Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wordful Wednesday-Black Widow

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Next week I thought I do something a little different. I'm going to offer a prompt for Wordful Wednesday. Of course participation based on the prompt is voluntary. If you don't like the prompt, publish your Wordful Wednesday like always on any topic you chose. Let me know what you think of the idea of a prompt? Something you like? Or just a bother?

The prompt is:

What is your favorite travel destination? Show & Tell us about it. {Recycling is totally acceptable!}


Funny story.

I was lounging around my pool the other day. Thinking about our wild lizards. Loving them. Praising them in my head (and out loud to my sister) for keeping any potential spider issues under wraps. I was was on my pedestal telling said sister how we haven't had a spider problem this summer.
"In fact", I said, "I'm sure it's because of all of the lizards. I never appreciated them before like I do now". "Do you know", I elaborated, "I know YOU are always talking about black widows, but I haven't seen even ONE since we moved here". {FYI: Black widows are common in these parts.}

Not two minutes later she got up and pointed out the above pictured MONSTER SIZED BLACK WIDOW. In my yard.

I sort of ate my words.

And then grabbed my camera.

Only problem was, I was too freaked out thinking about getting biten and dying from the poison that I didn't get a clear picture of that sucker. I saw it look me in the eye with murderous thoughts and then.....

I got my sister to kill it.

I'm no murderer.

101 comments:

Jenny said...

No way! I don't know what I would do if I ever saw one. And it's much better that you're alive than not, but with a clear picture of the suspect!

Muthering said...

You are so brave...I would have passed out! LOL!

Honey Mommy said...

That is so creepy!

I don't really mind the idea of having a prompt, if you don't mind that I probably won't ever remember to use it!

sassy stephanie said...

Can't do it. Can't do it. Can't do it. I can handle turtles, frogs, lizards, crickets. But NO spiders!

Nichol said...

Oh I used to live in Florida and have seen some pretty deadly spiders. I shake everytime. I hate spiders but not as much as snakes. Happy WW!

Allison said...

First off....eeeek! I hate spiders!

Next, I think the prompt sounds like fun and I know exactly what I can post about next week!

SupahMommy said...

ewwwwww.. i screamed like a wussy baby boo hoo the other day when one crawled up my leg...

freaked out and left my 4 month old in the swing .. outside... to fend for her self.

then promptly came to my senses and went back.. with a flyswatter. :)
ewww..

Buckeroomama said...

Ewww! Although... you got to admit, black widows are way prettier than those hairy tarantulas.

Love your idea of prompts. Go prompt away!

Brenda said...

We've had a lot of black widows around our house this year, we have to be especially careful in the garage.

McClure Family said...

wow! you are brave!!

{Kiki} said...

That's awful. Big D has encountered one before. I have never had the dis-pleasure. Very thankful for that. I only kill ones I think can kill me. Happy WW and take care.
-Kiki

Kristen Andrews said...

we have a huge spider in our front window, so darn huge and icky but it is outside!

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

The timing of that is just too funny!

Momisodes said...

Yikes!!! Black widows freak me out. You are so brave.

Michelle said...

Black widow spiders scare me!!

I like the idea of a prompt. I'll play. :)

Elaine A. said...

You must've forgot to 'knock on wood' when you were doing all that talking about NO spiders! HA! Glad it was terminatd... ;-)

It Feels Like Chaos said...

So spooky! And you picture was clear enough to give me the chills!

Abby said...

Yuck! Spiders are creepy if you ask me!

Genny said...

We live next to a big nature preserve / park / bike path area and we get black widows all the time. Soooo creepy. I feel for you. Just a couple of weeks ago, Mike found one in the backyard that was about the size of a dime.

Cecily R said...

You're kind of a stud. We have a lizard. In a cage. He eats crickets and smells funny. I don't have anything to do with him.

As for spiders, black widows are one of the few kinds that I don't dare kill with my hand.

Jocasta said...

Yikes - that would totally freak me out!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Eeeek! I would be carrying a can of Raid with me at all times!

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

Ha! you are not a murderer.. um.. except by association.

Hmmm a prompt.. I'd need help remembering the prompt.. and what if I ended up adding two links intead of my lame one? would that be banned?

Like the bloggy black list or something??

T Rex Mom said...

I am totally creeped out by your photo! We do NOT like black widows around here either!

In its case, I would not have held it against you if you had killed it. But maybe it was too creepy to get that close to!

Kasey@ All Things Mamma said...

OH MY!!!!! I would die if I saw that. My husband is more afraid of spiders than me, so I KNOW I would be the one to kill it. EEECCCKKK!!

Amy said...

I know you are not a killer your Sister is. I love the theme next week. I will be back for it.

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Wouldn't catch me near that thing with a 10 foot pole (on purpose, that is lol). You taking a picture = Mega-brave!

And good for you for having someone squash it. ;)

MamaJoss said...

All I can say is that is filthy. I hate bugs more that anything and being that it's just about bedtime, now I may have a nightmare...thanks Angie :)

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Oh heck no.

~Sandy~ said...

oh my!!!!!!!! i am floored

Nicole said...

Aaaaahhhh that thing is nasty! I dont think I have ever seen one around our house. I had better knock on some wood huh?

Thank god your sister was there!

cewmont said...

oh my gosh! how scary!! glad you had someone there to kill it for you. I think I'd even be afraid to kill it. Like, if I used a shovel, the poison would somehow travel up through metal shovel blade, then through the wooden handle and then into my hand. : )

Christine said...

Okay, I was hyperventilating just after reading the title... I tried to scroll past the picture quickly, but got the chills when the red spot blurred by...

{shudder}

~Christine
www.fromdatestodiapers.com

Future Mama said...

OMG... ok seriously terrifying!!

Rhonda said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!


Holy mother of effin freakin crap!

I'd move. I'd leave my beautiful pool and delightful lizards and move.

Come to Canada. Our spiders don't get very big because our winters KILL THEM ALL! lol

Mrs. Marine said...

Ewwww! I hate spiders. I would not have been brave enough to even attempt to get a picture.

Serendipity is Sweet said...

We had an up close and personal encounter with one. You could see her egg sacks nearby and when I went to take a picture she darted towards me. I nearly jumped outta my pants, lol.

Yours is quite a beauty!

Tiaras said...

I'm not to fond of spiders either!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Not a sight you like to see.

blueviolet said...

That thing would take a whole can of spray to bring down!

Jennifer said...

I would have freaked out. Taking a picture would not have occurred to me.

Tena said...

okay, so I will admit... had I seen that I would have ran the other way screaming my head off!!
lol

BoufMom9 said...

O.M.G. My skin is crawling! EEEEEWWWWwwwwww!

Thanks for totally skeeving me out today ;O)

Happy WW!

A Family Completed... said...

Sick. I HATE black widows my husband was king of catching them in our old house. The where behind the wood on the front door! I was freaked out to even leave a shoe out there!
Even when he has them trapped in a container I think I'm gonna get bit and dye, lol

Jessica said...

Ahhh so glad your sister was there.

dining room furniture said...

What a good timing! I can handle some other kind of spider but not black widows. I really find it really creepy! It gives me goosebumps right now!

jenn said...

Ewww! I might have freaked out. And my sister would have killed it for me too. Haha.

Mama Kat said...

I would have made someone else kill it too! I despise spiders...but I bet your sister thought it was pretty funny to knock you off of your high horse! :) A black widow is a spider I could happily never encounter in my life thanyouverymuch.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I love the prompts! That would make a big lazy like myself that much happier! LOL!

On another note, my pits are sweating from looking at that spider picture. I don't like spiders, let alone black widows, so I'm glad your sister killed it. I would have just tried a can of Raid...

Ashley said...

I have a huge fear of spiders! I would not have been brave enough to take a picture of it that's for sure. yikes!

Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

Eek! I am scared of spiders, especially poisonous ones.

cat said...

Oh gosh no! I actually like spiders, but not deadly poisenous ones.

I like the idea of a prompt - maybe I'll play along, maybe not. Next week though, I have something in the works already.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

That is just wrong! And scary as heck.

Rob said...

Spider don't bother me but deadly ones do a little. I would have had to kill it also. Wouldn't want to die by the new pool. LOL.

Happy WW!

4 Lettre Words said...

We have had a few in our backyard, too. They love the south!

Jeanette said...

I like the idea of a prompt, but then you need to get them a few days before to plan it.

Tammy said...

I'm the spider killer in our house. My husband is scared of them. ;o)

Nina said...

I would have freaked. I hate spiders and to have one like that, no thank you. Funny story!

Octamom said...

Oh, yes, the lovely black widow population in SoCal...I have many a not-so-fond memory of those critters...

Blessings!

pam said...

I would never get that close.

Amy @ Six Flower Mom said...

My hubby said he saw one in the shed --- ick!

Jen said...

Where are those darn lizards when you need them?

Live.Love.Eat said...

I just got the chills. I HATE spiders. Small ones big ones. Ick!

Sweet Annabelle said...

Oooo! We found one once, too, just crawling out in the driveway! No lizards here, though...

Jacki said...

Yuck!!

Just last night Peter came in from taking recycling outside and told me we needed to get some spider spray because the little baby spiders from this spring that live right outside our garage are now HUGE with 1-inch bodies. Time for them to go.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I am not a fan of spiders. Especially black widows - that was chivalrous of your sister to kill that one for you... ;)

On another note...I like the idea of a 'prompt', and I like your prompt for next week! I need to get busy digging through some pictures... ;)

Happy WW! :)

mommaof4wife2r said...

i love the last line. you crack me up. "i'm no murderer"...that's awesome!!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I always knew there was something fantastic about you : ) The fact that you aren't a murderer must be it! : )
CREEPY to the max!

Lolli said...

Oh my goodness! I would have done the same thing--grabbed my camera and freaked out until I'd gotten a picture and then gotten as far away as possible. Darn spiders!

Kelly Deneen said...

Eeeeek!!!!

See, now there is one of the reasons why I cannot live in the southern part of the U.S.

I lived in TX for a while, and the poisonous wildlife freaked me out!

;)

Carolyn G said...

OMG my worst nightmare! I would have squashed it in a new york minute. I am freaking out as I write. ((shudder))

SupahMommy said...

Can anyone figure out why I can't see the mr. Linky. I"ll give you a prize if you help me. I see it at night when Ang posts.. I'm able to link up my blog. But then when I go back to read others.. it's gone. No matter how I refresh, clear my cache etc.

what gives?? helllllllp !!

Joy said...

yuck it gives me the hibey jeebies

Run DMT said...

We get black widows quite frequently around here. They like dark little corners and their web are messy tangled messes. Just thought I would put that out there so in case your see a web like that....

They average only an inch or so, but the ones here around here can grow to over two inches. Scary suckers! YUCK!

Be careful!

Ronda's Rants said...

Did she kill it with a gun? Lordy...it looks big!

Aimee said...

That is so funny! I HATE black widows too - and we have a TON of them! We bought our house a couple of years ago and last year we were INFESTED (outside) with them - one night hubby and I went out with spray and killed AT LEAST 30! Crazy I know!

Aunt Julie said...

Rhonda said it best "Holy mother of effin freakin crap!" Where do you live? I thought they were rare, and it sounds like they are as common as squirrels are here!
Yikes! Be careful out there.

Em said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeeek!

I thinking that would totally be considered justifiable homicide.

MyLinda said...

Ugh, just looking at that picture gave me the willies!!!!

Pink Nothings said...

i would have never got that close!

Courtney said...

That gives me the heeby, jeebies!

April said...

omg, i would have PASSED OUT!!!

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Denise said...

You probably wouldn't die if it bit you. I was bitten by one on the foot while 5 month pregnant with my 2nd son. I rushed to the hospital, but they didn't do anything but check the baby & then observe me for a few hours. It was very scary & quite painful but not life threatening for me or my baby.

I hope your lizards got all the other spiders & you don't see anymore.

Ms. Latina said...

Oh My Gosh I would have run screaming! I have never seen a spider in real life and I know I would have freaked out seeing that HUGE one!

princessmomma said...

I like spiders and help them find good homes outside my house when I find them inside, as long as they don't have the potential of killing me.

girlytwins said...

Haha. You are so funny. I eat my words a lot :) That is a huge BW. I would not be ok with that at all. UGG!! Glad your sister was there to help out.

Kathy B! said...

You just need to get some snakes to gobble them up!

Don Mills Diva said...

I'm no murderer either but I might make an exception for a Black Widow...

ChefDruck said...

You have a seriously brave sister! I didn't see your prompt until it was too late. I'll check before writing next week!

Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

That thing is GINORMOUS!! Yikes! And sorry, I would be a murderer...I would have squashed that thing in 1.2 seconds flat!

Megan said...

EW EW EW EW EW!!! Yup, I would've freaked too!!

Night Owl Mama said...

EeeK RUN!

ShaRhonda said...

Oh my....WOW! I would not have known what to do! My husband wouldn't have been a help either! I'm playing along. My blog is private, just email me and I'll add you as a reader!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would have been terrified!

ali said...

EEEEEKKK!!!! I am not usually too afraid of spoiders, but that would FREAK me out!

Aunt Julie said...

I'm allergic to spider bites. Even the common brown spider's bite makes me swell up like a melon. I don't know what I'd ever do if I met a black widow!

Kathleen W. said...

Oh my! I'm always convinced I'm going to find a black widow in my grapes that come from California. So far, nothing!

I like the idea of a prompt, but I'm not sure if I'll find a photo for it.

Alyson, the 3 P's Mama said...

Cleverly done!

Sabrina said...

hahaha, this made me laugh so much. Fortunately in England we don't have that problem, although the other day my Bf found a harvest spider on his parents bed which was so big it wouldn't fit into a pint glass - one set of legs was touching the bottom of the glass and the others were poking out the top :| Eeek! Oh and thanks for the blog comment :)

Sabrina

http://ajourneyofathousandmiles2009.wordpress.com/

Heath'e' said...

I seriously hate those things and the show up in my back yard too often. I always make Rich kill them because I'm too chicken!!

magda said...

I fully appreciate your feelings for spiders and envy your clever story sharing. I also envy your having a sister to take care of it for you. Great post.