So, there I was, merrily getting covered in nature, pulling out handfuls of weeds, responding to the repeated calls of "Hi, Mom!" and "Whatcha doin', Mom?" from my girls in the pool. I pulled a clump of weeds adjacent to an onion plant, and saw in the resulting hole in the dirt what looked like the carcass of a beetle or something. I was curious, so I poked it. To my horror, the "beetle carcass" flipped over, spread out its legs, and revealed itself to be an enormous spider (note, I'm not a big fan of being surprised by unexpected critters, and I am not a big fan of spiders, especially big, hairy ones like the one that was now poised to strike if I moved a muscle).
Fortunately for you, my readers, Big Daddy was in reach of a camera to document my dilemma. Here I am, after first recoiling in terror from the vicious beast.
My first course of action was to try to get the spider out of the garden so I could continue weeding. Now, there was no way in creation that I was going to go near that thing with any part of my body, so I began grabbing gardening tools and tossing them at the spider. But, Spidey the Fearless didn't budge. After availing myself of all nearby gardening implements and several small rocks, I started to wonder if spraying it with Deep Woods Off from a safe distance would be effective. Then, the most unnerving thing of all happened ...
The spider began burrowing into the ground, right next to a yellow onion plant!!! I am mortified to think that there could be more of those big, hairy, creepy critters living right below the surface of my garden's soil, waiting to attack me when I pull out a weed. Yikes!Needless to say, that little clump of weeds near the yellow onion plant is staying right where God put it. And I'll be wearing my gardening gloves from now on. And I'll be gardening standing up, despite the obvious opportunities that gives Big Daddy to take pictures of my back side sticking up in the air. Which he will.