Monday, September 17, 2007

this afternoon, i went outside to finish tying up the last of the loose wisteria vines that have been have been hanging around on the pergola. they are almost all touching, so hopefully by the middle of next summer, the whole pergola will be covered and a natural shade will be over my patio. as i worked my way from one side to the other, i found a little bug catcher hanging out on one of the cross pieces.

i was attracted to the markings and size of this cat face spider. it was about the size of a silver dollar and the abdomen was about the size of a nickel. it was huge (although i have seen some bigger in the yard). after i took some shots, i went inside and showed rin the images. she was kinda startled and then asked "did you kill it?" i am under strict orders to kill any of the eight legged freaks that inhabit our backyard. rin does not like any of the arachnid species.

"uh, no. it's the last one."

her reply? "i want you to kill it. i don't care if it is the last spider on earth."

it is still out back...awaiting its fate.


Anonymous Grandpa Jim said...

When we lived in Hacienda Heights in CA we would occasionally see a tranatula (spelled wrong, but no spell checked here) walking down the street in front of the house. It was my job to go out with a broom and shoo it away so it wouldn't come up in our yard. They were not scared of me or the broom, but would usually go away.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

it took a moment for the pic to load and then....[shudder] i saw the blasted creature. dah! it's all hairy and junk. kinda cool looking in a creepy way, i guess. i don't blame rin. it's the only spider i don't make jim kill as long as it's away from away i need to be.

1:43 PM  

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