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Saturday, April 23, 2011

WHAT HAS BEEN LIVING AND GROWING IN MY PANTRY?


April 2011

The last snow drifts along the north side of the house were melting into dirty lumpy snowballs. The end of Winter .... but it could snow hard and deep once or twice more. It looked like Spring cleaning time. If the snowdrifts are melting  it must be time for Spring cleaning.
Cleaning supplies from the upper shelves in the pantry .... . dust rags, new vacuum bag, black trash bag (how does one little old widow-lady collect so much trash during the winter?) Next, storage boxes on the bottom shelf on the left. I don't get into this area of the pantry very often ..... floor level and things stored there are not items I need very often  and hard to reach. No surprises stored down there. Nothing I couldn't do without  ... until Spring cleaning time.
Everyone has a "junk drawer" - self-explanatory. The bottom shelf in the pantry was my "junk shelf for big junk".
Open bottom pantry door, get down on knees and reach into ......
"Oh my GOSH ..... what IS that?" I screached and drew my hand back as if I'd been stung. I slammed the door and stood up.
It felt slippery, slimy, long and ... two "headed."
Perro, my dog, and Snickers, my cat, raced to see what the commotion was all about.
They must have communicated to each other, "Not much happening here.... she's just standing there, staring at the pantry door."
They turned away and went about dog and cat business.
Now, I'm not too squeemish about bugs or spiders, mice or lizards ......
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HOWEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny bit squeemish seeing
THIS hairy-legged-knuckle-draggin dude in a public outhouse when we were in Hawaii on our 50th wedding anniversary - 2006 - with all of our kids and spouses.
And yes .... we had all used the accomodations.
 My turn and I was "tidying up" when I saw this fellow staring at me ....
he was right above my head
 and about the size of my fist.
Oh the sights he'd seen!
But I digress .....
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                   What I felt and saw in my pantry storage closet was nothing I'd ever touched or seen before....
                                                                  or wanted to touch or see!
                    I knew it wasn't breathing or reaching out to grab me. So .... how scarey could it be?
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Oh my ..... where has the time gone? Have to get ready for work.
You don't mind waiting until  my next posting, do you?
The THING in my pantry will remain a
mystery until tomorrow.
You see .... I have to give this some thought .... how will I explain this ... thing in my pantry?
I think I'll have a hot, hot cup of minty tea .... that always helps to straighten out my jumbled thoughts.
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