Thankful Thursday 8-23-17

So, I have a write-up that just needs a little polish to be a blog post. It’s about the adventure of finding a live scorpion in my room (my second live one since moving two years ago to where I am now – I specify live because I’ve found dead ones here before)  and is a little lighthearted. I was planning to get it posted some day soon.

Then this morning, I found another scorpion… as I was putting on yesterday’s pants to get ready for work. It got me multiple times before I could get the pants off again. It was dead a minute later, smashed by my trusty hard-soled New Zealand sheep’s wool slipper after it crawled out of the leg of the pants still on the floor, but it was my fifth live one in ten weeks – with the last three being in my bedroom.

It’s not funny anymore. 

Smashed scorpion on pants leg

It’s dead. The picture is a little blurry because adrenaline makes my hands shake. 8/23/17

It had been a month since the fourth one and I had begun to hope the spree was over. I had not, however, stopped checking my bed every night before I get in. I have spoken to the nice gentleman who does maintenence for our housing unit (we’re in a triplex) and he is going to talk to the housing manager about getting the building fumigated. Even for this area where scorpions are common, this is a little much.

Maybe I’ll post that write-up when I’ve been six months scorpion free. Maybe it’ll wait till the one year anniversary. Regardless, today I am thankful:

  • that it was not one of the species that live in the area that are poisonous and I did not have any adverse reactions
  • that the pain, which while not agonizing was still definitely there at the back of my left thigh, faded after about ten hours
  • that after five scorpions (five here, and three while living in Mexico ten years ago), this is the first one to get me. And, in a totally MK moment, I can now add “survived multiple stings from a scorpion” to the list of crazy things I’ve done…
  • for my dear mother who helped me clean my room, including behind the extra bed and furniture, in an effort to see if we could find out how they’re getting in. No such luck, but at least I know there’s not a nest of them lurking. They may be getting in somewhere else and just winding up in my room because it has the least activity.
  • for an understanding and wonderful boss, who said “take what time you need” when I texted her to say “Um, I think I’m going to be a bit late this morning…” (and she also suggested to ice it, which did help)
  • on a non-arachnid-related note, I’m thankful for the new ovens that got installed at work today and the friendly electricians who did it. We had an electrical fire in the top of our two stacked ovens almost a month and a half ago (there’s another adventure story for you, I got to use the fire extinguisher on it.) We’ve been limping along with one, less functional, oven since then. The new ones are so shiny! πŸ™‚ We’re hopeful they’ll run well for a good long time.

One thing to say about all this: when your day starts with a live scorpion in your pants, it can pretty much only go up from there! πŸ˜›

I hope none of you have had any scorpions this week (or ever) but I do hope you’ve had good, kind people in your life and things to be thankful for. You can share them in the comment box if you’d like.


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I am a Missionary Kid (MK) enjoying navigating this life with the unique viewpoint that has given me.
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4 Responses to Thankful Thursday 8-23-17

  1. SUSAN GOSSNER says:

    Yikes! I hope you can get rid of them completely!


  2. Lawks! And I thought my recent weta experience was bad! (I had to soak my clothes, but wetas don’t sting.) Yay for the hard-soled New Zealand sheepskin slipper to the rescue – like the cold-climate equivalent of a trusty jandal πŸ™‚
    Sympathy aside, I must admit this bit made me laugh: “One thing to say about all this: when your day starts with a live scorpion in your pants, it can pretty much only go up from there!”


  3. Susie says:

    Ouch! So sorry! I’ve found dead ones at the guesthouse there, but not live ones thankfully.


  4. AAAH!!! EEWWWW!! YIIKES!!!!! Every type of scream word possible!!!
    So glad it wasn’t poisonous!!


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