Along Came A Spider


Here’s this week’s installment of Laura-Made-Me-Do-It, aka Throwback Thursday. This is one I unearthed from a few years back. It made me laugh so I thought I’d release it from captivity. What do you think? If you like it let me know, if you don’t just remember, Laura put me up to it.

May 7, 2010

After working late last night I poured myself a cup of piping hot tea in my favorite mug. It’s black and kind of irregular, a handmade souvenir from a special vacation. A long day behind me, fragrant herbal tea steeping in my lovely mug, Gary, my fat boy cat snuggled up on my lap…sounds relaxing, yeah?

(cue eerie foreboding music)

The first sip was odd. My thought bubble read, “this isn’t a loose leaf tea…must be a tear in the tea bag because there’s a rose petal or some other whimsical particle of tea matter on my tongue.” Then my brain catches on and registers that black spiders aren’t an everyday ingredient in herbal teas, the contents of my mouth spray onto my dear cat who quickly leaps away and hides unsure of what overcame me.

In their defense, the manufacturers printed this warning in black and white on their product, “Amazingly flavorful teas with a fertile imagination and some other good things from nature.” It’s doubtful that the folks at said tea company are so imaginative in their thinking that they would intentionally spoil a mug of tea by sprinkling arachnids in their product; so here’s my take on how this unfortunate event unfolded.

Boris the spider must have made his way into my black mug under the cover of darkness in his living years when he happily resided in my kitchen cupboard prior to his regrettable expiration by way of boiling water…at least it was a watery grave of fragrant, flavorful rose petals, valerian root, and citrusy herbs that carried him off to that giant spider web in the sky. Boris, I’m not sure what it was you were hoping to find in my black mug, likely not the bath of death you came to know, but I hope the end was swift and painless. Let this be a lesson to your eight legged friends and family. Do not tangle with me at tea time.

  One thought on “Along Came A Spider

  1. March 27, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Sweet lord…I just checked my coffee mug for spiders nine times. Ewwwwwwwwww. -Shudders- I hate spiders. Hate. Fabulous post, but now I have the creepy-crawlies.


    • March 27, 2014 at 6:09 am

      I hate spiders too! Glad you felt what I was trying to get across. But I’m sorry you have the creepy crawlies! It is your fault though. 😉


      • March 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

        Oh of course. Blame me 😀


  2. March 27, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Who knew that spiders preferred handmade tea cups over the mass-produced kind, Sandra? I would have done the same thing, patoey-ing that spider across the yard.


    • March 27, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Hey Mark! No kidding. Spiders. Yuck!


  3. March 27, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Oh, and I love how this is a “Laura made me do it thing”. At least I get blamed for good writing 😀


    • March 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

      Yay! Thanks for the compliment!


  4. March 27, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I would have died right along with Boris. That is just crazy creepy! Do you check your mugs all the time now?


    • March 27, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Only all the time! Thanks so much for stopping by and pausing to comment.


  5. March 27, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaah! I once ate a blackberry with a spider inside, leading to a wariness with the berry I can’t shake today. I’ll be double-checking my tea now, too! 🙂


    • March 27, 2014 at 6:23 am

      It’s got me thinking of all the times this sort of thing happens and we never even know. ick. Deborah, I keep hoping to hear of the arrival of a baby closet monster! Getting close, right?


  6. March 27, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I had a two spiders in my club soda last week. They were.. Well.. Crunchy?


    • March 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      That’s two more I don’t have to worry about! Thanks Mark!


  7. March 27, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I was getting ready to enjoy that cup of tea with you until Mr. Spider showed up.


    • March 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      I know Dora, blasted spider! Killed the mood.


  8. March 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Good thing you boiled the water


    • March 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      You’re right, I’m so glad the water was boiling hot!


  9. March 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Definitely not tea for two in this case, huh. BTW, I love your playlist. “that year” is a beautiful song.


    • March 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks so much! Just yesterday I approached the WP community pool to solicit feedback on my player because I wasn’t able to get it to cycle through all the songs. This morning I think I cracked the case. So glad to hear it worked for you! I really love that song. She has a beautiful voice.


  10. March 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    It made me giggle and shiver all at the same time!! lol RIP Boris 😦


    • March 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      So glad to hear it moved you! Thanks a bunch. Let’s hope his family does not seek revenge.


  11. June 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

    How odd and coincidental. I stepped out of the shower today and saw something big and black on the tiled floor. I quickly put on my glasses and saw that it was a huge spider. He appeared to be staring me down, double-dog daring me to make a move. I did. I dispatched him. Like your spider, it was quick … but not painless. I liked your story, Sandra.

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    • June 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      I am so pleased to hear how you were able to relate to this! Also, I often have to pause to put on my glasses before fully understanding what’s in front of me as well. So nice to hear from you!


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