March 14, 2008

Six Spiders, An Iguana & One Hefty Dinner Toad

It was 3:00 a.m. and I was in our cavernous bathroom, tired, not feeling well, and not up for much. I looked over and there, on the stark, cold white tiled floor was a shockingly enormous creature. I was so startled by its size I nearly let out a spontaneous "Bow wow! Arf! Mooooo!." It was a frighteningly large thing. But no, it wasn't a dog. It was a very large spider. My sixth in 4 weeks. Go ahead. Shudder at that thought!

I had come close to stepping on my first only a few days before, as I was doing laundry. That night I cringed as I boldly slammed it, several times, with a broom pan. (It was spry and was not easily defeated.) Truthfully, I do not enjoy killing anything at all, so we were going to have to get the spiders outside. To that end, I decided to leave the carnage for Larry, hoping he would be shocked into doing something about our obvious problem. But there the skeleton lay, crinkled up, for nearly a week.

Not long after, I caught sight of another eight-legger boldly inching its way out from our bedroom and down the hall. Then, another night, very late and while all alone in the kitchen, I had to practically wrestle a fourth spider over to the sink, where I applied hot water torture techniques. (Very traumatic for both of us.) Once again, I saved the carcass for Larry, right there in the drain! But the spiders kept infiltrating. A fifth beast was found relaxing in William's shower and still another caught looming in my closet. Obviously, we are not safe. And clearly, Larry is not a spider slayer.

Then, last week, William came shouting excitedly into the office, just electrified! What appeared to be a one-pound toad, about the size of my had spread out (photo below does not do justice to its size, but note the quarter to the left of the toad) ,was plunked down on our car port. We prodded it and photographed it from every angle to no end. Finally, our toad hopped heavily off into the wild. That is the end of the real story. (But . . . in the movie in my head . . . we become stranded and although we nearly starve to death, we are saved by our hefty toad, big enough to feed a family of three, who keeps us from the horrors of cannibalism.)

Yesterday, as we drove home along our local mountain highway, Larry nearly had to break for a large Iquana that darted across our path! A big, green Iguana.

So far, we are surviving the wildlife. Fingers crossed! But... what's next?

1 comment:

Mark Ballard said...

Sounds exciting. But, waterboarding the poor spider! I'm surprised at you!

Seriously, I probably would have freaked out a bit myself.

Sounds like a great adventure.

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Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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