I to be a lot like little Miss Muffet sans tuffet. In full disclosure, I had actually to look up tuffet just to it is in sure. (In case you’re curious, tuffet has two interpretations — a clump of other or a footstool.) 

The nursery happiness goes:

Little miss out on Muffet satellite on her tuffet, eating she curds and also whey.

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Along came a spider and sat down beside her, and frightened miss Muffet away.

My difficulty was that i was not mindful of claimed spider that sat down beside me. Therefore, i did not have actually the satisfied of being frightened away — and that’s wherein Occam’s razor come in. In my research study to figure out what had actually happened to mine arm, I found there was a surname for something most of us have actually been doing many of our lives. Occam’s razor is a problem-solving rule — the easiest answer, through the fewest assumptions, is often correct. After much research, tuffet or no, we’ve determined that a brown recluse spider little bit me.


A indigenous of caution: must you ever before be in the unfortunate position to determine that you’ve to be bitten through a brown recluse spider, do not execute a Google picture search for “brown recluse spider bite.”

Thankfully, mine bite did no look prefer or transform right into a sembleance of the worst that the image of wounds I experienced online. Medical folk and research said me every brown recluse bites didn’t go the method of internet gawking fodder. 


Initially, ns was recommend to store the wound clean and use antibiotic ointment, which ns did. Then, a nurse verified me research study that something called light therapy had been presented to be reliable in help brown recluse bites heal without incident. So, i tried it, and it certainly seems to have actually helped. A week later my spider bite is heal nicely.

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The beauty of the spider bite was the it provided me the chance to invest a merganser Saturday in my pajamas, gift slightly pampered by mine husband and also daughter. Influenced by a friend, I have been wanting to shot making homemade mozzarella cheese. Collecting all the pieces and also parts to do mozzarella took a couple of weeks, and also the rainy-pajama-spider-bite-recovery Saturday to be my perfect chance. 

I poured one gallon that milk in a pan and followed the directions. In ~ ten minutes, the milk transformed right into curds and also whey (something I had actually never done before) — and that to be the minute I realized ns was life in tiny Miss Muffetland, a nursery luck I had actually sing-songed throughout my childhood. 

What space the possibilities of obtaining bitten through a spider, combined with deciding to make curds and also whey for the an initial time ever? i couldn’t aid but laugh. V the help of my husband and daughter and also some elbow grease, we turned the curds into mozzarella cheese. It was relatively easy and also delicious. That looked similar to the giant balls the mozzarella you buy in the store. We made homemade pizza and also enjoyed the merganser day relaxing at home. 

If I had actually to have actually been bitten by a spider, things could have to be much, lot worse. Our plans for having actually porridge this week have actually been canceled. 

Jan Risher writes a weekly shaft for The daily Advertiser. Reach her at janrisher
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