Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The good news and the bad news

The good news: I finally was able to determine which species of spider I killed yesterday, and they apparently are not poisonous nor are they known to be aggressive (unlike myself, who was beating the heck out of it with my sandal).

The bad news: I saw an even bigger one this morning in my basement (which is not the creepy sort of basement, but rather a nice finished basement) and was unable to kill him as well before he ran under my dryer. And I mean bigger as in probably about 3 to 3&1/2" in diameter. These wolf spiders (as I determined them to be based on a picture that looked exactly like our former friend from yesterday) are apparently known for their large size. No kidding. I can vouch for that.

I have the most severe case of the HBJ's* that you have ever seen right now, and I'm definitely starting to rethink my love for rainy, cloudy days. If I see another one of those large suckers creeping across my floor, I'm packing my things and heading to Oregon.

*For those of you not in the know, "HBJ" stands for the heebie jeebies.


Happily Ever After said...

I hate to burst your bubble, but Steve, who was raised in Oregeon, said that they have spiders there too. I know. I'm sorry. But I didn't want you running away only to find out that your beloved Oregon has creepy-crawlies too.

However, on an up-note, Washington, according to Steve, has no bugs and no spiders. It's just as beautiful, if not more so, than Oregon. I recommend a vacation there. We go several times a year, and I never get tired of it.

And for the record, I am very proud of you for being so brave and killing that spider by yourself yesterday. I'm not sure I could have.

Alexis said...

Yikes! I don't mind little spiders, but yours would terrify me!

Alexis from http://www.knotsewcrafty.typepad.com

mo said...

Oregon is many things, but spider free, it is not. You are still welcome to flee here but you should probably come in December after many of them have gone into hiding. I walk into about two or three webs every time I go out. This is not so bad though, as they are tiny spiders right now. In another month though, I won't walk a single step in my backyard without my waving stick!

Not Lucy said...

I would say that Washington is out if you want to avoid spiders and bugs - we have them too! And what's more - we have slugs, which, if you have never encountered one, is one of the nastiest creatures on this planet! A snail without the shell - yuck!