“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”

Today is the sort of day Adam and Eve gave up when they ate fruit for lunch. The morning is cool and there’s no humidity. The sun is sharp bright and everything seems to pop in the light. The breeze is just right. I stood on the deck for a while and watched the birds, so many birds at the feeders I filled.

I never left the house yesterday. Truth to tell, I never even got dressed. It was just that sort of a day, one which lent itself either to pure leisure or sloth. You can decide which it was. I choose leisure. It has a more pleasant connotation. I did at least make my bed which gave me a sense of accomplishment. Everything is relative.

My dance card is empty today. That’s fine with me as I have settled into a summer mode of living. The deck is my go-to-it spot, and I love a little nap in the afternoon. Meals are catch as catch can, whatever I can scrounge from the refrigerator. I’m not fussy. It’s a permanent summer vacation.

My eye is swollen and has a bump right below the corner. I’m thinking a bite of some sort, maybe a spider. It’s creepy to think that while I was sleeping something was crawling on my face looking for dinner. If this were a science fiction movie, that bump would be where the man-eating spiders are gestating. The bump would get bigger, start to pulsate and a hungry brood would emerge looking for food, and there I’d be. The plot has more to it, but I’ll leave the rest up to your imaginations. Just think open mouth screaming and go from there.

I was never afraid of snakes or bugs when I was growing up. I was curious more than anything though I do admit to screaming in pain when I got bitten by a bee on the top of my head. The most amazing bug I ever saw was a centipede. It was walking down a tree trunk near where I was sitting behind my house in Ghana. If I had been Ghanaian, I would have grabbed it, roasted it and eaten it with soup.

Around here there are no spectacular bugs. I’m not sure whether I should be glad or disappointed.

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23 Comments on ““As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    im6
    Got an email from an old Grammar school buddy, who by coincidence now lives next door to our last home in Ashtead. Anyway other than complaining about the heat, he announced that he could hear The Mike Love Orchestra note for note as they played up at the Epsom Downs Racecourse.

    The last person I asked about the MLO told me that Dennis Wilson was with the band (the Hampton Court event) and I postured it was a bit unlikely.

    You can run but you can never escape…

    • im6 Says:

      I love the new designation of the band… much more accurate and keeps that giant ego fed all at the same time. And isn’t it just fabulous that Dennis has decided to get back with the band/orchestra? He’s probably a bit waterlogged, but once he coughs up a fish or two, he’ll be in the same fine voice as Brian. I hope that other Brian, Brian Jones, follows Dennis’ lead and rejoins the Stones. Of course, with Mick and Keith as competition, it will be hard to tell which of the three have been dead the longest.

      • Hedley Says:

        im6
        I am not sure if my friend is pulling my leg about being able to hear the MLO, but he does not attach me in any way to the group, so it could be true
        Are you watching Last Tango in Halifax series 2 on PBS ? I remain smitten with Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi. In the last episode, she made several references to a “Mucky Weekend” ( a derivative of Dirty Weekend) – haven’t heard the term in years and I cackled appropriately

    • im6 Says:

      I am watching “Last Tango,” but I must admit that’s it’s getting on my nerves just a bit. I’m afraid I’m finding just about ALL the characters a tad obnoxious — especially Celia. Doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the show or think they’re doing a bad job, but the show is a bit like life — sometimes the people in our lives can be annoying. Such is the case with LTIH. I was a bit shaken the other afternoon when I ran across a movie on cable, The Mother, which featured a topless Anne Reid getting it on with a younger James Bond, Daniel Craig. Even if it was about a decade old, Anne was holding up pretty well!

      • im6 Says:

        I *SO* want to edit and correct grammar!!!

      • Hedley Says:

        im6
        I don’t think it is as good as series 1 and they have clearly decided that Celia should not have any sort of filter. The show lights up when Jacobi is on camera. I also like John who fits very well in to the loveable rogue role.
        I had heard that there is a lot to be seen of Ms Reid, I guess I am best suited to worrying about Alan’s health. As you know this is based on a true story and the “real” Alan died about 3 years after his marriage to the writer’s Mother.
        May your weekend be a bit “mucky” and we can discuss episode 4 later !

      • katry Says:

        MDH and im6,
        I too have been watching LTIH, and I am not a Celia fan. She is snarky and Alan doesn’t see it at all. She is quite clever in doing it when he isn’t around. I do love Alan and get a chuckle from John’s I’ll take whatever I can attitude.

        I am invested so I’ll stick with it and hiss when Celia pulls another one.

      • Hedley Says:

        Ok Kat and im6,
        How on earth have we all got through Episode 3 and no one has talked about it ?
        Wonder if there is anyone else out there in KTCC Land that is watching ….Series 3 is underway

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I don’t usually mention TV nor do im6 and you. Movies and music seem to be the usual topics. Mentioning it came out of the blue.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Kat, strangely, I can be relevant to today’s post

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The man was quite the trooper. He swallowed then just kept on. Well done!

      When I rode my motorcycle, I swallowed a few bugs. Nasty!

  3. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had much the same day here, a bit cloudy from time to time but rather wonderful. But my nose is stuffed and I’m strangely tired all the time. I guess I’m getting a cold. Well I like naps so I’m taking lots of them 🙂

    I don’t think that any spider here, except for the water spider, could give us a bite that actually could be seen afterwards. So over here my guess would be a deer fly, they don’t always hurt when biting.

    I had this strange fear of big beetles, I guess I might have been squeesed by our biggest beetle when I was a kid and we were at my fathers mothers home in the most southern parts of Sweden. They are built like big pliers and are pretty strong. I also feared spiders above everything but both those fears are gone now. Snbakes however is smething I always liked 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m tired as well. Even the dog and cats have been sleeping today. I went outside for a bit and Gracie followed me out then back inside. She is sleeping again.

      I don’t know what sort of spider it is which bites, but the bites can get ugly.

      I hate flies in the house and mosquitos anywhere. The worst is when the mosquito buzzes around your ear. In Africa, I saw poisonous snakes, and I kept my distance/.

      Have a great day!

  4. Birgit Says:

    It’s hot! Not Ghana-hot, but hot for us. 100°F / 38°C on our garden thermometer this afternoon. Air conditioners at home are uncommon because we usually don’t need it. I skipped grocery shopping, we won’t starve, there’s enough ice cream in the fridge for 3 days. Who needs more.
    Your spider story reminded me of one of my favorite music artists, apparently she loves spiders too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEgocBF67I

    • Hedley Says:

      Shouldn’t this be Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars ?

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, Ziggy who? (I don’t really care about Ziggy or other Bowies.) Oh, you certainly mean Iggy’s Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell 😉 I wouldn’t dare!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      That is Texas hot, the land of the panhandle and air conditioners. We seldom ever hit 90˚ here so I’d call 100˚ hot too. That is amazing. Yup, ice cream fits the dietary bill perfectly.

      I don’t think I’d want a spider that size, but I do want her glasses.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It was a lovely cool day here as well. Not as cool as you but nice. The AC is on Fan, the windows are all open. Last night I had to pull up a blanket to get warm even with two dogs sleeping next to me. My kind of weather. 🙂

    There was an amazing insect that sat out on my top step all day on Wednesday. Here’s a photo of her. She was very large. I could see her from halfway up the dirt road.
    http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4056493/
    It was pouring rain a lot of the day and dismal the rest of it. The dogs were in and out and trying to bother her. The postman, the delivery truck, the newspaper girl. Through it all she stood there on her head waving her ovipositor. I think she was disappointed, though. By evening she had given up standing on her head and waving. Eventually she disappeared. Her 300 to 500 offspring will eat the roots of trees so I should be glad that she may not have scored but I’m just a bit sad for her anyway. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love the luxury of feeling cold at night in the summer even with a dog and one cat leaning on me.

      That’s a great picture of your insect. She certainly had a lot of patience. Sorry she had no tryst. It wasn’t for want of trying.

      I have some weird allergic reaction, according to my doctor, so I have swollen eyes and itchy bumps on my cheeks. I’m on prednisone and an anti-itch medication. I hope they work.

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        An allergic reaction to an insect bite or to something else? I hope they work, too. Nothing worse than itchy bumps.

      • kat Says:

        Caryn,
        The itch is driving me crazy. The medication needs to work.


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