Saturday, October 3, 2009

Moving and more Spiders.

OK. So it's been forever since I've posted anything on here. But it's been a hectic, stressful and busy few months for me.

Most recently we've moved. This was brought on by a financial issue which I'll discuss later in more detail.. maybe. But we're giving up the house we "owned" and are now renting. We went from a 2 bedroom 1 bath house from the 1940s to a 3 bedroom 2 bath house built in 1997 and are paying about $30 less per month for rent versus our mortgage payment. And we're not stuck in a 40 year mortgage with 10.69% interest. (Another topic for later discussion, maybe, if anybody is really interested).

So as part of the move, we've been packing, unpacking and rearranging things. These activities are bound to result in spider sightings.

Thursday I actually saw my first live black widow spider. She was actually kind of pretty. Creepy, but pretty. The body of the spider was the blackest black I'd ever seen. And kind of shiny.

I'd been dumping some old water out of a cooler that got covered in ants. Apparently while tipping the cooler I disturbed an ant nest and in no time flat the cooler was covered with them. I tried washing them off with a water hose but they kept coming. So I went back in the house for some Terro (ant killer). I put some underneath a brick and as I was replacing the brick I noticed the shiny black spider legs. I grabbed a stick to try to move it so I could get a closer look. At first I thought it was dead. But it wasn't. And when it moved I noticed the BRIGHT red hourglass on the bottom of it's belly. It was such a contrast to the black that there was no mistaking it for a black widow. I'd never seen one before so I was actually kind of giddy to see it. Until reality set in and I realized I could not leave this thing out here where Sasha and Ralphie roam around. Sasha loves to investigate bugs and if this bit her on the nose... well yeah. I can't have that.

So I ran back in the garage and grabbed the first thing I could find.. a toilet plunger. I smushed it into the ground, dug it out and smushed it again. Problem is, I don't know if I got it. Never found the body. ::shiver::

Then today, this morning, I found this spider.
I have no idea what it is, but I'm hoping to find out soon. I sent an email to a local science teacher who photographs and identifies spiders. So hopefully I'll get an answer back!

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