I mentioned earlier that I like to be frugal with my family's resources. That means I turn lights off in rooms we're not currently using, and when possible, I hang laundry on the clothesline.
Unfortunately for my electric bill, it's Spider Season here in New Jersey. We've got spiders with bodies the size of a nickel spinning sticky webs right there by the clothesline.
Even if I got outside armed with paper towels to wipe down the line before hanging laundry, those spiders are sneaky. They wait until my back is turned, hiding inside the clothes. And they don't always find their way out before I take the laundry down and bring it inside.
One night last week, I was putting on my pajamas when I noticed a little lump inside one of the legs. Upon closer inspection, I could see that there was a bug in there. I did not stop to identify the species. I simply hopped around the room removing the pajamas as quickly as I could, then tossing them out into the hallway, yelling for my husband.
Some stereotypes ring true in my household, and "who gets to deal with the bugs" is definitely one of them.
The Eleven-Year-Old found the whole thing hilarious, though I didn't see him getting any closer to the spider-harboring pajamas than I would. And Hubs didn't understand why I turned down his kind offer of the now-spider-free pajamas. It was back to the laundry for those!
She who laughs last laughs best, though--the tables were turned yesterday when the Eleven-Year-Old put on a pair of soccer shorts and a creepy-crawly spider crawled out of the leg.
Who's doing the One-Footed Spider Dance now?
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I guess if I want to save on electricity, I'll have to make the Lonely Socks move over on the basement clothesline so I can hang things there--spider-free!