- Walking in the garden after a summer shower, noticing how the sun shining through rain droplets on a web highlight its intricacy. Yes, I can deal with that and even acknowledge it as a work of art.
- Walking in the garden or countryside, noticing large webs among the plants. Okay, not so pretty but maybe admirable feats of endeavour.
- Walking in the garden - deep breath - seeing a web with captive creature/s. Very uncomfortable lurching of stomach at thought of web as larder.
- Reaching up to pick an apple from the tree and unexpectedly touching a web. Distinct shudders.
- Stepping out into the yard through a web woven across the doorway. Not good - rush in to wash face. Dr Pamela, this is getting difficult and I haven't seen a you-know-what yet, or visualised indoor situations!
This is obviously not going to work. Maybe over the next few weeks, months or years I will get through the next five stages and defeat the phobia. For now, I'll just rush through what happened this morning, feel horribly sick and then get on with life. I woke at 4 a.m. feeling thirsty. I went to the bathroom for a glass of water and there, in the basin was the biggest one of these you could imagine. AAAGH!!!