Earlier this week I wanted to do something special for Anson. He’s an awesome, amazing, wonderful and supportive husband and every once in a while I get the urge to do something nice for him. This time, I decided to try to clear the spiders out of the garage. Ah, romance.
I started by doing some research as to the best way to do this. The internet told me that I should vacuum them out. That way, I get all of the webbing and spiders out of the garage without having to touch/smash them. Afterwards, I read that I should spray my garage with something to prevent the spiders from coming back. To avoid nasty chemicals, I went with some lavender essential oil mixed with water.
So, I head into the garage with my vacuum and spray bottle and get to work! After about 5 minutes (about 1/2 of the way around the edge of the garage), the vacuum sucks up something suspicious. I don’t exactly know what it was (due to my fear of spiders, my eyes were closed for a significant portion of the work), but I heard a <clunk clunk> come from the vacuum. It no longer had any suction.
There was a long mental battle over what to do next. Do I try to fix the vacuum? Should I try to clean up the rest of the garage with a broom? Should I just give up?
Well, giving up was not an option (yet). I tried to fix the vacuum. By “fix the vacuum,” I mean I shook it, looked in the hose, turned it upside down and shook it again, then gave up. I proceeded to pick up the broom and finish up the work. Because my eyes were closed for the entirety of this portion, I can’t say for sure if I got every single spider, but the garage looked nice. And, after spraying the lavender, it smelled nice too
Now the question is, what do I do about the vacuum? Should I spend the money to go buy a new one? Or should I spend the afternoon taking it apart and trying to fix it…and then go spend the money to buy a new one?