Friday, July 1, 2022

I Would Already Have a FOR SALE Sign In the Front Yard

Good thing I'm not the technical owner of Pony House! Good thing I don't live there! Because I would already have a FOR SALE sign in the front yard! 

Oh, the HORROR! 

I was awakened from my beauty sleep at 8:40 a.m. by a text from The Pony:

"The horrors of city water! I just had to relocate a slug that crawled up my shower drain!"

"YIKES! I could have done without the visual!"

"I thought you might want to blog about it!

"We used to have them on the sidewalk at my $17,000 house. Some gray, some with black spots."

"It's probably going to die in the heat, but I didn't want to just kill it!"

"I used to murder them with salt."

"How cruel."

"I stepped on one in bare feet."

"You and stepping on things seems to be a running problem."

Said The Pony unfairly, referring to the dead bird under fallen leaves that I stepped on nearly every day for a month, walking out of school to the car in the parking lot. I didn't kill that bird! And it wasn't my job to dispose of it. Besides, either Genius or The Pony could have WARNED me every day as I neared that area of leaves!

Anyhoo... The Pony was either soft-hearted, or had no idea how to kill a slug inside the house. Hick says it has nothing to do with city water.

"That came in through the main sewer! Not the water pipes! I can't do anything about that. Pony should get a can of salt. You know, the cardboard can. And pour a quarter of it down each toilet, and the rest down the shower drain."

I will relay that info to The Pony next slug-pic, or when he has a day off.


  1. Hick seems nonchalant about it! When we first moved to MN, it was winter and snow covered the ground and all I had was time on my hands. We subscribed to the news paper and one of the very first stories I read was a cautionary tale about rats that would appear in toilets. Freaked me out. I had to turn the lights on in the middle of the night and I always looked in the toilet before lowering my butt to the seat!

    1. I think maybe Hick was just pointing out that this was no reflection on his workmanship. Nothing to do with his plumbing, hooking up the water pipes. That the slug was from the main sewer line that has been there for 100 years.

      Now you've got me worried about The Pony getting a rat bite on his rumpus!

    2. The article mentioned snakes, too; and how that wasn't a big problem in Minnesota. When I confronted HeWho moved us all to the God forsaken frozen tundra, he told me that this applied more to older homes and swore there was something in place that would not allow back flow, therefore, it was rat free. Most likely the kind of bull$hit that seems to flow freely from his mouth. Because you hear about sewer back-ups all the time!

    3. They just make it up as they go along!

  2. I hate stepping on slugs. I would step on them at Mama's house and they would get smashed into the side of my sandal and onto my foot. It was gross. I had no idea slugs come up from the sewer!

    1. I also had no idea they could come up a drain. Real-life slugs are not at all cute! Not like the "Don't Worry, Be Happy"-singing slugs in that 2006 cartoon movie "Flushed Away."

      It's not like I would lie in wait to kill the slugs on my sidewalk, or comb through the grass looking for them! I had two lilac bushes, a light and a dark color, and three rosebushes at my $17,000 house. Oh, I take no credit for them! They were there when I bought it. But I did like to walk out in the evening and sniff the roses. If those slugs were on the sidewalk, they got sizzled!

  3. I'd wait and see if he gets another slug before trying the salt treatment. No point in wasting salt.

    1. Yeah, he's been living there 2 and a half months, and this is the first. Hopefully the ONLY!