From Goatheads to Tonsil Stones

The never-ending battle has begun. The weather warmed up and instantly my mighty enemy, Goatheat Plant, has once again attacked!

Huge patches of these appeared almost overnight. They filled the irrigation ditch and have spread in large clumps into the front yard. They surround one of my driveways. Thankfully, I don’t park in that one, but if someone comes over they must navigate the mine field or their shoes will be covered in goathead thorns. I have been spending some time every day digging them up and have filled three garbage cans so far. They will come back but I will not give up this fight! It is slow going as using a shovel or hoe is hard on my lower back and shoulders. Still, I will fight on!

We try to check our shoes before going inside, but some still find their way in. When stepped on one instantly howls like a coyote and screams out every profane word one knows. I do not like them.

I developed a sore throat about a week ago that lasted a couple of days. No biggie as I get them from allergies sometimes. The sore throat came back, so I peeked at my throat to see if it looked okay. I found a small white dot on my tonsil. I was able to touch it and it feels like a small pebble. I am sure it’s a tonsil stone. It looks like this, but not as big.

I was reading that gargling with salt water can help with the sore throat and can actually dislodge a tonsil stone. It’s not a bad sore throat. Just enough to notice at this point. If it doesn’t help within a short time, I will need to see the doctor. I have been trying hard to not see a doctor until Medicare kicks in, but that isn’t until October. My old lady body is betraying me! It is falling apart!

That is all of the excitement I’ve had lately. Otherwise, I just stay home most of the time and just do everyday life things. I hope you all continue to have good health and are happy.

Lost Spider

I had the day off so I decided to be productive and mow our big old back yard.  I opened the shed door and…..and….this was on the door!

I froze.  It was huge.  I usually leave spiders alone if they are outside just doing their spider thing.  But the thoughts of leaving a huge mutant jumping spider in the shed was just too much.  I kept having visions of it jumping on me every time I open the door.  I slowly backed away and then bolted into the house to get a fly swatter.  I didn’t have anything to swat it with and I didn’t want to use my shoe.  I would have been cleaning spider guts off for days.

I go back out with the fly swatter and….it was gone!  The spider was gone!  It took a minute, but I got brave enough to creep inside and get the lawn mower out.  After mowing I had to get the courage to open the door again to put it back.  I slowly open the door, ready to run if needed.  No spider on the door!  I decided to just get that mower back in the shed before I chickened out.  As I was lifting it into the shed, I saw it.  We have a cord storage reel and it was sitting on top of the cords.

“Hi Mr. Spider.  I’m just putting away the mower.  Nothing to see here.”

I just could not leave it alone.  I did NOT want that thing in the shed!  With a burst of courage (or stupidity) I grabbed the handle of the storage reel and threw it out of the shed.  I was sure it would knock the spider off.

I crept up on it, carefully checking the ground as I walked. As I neared it, I saw it burrow into the cords.  It had survived the crash!  Now it was hiding in the cords!

I gently put the storage reel back into the shed and closed the door.

My son will be mowing the lawn from now on.

Problem solved.