Chicken Daily: The Good and the Bad

Good morning. What would you like to talk about first? The good news or the bad news? The Good News, am I right?

Alabama, you were amazing last night. You showed us all that change is possible even in the most conservative of states. And black women of Alabama, I think it’s safe to say many women across the country thank you and are so proud of you.  Jones couldn’t have pulled it off without you.

Similar to the morning following the presidential election, I awoke early after a restless night and reached for the phone with a feeling of dread but oh happy day, it was good news. Buh-bye, Roy Moore. You can saddle up and ride on home to the ranch. Maybe you could add an addition and invite Steve Bannon to come stay because it would be really nice to see him slink into obscurity, also.

And speaking of creepy, that reminds me of the bad news. There is something creepy in my shower again. This is not the first time I’ve had something crawling around on the floor of the shower. The last time it was a bat. You can read that story here. This time, it was an equally dark but much smaller blob. There’s nothing like being in the shower, with shampoo running into your eyes, and spotting something crawling just to the right of your right foot; your naked, wet, vulnerable foot, which is attached to the naked, wet vulnerable rest of you. It’s terrifying. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being an ant in the driveway and 10 being a huntsman spider appearing in your car while hurtling down the highway at 75 mph, this was about a 6. And that’s only because, after I got the soap out of my eyes, I could see short little legs waving around which meant, Thank God, it wasn’t in the spider family but rather, the insect family. I can share a shower with an insect. It’s not my preferred method of bathing. I wouldn’t have gotten in the shower had I known it had dibs, but now that I was there, I was going to finish what I’d come for. It was, however, one of the shorter showers I’ve taken.

This is a job for BigB. Or littleb. Or TWLITB. I don’t care which one takes care of it, as long as it isn’t me. I’ll be going on a cooking strike until the issue is resolved.


Chicken out


  18 comments for “Chicken Daily: The Good and the Bad

  1. jenny_o
    December 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    What a wonderful relief to see the results of the vote yesterday. I’m adding my thank you to all those who helped make it come true. That wasn’t just a choice between two people, it was a choice between normal and evil.

    Whereas the choice between a spider and its six-legged friend is more of a pie versus cheesecake kind of thing, right? Chicken, am I right? Chicken??? Are you there??


    • December 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      A choice between a spider and a six-legged friend is more like a choice between the flu and a head ache, if you ask me. I mean, they both stink, but I’ll take the head ache every time. Pie? Cheesecake? That’s like a choice between winning a pot of money or getting free housekeeping services for a year. Hard to choose, but if you are offering, I’ll take the housekeeping.


      • jenny_o
        December 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm

        All right, FINE, you can have the housekeeping. Wait now, what? How did you just get free housekeeping?

        You are right, of course. What was I thinking??? Answer: I was thinking about things that are good to eat. I’m hungry.


      • December 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

        Now I want cheesecake. Thanks a LOT:-)


  2. December 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    If that’s a picture, it’s a stinkbug. Don’t squash it, unless you care to understand its name. Exterminator required; outcome iffy.
    Sweet home Alabama! In case they haven’t noticed, we are doing our job of returning the country–to us.


    • December 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Wait-Joanne-are you saying we might have an infestation of stink bugs? Are you saying there are…gulp…more? Say it ain’t so. It actually does kinda look like that but I know they aren’t really that prevalent in our area.


  3. Doug in Oakland
    December 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I was getting nervous last night when the early returns showed Moore ahead, but I relaxed when the exit polling showed that black people were 30% of the turnout.
    They deserve the credit.
    And my friend Sara. If she has to live there, she should at least get some credit for swinging the election.
    Man, it feels good to be able to joke about this right now.
    Bugs in the shower? There’s a special noise that I recognize that means “Wait until I get out of the bathroom and go in there with a paper towel, quick.”
    Unless the bug is an ant, or really, a few hundred ants because that’s how many show up, then Briana gets John’s high tech vacuum cleaner and Hoovers them up.
    Every time I ask her whether the ants and spiders she Hoovers up are gathering in there and planning their attack, she just says some variation on “shut up”, and really, I don’t blame her.


    • December 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Yes, kudos to Sara! And Briana needs to get her head out of the sand. Of COURSE they are all in there. Although, perhaps, the spiders are eating the ants and it’s a ll good? Well, except for the ants. They might be a little pissed off. But the spiders are probably fine and that’s who we need to worry about. Just keep hoovering those ants, Briana.


  4. December 14, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Of course we’re happy to see the despicable moore go in flames for the umpteenth times….he’s lost, what 5 offices? I fear he’ll be back,, fueled by the alabama nuts that support him.
    As to the critters residing in secretive places in your house……..keep a loaded 12 ga double barreled shotgun in each room,, one in the shower attached with Velcro to the shower wall. Think I saw that in a Jason Bourne movie…….


    • December 14, 2017 at 2:47 am

      HI Mike-he’ll be back like a creepy thing in your shower, for sure. Hopefully, not in my shower, though. I’ve got all the creepy I can handle in there already. If I kept a gun in my shower, the most likely scenario is that I would shoot myself, but I kinda like the idea…


  5. December 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Yes, definitely a stinkbug. I live in a crazy old farmhouse and every shower starts with a lesson in entomology. Procedure is the same for wasps, hornets, beetles: Use wet rag or toilet paper to gently pinch the critter, then transport it outdoors where it can enjoy a more rewarding life after crawling out and drying out. I might also recommend hurrying back indoors because shower (remember?), hot water wasting and ,of course, one is naked.


    • December 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I considered your process, Geo, but it was only 15 degrees out. Not fit for (wet) woman nor (wet) bug. He is gone now. I’m not sure whether he was ever there or whether BigB sought him out for gentlemanly conversation.


  6. December 14, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I have been away and not following much news but I was very glad indeed to learn the Alabama result. There has been so much bad political news that it is wonderful when sanity prevails. I don’t know what kind of bugs you have where you live but I don’t think we have any really poisonous ones here in Britain. All the same, I’d hate to share a shower with one. Thanks for commenting on my blog, I like yours and I’m glad I found you. I’ve subscribed.


    • December 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Jenny, thank you for the follow and for finding me. I think the worst things we have around here are deer ticks. My son got lyme disease last summer. He woke up one morning and half his face was frozen-he looked like he had had a stroke but he’s only 10 so that didn’t make sense. At any rate, he is fine now. Thanks for reading.


  7. December 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    We see the occasional stinkbug, usually in the windows in the fall, but never a problem with any infestation. However, those critters can sustain themselves all winter long inside a house. How do I know this? One year, I put a set of sheets on my bed that I hadn’t used in a couple months. It was late February, and I’d line dried the sheets in October, folded them and put them in the linen closet. Lo and behold, as I flipped open the sheet to make the bed, there was a ginormous stink bug. He was very much alive but moving very slowly. I think I woke him up. I didn’t notice any smell when I rousted him out. Maybe he was too tired to care. Ew!


    • December 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Yikes. I guess they don’t eat much, huh? I would have felt bad taking it outside in the snow but maybe it would have been fine. I don’t know exactly what happened to it, but I like to think it’s in a better place now haha


  8. December 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Spiders in my bathroom are considered company, but this is the UK and they’re mostly very polite. Certainly less alarming than your average politician. I chat to them as I shower, (spiders not politicians) and we’re very happy about the Alabama result.


    • December 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Lisa, Hmmm. You bring up an interesting question…would I rather shower with a spider or a politician? I guess that depends on both spider and politician. How big/dangerous or a spider/politician is it? I have a phobia of both so given my druthers, I’d take on the stink bug any day.


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