Grandma and the Fleas  

keithcancook 60M
10759 posts
5/31/2005 3:11 pm
Grandma and the Fleas

We had a dog when I was a kid. That dog lived to a very old age. His last year was miserable and no matter what we did we could not get the fleas to stay off of him. Well he died, and this event occurred during one of grandmas visits.

The first few days were hell in that house. Without a dog to hop on those fleas began hopping on us. I would walk thru the house in shorts sans shoes and they would jump up on me. I tried to kill 'em in the bathroom. I flicked 'em off my leg into the toilet and flushed 'em.

I decided that was no fun. Besides, the little buggers would hop on out and only half of 'em were getting flushed. So I filled the sink with some water. I decided it ws easier to get 'em in there. But they wouldn't drown. They would float around until they got to the side and then they would spring out.

Irritated, I came up with a new plan. I put a slick on the surface of the water by using some liquid soap from the kitchen. Now when I put 'em in there they stayed there. And died there.

Satisfied with this method of pest control, I made forays through the house and gathered up dozens of 'em. Soon the sink was a major flea graveyard. Being a kid I tired of this excersize after awhile and went off in search of other pursuits.

Later that evening we were all seated at the table for the evening meal. I almost choked on my food when my grandmother excitedly told my mother that she had found a solution to the flea problem that had been plaguing us. "It's incredibly simple, all you have to do is put some soapy water out and they will jump right in."

I didn't say a word as my grandmother described her theory. Before I went to bed, little dishes of soapy water were carefully laid out in strategic areas to entrap the fleas. Being a conscientious young lad, I gathered up some fleas and put 'em in the little dishes. I didn't want to trick her. I just wanted her theory to work for her.

I put fleas in her dishes over the next several days until she left to visit elsewhere. Now that I am older, I wish I had told grandma about the fleas. I wonder if she embarassed herself out there laying soapy flea traps in peoples homes when she was visiting. Knowing my grandma, I am sure that she ascribed it to the southern climate or southern fleas when it didn't work. For her, the flea/lemmings were a reality.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
5/31/2005 4:03 pm

How do you know it didn't work?
I must test this in my laboratory.
Science marches on!
After this experiment, I will reveal my latest findings on quantum physics, string theory, and the Copenhagen principle.

purejoy4fem 46F/44F
682 posts
5/31/2005 4:05 pm

Keep up the grand-ma posts Keith, they are precious, and now that you are normal, you are once again standing out

keithcancook 60M
17785 posts
5/31/2005 4:39 pm

I told you it would be so purejoy. The Venting Blog marches on!

Barbiebunny69 43F

5/31/2005 5:01 pm

ya whut purejoy said

missy97330 47F

5/31/2005 7:06 pm

A little bugger even back then huh?

(On a serious note, I think I read that if you leave out the soapy water with a light shining on it, the fleas will be attracted to it at night. Don't quote me.)

keelee66 49M/50F
1 post
5/31/2005 7:14 pm

Good story, grandmas do allways have the answers!

rm_morefutility 37F
175 posts
5/31/2005 8:32 pm

Just to reapeat what all the other gals are saying: Great story. As I have only joined this blogging exp. only last month, I must say this is the best I have read from you, but that is clearly only my opinion.

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
6/1/2005 4:20 am

very cool keith, fleas are indeed a nightmare the poor woman would have though Hoorah I have them lol...!


GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
6/1/2005 6:41 am

absolutely loveable, keith
have u ever tried to catch bats with a bucket full of water? lol

cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
6/1/2005 8:25 am

Great stories about your grandmother, Keith. Your children are lucky to have a father like you.

Keep On Blogging!!!! Have a great day.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
6/1/2005 1:56 pm

why in Gods name so manu fleas,(i've never seen fleas,)even the cats have never had them

I'm a

i'm here to stay

AmberSolaire 42M

6/1/2005 3:20 pm

Bet she made great apple pie.

Hans Chritian Keithcancook..........its got a certain ring to it.

rm_bella_ 47F
4030 posts
6/1/2005 3:35 pm

Nonna must have looked so cute thinking she knew the secret..Wonderful story!

expatbrit49 62M

6/1/2005 6:44 pm

Well I got to say I want the crazy madman back I dint know who you are and it may have something to do the girls club house but I want the real keith back ASAP.

I the meantime I paln to hang out in Tala's fridge and keep notes on ho many times the light goes on and off.

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

keithcancook 60M
17785 posts
6/1/2005 7:27 pm

LOL expat ol pal, go back to sleep. Then, when you are sufficiently unwary I shall wake you up again...LOUDLY!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
6/2/2005 2:28 am

lol... keith....

When I was growing up, I spent a great deal of time with my Grandma and Grandpa at the ranch... we had so much fun out there and laughed for hours at the silliest of many good memories -- isn't that what life is about, after all?????


Town Flower!!

yellow9252 45M

6/2/2005 11:10 pm

Loving the Grandma stories. Just one question; Did you ever think YOU were had? My theory being she knew it was you who'd done the half-assed extermination and tricked you into completing the job. As you said in earlier stories, when she did a job it was thorough. I think there was more than one wry smile in the "Cancook" household.

azn_jpn82 35F

6/3/2005 7:54 am

I saw your handle name on asianlady4love's blogs,she is a good friend.And I click on your,view my blog there and it took me here.I am sorry but not good in english here,but I like your story a little funny there where you and your grandama has the same thinking on how to get rid of those fleas.

VERY VERY NICE BLOGS MR.KEITH.Goodluck and write for more.


rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
6/5/2005 3:20 am

<<< has had a fleaplague in the past... so knows the soapy water is the easy way to kill them... but also knows they don't just hop into it by themselves... rofl

I think it's sweet you tried to prove your grandma's theory by leaving a few fleas in each bowl...

Your grandmother sounds like a great lady!!!

redrobin012057 60F

8/8/2006 4:37 am

I have this uncontrollable urge to scratch now....thanks a lot Keith!!!@#$%!~*&^*)

keithcancook 60M
17785 posts
8/8/2006 5:08 am

Enjoy my basement, redrobin. Thanks for coming down here to this old post of which I am quite fond.

stormyonegood 63F

12/14/2006 3:28 am

I love your little stories....thanks for putting the links there for me....

keithcancook 60M
17785 posts
12/14/2006 7:41 am

    Quoting stormyonegood:
    I love your little stories....thanks for putting the links there for me....
Yeah, it was sending you those links that got me reading them again. It was a short step to decide to repost them all on my front page...

Thanks for visiting down here, stormy.

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