I found this girl and her babies floating in the water folly yesterday. She was one soggy spider.
She wasn't alone.
It looked like her final act of motherhood was going to be serving as a life raft for her babies.
Now, if you read this little website from time to time, you've probably picked up on the fact that while toothy and even venomous creatures aren't that scary to FC, ... gulp, spiders are.
They creep me out. Especially those dark fat ones with abdomens that dwarf their cephalothorax.
This is a wolf spider and I confess, of all the spiders, I like these best because they dispense with the creepy sticky web stuff and just run down their prey.
I can relate to that.
There are countless thousands of these wolf spiders in my lawn. They patrol the grounds each night wiping out pesky pests like those stupid flying Asian cockroaches. All it takes is the sweep of a flashlight at night to bring out the glowing eyes of wolf spiders in the lawn.
They don't seem to be very bitey, webby, or terrifically icky compared to other spiders.
I couldn't sit by and watch this one drown along with her babies ...
... so, I snapped off a sprig of purslane and fetched her out of the deadly waters.
Another rescue ... how do these animals survive when I'm at work?
I had to fish her (complete with babies) out again this morning!!!
Then there is Ceanne, the rescue fish, who thinks she is a salmon and it's time to swim upstream. The water folly has a three tier waterfall that cascades down into the main pond and last week, Ceanne had lept up into the first pool.
I assume she was heading to the top, but I fished her out and cut short her voyage of exploration.
Since then, she has been joined by two small koi, who are thrilled to be out of Petsmart and into a spacious pond of their own.
Speaking of Petsmart ... today at 5:00 pm, Bear and I will begin an 8-week dog obedience class. This should be good. I can't wait to see how he does, he seems so smart.
Ever thrifty, I will homeschool Gumbo (who is doing great!) with the knowledge gained during Bear's classes.
The logistics of two pups and the cost makes that plan the way to go.
I'll let you know how it went.
I don't know how many pounds of blueberries I've eaten this spring, but I should be one giant walking antioxidant molecule by now.
What a crop!
It's peaked, but the later producing varieties are still loaded and I'll be eating my own blueberries for a few weeks longer.
I'll be pretty blue when they're done.