Monday, July 9, 2007

What's more disgusting?

I had two what I consider to be rather disgusting experiences in the last couple of weeks. Which was was worse? I don't know... you decide..

About three weeks ago we had several days of heavy rain. Roger and I had left our kiddie pool out on the patio where it filled with water. We are lazy and didn't empty it immediately. I finally went out about a week later to empty it. Keep in mind that Roger was out of town by this point. We had left various toys in it so I was just pulling them out so I could squirt them off with the hose. As you can imagine the water was pretty slimy and there were all kinds of leaves and apples in there (from the tree just above.) I was moving the beach balls around to grab the last few things. I went to grab what looked slightly like a shovel, but was in for the shock of my life to see that it was not a shovel, but a dead animal. That's right a dead animal. I was so unbelievably grossed out. I had just been digging in the water with my hands like nothing. Yikes. I didn't really know what to do. Roger was gone, I couldn't really leave it another 4 days. So I sucked it up, got the big shovel, scooped it out and threw it away. I think it was a squirrel or something, it didn't have a fluffy tail and it wasn't small like a chipmunk either. Really I didn't investigate too much. After that I doused everything in bleach. I threw away all the toys because I couldn't bear the thought of the girls playing with them again. Pretty gross right?

I purchased some peaches about a week ago, I love them. I got one of the last ones to serve for lunch on Saturday. It was ripening quickly so I knew I needed to use it. I was surprised when I looked at it that there seemed to be kind of a natural hole where the stem was attached. I proceeded to cut it apart and get the pit out, but when I put the knife into it, the pit split in two and a live earwig came out. Yep still alive. I was so shocked and disgusted.

I don't know if I could take anymore..... so which is more disgusting????

10 comments:

Kelly said...

That's a tough call, both involving little creatures. . .I think I have to go with the dead varmit in the pool. Especially when you add in the detail of grabbing it, cleaning around in the pool like it's no big deal, yep, that's more disgusting!

Nancy Clark said...

Seeing something dead is bad enough. But casually grabbing a slimy dead animal is just too much.

The other story might have won out if you had taken a big bite into the peach and looked down to see half an earwig.

Heather said...

Yeah, really yucky! I think the first story gets worse when you imagine the poor animal falling in the pool and struggling against drowning. What misery. I'm wishing I hadn't thought of it. Double yuck.

Chelsea Worth said...

Heather, I'm definitely with you there, that was part of what was so bad too. I know the poor thing probably struggled a lot and then gave up... all because we are lazy!

Sam & Alisha Oldroyd said...

I'm with the rodent... YUCK!

Sam & Alisha Oldroyd said...

I'm with the rodent... YUCK!

Richard D. Worth said...
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Richard D. Worth said...

Nancy and I had similar experience with our little pool. No dead animals in it yet, but there was a dead bird right next to it the other day, just outside our back door. I'm thinking he was trying to fly in the house (the back door is windowed).

Those squirty toys can get nasty. We try and empty them (and the pool) when we're good.

Rodent.

Natalie said...

Ew, yuck. Definitely the dead animal.

Nice blog, by the way!

Can't wait to see Harry Potter with you tomorrow night!

Brittany Pruden said...

It's hard to say which is worse, but the dead animal in the kiddie pool made me laugh out loud! So I would maybe go with that one.