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Centipede Morning

We find ourselves well into our second week of school, and I’ll have to say that this year is so much better than last year I can actually breathe!  Last year we were living with my brother and his family, homeschooling Edward at my brother’s kitchen table and trying to find a house because we had just left our all of our dear friends in South GA and moved to Middle TN.

What a difference a year makes.

Still, mornings are challenging with our group.  We all like to sleep late, drink copious amounts of coffee before we can focus on anything whatsoever, and all require complicatedly different breakfasts with multiple tinctures and vitamins.

Today our morning began with the sighting of an enormous centipede in the middle of the kitchen floor!

Now it’s not like we eschew bugs in any way–we do have a giant pet millipede named “Mills”–but something about waking up to such a large insect prior to the ingestion of a single milligram of caffeine is unholy.

I immediately called for the boys in a loud (and apparently freakish) voice that summoned the whole family from their slumber, and was not the best way to begin a school day.  Their frenzied tromping, not surprisingly, frightened the creature and s/he slithered under the toe molding.

We banged, knocked, blew, and shoved makeshift shivs into the space in an effort to coerce the fellow to emerge.

No such luck.

H even grabbed my hair dryer and tried to root him out.

S/he could not be moved.

This did not leave a lot of time for the preparation of gluten-free toast without crusts, soft-scrambled farm eggs or slightly undercooked grits.  (One child likes the “grits crunch.”)

Repeatedly running back in to the foyer to see if the ‘pede had emerged was also a time-waster.

Still, we made it to school on time and we should have a topic to write about during journal period.  Maybe our writing will even be legible today!  Who knows?

It was just a centipede morning.

Posted on 24 August '10 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany.

23 Comments to “Centipede Morning”

#1 Posted by Patty (24.08.10 at 15:40 )

Yeah, I don’t think any morning should start with large insect sightings, unless one is camping, in which case, I suppose it’s to be expected.

I hope the ‘pede is never to be seen again!
.-= Patty´s last blog ..Balloon Fest =-.

#2 Posted by Darcy (24.08.10 at 18:57 )

That is bad – I opened our front door the other day to find a large snake resting between the door and the screen. I about had a heart attack!

You’ll have to email me and let me know where you are in TN – we have family in middle TN.

Glad school is going well so far!

#3 Posted by Florence (24.08.10 at 19:38 )

Ugh, I hate creepy crawlies, not a good way to start the day. Did it ever come out?

#4 Posted by kim (25.08.10 at 09:22 )

I tell you what this getting up for school is about to wear me out and we are only on the 3rd week of school
I can not imagine what I would have done if I had seen a centipede first thing after waking up
of course my eyes do not really open until about 9 am so I probably would never have seen it – LOL
So glad school is going well
Is Sue in Kindergarten or pre-K this year – I cant remember I am having a hard time remembering Connor that will be 11 this yr shouldn’t he only be 2 – good grief!!!!
.-= kim´s last blog ..You make me smile – =-.

#5 Posted by the domestic fringe (25.08.10 at 16:37 )

Glad things are going better for you this year! We get those bugs sometimes and I HATE them. They come up from our basement, especially in the rooms that are ‘under construction’. Yuck.

#6 Posted by Family of Seven (28.08.10 at 22:27 )

Wow…I would have flipped out if I had seen a centipede…I don’t like bugs at all, and am afraid I DO squeal like a little girl!

#7 Posted by Coreen Trost (30.08.10 at 16:42 )

Using the hairdryer was brilliant (& funny)! 🙂

The office I work in, is in the middle of a farming area. This month alone, we have had: frogs, crickets, spiders and a snake in my office area. We keep trying to figure out what God is trying to tell us. lol

.-= Coreen Trost´s last blog ..Every Monday Matters – Read a Book! =-.

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