I have just survived a nightmare-come-true!!!!!
I was being domestic, eg. cleaning, washing, emptying wastebaskets, and while I was emptying the kitchen one, I felt something tickling in my hair, I looked into the mirror, and saw a GIGANTIC SPIDER CRAWLING ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You see I am a bit arachnophobic.
To use an understatement.
So I was also holding a shawl and I brushed it off from my head with the shawl while still screaming, and then SQUASHED it!!!!!!!!
In the nano-second before I squashed it I seemed to have the impression it was a male Tegenaria domestica. Or: common European house spider (I don’t like the denomination ”common”). The males of the Tegenaria domestica’s spend more time lounging around in the open in search of a female. Especially around this time of the year.
Which brings me to my newly aquired mistletoe.
How did this hunting spider get onto the top of my head? Was Mr Suicidally Stupid Spider holding on to the mistletoe, waiting for an opportunity to find a lady-looking-for-love (yeah, that’s me) and landing on her head? And can I expect more lovestruck spiders to land on the top of my head? I just say: I’m not even comfortable anymore sitting behind my computer typing this!!!!!
Naturally Mr. Suicidally Stupid Spider is now thoroughly squashed.
And please remember Mr Suicidally Stupid Spider was three times larger before I landed with my full weight on top of him!
Any less arachnic males are welcome to walk underneath my mistletoe: this is the one time of the year you may be granted a kiss instead of a straight left one to the jaw.
Ooooh, I can still feel a tickling sensation on my head!!!!