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May 4th, 2011


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10:22 pm - these things only happen to me...
Slugs. In the kitchen. Four, so far, on four different days. The three I've spotted and scooped up and tossed in the ivy patch in front of our apartment are not as bothersome. Bizarre, but slugs are not on my short list of "OMG KEEP THAT *THING* AWAY FROM ME!!!" However, the fourth had made its way onto the rag rug in front of the sink, where it was perfectly camouflaged, and I stepped on it with a bare foot. Unpleasant for both of us, though at least it died quickly. But, UGH.

Someone please tell me that either a) I am not alone or b) covering my entire kitchen floor with salt is a good idea.

Do I know where they're coming from? Not...exactly. We have this weird closet next to the doorway from the hallway to the kitchen. It has our hot water heater in it, and then we use the closet space in front of the heater for storage. It contains an empty cooler, a laundry basket full of extra storage containers, a jug of peanut oil for deep-frying, the jumbo-size Oxiclean powder from Costco, the mop and bucket, the broom and dustpan, a pair of crutches (yeah, I don't know, either), and Bear's chimney starter and grilling tools (which are on top of the cooler). Today I dragged all of that stuff out and wiped down the floor with a vinegar-soaked rag (which is how I clean pretty much everything around here). I didn't see any slugs, but I wonder if there's a colony living around the hot water heater. There used to be a leak back there, and it's been fixed, but the closet is still a bit humid. And the area around the water heater is...hmm...let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if there were wildlife back there!
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From:cathrynapple
Date:May 5th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
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Oh man, not fun! I used to babysit a kid who LOVED to pour salt on slugs he found, and they had a lot of slugs coming in to their home, too. I would not allow him to do this under my watch, but as he got older he started being cruel to different animals and was hospitalized several times for psychotic behavior and threatening people with death.

I'm not sure how that's relevant, except that hey, at least you're a reasonable person and the slug's death was only an accident.
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From:tesslouise
Date:May 5th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
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That kid sounds...special... I've told Bear that I promise to love our children unless any of them turn out to be psychopaths. :p
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From:cathrynapple
Date:May 5th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
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That is the hardest part. His parents have been exhausted for a long time. It's a hard road to see your child with such a complicated illness.
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From:tesslouise
Date:May 5th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
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I can't even imagine. I've cared for children with physical and mental disabilities but not with mental illness.
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From:letisca
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
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No wisdom but a shudder for you from here.

It's that season of the year, where the outdoors tries to come in. I dreamed about ants last night but so far I haven't seen any. And I know that this is the time of year when we are most likely (at least in our our place) to need to do some rodent removal. Thankfully that was usually just one small mouse. But I've never encountered slugs. That's just strange to me.
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From:letisca
Date:May 6th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
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ps. I thought of this again later today as I had a minor basement flood and the ants picked this day to invade.

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