Creepy-Crawly




We had a fun night tonight. We all spent time outside in the backyard. I mowed the grass (until the lawnmower ran out of gas), Cletus worked on the fence, and then Hayden and I watched Cletus till (sp?) up our new garden spot! I'm excited about having a garden this year! And, I love our backyard. I have really caught spring fever and have gotten so excited about planting! Anyway, at the end of our outdoor time, Hayden went in to wash his feet and then came back out to find us. He went out the back door, put on a pair of my shoes that were out there, and walked around to the garage where we were. We came into the hosue through the garage and he said, "there's something in this shoe." So, I turned the shoe over, shook it, and out came a freshly-squeezed black widow spider. There was a black widow in my shoe! And, Hayden put it on barefoot! I don't know how or why he didn't get bitten, but we're just glad that he didn't. Some of you may question my ability to recognize a black widow. But, let me assure you that this was, indeed a black widow: black (obviously), shiny, round body, and yes - a red hourglass shape on its squished tummy. Hayden and I looked at each other and kept shuddering. It gave both of us the heeby-jeebies. Especially when I thought of how Kate was playing with those shoes earlier today outside. I don't like black widows. They are very, very creepy and that is the second one we've found in our backyard near the patio. New rule: no shoes left outside on the patio.



5 comments:

Heather said...

Goodness Gracious! So you had the dogs, the strange frog, the bird, and the spider. I always heard things happened in threes, hopefully that will be it for you guys now! So glad Hayden didn't get bitten and I think I will be checking my shoes no matter where they are for a while ;)

Juli said...

I found a black widow under the deck stairs after we moved in last summer. I sprayed it with bug killer that said "even kills black widows", well it did not. I had to take a shovel and smash it. I had never seen one until we moved to zebulon.
ah good ol' zebulon! The things we encounter here!
I am sooooo soooo glad Hayden wasn't bitten. That is super scary.

allyn said...

hey, alice. crazy scary having spiders in your shoes! i would have had some kids freaking out had that happened to us. i am glad you found me because i had been wanting to ask someone for your email and haven't found anyone who had it. tara doesn't remember things too well when it comes to the computer. anyway i am checking the box that says to email follow-up comments, so please do)))

Crystal & Brad Barger said...

That is really scary! I am glad that noone got bitten. Someone is watching over your little family :)

jstarritt said...

Hey!! I just found your blog through someone else's--that picture of the black widow gave me quite the scare--I have an intense fear of spiders because when I first moved to this great state a wood spider had babies in a shoe I left outside and I stuck my barefoot into the pile of them----further lesson why you should never leave shoes outside:) Glad no one got hurt. Hope you guys are doing well.

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