I’m tired of nature now, I think. I’ve had enough.
First it was a wasp that flew under my sunglasses and stung me repeatedly in its efforts to get away. Stung me repeatedly around the eye. Now that’s just mean. It’s not my fault he’s a dodgy driver. If I drive into a pedestrian zone, I don’t start mowing people down in my effort to get out.
Then it was the gastroenteritis. Viral or bacterial, it’s still nature at its worst. That’s just a mean little bug waiting to kill you. It has no purpose other than to go around causing upset tummies. I lost three days for that and I didn’t even get to kiss the boys and their mum goodbye properly because I was so ill and I didn’t want to give them germs, plus I had puke breath.
Then on Tuesday, I was sleeping. Fairly peacefully, I’d guess. No complaints from me or the dogs or Noireau. But then I was woken from whatever dream it was I was having by a very vicious sting. It felt like a sting. It felt like a wasp again. And then again. It hit my eyebrow and then it hit my hand when I went to feel my eyebrow. I got up, put on the light to find the beast, and there it was, sitting bold as brass on my pillow.
Not only that, it had huge red fangs and a huge red belly and then a black and white bum bit. And hairy legs. Evil personified.
I had a conversation last week with Madame V. She said she’d been bitten by a spider. I pooh-poohed her. I admit it. I was skeptical. I never had a spider bite me. For quite a spiritual girl, willing to put her faith in all manner of things like universal harmony and balance, I’m actually a doubting Thomas. I reckon the spider was proving a point.
I captured it to take it to the pharmacist. She pooh-poohed my bite, which was giving me hell by that point. My hand had swollen a bit and it felt like a bad burn. She didn’t care to look at and didn’t care to give me any number for disease control or bites or whatever. She just gave me some lidocaine and told me to go away.
That evil spider is still under lock and key in a tupperware jar.
So, essentially, I’ve wasted the best part of Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday being ill due to nature.
That’s quite enough.
Today, I’m trying to catch up. I’ve mowing to do, potatoes to unearth, dogs to walk, sun to catch and strimming to do. I’m trying to get it all in before the sun comes out in force, since here’s today’s weather prediction:
I’ve done an hour already and come in to cool off a little. I’ve kind of begun to find potatoes. It’s a start. Next it’s mowing and strimming and turd picking. The life of a dog owner is so very glamorous. Heston is huge now, but he’s still a baby. We were out playing in the potato patch. He was supposed to be helping me dig. Useless. He pranced around all giddy, tearing through the long grass collecting seeds, and when I came to look for him at the end, he’d taken himself back inside to bed.
Lazy dog. Obviously takes after the Molly dog.
Tilly just sits by my side all day. She still keeps hurrying out to the car every time I go near it. I think she’s telling me she wants a trip somewhere. Now she’s lying like a little froggie at my side.
Off out to do deliveries again later… beautiful, beautiful day to do it!
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There aren’t many European spiders that can break human skin, but there are some eg False Widow Spider Steatodea paykulliana. They hurt and take a long time to heal. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/identification-guides-and-keys/spider-bites/false-widow-spider.html. If you have been stung by a wasp in a frenzy you need to take care, as you may become more and more sensitive to stings in the future
I just know that when I post a picture (or drawing!) of the beast in question, you’ll know what it is, Susan! I never thought I’d get out my mosquito net and insect gear from Brazil again, but I have to admit, walking round covered from head to toe, sleeping under a mossie net, it all feels good to me right now.
Of course, I think ALL Europeans are wimps when it comes to insects/mosquitoes… several of my Australian friends think our views of what’s poisonous and what is scary are quite comical.
Oh my, that description of the spider biting you has my hair standing on end and shivers running down my spine. You have described my worst nightmare ever. And now it’s time for me to go to sleep. Yeah, right!
Sorry you’ve been stung, bitten and ill. Here’s to things brightening up for you.
It was horrible – and I’m not a girl afraid of spiders!
Have to say, “i told you so!” x
I blame you entirely!