Monday, September 12, 2016

Flat Black Flying Insect

Cyndi:  Do you remember the bushes around the house that have grown wild this summer?  (Click to read Seven Dollars and Change.)   Jan finally started on the three in the front Saturday.  She started cutting out the growth that doesn't belong.  One part was twisted among the bush, so she grabbed it and yanked hard to the left.  Then SCREAMED!  Yep, two snips, one yank and she was finished pruning.

Merci:  You have to tell the whole truth, Cyndi.  Jan stopped because she was stung.

Cyndi:  By what?

Merci:  That's what Jan would like to know.  There was what could have been a flattened black flying insect plastered against her arm.  And there were suddenly three or four black unknowns insects flying around the area she'd been working.  They didn't attack her and they might have had nothing to do with what happened.

Cyndi:  A wasp?

Merci:  That was Jan's first thought since we usually have wasps flying around the front, but it looked more black than brown or red and it was a bit hard to identify a flat bug with one terrified glance.  Not that she stopped to study it!  And she couldn't find a body when she went back to look.  But it gave her a good scare!.

Cyndi:  And a sore arm.  Ice took down the swelling and closed over the hole.  But now she's wondering if there's still a stinger in there.  On the other hand, she sure hopes it wasn't a spider!

Merci:  What's so funny, Cyndi?

Cyndi:  I'm just thinking about that poor bug minding it's own business and suddenly ... ouch!

Merci:  You'd better wipe the smile off your face before you go in to dinner.  That's what happened to Jan.
P. S. by Cyndi:  By the way, try saying the title of this post rapidly three times.


  1. Those ouchies that arrive without our awareness until its too late are the worst! Yikes!
    Hope there are no lasting ill effects. You pups and kits are going to have to help her out with digging and pruning wait...on second thought...just add Marcus to a harness attached to the bush you want out and he can do that. It will channel his energy into something usefur...and tire him out so he will be a good boy...really!!
    No wait...maybe not...
    Our petcretary is more nuts than we thought!

    And thanks for the nice words in your email to our petcretary about her card making for others:)

    Have a great week! And in all you do exercise great care, MOL/BOL! Our petcretary should talk...her alias is Calamity Jane you know...

  2. Hari OM
    Now then farmers, don't go making fun of Jan when she has pain of unknown origin like that - she needs love and support and some assistance in identifying the culprit... maybe this will help? The least you lot could do is find a pair of protective gloves and advise Jan to wear long sleeves for such tasks!!! Am sending some POTP to heal her wounds. Hugs wags whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Oh no sweet friend. I hope you are feeling better today. Mom still has to tackle our bushes in the front of our house. She is so NOT looking forward to it. Dad keeps telling her just to do one bush at a time... we shall see. XOXO - Bacon

  4. Whoa! Hope you are feeling better! Wasps are particularly pointy in our area at this time of year, if you know what we mean.

  5. Oh no, that doesn't sound good at all. Purrs from all of us.

  6. You should see what happens to the poor buggies are here
    Lily & Edward

  7. Ouch! I hope Jan feels better soon.

  8. Yeowch! We sure hope that Jan feels better soon. We're thinking it was a wasp, too. :(

  9. Oh no! Hope Jan is feeling better.

  10. Cyndi, are you out of your mind? Mama tried saying it and papa came in and said, What have you been drinking? And I laughed and laughed. But not at Jan's poor arm. See a doctor! Or at least a Fat Black Flying Phobia Fixer.

  11. I hate getting bit by unknown bugs! Something bit me above my knee a couple of weeks ago and I thought I was going to have to see the doctor. It has finally healed but left a scar. I'm paranoid of spider bites!


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