It's been so humid lately that I've been wandering around in sort of a haze, and the dogs are getting shorter walks after work. More of the "let's just walk around the neighborhood" vs "Wanna go for a rided to the Orpheus Dog Park?"

Just this morning - at 5:00am when I take the pups out, it suddently occured to me that I hadn't encountered any of those giant spiders in the yard or on my walks so far this year.

You know the ones, especially if you have a garden, the ones that appear overnight and create giant intricate, mostly invisible, webs that hit you in the face in the dark, and collapse on top of you from head to toe- and leave you wondering forthe next few hours where the "spider" is- is it on you? Creepy.

As the garage door closed behind us, I glanced up and spotted one. The very first one I've seen in 2011. At the end of August no less.

In past years I've had to take the broom outside and perform the voodoo spider ritual, the one where you sweep the broom head in front of you from the ground, straight up over your head, just to try to make sure you won't be ambushed by the little hairy legs. And somehow, at least in my seasoned experience, those guys manage to elude the broom manuever over and over again, or maybe they just set their spider alarm clock 15 minutes before mine, and about the same time as the dog's.

On the other side of the spectrum was breakfast this morning, with the first passionfruit to ripen on my vine this year, along with blueberries, raspberries, fat free yogurt, a little kashi crunch and some almonds. Passionfruit changes the entire experience, transports me to an even more tropical climate, and to a soft warm place on an island somewhere..

So what is the point you say? Hey, I started out the day softer because of the passion fruit. Without it, leaving only the spider encounter, I would probably be sporting an additional line on my face from stress. lol

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Ruth Newell Aug. 31, 2011 @ 8:24 p.m.

No doubt about it! Passion Fruit goes a long way towards improving one's day.


nan shartel Sept. 1, 2011 @ 7:37 a.m.

my HB wouldn't let me kill safe spiders...he said they had an important job to do...sounds like urs r eating those bad insects trying to eat up ur garden Sharon


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