Yes, first we have the joy of the jacaranda trees blooming, the bougainvillea bursting forth and then......one night IT happens!
IT usually happens, for me, in the bathroom. Why, I don't know. I've sealed the windows. I've checked the drain. I think it's that there isn't a trap on the drain. WHATEVER, it happens.
Last night while indisposed while sitting in the bathroom, I happened to look up. Luckily, I had the light on.
When I was able to get up and look at it closely, I remained calm. Calm is a big thing for me when it comes to a scorpion. When I first moved to San Miguel and saw the first one, I screamed so much that two of my neighbors came to see if I was all right. I was on the roof terrace and dressed, luckily.
Anyway, remaining CALM, I went for the fly swatter. I have many strategically placed throughout the house.
A VERY important rule. Then I went back into the bathroom, hoping that it had not disappeared. Those guys are so sneaky. They can move faster then a gazelle. Anyway, it was trying to hide itself. Against a white fabric shower curtain, it was not possible, thankfully.
I planned my swat. I didn't want to hit it toward me. Heaven forbid. I managed to knock it to the floor where I beat it to death. Sorry animal lovers, but it was the scorpion or me. I have been stung once by one and it was nearly as bad as passing the gall stone. Neither of which I ever wanted to repeat.
The GOOD thing about the first scorpion of the season is this. Now you're way more careful. You always have shoes on, for one thing. You never walk into a darkened room without looking around and up. You don't pick up a towel and use without shaking it first. Ditto with the pockets of pants.
Then you pray for the rainy season to hurry up and get here. You see my guess is (since scorpions don't talk) that the heat and dryness drives them inside to look for a cooler place until the rainy season comes.
Fortunately I only see them for the couple of months of the year, April and May, before the summer rains.
Of course, if I had my druthers, it would be NEVER!
In the press releases about living in this wonderful UN World Heritage site and artist's colony, I've never seen anything about scorpions. Let me tell you this, THEY ARE HERE!
(The photo at the top of this post was taken this week. A man from Bernal, the wool village, comes into San Miguel and sells door stops made as owls and draft stops made as snakes. I would rather either in my house then a scorpion! )