Monday, October 10, 2011

My Crazy Life – October 8, 2011 – My Birthday

                 The grossest thing happened yesterday. Well, maybe not the grossest, but right now I am having trouble thinking of a grosser incident (give me time though.) I walked into my closet and saw what I thought to be a feather blow across the floor. Then, the feather moved and I realized something was crawling and of course, I stomped the daylights out of it. It was no longer recognizable, but I think it was a baby roach.

            I say this because when I straightened a stack of shirts (you’ve seen my closet – this is NO surprise - if not, check here My Life. One Story at a Time.: From Fashionista to Raganista ) I noticed that there was a substance that resembled dried dirt going down the stack. It was at that point I observed a trail of black specks – oh yes – roach poop. Me, being me, freaked out immediately and then I froze in my spot. Bugs freak me out, especially roaches and spiders. Since I was home alone, I garnered my courage and began taking the shirts off the stack one by one desperately hoping that a roach would not come flying out at me. By this time, my heart was pounding.

            One by one, I lifted the shirts and about half way down the stack, I found a little dead roach. I was ready to get down on my knees to say a word of thanks at this point. That little sucker must have done a Fred Sanford death march by the mess it made. I’m sure you’ve seen Sanford and Son. Old Fred grabs his heart and makes his way around the room several times before collapsing upon the sofa with a heart attack. This roach must have digested one of the thousands of roach pills I had scattered about the floor of my closet and then performed a death march up the stack of shirts I had nicely folded. I was none too pleased, but at least he was dead.

            So, yesterday was spent washing that stack of shirts (short-sleeve), the long sleeve shirts, and about half of my sleeveless shirts on the same shelf. You just can’t be too careful. I was moving and scouring everything in my quest to clean. I am not embarrassed to write this story only because I know how clean my house is. I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a roach of any size in my house in ten years. I am that careful. Any item brought in from the market in a box is emptied into a container and the boxes are disposed of. The outside of the house is sprayed on a regular basis, the yard is treated, and ant and roach pills abound everywhere they can safely be placed. I am a fanatic. I do NOT like bugs.

            Well, today is my birthday. It always begins a little melancholy because October 7th is my sister’s birthday. She’s been gone a very long time, but I still miss my big sister, a lot. She is two years and a day older than I am.

             I am 54 years old today and not at all one of those women who can’t spit out the number. It is what it is and as long as there are people out there who think I’m younger than I am, I’m perfectly happy to shock them with the number. I am fairly certain that will end one day and reality will set in. Besides, I know a lot of people older than I am.

             The day has turned out pretty quiet. I guess that will happen when you live in the country and your kids live far away.

            Today was one of those days I was happy for technology and what it affords us. We have email and Face book and through those entities, I did not lack for birthday wishes and that made my day. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes!

Donna “Lucy”


  1. Libras will always celebrate and not be afraid to state our age. Happy Birthday, wishing you many many more. Mine was last week Monday, but you will probably say i'm a younging, 36. We will always be young though right :-)

    Oh the roach story was to funny, I was saying to myself, I bet she washed all the shirts again, lmao. Those dang cardboard boxes, ugggh. I have had to say they can no longer come in the house, they are elegant homes to roaches, ugggh.

  2. Aww. Happy Birthday! Sorry you had to deal with a bug problem before celebrating! I've had mice before (horrible nasty things...) but never roaches (knock on wood.) I'm almost as old as you -- I will join your decade on my next birthday. Not ashamed of it -- life is a celebration!

  3. yes my dog Mollie is a shepherd. I love reading your posts about Calypso and Ryka and often share them with my husband. our Mollie gets to run and play and entertain the visitors at out family apple orchard. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Happy Birthday! I am a new GFC follower bringing you love from the Exposure 99% blog hop!

  5. Happy belated birthday! But icky, what a way to spend the day dealing with roaches. I hate them, too! I'm so glad we don't have them up in North Dakota. Then again...we don't have much of anything up here - lol!

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  6. A belated happy birthday to you!

  7. Happy belated birthday! You write with a sense of humor.

    Yeah, say the number loud and clear because its really how you live that matters.

    Sorry about having to clean up the mess.

  8. Aw, a belated Happy Birthday to you! Your closet is INSANELY organized, and I LOL about the bugs. I detest mice and live in a 60 year old house between a tree farm and hundreds of acres of fields. (In other words, the occasional mouse gets through). I have actually called my husband home from work *right now* because I saw a mouse ... like he can do anything about it, right? (He sets traps over night so I can't see or hear them).

    Anyway, last July the H and I took our oldest child out for dinner for her 13th birthday and while we were gone my mom, who had the other five kids, called to inform me there was a HUGE snake in the house. And huge it was - about four feet long, and very much in the living room, a recent meal in its belly. My H was HORRIFIED. He HATES snakes. I just looked at him and said "now you know how I feel about MICE." lol. (The whole sordid tale is on my blog, complete w/ pics.)

    I hope you had a fantastic birthday -- certainly sounds like a memorable one. ;c)


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