17 May 2014

Shower time!

A few months back I was recommended to use Olay foaming face wash for my sensitive skin and soon discovered that indeed it was the perfect product. Would you believe it can only be bought in the US, or so I’ve been told by a leading Chemist. True, Amazon did have to get it shipped over. Now the leading Chemist has started to stock the rest of the range, but not the one I want. Why not? Well, the leading Chemist doesn’t know. What I know is that Amazon once again proves its worth. I ordered another two bottles in case the US also decides not to stock it.

Shower time is when I get to work on the beauty regime but this week I had other things to think of. I had never reckoned on sharing my shower time with anybody, or anything, so I'm asking ... have you ever shared a shower with a spider? Well, I can now brag that I have shared my shower with one that looked as if he knew how to move at speed. Mind you, I didn’t know it was
there until half way through the washing process. My shower is one of those that is fixed above the bath, which means I have to climb in the bath to use it, consequently I have to be very careful how I get out. No longer can I vault over the side pretending I’m as lithe as an athlete ... could I ever!

So... I looked at the spider and decided that I wasn’t scared of it. Well, let’s face it, I am very much BIGGER than a silly spider. Yes, I know it can move like a streak of lightening but equally I thought maybe he was paralysed with fear ... which gave me the upper hand, or leg as the case may be. After all I am very much taller than a spider. I stood my ground and carried on showering, while the spider kept absolutely still. I guess the warm water was soothing the poor little thing. Shower over, I climbed out of the bath and only then did I wash the spider down the drain. What I should have done was take his picture for the blog. Oh well, I can’t think of everything. Talking of spiders... remember this?

'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly,
''Tis the prettiest parlour that ever did you spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there.'
'Oh no, no,' said the little Fly, 'to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again.'
'I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?' said the Spider to the Fly.
'There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin;
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!'
'Oh no, no,' said the little Fly, 'for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!'
Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, 'Dear friend, what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome--will you please to take a slice?'
'Oh no, no,' said the little Fly, 'kind sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see.'
'Sweet creature,' said the Spider, 'you're witty and you're wise;
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you'll step in a moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.'
'I thank you, gentle sir,' she said, 'for what you're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day.'
The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again;
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing:
'Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple--there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead.'
Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue;
Thinking only of her crested head--poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour--but she ne'er came out again!
And now, dear little children who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.
by Mary Howitt
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  1. I remember those big old garden spiders! I remember sharing my shower with a big old centipede once. I didn't hang around though :0. Amazon is pretty amazing for getting products we can't find in our local store.

  2. I am NOT a fan of spiders, but I do remember reading that poem a long, long time ago! Left a reply on my blog for you.

  3. ha. i dont mind the spiders until they get a bit too familiar you know...i dont want a bite from them...but i will share space...

  4. When I lived in Key West we showered with small salamanders, who took care of spiders or any bugs that dared to cross into our bath and shower. They would dart about and really startle me.

  5. BC, wow .. must check on salamanders. I assume they're not as creepy as spiders.

    Brian, our spiders don't get too familiar, at least... I don't think so, but they do hang around places where we don't want them.... smiles.

    Mona, will pop across and read your comment.

    Denise, gosh I wouldn't stay in a confined area with a centipede.... absolutely not.

  6. Valerie, I'm so glad to hear that you like that face wash from Olay! It's truly one of the best faces washes I have ever used. In fact, I just recommended it to a friend of mine and she loves it because it's effective and not at all expensive. Great to hear that Amazon still carries it.

    "... have you ever shared a shower with a spider?"

    OMG yes! When I lived in Florida that would happen to me a lot and I'm not very fond of spiders because they freak me out - HA! But it's as you shared, you're in the shower and can't move quickly, so you just pray that it stays there until you can remove it. I too have washed them down the drain.

    Have a lovely weekend, dear lady!

    X to you and Joe

  7. Sharing a shower with a spider is not on my bucket list. Hope you guys can come to a mutual understanding. =) Amazon is awesome. They have saved my butt a few times. Take care Val.

  8. One time at summer camp, I got up on my bed and looked up and there was a spider as big as my hand. I jumped off the bed right out of the cabin. Then my cabin mates and I stood there looking at the spider.

    My grandmother used Olay cream. It is one of the things I remember when I think about her. I am not sure they sell the product she used.

  9. Dan, I would have died if I found a spider in the BED. I mean, in the shower I was armed with water spray, but in a bed..... yikes, it doesn't bear thinking about.

    Matt, remind me never to put things on a bucket list.... least of all spiders!

  10. Ron, I swear my skin is rejuvenated since I started to use the product. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

    I wondered if our Leading Chemist thought Olay was different to Ulay (remember the difference between UK and US spellings). I looked again today but no joy. Not that I want any now I have two spare bottles of the stuff but I would have cheered them on if I'd seen any sign of it on the shelves.

    Yes, I prayed the spider would stay put whilst I showered ...

  11. I'm glad you have a way of getting the cream you need. I love amazon, but they don+t deliver these kinds of products to all of Europe (not even I wish you and Joe a great weekend.

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  12. I don't feel bothered at spiders, at least not in the UK, since I know none of them are poisonous. I can't say I greatly enjoy their company though - there's something a bit nasty about the way they scuttle along with those legs!

  13. I don't feel bothered at spiders, at least not in the UK, since I know none of them are poisonous. I can't say I greatly enjoy their company though - there's something a bit nasty about the way they scuttle along with those legs!

  14. I remember waking up in a tent while camping many, many years ago to the feeling of spider feet on my face. I awoke with a start and repeatedly smacked my face to get the unwanted creepy crawly off my skin. It was a bizarre tan spider the size of my thumb. Freaked me out! Heh...

  15. I hate spiders.. no way I could share a shower with one.

    Happy Monday !!

  16. Good morning, Herman, good to see you. Oh wow, I think I would have fainted right off if I'd had a big spider crawling on me. I've gone all goose-pimply just thinking about it.
    Hope everything is going okay with you.

  17. Love the Spider and the Fly.

    I have a spider that enjoys my shower, and decided to let it be, because the little darling eats mosquitoes.

  18. drowned the poor thing. We free them in this house. Himself carries them to the bushes out front and lets them crawl away. Let's not forget I have Studley the 8' inflatable spider!! Now, that being said....NO one's watching me shower. LOL...That's just...inappropriate.

  19. Mel, it's difficult to drown a spider... they just sail along with the water. All did was wash it down the drain... grins.

    Pam, I'm glad something eats mosquitoes!


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