Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I do not like 8 legged freaks

Good Morning, Folksies
As you have been reading my blog, you have come to realize how much I love my seasons. I particularly enjoy spring and fall, for obvious reasons. There are two things I do not like about these two seasons. Spiders. And more spiders.
My fear of spiders go back to my days spent in Florida where they grow to be the size of sanitation trucks. You Florida gals know what I mean.
Now I realize that spiders serve a purpose. They keep the ecology thing going. But to me they are truly 8 legged freaks. And do you know they have lots of eyes? Like they see you coming and going, waiting, watching for that special moment to make their presence known to give you the heebie jeebies.
Yesterday morning as I was sweeping the kitchen floor, I noticed a slight movement near one of the doors. I looked a little closer and saw this brown hump back SPIDER trying to hide in the corner. Slowly backing up, never taking my eyes off of it, I grabbed a can of WD-40. It was almost empty but I was able to get a freezing squirt out. While it flailed around on it's back, I then sprayed with a can of spider kill. A steady stream ensued. I watched with morbid fascination as it tried to flip back over on its eight legs, scooting across the floor on its back. It was too large for me to want to feel the crunch under my slippered foot (note to self: it is time to begin wearing heavy tennis shoes in house.) It died, I swept it up and away.
Generally, when I tell Luscious that I killed a spider and it was big, he guffaws and says, how big could it be? I always remind him that I am not a big person and this one was so big it could have carried me away. He never believes me. Well, boy howdy, did I have proof when he came home last night. You know how spiders always look smaller when they die because they shrivel up? Shuddering here again, just thinking of them.
I took this picture for hubs so that he could get perspective. That is one big freak. I am still looking around to see if he had friends. That is the only real thing of spring and summer that I dislike. Why can't they be satisfied staying outside where they belong?


Donna said...

I DO NOT like spiders...that one is HUGE!! But I LOVE the doorstop!!!!hughugs

Cookie said...


Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Thanks Donna. I love that doorstop too. I loves me some chickens. I actually thought of lifting that heavy mug and dropping it on the freak, but, that would be a desecration of my rooster.

Yes, Cook. I agree. Yuck!

Doreen said... are going to think I'm nuts...but I actually like spiders. I never kill them...well, not on purpose anyway... I had one that lived in the plant on the windowsill above my kitchen was in the sink all the time in the mornings..must be she was getting a drink...I actually would pick her up with a spoon and put her back in the plant!!! Recently, I didn't see her in the sink..and I filled it up for the dishes..and she drowned...:(..I was sad..she's been living in that plant for months now!! Poor girl. you know...I'm crazy!!


Lorraine said...

Ewwwwwwwww!!! Not a big fan of spiders, either...I'd probably wet my pants if I found one that big!!!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

In a pinch, I've hosed 'em down with hairspray.
Gee, I hope I didn't say that too loud. I reckon those PETA folks would be a tad angry.
Maybe they would believe I was doin' a wash-n-set on ol' spidy. :> )

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Doreen, I have always known you were slightly cracked? I would never willingly help a spider out. But I have a brother like you. He wasn't afraid of them and liked them actually. He used to put them down my shirt when we were kids. I do not like these creatures.
Peanut - I have used hairspray before - works pretty good
Lorraine - this is the largest I have seen since I left Florida years ago. I have seen much larger ones there.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

well I just got the chills just looking at that dead spider...I don't like them either..I don't really know alot of people that do... well except for if they are in the house...they are dead...just gives me the creaps they do...

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Now that is one freak of a spider!! Who knew that WD 40 was a bug zapper too?!
We had 2 black widows on my back porch this spring so the bug guy was summoned post-hast--"Spray the ba-jeezes out of it!!" I said.
Blondie,I used to have nightmares about spiders--it comes from watching some B movie when I was a kid where a man shrinks down to bug size and eventually gets tangled in a web where a giant spider . . .((((shivering))))I can't even type it.

Here's to a happy 8-legged free summer for you.

Gotta go find my WD-40.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Hi Cathy!
Thanks for the visit!!
WD-40 works pretty good and like Peanut says hair spray in a pinch.
Caution: if you use WD-40, be prepared to clean the oil slick. If you don't, first your butt will know then your back the next day. Yep. been there, done that. But so worth a dead spider.