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This afternoon I crossed our very messy porch to get to the faucet to water the limper areas (the grass is so badly overgrown I had to search for the sprinkler this morning by following the hose), and the afternoon sun was angling across the porch furniture, which is decorated by a lot of shiny, messy Black Widow webs. I noticed one of these webs appeared to have caught a lot of little burr seeds or something in it, so on the way back I looked closer and saw about two dozen (or more) teeny, tiny baby spiders, kind of glowing prettily in the rays of the sun. They were very cute and interesting, and I was intrigued despite the practical, homeowner part of my head that said, "Those are baby black widows, which will grow up into big-girl borderline dangerous black widows and should be gotten rid of while we can do so easily." (Mostly I ignore spiders as long as they stay outside and away from the doors and windows. After all, they eat other bugs.)

I have WordPerfect again. Life is good.

Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today!


My sinuses have been KILLING me lately. I hate having to take so much allergy medicine. *sniff*

The only trouble with baking a cake is I then EAT it, but I finally got back in the gym. (And, knock wood, dropped to 161 pounds this week! Woot!)

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nutmeg3
Sep. 19th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Black widows?! Really? ::shudders violently and cancels plans to visit - ever::
wildrider
Sep. 19th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Well, it IS Arizona! We're living in their territory, not the other way around.

Don't worry, we'd clean 'em all up before you came. *g* (And you never see 'em, anyway, during the day. They DO stay outside, and pretty well hidden -- they're quite shy.)

Every so often we also have geckos, who eat the spiders.

nutmeg3
Sep. 19th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Geckos are good. I'm 100% in favor of geckos.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
*grin*
cornerofmadness
Sep. 19th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
black widows = die now (outside or in. My whole porch was covered with webs today. I freaked and they weren't even widows)

yay to weight loss


yuck to sinuses. I'd say i know how you feel but apparently my sinus headaches aren't

clicked

and thanks again for the Vegas help
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Daddy Long Legs have webs almost exactly like Widows, only they don't crackle (Widow webs always CRACKLE when you try to move/clean them).

cornerofmadness
Sep. 20th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
sweet god. I didn't need to know that. Shudders
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Well, considering, maybe it's a good thing for you to know! *giggle*
cornerofmadness
Sep. 20th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
there is that. Though Daddy Longlegs creep me out too even though I know they can't bite me with their tiny mouths
ljs
Sep. 19th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
Hurrah for cake and weightloss, oh dear for spiders, and hugs in general.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
*hugs!*
evil_little_dog
Sep. 19th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Clickies.

I don't like killing spiders, myself, but black widows and brown recluses are the exceptions.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the thing. I'll let the Long Legs prosper all over the place, although their webs are as uber-messy as the Widows. It's when the widows start getting everywhere that I know they have to go. I don't want them in the house.
evil_little_dog
Sep. 20th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
No, no, not at all. I used to have huntsmen in my house and would catch them and turn them loose outside, despite the immediate reaction of my various spiderphobic roommates.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Well, yes. I caught a spider (not sure what kind) on my desk and just carried it outside instead of raising the fuss some of my work mates have raised...
evil_little_dog
Sep. 20th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
There was a huntsman in the sink this a.m., actually, and I thought it was funny to find her there considering our discussion about spiders. I carried her outside in the drain cap and turned her loose.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
I felt like telling all the folks who area afraid of spiders to re-read "Charlotte's Web" -- this morning I went out to clean the porch and all I found was torn webs, empty egg sacs, and two dying mothers. All the babies were gone, of course, off to live elsewhere. I cleaned everything up and left the mothers to die where they were curled up, and all I could think of was Charlotte alone at the fairgrounds...

framefolly
Sep. 19th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try very very hard to forget this post when I come over tonight. I know it's irrational, but spiders creep me out!

Yay WP! Yay gym! Yay weight loss!

Boo sinuses...hope it passes soon.

There is no trouble with baking a cake. None whatsoever ;) .
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
They're outside! You won't see any inside! :-)

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