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Day 253: Woefully Behind--!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tonight was the annual 'Last Night of the Proms' concert. I didn't know of it before I came here, but it's a tradition well over 150 years old. The BBC picked up broadcasting it first on radio, then on TV, and I think that's been for a good 70 years or more.

Anyway, it's a don't-miss at our house. Consequently, I spent more time in front of the television than usual and am running late. What the hey. Sometimes you need to break with routine.

That's it from me, short and sweet. Goodnight, Sparklers, from England's green and pleasant land!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/10/2011 11:18PM

    Its a great event....haven't seen one except on Tv but it is usually awesme....
trust you enjoyed it

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LEANJEAN6 9/10/2011 8:56PM

    I never heard of that--What is it??--How did it--LYNDA FROM tHE north emoticon

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MS.ELENI 9/10/2011 7:27PM

    Sounds like you are having a good day

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LECATES 9/10/2011 6:54PM

    Same question---what is this?

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2011 6:17PM

    Hmmm... never heard of it... doe "Proms" mean something different over there? High school dances over here. Two nations divided by a common language?

Rest well, friend Kasey! emoticon

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Day 252: Practicing Mindfulness

Friday, September 09, 2011

I was catching up on some blogs this morning. I generally start with Spark friends and move on to others on the site - Blog of the Day, or blogs from team members - and happened to read this one from Sami:


She always has some great inspirational photos / posters on her blog, and at the top of this one was the motto 'Nobody said it was easy.' For some reason, my eyes scanned right past that (there's this vision thing going on) to the first line, which read 'Nobody was right.'

Off on a several-second tangent.

Had she asked a question? Given a quiz? And considering all the Sparkers who read her blogs - you mean, NObody got 'it' right?

Well, duh. She was (of course) referring to the 'nobody' who said 'it was (not) easy.'

I'm not suggesting Sami had written anything confusing or unclear: this miscommunication was all down to my interpretation, or lack thereof, because I'd missed the photo.

How often do I overlook one key reference, or phrase - even a single word - that causes me to misinterpret something? How frequently do I misunderstand communication from someone else? All due to my lack of attention.

A reminder to self that 'mindfulness' applies not just to living in the moment with the five senses, but mentally - being alert, paying attention, as I read, write, listen... live.

I've spent the day practicing mindfulness. Sometimes the magic works. It's the sort of 'reminder' that makes me feel like an apprentice in the great workshop of Life. You'd think by now I'd have at least earned my journey(wo)man's card.

Doctor's appointment - scheduled the quarterly HbA1c, so that's all set. We start with an x-ray for the knee, and that's been scheduled. A reminder for the annual flu shot - check. Wrist: suspected arthritis. (Yes, well, not entirely unexpected, that.) And THIS time, instead of halting the Lisinopril altogether, he's cutting the dose in half and we'll see how that goes.

Fair enough. If - IF - I can get off of it and still maintain a 'normal' BP range, I will be delirious with joy. Doogie thinks 125 / 75 is too low. I don't see it. Is there some kind of expected increase in BP as we age? An increase that is allowed - or is genuinely of benefit? And a lack of it is a sign of something amiss? Because assuredly when I was in my 20s (and 30s) 125 / 75 was considered 'good.' Has some kind of scale or table changed of which I'm unaware?

If any of you can answer these questions (!) please tell me. I'm sure everybody can get it right, lol...

Now I've closed the circle, so - goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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ASPENHUGGER 9/12/2011 10:12PM

    It's not my impression that 125/75 is too low. I think that's about what mine was at my last visit to the doc, & nobody went berserk over it.

Re the arthritis -- there's something in cherries that keeps the bloody thing in its proper place. I've been drinking an oz of cherry juice mixed with water every morning when I gulp down the bazillions of pills I gulp down daily to maintain my upright position on this planet, & I can testify that my knees have remained in a very quietly grumbling phase, as opposed to the screaming with pain phase of a bit over a month ago. Most people drink or eat more cherry stuff than that, but us diabetics have to be cautious about it. I think you can also get it in capsule form at the health food store. (Do you have those over there?) Tumeric is also meant to be good for arthritis, & also meant to be available in capsule form at the health food store.

Lincoln NE? emoticon
Well, if you insist. I bet I could find someplace a bit more alluring ...

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DEBIGENE 9/10/2011 9:54AM

    I'm with you GF, those sound like good numbers to me too !!!!

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KERRIEH2 9/10/2011 6:00AM

    Hi Kasey,

I like you often miss part of the sentence when reading, this happen when I was doing uni and had so much reading to do and I find these days I am in a habit of reading like that, I suppose it is hard to break a habit no matter what it is.

As for blood pressure, I get mind checked about every 6 months, I have never had high blood pressure even when I was pregnant with the boys and this has not been a problem with both me and my husband.

However, this seems to be another thing that has changed over the years with the different studies and new 'ideas' that are in vogue these days.

Have a good night

Love Kerrie

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/10/2011 3:09AM

    I think it is considered normal to have an increasing BP with aging - but that does not mean that it is good. mine is ok, donīt remember exactly now but think something like 130/80 - and I a sure that it would go down if I succeded in weight loss and exercised more...

Love your atumn leaves background!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/9/2011 10:50PM

    I would say that is a great BP.....I think mine was 120/80 last time I had it checked and the Dr was pleased with that.....

ough thye do keep changing things and I am not sure why

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2011 8:11PM

    They keep changing the targets and what they call healthy. Had a real interesting visit with a doctor at the cancer center while he told us all about the longitudinal studies and how treatment protocols in the studies that were not giving good results were discontinued, research continues on the others, and what he recommends.

I would be absolutely in techy-fascination (and I sort of am) but... this is my SISTER we're talking about here. I want the good answers, not studies. The studies that have gone on before will help her, is my prayer... and whatever happens with her, may it help others down the line.

Sorry, I rambled... my doc would love to see 125/75... and maybe even consider it "high". Go figure. Actually BP does increase with age, they say. My sis came up 104/70.

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LEANJEAN6 9/9/2011 7:11PM

    --Well, it could be 140/75 Oh well---- And I'm sure that you don't read everything as your mind is going 500 miles an hr ---right past what stuff says----suppose you could try to slow the mind--LOL---Now husband here never hears me, till I say stuff 3x-----Maybe he could practice what you are doing---LOL--Anyway------life goes on---Good blog--makes one think of trying harder to be ""in the moment""---*S*Lynda where it was 28C here--- in Sept.-- emoticon

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MS.ELENI 9/9/2011 7:03PM

    That is a good bp.They now like it lower than years ago.

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4DOGNIGHT 9/9/2011 5:53PM

    I'd say that is a pretty good bp! Enjoy the weekend!

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Day 251: Outta Time...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

...outta money, and outta patience, lol. Nothing new here, then.

I'd hoped to get to a couple of things but today has been unusually hectic around here. The early-AM grocery run (which takes longer because I do a menu, complete list, all that), another interview with a paver (estimates & samples), and a tree-trimmer, as there are several trees in the yard and seems like most of them need pruning.

Add to that the usual housework and meals - no wonder Himself retired. He's got it easy now--!

The weather finally cleared up a little this afternoon, but too late in the day to do much in the way of yardwork (or pond-mucking, which still needs more work), so if the weather's decent tomorrow I hope to make a dent in it.

And it doesn't look as tho we'll be able to come over to the States next month after all. Between the driveway costing more than we'd anticipated and the tree-trimmer on top of that, there goes our vacation fund. Ah well, better to catch up all that and have everything trim and tidy for next spring.

Oh, and I got 200 bluebell bulbs for the equivalent of about $12. Can't beat it with a stick, lol.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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ASPENHUGGER 9/9/2011 1:00PM

    I'm disappointed you aren't coming over. I was gonna rob a bank & fly back to meet you. All well, just gives me more time to save up, in order to circumvent the bank robbing component.

And yes, I'm always out of money, time & stamina. Certainly gets discouraging, doesn't it?

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ANNEBURNELL 9/9/2011 9:21AM

    Good for you for shopping with a menu!


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MS.ELENI 9/8/2011 11:04PM

    Seems like all our projects end up costing more.

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AMYBELLES 9/8/2011 9:32PM

    The work never ends, does it? So sorry your travel plans had t+8o be changed. It will all work out in the end. The bluebells sound lovely! There's gotta be a planting 200 bulbs in the fitness tracker, right?

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LEANJEAN6 9/8/2011 8:52PM

    Awwww Kasey----sorry you can't get to see yer kids-Maybe they can get there??_-Everything happens for a reason----so---maybe the house will sell or something---sounds like you both are pretty busy anyway doing ""stuff""---Lynda ---where it was warm to-day- emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/8/2011 8:13PM

    I have a budget like that, too... "emergencies" seem to know when you have something "good" planned, and crop up just in time to make you think twice or even thrice.

Rest well, friend Kasey! emoticon

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KERRIEH2 9/8/2011 8:10PM

    Hi Kasey,

Sorry to hear that you are not able to go to the US, I know you were looking forward to that, however, you have been busy and going to be even more so planting all those bulbs. Have a good sleep
Love Kerrie

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LYNMEINDERS 9/8/2011 7:12PM

    Busy days take their toll sometimes and time runs away....

Sorry to hear about your vacation fund but as you said at least the jobs will all be done and the vacation fund can build up and maybe next year

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LECATES 9/8/2011 5:59PM

    Great price, but boy, are you going to be tired if you plant all those bulbs!

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Day 250: Cross-Talk 'n' Ketchup...

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

...not necessarily in that order.

I've got an appointment on Friday with the GP. The appointment's been on the books for awhile - among other things it's time for the quarterly HbA1c - but I'm very interested in seeing what he comes up with for the BP. If it's again in the 120s / 70s, I'm thinking it might be time to discuss a GRADUAL (not like the last time!) decreasing of the dosage to taper off of it altogether.

And I'm going to bring up the knee problem. Other people I know who have knee problems of whatever kind are in general holding off on surgery. Unless something dire has gone wrong the NHS doesn't recommend them until a person is... I forget now. Older than I am, but I don't remember if it's 60+, 65+, or even 70+. At any rate, I ain't 'there' yet. But I'll see if he'll order x-rays with an eye toward referring me to the physical therapist.

I have an appointment next week for the annual eye check. I can't help it - God bless the N-H-S. Without them I wouldn't have any kind of medical service. I lost insurance in the divorce and haven't been able to find any kind of full-time work with good benefits like medical coverage. Himself had his own practice, so he was self-employed; of course, the NHS coverage applies to everyone here, though some companies have started adding 'private medical plans' to their bennie packages. I worry about that as I fear it will open the door to '...and X group is hereafter excluded from NHS coverage.' But in the meantime - everything is covered, even a pair of Rx glasses, so - GBtNHS, sez me.

I made an appointment to have my hair cut. (I would've said 'with the stylist' but I'm not sure what they're called anymore. Hair salon? Hair stylist? Cuttery? In my day they were 'beauty parlors' and the people doing hair were often referred to as 'operators.' I'm surely dating myself. Of course, I also remember when funeral 'homes' were funeral 'parlors' and 'human resources' was 'personnel.' Don't get me started.)

Not sure what to do about the hair. Wispy, super dry, thinning - and what there is of it tends to be wiry and coarse without being thick. Go figure. I'll debate it with the stylist (!) and see where that goes. Once again I find myself thinking about 'cut & color,' but I just know by the time I'm even a few months down that road I'll be tired of touching up gray (let's face it: white) roots, and I am leery that the thin areas will become even thinner. Eh. Oh, for the thick hair of my youth, lol.

We're still about two weeks away from the equinox but autumn is upon us. The heat has kicked on the last two nights - not a lot, not for long, but by early morning it runs for an hour or so. Plus of course the spiders trying to find a winter haven (hah, not in MY house) is another sign. There are still quite a few projects I want to get to in the yard before the weather gets too ratty, but there's also the light problem - the days truly are drawing down.

The first couple of years I was here the long days of midsummer and the long nights of midwinter were novelties. We're by no means above the Arctic Circle, but there's a major shift. Mid-June when the solstice hits we have less than seven hours of darkness; with false dawn, birds start singing around 4 AM. By mid-December, the opposite of that means we will have less than seven hours of daylight. I don't think I suffer from SAD, but that much darkness takes a toll now, and I slightly dread going into it.

I spent an hour yesterday talking to my aunt - in fact, I ran over the time that our calling plan allows (which means each minute over costs gazillion % more) so I hung up abruptly and called her back today. She's so much fun to talk to! Yesterday she gave me one name, first and last, for one of her mother's cousins and said she wasn't sure if the surname was maiden or married or whatever. Well, I found reams of information, just on the lead of that one name. Made my day, and I think hers as well, as today I had so much new stuff to tell her about.

Re yesterday's blog, spider killing, &c:

PROT358: The bathroom drains all have fairly fine 'screens' in them - but I'm not above having Himself remove a soggy bug body, so I will keep that in mind.

MOBYCARP: I can see where your daughter and I would have total understanding.

COMPASS_ROSE: Oh, he squashed it into a piece of toilet paper and flushed it down the toilet. But just hearing the thing crunch - well, it doesn't bear thinking.

BIGLITTLEWOMAN: Not only was I nekkid but I usually take my glasses off when I wash my face--!

ONEKIDSMOM: I very nearly titled this 'I don't like spiders and snakes.' Whatever happened to Jim Stafford, anyhow?


LYNMEINDERS: I sometimes think Himself is God's way of testing my patience now that the kids're gone.

For what it's worth I have dispatched puh-len-tee of insects in my time. The thing is, when I'm caught by surprise and when I don't 'have' to deal with them, I take the coward's... um, lazy... UM, easy (yeh, that'll work) way out.

More than one has been sucked right down the ol' Hoover though, lemme tell you. Probably the last thing they saw with their eight eyes was my horrified expression.

And on that note, I'm outta here. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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PROT358 9/8/2011 7:17PM

    "I sometimes think Himself is God's way of testing my patience now that the kids're gone. " You had me laughing out loud with this one! Maybe it's time you find him a hobby [read: so he'll be out of your hair, thus the time you do spend together becomes more precious]. I know you love each other dearly. I've read enough to have figured that one out. But dare I say having an empty nest isn't quite as good as everyone seems to think it will be?

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4DOGNIGHT 9/8/2011 6:22PM

    Have a good snooze. emoticon emoticon

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DEBIGENE 9/8/2011 4:29PM

    I am giving serious thought about cutting my long gray hair to a short style IF I reach my year end goal. I would love to color it a shade of magenta or red again but alas I have acquired an allergy to the peroxide/developer so I am stuck with the gray.

I have been without medical insurance since 2010 when I was lucky enough to find a part time job and because I got a job my gov assisted preventative benefits where discontinued because I now made TOO MUCH MONEY !!! So I can relate.

And yes I used to use all those same terms as well, oops I still do. LOL !!!

and ..... I HATE WINTER !!!! not looking forward to it at all.

Glad to hear your ancestry project is still moving along. Good Luck with it.

And sending prayers that your GP visit all goes well. Take care of you friend across the pond.

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KERRIEH2 9/8/2011 4:25AM

Hi Kasey,

I read yesterday's blog to my cousin who was visiting me from Sydney, we have never laughed so much in such a long time. As they say laughter is the best medicine.

Over here (down under) we are into spring and have already had some wonderful days. I think we might be in for a hot summer.

As for the round of appointments, I have a few coming up also, did the hair on Monday and still have to go to the dentist, not looking forward to that one!!!!!!!!!!

sending love to you
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LEANJEAN6 9/7/2011 8:11PM

    Kasey--We must be on the same level of the earth (my way of saying it--)Ha Ha--We have had the furnace on too, the past 2 nights--Our days are getting shorter too--We have terribly cold winters tho--You don't have that, do you? Our leavfes are just beginning to change--- Oh---One more thing--Is your husband a Dr??--- (sounded like it in yer blog-)
--same as here------If you do get yer hair cut, maybe keep it just long enough to tie back---On hot days that sure helps--- justa suggestion0--Ha Ha--To-morrow--back to finishing our deck--The smell of the stain really got to me yesterday--- Lynda from the Northland- emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/7/2011 7:54PM

    emoticon emoticon 'nuff said...

rest well, friend Kasey! emoticon

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LECATES 9/7/2011 7:40PM

    LOL---wish I could get free glasses---need some. Did not realize how long your nights are in winter? Do you all fall back or spring forward with your clocks like we do?

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SUNNYWBL 9/7/2011 6:56PM

    I'm right there with you on that one!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/7/2011 6:56PM

    Hahaha....love it....
Many eyes have gone down my hoover as well.....and will continue to in the future.....lol...
We had out house spider proofed earlier this year and it seems to be working.....

I remember when HR was called personel as well....and your other phrases....today they are called Hair Stylists....it just depens what grade thye are....junior, intermediate or senior....
I usually go for the seniors.....lol....although sometimes we are so not on the same page....

I would fully agree with you saying that God tests us in patience....lol....
Its an awesome way to look at it as well.....I am sure that is why men were created....oh darn....they were created first......lol...maybe we are the ones missing something.....lol....

Sleep well.....

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Day 249: It's NOT Charlotte--

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Now, don't get me wrong: I don't suffer from arachnophobia. I don't go into hysterics every time I see a spider, or even a generic creepy-crawly. But the idea of bug bites and stings is horribly repellant to me (you may remember my 'Fear of Wasps' blog), and added to that is the distaste for much of what insects indoors represent - as in dirt and disease, among other things, not to mention that whole negative statement on the housekeeping.

When I'm not wearing my glasses I literally can't see my hand in front of my face. (Stay with me here - it's relevant.) Sure, I see a pinkish-pale blob, but nothing distinct. Even my fingers aren't clearly fingers, merely amorphous sausage shapes without lines or definition.

So imagine my surprise when I was drying my face this morning and came up out of the towel to be presented with this in the bathtub:

Uh huh.

I saw it without my glasses on. How big does something have to be for me to realize it's there? Oh, I didn't see it clearly - it was farther away than my hands, and I wasn't exactly pushing forward to get closer. But I knew from the size and color against the tub wall exactly what it had to be. And hollered for Himself.

Like I said, I don't suffer from arachnophobia, but demmed if I'm going to TOUCH the things, even through the relative safety of a kleenex.

He studied it a moment, commenting "Well, it's certainly a big 'un!" then proceeded to muse if he should get a jar and capture it so he could (in his words) 'get a proper look at it.'

"Uh, yeh, but in the meantime if you would--"

"That's one of the biggest I've ever seen. You know, it's probably a female. It's a good 2-1/2 inches across, with that leg span. Maybe it's so big because it's about to lay eggs."

"Forget the entomology lesson! Would you just--"

"Technically, it wouldn't be 'entomology,' it would be 'arachnology,' since it's not an insect but an arachnid and--"



I love the man. You know I do. And sometimes I re-e-eally struggle to remember things like the waterfall and the whippoorwill and his taking care of me when I had my feet operated on and his support when I went back to the US for six months to look after my mother.

Later when I calmed down I said "Look, I'm sorry I shouted at you. I was getting tense and I was afraid it would somehow escape the bathtub and end up who-knows-where. I have no problem with spiders and other wildlife outdoors, out where they belong. I just don't deal with them very well when they invade my living space."

"No problem," sez Himself.

"Good. It's the only reason I married you, y'know. Ha ha. Bug-hunter extraordinaire. Courage in the face of danger. I think monster spiders will always zoo me out, but I'll try to get a handle on the shouting business next time."

" 'sokay" sez he. "I expect a little hysteria now and then."

People, that's a whole different blog, but... I probably deserved it, what with the crack about his spider-killing prowess 'n' all. Even so, I think there are days when no jury in the world would convict me.

And with that, it's goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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DEDICATED2HIM 9/8/2011 8:55AM

    I love your writing style...you gave me a good laugh to start my day. Now would you do with MY Himself who calls me to stomp or otherwise REMOVE every crawly he encounters...even not hesitating to wake you from a rare sound sleep to do so??

Grounds for divorce? Yeah., If I'm feeling charitable J

thanks for your blog.

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VW_STEPH 9/7/2011 3:15PM

    Hehehehe you guys are funny! :D

I wouldn't say i have arachnaphobia but oooohh gosh i am scared of them little beasties.... eeewww they make me shivverrr!!!! x

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ASPENHUGGER 9/7/2011 1:43PM

    That was some spider! emoticon
Himself doesn't live here, and the cat refuses to cooperate, so I have to de-spider the bathtub (& everywhere else) myself. Generally I leave them alone as long as they don't do backflips in front of me, but once they make themselves known I try to scoop them up & transplant them to the garden where they can thrive and catch whatever.

Those little black furry ones ("That would be a "Daring Jumping Spider", or Phidippus audax. They are harmless and not aggressive, but yes, they CAN jump, very well in fact. They hunt just like tiny cats, stalking and pouncing on insect prey, sometimes taking down insects much larger than themselves. They do seem to enjoy interacting with humans, for some reason, possibly because they are actually very intelligent creatures, and because their eye configuration is a bit like ours, with two large forward-facing eyes.") make me skittish though -- they're fast little buggers, & they always seem to be studying me, belligerently.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 6:14AM

    Well she sure is ugly! I don't want that crawling near me no way no how!

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PROT358 9/7/2011 6:00AM

    As a college student living in a dorm unit (with 7 other roommates), I got dubbed the "brave" one for killing spiders, but most of the other girls thought it was cruel. They actually got really mad if I was about to squish one, and inevitably one would usher it back outside. And how we got the spider problem? They left the main unit door open all day long during the fall and spring, so we had all kinds of nasty crawlies with lots of places to hide. I was the only one of the eight of us brave enough to kill them.

But let me say the bathtub is the best place to find one. Turn on the water, splash it on the spider so it gets swept away in the current, let it go swimming until it stops moving. Ideally it goes down the drain, but if you have to get Himself to retrieve the body at least you have the peace of mind knowing it's dead. But still, what a terrible shock. Eww. Even from a spider killer to a non spider killer, you have my pity.

P.S. From my college spider squishing days I found some spider killing spray that shoots a good three feet away, and they start twitching and wither away before your very eyes. And I can say from firsthand experience it does work even on HUGE spiders (we're talking baseball size). Bad mental picture...

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MOBYCARP 9/6/2011 10:18PM

    Himself is incredibly patient. The last conversation I had with my daughter about a spider went like this.

Daughter: Dad, what kind of spider is this?


Me: Dead spider.

I'm willing to let them live out their natural life span in the wild, but if they enter my house they're taking their chances.

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/6/2011 9:42PM

    That is a very large spider. Why is men always see the need to pontificate at just such a moment? They really are very different. At least he got to be the hero! So what did he do with the spider? Did he catch and release or splat it? You can't leave us hanging!


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    They all wlant to come in to the nice warm house when the temperatures start dropping. Keep your glasses on for the next few weeks so you don't miss any more trespassing spiders looking to nest. emoticon

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    I really like reading you guys exchanges. Men really are from another planet but I am glad he got to be your hero! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/6/2011 8:43PM

    Me? If you saw me shred my son's paper snake when he was in 4th grade, you'd guess what *I* do with spiders, and it doesn't involve waiting around for a testosterone bearer! That critter would have been SPLAT! FLAT! Wiped off and GONE!

Yes, I have me this violent streak when it comes to bugs and reptiles.

- Barb (humming the tune to "I don't like spiders and snakes...")

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MS.ELENI 9/6/2011 7:29PM

    I would have got a little upset too. Glad he finally got it for you

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DEBIGENE 9/6/2011 7:17PM

    I try not to lkill spiders, if I can catch them in a tissue or cup or something then I can let them outside where they belong. BUT I have smashed a few in my time when they got just to darn close to me and scared the crap outta me and I din't have time to try and save the darn thing. Glad hubby was there to come to your rescue, finally, lol.

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LEANJEAN6 9/6/2011 7:12PM

    Blimey!!! --It lookas like an english spider!--LOl--Well, you had me smiling once again-- Does ""he ""study these creatures??--I think I wudda bashed it though---LOL-----Spiders and snakes are bad ---- Well, we stained more ""rails"" on the deck--almost fdinished--I would like to give the floor part another coat----then we will call it a day--pretty pooped to-night--- Husband watching tennis---Lynda --from the North where you can feel the crunch in the air- emoticon

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DEBRITA01 9/6/2011 6:10PM

    I loved the story...good thing Himself is there to protect you :) It was a good read after a long and busy day...thanks for the smile! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 9/6/2011 5:54PM

    I didn't know they had spiders in England. You know its bad luck to kill a spider but I guess I would go for the chances. One time we had a huge spider full of babies. I stepped on her and all the babies came out. Got out the spray quick. Just what I needed, baby spiders everyone. Have you ever seen a golden orb spider. We had one and they are supposedly harmless but this thing is at least 4 inches long! And a huge web! Don't want it anyway! Have a good nights rest.

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LYNMEINDERS 9/6/2011 5:51PM

    I love it...
i would have been doing more than shouting...I would have left the house....lol....
And I love oyur dialogue with Himself over your reaction....they truly are gorgeous and lovable even if we do shout at them occassionally.....

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