Yesterday I showed you Guy’s dancing dog. Today, to celebrate the upcoming month of Halloween (yes, I celebrate Halloween an entire month) I’ve got a picture of our garden spider.
First, let me just tell you that Guy hates spiders, and at least twice a year he can be seen skulking around the house with two cans of wasp killer like a gunman from the west, hunting for these big, hairy, brown spider that we get in September. It’s the only time they show, and they make webs that could catch a bird. So that Guy isn’t squashing this spider is a testament to how much he cares for me. (laugh) Garden spiders are sort of a tie to my childhood, and he lets them live.
This one, though, has built her web a little too close. For almost two weeks, she’s built and rebuilt her web over the back porch door, three feet from the porch light. And for two weeks, I’ve been going in and out under her, at least four times a day with the dogs. She’s been catching katydids, which for those who don’t know, are about the size of my thumb. Big insects that make a racket at night. We had a lot of them this year, and the spider is reaping the benefit. It takes her about two days to suck one dry, and she’s gotten kind of fat. I’ve never seen a garden spider that big. I don’t expect her to last much longer, and it’s been fun sharing space with her. I hope to see her children next year.
It’s finally Friday again, and wow, I’m ready for it. The weather is finally starting to cool off. I might have a fire in the firepit on my back porch tonight. Ahhhhhh, the pleasure of doing nothing.