Wednesday, September 21, 2022

For Northsider


  This is the lean-to. It will keep three tractors under cover. 

After working today, we headed for home, and on the back of my seat, there was the biggest freaking spider that I've ever seen in my life. It was grotesque, with a swollen body the size of a marble, stripey legs. Tim saw it first. 

"Get that rag off the floor and get it out of there," he said. 

So I gingerly picked up an oily rag, gathered up the spider, and tried to shake it off outside, but it clung there to the rag, stubbornly. 

So. 

I gave it a little flick with my finger...

....AND IT EXPLODED!

Totally not kidding. I almost lost my cookies. I had spider guts on my fingers. 

It was so gross. 

We could not figure out how it got in the truck, but when I got home, I ran my fingers through the back of my hair while I was talking, and pulled away a handfull of cobwebs. 

I need to go lie down. 

43 comments:

  1. Oh dear! Glad you weren't bit. I would have just dropped the whole rag. Exploding spiders! Ack! Hope that wasn't a bunch of eggs in the goo. It built a web fast in your truck. Wash your hair in hot water? The lean-to looks great. Johnny Tractor and his pals (a real John Deere old kids book,) will be very happy and hardy. Linda in Kansas

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  2. Looked up ‘exploding spiders’, not doing that again. Shudder.
    KJ

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    1. I didn't want to, but I couldn't resist. Oh my gosh. I was jumping around too much to notice if there were babies running amok. I would have wet my pants.

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  3. Oh my you should come to Australia. We keep spiders as pets.

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    1. I do not hate spiders. This was an awfully large one that creeped me out, though. And while I don't hate 'em, neither do I feel the need to have one for a pet. Nooooooooope.

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    1. Lots of jumping around in the Lowes parking lot. I am proud to say I did no screaming.

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  5. I don't hate spiders either but that would definitely give me the heebie jeebies.

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  6. Too funny! I had a good laugh about this one.

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    1. I would have found it much funnier if the spider had exploded on you, Red. :)

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  7. You have officially give me the heebie-jeebies.

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    1. Great. I would hate to be the only one.

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  8. Spiders don't normally explode. Had it eaten too much? Did you product in your hair?

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    1. Actually they kind of do. Kj helpfully pointed out videos. In all my years I have never heard of such a thing. I would not have minded living the balance of my years in ignorance.

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  9. Ugh is all I can say and def not googling exploding spiders.

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    1. That would make you a far more sensible person than I am, Sue. I said to my self, "Self, you definitely do not want to be looking at those videos." But my curioslity got the better of me. When I realized that the explosion could actually been baby spiders, well...it made the whole scenario a lot worse.

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  10. Yuck, yuck, yuck. I so wish I hadn't read this whilst eating my breakfast.

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    1. If anything like this comes up again, I'll put a title on it: Jaycee! Don't read while eating breakfast!

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  11. I remember the time I smacked at what I thought was a fat spider on my shower wall and a million tiny baby spiders took off from the mother. I sprayed the entire bathroom with almost a full can of bug spray and sealed under the door with newspapers in case any tried to escape that way.

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  12. I am wishing I hadn't read this particular post !!

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    1. Yes. I would have gladly taken a miss on this experience, myself.

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  13. Neat job Debby. Thanks for mentioning me. Show my blog today to Tim please. Think he will like some of the photos.

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    1. Oh, you are very right. He will love those pictures.

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  14. OMG...I hate spiders. I would have wanted hubby to step on it and kill it, not gingerly take it outside. Infact. Just as we were having cocktails last evening I saw a black spider too big to be in my house between the sofa cushions. He nailed it. One less spider whew.

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    1. I noticed that while Tim was expertly giving me directions, he kept some distance from the combat zone.

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  15. Oh that's gross, Debby! You will be watching out for them now whenever you get in the truck

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  16. Oh my lord! I hate spiders to start with and this is just over the top!

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  17. It came as quite a shock to me as well.

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  18. I'm sorry, Debby, but this had me laughing! I take a flyswatter with me on my morning walks, but still don't manage to eliminate all the webs I walk through. It's really amazing how far they can cast them! I end up with odd bites in odd places... evidently from things I've set free from the webs. You'd think they'd be more grateful.

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    1. I actually think that if I'd have read this story on someone else's blog, I'd have found it hilarious. However...

      Spiders and gratitude are not words commonly used in the same sentence.

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    1. We would have been fine if he had not exploded. That is when I freaked out.

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  20. I keep telling my children that spiders are gardeners' friends. I'm not so sure after reading that.

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    1. I have never had any reason to think any differently than you until yesterday, Tasker.

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  21. One place where I used to muster when I was a kid had a lot of spiders webs set just above what would have been the cattle's back - cattle have buffalo fly and it would have been Deliveroo for the spiders. Unfortunately a horse's head is about the height of said webs, and the human rider's torso and head is above again. Not a pleasant experience. Guess who.

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  22. Yikes! Spiders are surprisingly delicate. I have also "ruptured" them before, trying to free them outside.

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