Nature is all up in my bidness.

I was under the impression Nature and I had an understanding. I would recycle and do other things to reduce my carbon footprint and in return, Nature would leave me alone to view it quietly from inside, or on the beach. Nature is not holding up its end of the bargain.

Examples:

  • The boyfriend saved a baby lizard from the ravenous cats.
  • I made the boyfriend save a baby dragonfly that was in the house instead of killing it.
  • At Big Brown, where I work at night loading packages into an igloo-like pod that will later be moved onto an airplane for transport, that container was filled with crickets. People ship those. And I keep forgetting to google to see what animal one feeds them to. One of my co-workers suggested fish, which I’m pretty sure is ridiculous. Lizards?

    I don’t mind crickets, really, but I didn’t want to be jumped on and I didn’t really want to kill them by loading boxes on them. They didn’t understand the concept of escaping.

  • While loading said cricket container, I was hassled by wasps. I really hate wasps. In fact, I dislike most flying insects as they are rather unpredictable and can end up in your hair. Strike 2 is those that sting or bite. Bees get a reprieve because they do useful things, like pollenate and make honey. Wasps and hornets, eff you. I will Raid you till the cows come home. Anyway, we discovered that the reason for wasp hassling was that there were 2 GIANT MFing NESTS above my head. Gah.
  • At home doing work on the computer, picked up my phone off the desk to discover there were ants on it. Looked at desk to discover there were ants ALL OVER IT. When it rains a lot here, sugar ants find some place of entry and come inside my house. They have hit both upstairs bathrooms and the pantry downstairs but why they were all over my desk is a mystery to me. Ant bait. Sorry.
  • After discovering the ant colony, I looked down next to my desk to discover a pincher bug.
  • Silverfish in my bathroom. Those things are DISGUSTING. Sprayed it with hairspray, assumed that sufficed, turned around to see that it was gone. Fast forward to yesterday, when I pulled my clothes out of the hamper only to have what I think was the same silverfish squiggle out of the dirty clothes over my foot. BARF BARF BARF.
  • Then there have been the not-annoying-but-amusing nature incidents, like the random turtle the other week and yesterday I saw a squirrel run by with most of a donut in its month. We have CRAZY squirrels.

Yes, I am vegan, and yes, I am all for animal rights, but I reserve MY right to my personal, nature-free space. LET ME BE!

I really should just start hiding like Moosh Moosh. But there would probably be a silverfish in there.

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12 comments

  1. rouschel

    Ah, I remember the bugs from Florida. How does the saying go? “I’d use a brick to squish it but the brick would just start moving.” Yea, we’ve had one of those years up here too due to the intense heat and lack of rain. I guess bugs like that. Thank goodness for cats that can at least catch them.. though maybe not kill them.. http://kittytude.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/attack-of-mothra/
    And don’t feel bad, I’m a Vegetarian and I still kill bugs. There’s plenty more where they came from. It’s not like the ones I’m killing are an endangered species πŸ™‚

    • MEOWhearthis

      Hah. I haven’t heard that saying but it definitely applies… We’ve had too much rain and a lack of winter, and although we manage to keep the house free of (visible) roaches, the mosquitoes outside are horrid (and for some reason like my feet in particular) and the rest of the bugs, well, it’s Florida. And yes, the cats are a win-win…they get to play and I don’t have to squish things myself. Or make the boyfriend do it.

      • rouschel

        Have you guys had “Lovebug” season yet? It always amazed me the sheer number those things would come out in. I can remember having to wash the car everyday because of them.

  2. Carol Page-Potter

    Moosh, Moosh is beautiful! (but then I am partial to black cats) Thanks for checking out my blog AcadianSoul btw. Here in Maine thanks to cold winters we don’t get alot of bugs. But I lived in Florida for awhile, and used my fair share of “raid”.

  3. Traci Blair-Saxon

    Crickets are meals to lots of critters. I used to do volunteer work for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and had to rehab a baby screech owl. They eat half their body weight daily and crickets were in the menu. Also, keckos, bearded dragons, and even large fresh water fish will eat them.
    All you need is a Owl to ride your shoulder while you load the trucks and if you run into a bunch of crickets you won’t even need to do anything. They will just fly down snd sweep up the mess. πŸ™‚

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