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Gayle in MD
07-03-2012, 08:27 AM
Well friends, I was supposed to leave for the boat yesterday. But, I was bitten by a spider, that I never saw.

I knew immediately when I first began to have this incredible itch, and looked at my arm, that it was a spider bite. It happend right after I had been unloading groceries, and I suspect, the spider was somewhere in those cartons and bags, or in the fruit and vegetables, since spiders are not allowed in my house.

I also suspect it might have been a Banana Spider, since the pics on the net, suggest that. I'm still a bit worried about it, but it does seem to be improving, although still pretty ugly to look at, and sore.

So, here I am, and I'm going to miss the fireworks, in Ocean City Maryland, which I love to watch, and can so conveniently see right from my personal, private spot at the very end of the pier, where there are no boats behind us, just a beautiful marsh, and no pier traffic back and forth going behind us! It is a very relaxing spot, where all of the fishing boats, flying their flags, telling us what they caught, and how many, are so interesting to watch.

But after thinking about it, I was just as happy to be here at home. We were tired from clearing out all of the debris from the storm, having just dodged the bullet on a huge oak tree, which feel just short of our home, we have been counting our blessings these last few days.

Also, I was worried about fireworks, here in the neighborhood, when the woods are so dry, and worried about leaving my beautiful gardens, to chance, since even by running the in-groud sprinkler system, twice a day, of late, I have still had to give everything a little drink, mid-day, as the shade moved around my yard and gardens.

So instead, I will enjoy having time to sit on the porch, and do nothing! Watch the Hummingbirds zip around and fight with one another. Believe me they are a non stop show! Hilarious to watch as they display their non stop, stealth, combat tactics. We have one we call The Arnold, who terrorizes the rest. I think he might be in the Tea Party, lol...he thinks he owns the place, and all of the feeders, as well. He's a riot!

We'll have plenty of time to watch the beautiful Yellow Finches, the Scarlet Taningers, Cardinals, Robins, all sorts of Hawks, Bald Eagles, loads of Egrets and other shore birds, squirrels, salamanders, turtles, frogs, my place here is really like living in a jungle, and so I'll be here instead of on the boat, worrying about some teenagers setting off fireworks, and causing a fire, which I was worried about all week since things are so dry.

When we are this dry, it is rare. But there is usually a breeze coming off the creek, and we have fans going out on the porch, so even during the hottest times, we're comfortable.

I am looking so forward, to just enjoying my home, making some delicious food, sharing a few glasses of good wine with my lover and best friend, inhaling the incredibly intoxicating aromas of my lilies and other flowers, and looking at the beauty of our gardens, which right now are absolutely amazing to look at.

I don't know if any of you read the article sunday in the NYT,
The Busy Trap, by Tim Kreider, but if you didn't, try
to read it. It's a great article, regardless of your politics. It does address how we can miss our lives with too much busy, busy, busy. And that IS a trap, for sure.

So my wish for you all is that you will find the time to enjoy the beauty of nature, your families, and the beautiful earth, and all of its inhabitants and wonders.

Be safe, and enjoy the weekend.

Love,
Gayle

eg8r
07-03-2012, 11:51 AM
Spider bites suck and are pretty painful.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">since spiders are not allowed in my house.</div></div>This part was pretty funny though. I can picture little signs of spiders with a line through them at every nook and cranny in the house. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

We plan on heading out to the lake for the day and hanging out on the water then watching the fireworks display in the evening. Sounds like you will still have a good time no matter where you will be.

eg8r

Sid_Vicious
07-03-2012, 12:01 PM
Sucks about the spider. I guess I've been lucky, or else spider bites were miss-called as a sting or a deer tick. I've had lots of those over time.

Look at it this way Gayle,,,you have electricity. I think I would die if I was out of electricity like those folks up in the NE. One damned thing is for sure, I would HAVE to dig out my generator, which has never been un-crated since buying many years back, and at least have fans. Even so, no power would be miserable as hell.

I am like you,,,gonna be a home body on the 4th. Probably go to the pool hall in the evening though.

How is the rabbit population at your place this year? sid

Gayle in MD
07-03-2012, 09:18 PM
They were transported to a lovely area in cages, and then released to live together happily ever after.

We didn't drop any crumbs along the way. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Hope you have a fine time at the pool hall, friend.

G.

Gayle in MD
07-03-2012, 09:26 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Spider bites suck and are pretty painful.

<span style="color: #990000"> Yes, this has been painful, for sure, but, as luck would have it, I had just had a mole removed, days before the spider bite, and was already taking the very medication which would have been subscribed for the spider bite. Talk about luck, huh? This ordeal would have been far worse, if not for that. </span>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">since spiders are not allowed in my house.</div></div>This part was pretty funny though. I can picture little signs of spiders with a line through them at every nook and cranny in the house. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

<span style="color: #990000"> Wow, how did you know! </span>

We plan on heading out to the lake for the day and hanging out on the water then watching the fireworks display in the evening. Sounds like you will still have a good time no matter where you will be.

eg8r </div></div>

Sounds great. Enjoy!

G.

Gayle in MD
07-03-2012, 09:44 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sid_Vicious</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sucks about the spider. I guess I've been lucky, or else spider bites were miss-called as a sting or a deer tick. I've had lots of those over time.

<span style="color: #990000">Trust me, if you are ever bitten by a spider, you'll know it right away. The bite looks like no other insect bite.

I finally got serious, and went to the doctor. It's a good thing I went. Had to have a tetanus shot, immediately, and then you are put on anti-biotics, which, as luck would have it, I was already taking the very antibiotic which the doctor would have prescribed for the spider bite, for a different, unrelated minor surgery, as a precaution. It was just a mole removal, but how lucky is that!

My doctor told me today, that if not for that coincidence, I may well have had to go to hospital. Don't like hospitals.

Anyway, I suddenly realized this morning, that I wasn't feeling so great...so I went to the doctor. </span>

Look at it this way Gayle,,,you have electricity. I think I would die if I was out of electricity like those folks up in the NE. One damned thing is for sure, I would HAVE to dig out my generator, which has never been un-crated since buying many years back, and at least have fans. Even so, no power would be miserable as hell.

<span style="color: #990000"> Yes, we were very lucky to get ours back up and running after only a day. Others in Maryland annd Virginia, and DC, are still waiting! </span>


I am like you,,,gonna be a home body on the 4th. Probably go to the pool hall in the evening though.

How is the rabbit population at your place this year? sid

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<span style="color: #990000">Have a great day, Martin!

G. </span>

sack316
07-04-2012, 09:00 AM
Hope you (and everyone for that matter) have a great 4th! Sorry about the spider bite and hope it won't cause you too much discomfort!

We'll be heading back to B'ham yet again to go see little Samuel today (I am so tired of that drive lol). They do a big firework show atop a hill (mountain?) up there that we'll have a great view of from the hospital. But it doesn't start until late, so not sure if we'll stay for that or head on back home at a decent time and go enjoy the display Montgomery does with some friends. Regardless, the time with my son will be the highlight of the day /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Sack

LWW
07-04-2012, 09:31 AM
I hate to hear of anyone suffering on a national holiday.

Gayle in MD
07-04-2012, 09:42 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: sack316</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hope you (and everyone for that matter) have a great 4th! Sorry about the spider bite and hope it won't cause you too much discomfort!

We'll be heading back to B'ham yet again to go see little Samuel today (I am so tired of that drive lol). They do a big firework show atop a hill (mountain?) up there that we'll have a great view of from the hospital. But it doesn't start until late, so not sure if we'll stay for that or head on back home at a decent time and go enjoy the display Montgomery does with some friends. Regardless, the time with my son will be the highlight of the day /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Sack

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<span style="color: #990000">Wonderful plan, Sack. Give him a kiss for me! Nothing sweeter than the baby aroma, even my exotic lilies don't come near that!

I am taking a break from frosting a Smith Island Cake! They're famous in Maryland, with ten yummy yellow, buttery layers, and a marvelous chocolate frosting between each one.

It's funny, Jim leaves his computer every few minutes, to check on the progress. I know he's salivating over there. No telling what I might be able to bribe him into today. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/blush.gif

Then I'll be putting some good ol' Maryland Crab Cakes together for later, they must rest in the fridge for several hours before you can fry, or broil them, if you want the best results, that is.

After that, the ingredients made ready for a big tray of clams casino, my daughter's favorite.

Then the porch, until the others arrive.

Enjoy your wonderful day, friend.

Love,
G.</span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/blush.gif

eg8r
07-04-2012, 08:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Yes, this has been painful, for sure, but, as luck would have it, I had just had a mole removed, days before the spider bite, and was already taking the very medication which would have been subscribed for the spider bite. Talk about luck, huh? This ordeal would have been far worse, if not for that. </div></div>Premonition. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

As far as the lake, did not go as planned. For some reason we have a tough time getting this old clunker of a jet ski running. If I wasn't so darn cheap I would just go by a new one but I don't like payments. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif End the end we got to hang out with family and avoid the rain.

I do love fireworks though and the rain stopped in time to have a great night on the lake watching the city fireworks.

eg8r

Gayle in MD
07-05-2012, 06:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Yes, this has been painful, for sure, but, as luck would have it, I had just had a mole removed, days before the spider bite, and was already taking the very medication which would have been subscribed for the spider bite. Talk about luck, huh? This ordeal would have been far worse, if not for that. </div></div>Premonition. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

As far as the lake, did not go as planned. For some reason we have a tough time getting this old clunker of a jet ski running. If I wasn't so darn cheap I would just go by a new one but I don't like payments. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif End the end we got to hang out with family and avoid the rain.

I do love fireworks though and the rain stopped in time to have a great night on the lake watching the city fireworks.

eg8r </div></div>

<span style="color: #990000">Glad you were able to see the fireworks. I could see some from here, but nothing like Ocean City. Watched the ones in Washington DC, on television when they repeated whole celebration on a local station. They put on a great evening in DC.

So what lake puts on the display in your area?

Any chance others in the family would want to kick in on a new PWC....I'm assuming there are more kids in your family who use and enjoy it.

Glad you had a good one. I really missed the OC fireworks. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

G.


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Sev
07-05-2012, 09:27 AM
As long as your are sure it was not a recluse you should be fine.

I would just like to say your reach is long.
I almost got bit by the largest Black Widow I have ever seen in my life yesterday.

You could just call and yell at me on the phone you know. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Gayle in MD
07-05-2012, 09:39 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As long as your are sure it was not a recluse you should be fine.

<span style="color: #990000">That was the worrisome part, I never saw the damned thing! </span>

I would just like to say your reach is long.
I almost got bit by the largest Black Widow I have ever seen in my life yesterday.

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You could just call and yell at me on the phone you know. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif


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I don't have your number...so I just sent the spider along instead. I'll program the next Black Widow to attack while you're sleeping, next time! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

HA HA HA....

I wouldn't wish this on anybody, trust me!

This has been a very painful few days for me, but it looks a whole lot better today, the most improvement I've seen in any twenty-four hour span since it happened..I think both I, and the economy are recovering, lol... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

G.

Sev
07-05-2012, 10:40 AM
There ya go.
Insect bites can be a scary thing. Especially if you have no idea what bit you.

A few years back I was working on a roof. Over the course of a couple days I got stung quite a few times by yellow jackets.

It was hot and I was working on installing a copper flashing on a chimney. The pitch was pretty steep. I didnt feel bad but felt a little funny. Figured it could be the heat and need water. I came up over the peak and almost fell down the other side.
I got to the back of my van and gulped down some water thinking that would take care of it.
I woke up a couple hours later.

Never had a problem with bee stings in the past or since.

Gayle in MD
07-05-2012, 11:12 AM
Wow, you were lucky you didn't fall off the roof and kill yourself!

Sometimes we develop alergies to things we were never alergic to before, as we age. In my case, I am severely alergic to any kind of insect bite, and any kind of poison vines, always have been.

I noticed in my area this year, We weren't seeing or feeling any mosquitos! I was really puzzeled because they kept saying it was going to be a horrible year for themm.

I suspect the recurring cold snaps, killed a lot of them off, since they don't stay out of the ground, unless temperatures remain over fifty-five degrees, for three days in a row. So I think whatever eggs they laid, were being killed off as soon as they laid them, and they were retreating back under ground, every time during early spring the temps dripped way back down in the forties, and low fifties, at night.

Had to happen the very year we bought an $800.00+ Mosquito Magnet, which we had to have serviced because we couldn't get it to fire up for weeks on end.

It's working well now, but the week before we had it fired up, our neighbor told Jim, hey, that mosquito magnet is really working, I'm not seeing any mosquitos! Jim laughed and told him, well, it must be because they saw the mosquito magnet, because I haven't been able to fire it up yet. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

We still have hardly any mosquitos this year. Go figure?

There is some kind of wasp, that lives in the ground, and if you disturb the nest, they come out and chase you, stinging the hell out of you all the way.

A nest was in my flower bed, and I dug right into it, and OMG, they chased me, stinging me all the way all over my body, and right into the house, still stinging me everywhere.

I pulled off all of my clothes in the foyer, smashed the oones who were stinging me, and ran upstairs to fill a cold water tub, full of baking soda.

I was in there for an hour, before the stinging stopped, and felt very lightheaded, as well.

These things look like a miniature bumble bee, doesn't look like a wasp, but the U. of Maryland and the county extension center identified it for me.

Now, I carry a spray balm in my pocket when I'm gardening that sprays them and supposedly drives them away.

I have doubts that it could work that well, though,....given the speed and determination of their attack. I do try to walk around in the evenings and check out the yard for nests, now. In the evenings, is when you can see them going back down into the ground, and then you kill them after dark, with a big bucket handy to cover the nest after you pour the liquid into their nest.

I've always joked that I would die from some sort of insect or animal bite.

I wouldn't think of living in Florida! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif

Sev
07-05-2012, 11:26 AM
I had a huge hornets nest under the deck last year. Luckily we didnt have any problem with me.
Just walked real gently on the deck.

Of course I dropped a propane tank on the deck and was in a cloud of them.
One thing I learned about bee's. If you are not moving before that see you they generally will no land on you if you stay very still.

eg8r
07-05-2012, 11:35 AM
We go to the Winter Garden fireworks show on Lake Apopka. Can't swim in the lake but the fireworks are fantastic. At least for a small budget town like Winter Garden.

As far as the jet ski, we are going to have to break down and just buy some new ones. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

We used to get a condo on the beach just south of Clearwater on the 4th of July. For probably 12 years we did this and the fireworks were great. We could watch the fireworks for miles down the beach including the Treasure Island fireworks near the pier. To the right of our condo was about 20 mansions on the water and those people like to try and outdo each other every year so we got to sit on the beach (or balcony) and watch fireworks for literally 3 hours. Good times. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Next year around this time stay in doors and carry some of those anti-spider signs around your person so you don't miss the show again. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r

Gayle in MD
07-05-2012, 11:42 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I had a huge hornets nest under the deck last year. Luckily we didnt have any problem with me.
Just walked real gently on the deck.

Of course I dropped a propane tank on the deck and was in a cloud of them.
One thing I learned about bee's. If you are not moving before that see you they generally will no land on you if you stay very still. </div></div>

Yes, that's true, generally, but trust me, it doesn't apply to these wasps that live in the ground. They are like suicide bombers! In two seconds they are all over you, stinging you like crazy.

They attacked my son-in-law once, in his own yard when he was gardening and happened to dig right where their nest was.

He became very ill after they attacked him. He was swollen up like a baloon, and quite ill. Couldn't even go to work the next day. These wasps are vicious.

Really taught me a lesson. In all my years of gardening, yet I had never even seen these, or ever even known about them.

Man, I check out my yard thoroughly, every spring, now, and several times over the summer, as well. You don't even notice the nest. The only way to locate them, is to just walk around and watch in the evening. That's when you'll see them returning down into the ground, to the nest. They usually nest right next to the roots of a bush, or small tree.

They don't bother you, unless you happen to disturbe the nest, but WHAMMO if you do!

They are far more aggressive than the standard wasps that we're all used to seeing around our shutters and porches, etc.

G.