Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Living the Dream spiders and all

So I was watering my garden and it was hot out. I thought I felt a bead of sweat go down to my shirt, but when I looked down there was a little spider there.

I don't know if I ever mentioned my fear of spiders yet, but this little aspiring gardener is deathly afraid of them. Stories of my encounters with them growing up are legendary. I recall coming home from work one night and there was one blocking me from entering my home. Seriously this thing was tarantula like and it jumped off the screen door towards me and when I backed away the big hairy thing climbed back on the screen door where it was when I got there. Guarding my door from me. This was my house and it would not let me in. My cat, bless his soul, tried to swat it off and the dang thing jumped on my cats nose and then back onto the porch!! No kidding, true story. My cat got scared and came to stand behind me. He gave me this "you're on your own" look.

So I have had horrible experiences with these little creatures from God and you know I have been trying to let bygones be what they are and all but to have this thing in my shirt, with the water hose running in my hand....

So let's take Dr. Robert Fulghums look at this and see it from the spiders point of view. Imagine you wake up and find everyone leaving the egg, you follow along on your little string and next thing you know your in a tree.After eating a couple of bugs that seem to be gathering quite a bit down below you decide the best place to set up shop is right on top of the buffet table. It is a hot sunny day and there is a wonderful cooling mist in the air. You follow the mist down and next thing you know the monsoon of the century hits!! Winds Howling like some dying buffalo in a most unnatural way, you feel branches and water hitting you hard submerging you are falling down a cliff scared to death.....

You know I can't imagine what that little spider was thinking, maybe I was a quick way to the buffet line, and I can't even imagine if the thing is dead or alive, I hope he survived, spiders eat bugs out of my garden and that is good. I do know I was absolutely ridiculous in how I must have looked squirting that hose down my top. Probably screaming like a girl, after all I am a girl and then looking around to see if it was there or not. Or if any of my neighbors saw me.

So today, this morning at least it rained, and I will not be in my garden till this evening. Hopefully the spiders are in bed by then. I did do a good deed this weekend, I mowed my neighbors yard. they moved out about a month ago and the grass was taller then my Gillian!! No kidding about 3 feet tall I will show you pictures of the back yard, which I didn't mow, to show you. Anyway I was mowing my yard and couldn't stand how tall theirs was so I just went ahead and mowed. The other neighbors came out and helped me finish it, I couldn't leave the tall clippings the yard was so pretty before they moved, I didn't want to kill it. And so everyone came out and helped clean up this poor house that seems to be forgotten for now but the fun of it was the community spirit coming alive here in my part of town. Kind of a cool thing.

So that just leaves me with today's thought, I know I have not had a gratitude list up for a couple of weeks, I am just so busy I have to make more time!! What a feat that would be huh, if I could make time I would bottle it and sell it to the highest bidder!! So anyway maybe I will do one tonight but for today; I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.- Robert Fulghum

A moment please for Dusty and Cheryl my friends who lost their brother just yesterday.

12 comments:

G-Man said...

Arachniphobia is a terrible thing.
Keep a can of Raid on hand!!!

Steve E. said...

I believe more in the unseen than in the seen...

Our condolences to Cheryl and Dusty.

Along came a spider, sat down beside her, and frightened Miss C and C away

Busy Bee Suz said...

I get the spider thing. I have a huge fear of them too. Your story made me laugh though...you spraying yourself to rid the spider. :) Too funny. Good for you and the neighbors keeping things looking good...that is a bonus for all of you.
Take care, suz

Lou said...

I believe I was abducted by aliens and experimented on..whoops..that is another post, another blog.

I like Robert Fulghum.

Shadow said...

i'm sorry about your friends loss. i'll say a prayer....

your quote, once again, is so deep and true. another one worth remembering.

you live in a nice neighbourhood. with nice neighbours. that kinda thing i've never seen happen before. wow.

as for the spider. well, all i can say is i don't play in their house, they musn't play in mine!

clean and crazy said...

I can't keep raid on hand, I'm growing an organic garden silly!! That's a pesticide!! I have an insectary to grow flowers that attract bugs. Silly i know but i don't want chemicals on my home grown fruits and veggies.

74WIXYgrad said...

A nature girl and not an insider
Terrified of a little spider
The spider saw you on your feet
He reads our blogs and knows you're sweet



PS you've been tagged.

LarryG said...

great spider story!
this is one of those moments when the child should have had the camera for some kodak moments :)

You go CnC :)

Mike Golch said...

Spiders I can handle,it is the whasps and bees that I hate to have near me.

Pat said...

Love the quote, and I am sorry for your friends loss. I'll say a prayer.

Indigo said...

Love the pictures of the garden in the post below.

On the topic of spiders. I actually have a spider on my totem. Just wanted you to know you're in my thoughts dear friend. I hope the testing (diabetes)turned out in your favor, I continue to keep you in my prayers on the smoke. (Hugs)Indigo

Syd said...

Glad that the garden is doing well. I will post some photos of mine. It's going great guns. There will be spiders and all kinds of things in the garden. I once had a rattlesnake in mine. Not fun....