in the middle of the road with the driver gawking off into the pastures.  I had just enough room to squeak by on my side of the road, but no time to stop.  I'm yelling at the top of my lungs, "HEY! PAY ATTENTION!"  (Like he could hear me.)   He was pretty startled when he finally realized I was coming and jerked over to his side of the road.  I realized later that it never dawned on me to lay on the horn.  I just never use it.  


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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 2, 2015 at 9:27am

Thanks for the morning chuckle, Roxann!  

Comment by Roxann on June 2, 2015 at 8:45am

Spiders! YUCK! I have a real problem with anything that can jump that far and can bite! And I don't mean you PQ I meant spiders! LOL! 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 1, 2015 at 8:54pm

Well, this is kind of a gross-out set of comments!  I hesitate to mention the little black jumping spider I mistook for a bit of black "sock fuzz" one hectic cleaning morning, picking him up between thumb and forefinger.  He was not happy!  He was launched across the living room in my initial response!

Comment by ra57 on June 1, 2015 at 1:09pm

Well Janet, Floridians call them palmetto bugs and unfortunately the little devils are quite common- I use the word " little" facetiously because they actually are a quite large version of the roach

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 1, 2015 at 12:09pm

Ew,  Janet.  I don't think I've ever seen one.  I'm thinking one crawling up my arm would completely creep me out.  

Comment by Janet/MO on June 1, 2015 at 10:46am

Reminds me of the time I reached down in to my washer to retrieve clothes to put in to the dryer when a roach climbed right up my arm.  Little bugger survived an entire wash!  The 1st time I ever saw a roach was when I was visiting a BIL & his wife in Pensacola FL.  I stood on the toilet lid & yelled for help.  My husband (who is now my ex by the way) laughed his butt off as he grew up in Pensacola and didn't think anything about them.  

Comment by Pam/NY on June 1, 2015 at 7:27am

ra57...too funny!!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 1, 2015 at 6:04am

Barb - The tub was drained, which took care of the spider.  Game over.  I did a thorough inspection of the premises and restarted the bath for a quick soap-up and rinse.  :)  

Comment by Barb/WI on June 1, 2015 at 6:00am

So, for the rest of the story...did you ever get back into that bathtub?  Did you manage to get any sleep after your horrific ordeal?  I think if I'd slept at all I'd been dreaming about spiders coming in my direction while I was driving, and not responding to my vehicle at all.  For as strong as women have to be on a day to day basis, we certainly have our moments.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 1, 2015 at 4:45am

ra57 -  Your reaction was completely justified.  It's a wonder our hearts can take such scares.

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