Tuesday, 28 September 2010

"Ahhh, nature! It’s all over me, get it off!"

The title of this post has to of course be credited to the great Melman the Giraffe, from Madagascar.

It started well enough, a lovely red leaf on the side of our path, the first sign that autumn is well and truly in full swing...
First red leaf of the season

But then it all went a bit wrong.

As I was emptying the washing up bowl the biggest spider I have ever seen fell out from between two plates.  It was dead and scrunched up in that creepy dead spider way.  It scared the heeby jeebies out of me!  I didn't know what to do with myself, so I just darted about the kitchen for two minutes going "eeeeeyyyyyeeeeeerrrrrrrgghhh"!!  Then I soaked some kitchen towel and dropped it on the beast, just in case it was playing dead and waiting to strike once I had been lulled into a false sense of security.

So now I have a load of washing up that I can't do until hubby gets home and removes the creepy corpse from the sink.  *shudder*

After that brush with nature I headed out to pick up a prescription.  I stopped on the path to take a picture of some lovely autumnal looking berries to share with you.  Just as I was snapping a gigantic beetle buzzed out from behind a neighbouring bush and flew at my head.  Hence the displaced focus of the photo...

THEN as I got in the car I was met with a squatter setting up home in my wing-mirror....

Spider on my wing-mirror

I let him be.  No spider I meet from now on will ever scare me in the same way the tarantula in the sink did.

Nature is also against me in other ways.  I have been taking my homeopathic remedies for two weeks now and although I am seeing subtle improvements its not enough to get me fully back to the real world.  So today I had to consider something a little less natural...

Steroids for ulcerative colitis, just a third of my supply!

This is just a third of my stash of steroids for an eight-week course should I choose to take them.  For now they are sitting on the shelf taunting me, we could make you better, we could do nothing at all, either way we definitely make you fat...

Decisions decisions.


  1. Brrrrrrrr - talk about shiversome. Spiders - I try to let them be though everytime I walk out the front door at the moment I always end up with a face full of web!

    Nina xxx

  2. OMG you poor thing! I would have squealed equally as loud! eugh!

    Only you can decide what your body needs, take them if you feel you need too, dont let anyone else bully you into it :)

    chin up xx


  3. Hi Ali

    Ewwwww horrible spider story!!

    I know what you mean about taking meds. I've had the same thoughts about taking things over the years, especially the anti depressants, which I have been on long term now. The only thing I will say is... they can't make you better if you dont take them!

    Fiona xx

  4. I let my daughter, who is not yet afraid of bugs, dispose of the numerous dead flies we find around the house. I wonder how long it will take her to realize they're icky. :)

    Hope you are able to decide what you need to do medically (or not). I can imagine it would just be nice to feel better, eh?

  5. Eeeek! I know just what you mean, I love nature and a good potter in the garden but I detest creepy crawlies, Spiders are EVERYWHERE right now.
    I have to have regurlar steroid injections and have noticed a slight increase in my appetite although I dont think they necesarily make you fat in themselves (if you get me). Y
    ou just have to balance out the extra calories you may be forced to have, or learn to ignore the hunger pangs.
    I would reccomend them though, I dont know what you have to have them for but I have them for Rheumatoid Arthritis and they really do make a positive difference.
    Good Luck

  6. If someone could invent something that would deter spiders from coming in the house they would make a fortune! I always find the monsters in the bath..Arghhhhhhh!

  7. The only spiders I like are flat ones I'm afraid!

    Difficult one steroids, someone I know wouldn't be with us now without them....

    Maybe worth trying them - you could always stop them I guess if they don't suit you.


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