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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

EEEEK!! (times two)

 We were getting on well with everything at the caravan, until I went to make my bed.  I'd covered it with a fleece blanket over winter, having taken all the bedding home.  There was a dustbin bag on the bed, containing some cushions.  I picked up the bag....only to see a large 8-legged thing underneath it.  On. My. Bed.  😱  Long time readers will know I have a deep-seated longstanding phobia about them, I can't even say the word, we call them eeks.  So obviously I shrieked and ran out of the room, husband went in and removed it.  After a coffee to calm down, I went back in and lifted up the fleece cover - well bugger me if there wasn't ANOTHER big one under that! 😱😱  Cue more shrieks and a rapid exit, husband did his hero bit again (thank goodness he was there).

Now, it's an old caravan, I know there are going to be 'inhabitants' other than ourselves, especially after we've left it empty for a while.  But why do they have to be ON MY BED?!?!  I can just about cope with them (I hoover them up) if they're on the floor.....but on my bed?!  For goodness sake, I may never set foot in that room again 😂😂  I'm only half joking, when we go to stay over husband will have to thoroughly inspect everything in my bedroom first.

Anyway, it's more or less ready for us to have our first sleepover of the season.  I just hope my nerves can take it.....!!

Apparently, so a neighbour (here at home) told us yesterday, some people on our local social media pages have been saying they've had some diesel in their cars recently which has been contaminated with water, causing some engine problems.  So we're wondering whether that may have happened to our car, causing the limp mode thing.  It does seem coincidental that the limp mode only happened several times over a period of about 3 weeks just after husband had filled up, and hasn't happened at all since he filled up again a couple of weeks ago.  Another friend said it could have been because the fuel station where husband filled up was running short on fuel and their bulk tank was almost down to empty, leaving a lot of sludge at the bottom, so the fuel husband got had, unfortunately, a higher amount of this sludge in.  Because of the panic buying of fuel recently due to people trying to beat ever more price rises, fuel stations round here have been running out of fuel.  So perhaps that was indeed the reason, although what we can do about that I really don't know.

Husband is off to town this morning for his monthly brunch with his mate, so I'm getting him to drop me off so I can have a browse in town on my own, something I rarely get the opportunity to do.  I'll have a mooch around the charity shops, and I need to get a couple of things for the caravan - if I can find them in a charity shop, so much the better.



14 comments:

  1. Think I'd rather have an eek in my bed than a mouse - and that has happened in the past in a house with cats!

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    1. Now mice don't bother me - although I don't suppose I'd like to share my bed with them!

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  2. Spiders I don't mind, finding a snake in my be would be my eek moment but luckily they cannot get through the air vents quite the same as a spider! Make sure you take them far away from the caravan when you let them go otherwise they can find their way back. I think they like to camp out in the insulation fibre between the inner and outer skin of the vans.
    Hope you have some good CS finds.

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    1. I'm afraid they don't get taken anywhere alive Viv - I know they'll come back in so it's either me or them....and it's my caravan!

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  3. Oh Sooze, I did chuckle... but in a kind way. Phobias are horrible and you have my utmost sympathy.

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    1. Most people do laugh, Cherie - I do know it's a totally irrational fear and does sound laughable!

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  4. I know how much you dislike the creatures-who-shall-not-be-named, so can understand how horrified you were to find 2, especially on your bed! I guess hubby will have to check each night. Shame Betty can't scare them away. It does sound like you got some dodgy fuel, causing the problems with your car. Let's hope it's worked its way through. Enjoy the charity shop mooch. Hope you get some bargains. xx

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  5. That could, indeed, be a cause of the car problem - in a way, it would be good if it was, and I'm very glad it hasn't returned.
    xx

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  6. Sorry about your "eeks". I am afraid I love them and see wonderful creatures who will eat all sorts of small nasties that you definitely don't want in your bedroom. Given your relative size I suspect they are more frightened of you than you are of them.

    I saw a lovely Meme-thing online recently about 'eeks':

    She asks me to kill the spider. Instead I get the most peaceful weapons I can find - a cup and a napkin. I catch the spider, put it outside and allow it to walk away.

    If I am ever caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, just being alive and not bothering anyone, I hope I am granted the same kind of mercy".

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  7. Hi,I don't think it's irrational at all.We all have some sort of fear.Mine is also "The Eeks",it got so bad I went to a person that specialised in trying to cure me of said fear.It did not work.

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  8. Oh I do hope the fault in the car's fuel system was the muck from the bottom of the tank being sucked up. That would be the end of that worry - and no need to swap the car again. Phew!
    As for that bedroom -
    "Spiders hate peppermint and citrus! Mix about 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil OR a citrus essential oil (orange essential oil, lemon essential oil, or lime essential oil) to every 2 cups of water. You can also add a few drops of dishwashing soap or Castile soap for a little extra power." Spray all around the room(s).
    You could also put a few drops of peppermint or citrus essential oil on cotton balls and put them in places where 'things' might hide - under furniture, in closets, and in other corners and crevices of your house.

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  9. Daddy Long Legs. I used to make my Dad check my bedroom before I'd go in.

    You hardly ever see them where I live now. probably too cold

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  10. I usually scream when a bee, wasp or hornet gets near me. The guys just get a kick out of it. Then there are grasshoppers, don't even get me started on those.

    I think you handled yourself very well with the not to be named visitors.

    God bless.

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  11. Living in the van as I did on my own for so long, I had to get over my creepy crawly phobia pretty quickly. All unwanted guests were treated to the glass and paper technique and relocated into the garden no matter how cold it was out there.

    I once had a mouse run right across my bed (under the covers) while I was in it when we lived on our first farm, I just flipped it onto the floor, cursed the cat and the Rack Russell and went to sleep.

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