Living in any kind of space that promotes bugs is just asking for this, but I never EVER before thought it was a real thing.
Decades I have mumbled behind angry people that they have a “bug up their butt” and never thought twice about the phrase before yesterday.
I woke up and started my day as usual:
- Check email
- Listen to news
- Wash face, wake up, get dressed, and get going on the day.
During all of these starting moments, I comfortably stay in my PJ’s. Once I have actually started to wake up, my next task is to get ready to greet the world (NEVER IN PJ’s). So I wander down to my bedroom (yep, it’s on the lower level of the house, and it is below ground level very important to note this.), change out of my wonderfully friendly PJ’s and into my daily gotta-do-chores clothes. Right now, because it is still very hot here, it is cut off shorts and a grubby tee-shirt. Perfect for doing farm and garden work comfortably. Off with the old, on with the new and back upstairs.
I decided that this mornings breakfast was going to be a sausage, egg, and cheese toasted English muffin. I start with my plastic microwave container, open the fridge and place a small handful of shredded cheese into it. Then I open the lower freezer and grab a frozen sausage patty and place it on top of the cheese. Then I grab one egg, break it in a bowl, add a bit of milk and scrambled the snot out of it. Once good and mutilated I pour that over the sausage/cheese stuff.
- Cover with guard (because sometimes it will blow)
- Set timer for 3 minutes
- Head over to the toaster.
I grabbed my coffee (because we all know you can’t function without it in the morning – this morning being proof that I had not had enough yet.) and went to the bread box. Opened it, pulled out a single English muffin, cut it in half, and plopped it into the toaster.
Now the fun part:
While listening to some great 70’s music going on in the office (where I check my daily mail), humming a bit, sniffing one of my fav smells of toasting bread, and waiting for the ding from the microwave; I felt a poke in my left butt cheek.
Now, we have some tall nasty grass seeds out here. Once the grasses get dried out, the seeds start to fly everywhere. They also have a bad tendency to dig themselves (pointed end of course) into clothes. Mostly my socks but I have found them in other places as well. Most of my gardening is done with me sitting right on the ground (usually on my carpet pad), so it is not unusual for me to get an occasional grass seed stuck in my shorts and poking my butt. I should have been so lucky this morning.
(you can see the darn things stuck in this cotton rag)
So I casually reach back to try to scratch the seed lose but low-and-behold it was a much large bump, AND IT MOVED??!!! Immediate removal of shorts and underwear (just in case it was down at that level), followed by a ton of shaking and dancing about. I should also know that the adrenaline was in DEFCON 9-million now. I totally forgot about my breakfast and immediately went to hunting the predator in my pants.
AH HA – A LARGE BLACK BEETLE IT IS!
(This is a copy of one from the yard – they run in packs you know!)
By the time I turned back to stomp on the monster from my pants (Oh, a possible idea for a new scary movie?), the sucker had disappeared?
I spent the next hour scouring the kitchen floor (main reaction site) to no avail. The monster got away – JUST GREAT. I spent the whole rest of the day scratching my entire body afraid of finding some other unwanted critter. Luckily nothing.
The rest of the day was nice and calm and off to bed as usual.
I woke up about 2 am feeling an urge for a bathroom visit and when I turned on the light, guess what crawled in under my bedroom door to greet me – UGH!!!
I got my slippers on ready to pounce on my attacker, and he disappeared again – GRR.
So, now I have to add another step to my daily routine – completely shake out, turn inside-out, shake again just incase on all clothes I decide to put on. Next thing you know the sucker will find my bra and bite – jerks!
P.S. Hope this made you giggle as much as I still do, thinking about it all – and my you never think of the phrase “bug up your butt” the same way again.
(Oh, and I almost forgot the other fun thing from yesterday. This sucker landed on my leg while I was weeding:
I caught this pic of it on the tree and thought it was scary/cool, till it landed on me then I cut it in half with my nippers – NOT taking any chances. Found out is harmless to humans it is: Pigeon Tremex Horntail and the Giant Ichneumon Wasp)