- Of Christmas
We are visiting the in-laws soon so I need to wrap their Christmas presents. However, SmallFry’s fondness for tape has left me with a little problem. There is no tape to be found in the house. Do you think it would be considered cruel or insulting if I were to glue the wrapping paper to their presents? Would I be invited back next year? My friend GG says that it would make a great experiment in human behavior. What do you think? Should I try it in the name of science?
- Of car repairs
We have the misfortune of owning a Jeep Liberty. One of those with the window defect which makes the windows fall into the door without warning and for no apparent reason. We have owned the vehicle for a little over a year and we have had 5 repairs on the windows, two in the last three weeks. Note: This amounts to one more repair than the number of windows in the vehicle.
Thursday we got the vehicle back from it’s most recent visit to the repair shop. Yesterday while visiting some friends, I was recounting the tale of the most recent repair adventures. We were laughing over the thoughts of me driving with one hand on the steering wheel and one on the window. I assure you, this is not an easy or safe way to drive. How do you signal that you are planning to turn? How do you turn on the wipers or dim the lights?
During this conversation, it started raining. Really raining. The kind of rain that would have made Noah’s neighbors start building their own arks. My friend turned to me with the most earnest expression and said “I hope your windows are up.” We all burst into hysterical laughter. When I could breathe again I replied, “So do I, man. So do I.” But with that silly Jeep, you never really know.
- Of rainstorms
The good news is we made it to the Jeep and the window was still up. The bad news is that we were all drenched. When we made it home, I stopped the Jeep in the driveway so I could get the mail. I hurried across the road to get my mail, stepped into a puddle that soaked my jeans to my knees and reached in the mailbox to find…a stupid sale ad. I stepped knee-deep in ice cold water for a sale ad. Some days you just can’t win.
- Of ladybugs
Everyone thinks that ladybugs are wonderful bugs but I would like to share a few little known facts about ladybugs that show a different side of the little nuisances.
Fact 1 – Ladybugs like to hibernate indoors and together. Unless your home is extremely well insulated these little buggies can find a way into your home for a winter snooze.
Fact 2 – Ladybugs stink. When threatened ladybugs give off a rather disgusting odor to convince predators that they taste bad.
Fact 3 – Ladybugs are small and move rather quickly into places where you do not want them, particularly in areas of high humidity.
Fact 4 – Contrary to popular belief, ladybugs can and do bite when properly provoked. Trust me on this.
These ladybug facts bring me to my final rambling. Yesterday, I gathered my jeans and tee-shirt from the dryer and went to the bathroom for a shower. I placed my clothing on the back of the toilet while I showered (we have a really small bathroom so that is the only “shelf” available). I enjoyed a lovely hot shower and got dressed. I went to my room to put on my shoes and noticed a weird feeling on my leg. A rapidly realized that I had a ladybug in my pants. After a hurried apology to the kids (that the kids said reminded them of Dean from The Iron Giant), I shed the jeans but not before the aforementioned ladybug felt properly threatened. Yup! I got bitten and stinked. I hate ladybugs.
Next post, I will talk about knitting.