Family Vacation, Part II

This is the second post about our trip.

We drove there, did I mention that?

Amazingly, the four hour drive was pretty easy and we arrive in the tiny California wine country town just as it is getting dark.

Now you should know something about our trip. We picked the rental house we found through Enrout for two reasons. First, because it was secluded in nature and second, because it had a hot tub.

And it is secluded. We knew we picked the perfect place when we realize that the directions to our rental house didn’t even include street names. Just landmarks.

(Landmarks also included a goat farm and an abandoned school bus.)

There are no houses. No lights. Just windy country roads and trees. The leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees. It is lovely. And spooky.

At every curve I expect to see Mr. Tumnus crossing the road.

I think for sure we are going to hit the cute little mouse. Poor thing.

But it is just a leaf.

Tis the season when fallen leaves skittering across the road make me worry that I’m constantly running over little animals.

Crappy Papa tells me to relax. That we’re on vacation. Why am I so high strung? Calm down. Relax!

Finally, we find the right mailbox number.

As we drive down the long driveway to our house, Crappy Boy sees a tiny metal storage shed and says, “Look! There’s our house!” He is thrilled.

Thankfully he is also wrong. Our actual house is a normal family house. Except sparkling clean and clutter-free.

Plus, it has a hot tub.

The hot tub is outside in the backyard. And completely secluded, surrounded by nothing but trees and stars. So after we get settled, I decide it is time to relax in the hot tub. Surely that will calm me down and get me in a vacation mindset.

I go outside but it is too dark to see much. I notice strings of lights mounted on the patio and follow them until I find the plug end. I plug it in.

And then I scream.

The lights revealed the largest spider I have ever seen in my life:

I’m not afraid of spiders. I just don’t like it when they throw me surprise parties.

It is a garden orb-weaver which are common here. But this is a garden orb-weaver on steroids. The body alone is bigger than a quarter. And if you include the legs it is the size of a kitten. Except I like kittens.

Crappy Papa and the kids come running to see what I found.

And the boys love it. The love it so much that they want it to be their pet.

They even name it:

A great name actually.

Crappy Papa runs back in the house to grab wine and glasses and then we all climb into the hot tub.

Pure bliss.

Now I’m relaxed. This is what traveling is all about.

I say to Crappy Papa:

As I’m saying this, I tuck my wet hair behind one ear. But I feel something.

Something that isn’t supposed to be there.

In. My. Hair.

I practically throw my wine glass at Crappy Papa because there isn’t a ledge where I can set it down.

And then I freak out:

I can’t get it untangled. And I’m too scared to do much.

It is Rocco. A spider the size of a kitten is about to eat my head.

Do you notice how nobody is helping me?

Finally, Crappy Papa puts both wine glasses in one hand and then reaches over to save me while I hyperventilate.

Crappy Boy asks if it is Rocco’s cousin. He sounds hopeful.

Just a leaf. Again.


It was the perfect start to our trip.



I did relax for the rest of the trip. Mostly. 

Thanks again to my sponsor Enrout. Highly recommend them if you want to find a unique vacation house that is off the beaten path. Rocco not included. Uh, hopefully.   


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120 Responses to Family Vacation, Part II

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I was SO relieved to see that the wine was saved!!!!

  2. Rebecca says:

    I got all tense in my tummy just READING

    • Me too… I could just feel my blood pressure rising even as Crappy Papa was telling her to relax. There is something about somebody telling me to relax that just makes me tenser.

      • Olivia says:

        YES! I agree fully. Every time I get stressed, my husband tells me “relax” “take a deep breath” and I just want to scream…

        • Noey says:

          Last time my boyfriend told me to relax and take a deep breath, I told him I wouldn’t be stressed if I could do that. It didn’t go over well, but he got the point!

          • jules says:

            Ugh! I was clenching and squinting reading the part about slapping at your hair. I would’ve died along with you if it was Rococo!!

    • Jen D says:

      YES! Stresses me out to think about it! And the Crappy Papa thing…. UGH! Equally stresses me out…. but then my hubby is like that about everything… which raises MY blood pressure! Infuriating! Lol!

  3. Trudysunshine says:

    “I’m not afraid of spiders. I just don’t like it when they throw me surprise parties.” Sprite just went up my nose… LOVE IT!

  4. Sarah says:

    I am so like that about spiders. Any time I see a ginormous one I immediately get the sensation my skin is crawling and I have to shower. A lot. And meticulously check my towel to make sure it’s not planning a surprise attack sending me back to crazydom.

  5. Jenn says:

    When I first saw the “mouse,” I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s a really crappy picture of a mouse.” Then when you explained that it was just a leaf, I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s a perfect leaf!” 🙂

    Hope the kids didn’t secretly bring Rocco home…

  6. Rana says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who mistakes leaves for little animals in the road.

    • Pangolin says:

      Me too! Good to know I’m not completely crazy.

      • Katy says:

        I see people crouching down about to run into the road! Ah! a person! No, just a mailbox. Ah! a person! No, just a fire hydrant.

        My husband tells me that I shouldn’t tell people this because it makes me seem unstable. I can’t help it that I’m deathly afraid of hitting a person who’s hiding in the dark in the bushes waiting to run out in front of my car!

        • amber says:

          Sometimes I’m afraid that zombies are going to crash into my windshield. I really shouldn’t drive at night.

          • Tiffany says:

            I’m with you on the leaves could be tiny animals in the road and I too am always on the lookout for zombies. The only thing that could be worse… zombie spiders!

          • Kim says:

            In August, we had a local guy try to be funny. He dressed up in a full military-style Ghillie suit, to resemble Sasquatch, and jumped out at people on the road.

            At 10pm.

            In Montana.

            Because there are a TON of street lights on the roads in Montana. Turned out tragically. A 15 year old girl hit him with her car and then another teenage (17) girl hit him AGAIN and he died.

            I can’t imagine what those poor girls *thought* they saw or thought they hit. Stupidest prank EVER.

        • Devan says:

          I do this! It freaks me the hell out! Then my heart rate is all up and I need a drink. Mine is cause my eyesight is going … going… I dont like to wear my glasses.

  7. carrie says:

    OMG, they would have had to call the rescue squad if Rocco had been in my hair. Clear!!!

  8. Erin Fangboner says:

    Leafs are very tricky things…I jumped when one crossed our path on a walk..Thought it was a frog…Which always freak me out…And now…I can’t live it down

  9. Megan says:

    I love love love the reference to Mr. Tumnus.

  10. Barbie says:

    You have confirmation on the name of your blog from my 7 year old! He was reading over my shoulder (*bugging the crud outta me, while I was trying to read*)
    “Why are you reading a comic book, you’re not a boy…”
    “I don’t think that’s really a comic book…”
    “You know… that’s not really a good drawer…”
    Personally, I think you are a genius at drawing! much better than I am!!!

  11. Bob says:

    We actually have a spider named Bill in our shower. Although then it became Billette, and had numerous baby spiders…

  12. Nothing like a great big spider to welcome you to your vacation house! I bet he was like a mascot. Rocco IS a good name. I’m not a big fan of spiders either, so I’m glad it was only a leaf in your hair.

  13. Madeleine says:

    I am also not afraid of spiders but when I saw a large hairy brown one that looked like a tarantula, just different colours (possible a woodsman or a huntsman or something), on the ceiling when showering at my in-laws for the first time, I was extremely proud of my composure in a) finishing the shower b) actually washing my hair which required my eyes to be closed for seconds at a time giving him a chance to sneak closer to me. Still makes me shudder as did your mention of finding possibly-Rocco in your hair

    • Lark says:

      Wow, that is self control. I don’t think it would have gone down so well had I been in your shoes (so to speak).

  14. belinda hocking says:

    That’s a great story. Here in Australia, we have spiders that can live in swimming pools, a hot tub would be five star living !

    • amber says:

      You truly have all the best stuff in Australia. But I could never visit due to the spiders.

      • Olivia says:

        I tried to avoid looking into corners or likely places that spiders like when I was there. It worked most times except when my husband was saying things like “oh look!” “what?” “a giant spider” argggh…

        • RJ says:

          Haha yep we get all the good stuff Down Under! We’ve got lots of deadly snakes too :-/ And I live on a farm where we have to be very aware of them…I hate snakes! Spiders I have no problem with!

    • Janet says:

      I was going to comment on our spiders here. When Amber mentioned how big it was I shuddered with her, until she mentioned it was the size of a quarter. pfffft. I don’t even call the husband for those ones! Once we had one that was the size of a dinner plate (I can provide proof!). Try getting that one out of your hair!
      But Australia is a great place, just bring your own bugspray 🙂

  15. christin says:

    Damn you! I just had two days of really,really intense stress and was on my way to the hot tub to relax.Now I am too scared.I am such a suck.

  16. Noey says:

    I would scream while peeing my pants and fleeing if I stumbled on a spider that size. I fear spiders more than anything else. They are evil. EEEVVVIIILLL. I’d cry over the leaf in my hair because I’d think it was the killer spider.

    At least the wine was saved. Huzzah for that! and HUGE Huzzah for it only being a leaf in your hair!

  17. casey says:

    Hilarious…. We had one of these spiders living in our dining room window (outside) and the kids named her Clementine Mike. The day she went missing I thought everything was a giant spider.

  18. Jayzandra says:

    OMG that is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. I especially loved the “notice how nobody is helping me?”

  19. Stephanie C says:

    Favorite part -> do you notice how no one is helping me? Lol!

  20. Michele says:

    My friend, Mendy, had a family of spiders nesting by her front door. She had named them all. Let me preface this by saying Mendy is crazy. Fun, hysterical, best friend ever, crazy. She regaled me with stories of these spiders she called “part of the family”. Of how they mated, captured their prey, ate, spun their webs, etc. (she wasn’t sleeping alot at the time). Did I mention these were the biggest spiders and webs I had EVER seen?? So, after much wine and laughing, it was time to go home. I opened the front door, spied the “family” and asked where the back door was and if a “family” was residing there as well. To this day, I only go in her back door. =)

  21. Aimee Dietsch says:

    I absolutely live for your posts!! They crack me up and I literally laugh out loud. You should compile them and create a Crappy Book. Seriously! I can’t be the only one thinking this…
    Thanks for sharing your life with us moms!

  22. Michelle says:

    Thanks for identifying Rocco as a Garden Orb Weaver. I appreciate it when someone has a reaction to a spider that isn’t “Eww, squish it quick!”. Although, I’m completely with you. I love all misunderstood creatures (bats, spiders, snakes, insects) but if they are ON MY PERSON and weren’t invited.. all’s fair. And Rocco was probably that big due to an ample food supply. Orb weavers can grow to the size of the palm of your hand if there’s enough to eat 🙂

    • Dee says:

      “Orb weavers can grow to the size of the palm of your hand if there’s enough to eat.”

      Oh. My. God.

    • Noey says:

      Nonononononononononononononoooooooooo……… I’m going to go lie to myself that a spider that big would NEVER be in the US. Only Australia. I need this lie to live. D: D: D:

  23. Carm says:

    I feel the same way about leaves/mice and giant spiders! Too bad you can’t follow me around for a day and make everything in my head funnier (crappier)?

  24. Amanda says:

    I just had to check my own hair while reading this. I am super arachnophobic and just reading about this spider gave me the chills.

  25. Christiana says:

    If it had been a frog or toad instead of a spider, I would have SERIOUSLY packed up the car to go home. I have a deep and irrational fear of those evil things.

    Great story!

  26. Jessica says:

    My son used a satue as his family pet, he was made of wood and rotting in an unfortuanlte place, so we called him Mr. Bobbit, or Mr.Bob… he still misses mr.bob, and mr bob is still missing something too.

  27. Lisa says:

    Holy crap, reading this made my heart race and I didn’t realize I was holding my breath until I saw it was just a leaf and I could relax again.

    I AM afraid of spiders.

  28. jen says:

    If that had been us, my partner would have bolted and run to civilization while I took on the job of moving spider to a new home.

    I am cool with spiders. But in the hair? No. No no no no no….

  29. Megan says:

    I actually laughed out loud as I read this, to the point that my 3 year old had to ask me stop being so silly…..yeah, that’s been my whole day pretty much, her telling me what to do.
    So glad it wasn’t Rocco’s cousin!!!!!! ;p

  30. Julie says:

    Wow! Look what I read online about that spider! Too funny… “Venom toxicity – the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night – the fright of this spider crawling over one’s face can be terrifying and may cause a heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.”

  31. Liz says:

    I would have done exactly the same thing.

  32. Oh man. Seeing spiders makes me feel them on me. It doesn’t matter how much I rationalize to myself that there can’t possibly be one on me. I feel them! Same with headlice after an outbreak at school. 🙂

  33. Nicole says:


  34. Dee says:

    Ok, so here’s my worst spider encounter ever.

    At my university, there’s a parking lot close to the building that I have my Thursday classes in. To get to the building, you can either walk to the long side of the parking lot and go down the stairs (the side is this huge bank with tall grass) or go to the end and cut down across the road. I usually walk to the end and go across the road.

    Fast forward, and I’m coming out of class and going home. I’m feeling lazy and don’t feel like walking down the road to the end of the parking lot. The stairs that go up the bank are far away. Bingo, there’s this little worn out mulch path in the tall grass. I climb up, come out next to my car, and get in.

    I start the car, put it in reverse, and start backing out. I glance down and see this brown acorn looking thing stuck on my sweater. I brush it off, thinking it is a leaf. It falls between my thigh and the seat, so I look down to see where it went. Lo and behold, this “acorn” has legs wrapped around it. This all takes place in about 10 seconds. Meanwhile, I see the legs move. I literally scream inside my car, start swinging my arms, and then realize that I’m still in reverse and I’m driving backward. I throw the car into park, launch myself out the door and look back only to see this gigantic brown spider with legs the length of my fingers crawling up my car seat. I grab an empty McDonald’s sweet tea cup from the cup holder, trap the spider underneath it, step back as far as I can without letting go of the cup, and quickly slide it across the seat to fling the spider out of my car. When it hit the car next to mine, it sounded like a rock. It took about ten minutes before I could get in my car again, and I had chills all the way home.

    I never walked through the grass again.

  35. KC says:

    You had me going for second! I’m so looking into the this vacation rental thing, so much better then a hotel!

  36. Kara says:

    Ugh, now I’m going to have spider nightmares! LOL I HATE spiders so much! I always have spiders in my dreams any time I’ve seen one during the day. Funny spider story- one year for my birthday (probably 13th?) I had friends over for a sleepover and for some reason we watched Arachnophobia. A little later we were in my room chatting (with all our feet on the bed so spiders wouldn’t crawl from under the bed to get us) and I left the room to “go to the bathroom”. Instead I found some black pipe cleaners that I fashioned into a big furry spider. I quietly opened my door a crack and threw it onto the bed. Mass pandemonium! So much screaming as they all jumped a couple feet into the air and ran away from the bed as fast as they could. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

  37. Devan says:

    ALL spiders in my presence DIE. Sorry, I know it’s wrong, but it is what it is….circle of life and stuff. If I let it be or let it go it could end up in my shoe or in my bed….um, NO. DIE! (I’m looking up the vacation place right after I send this comment)

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, this is my policy for anything with more than 4 legs. And it’s not enough for my husband to just squash it, it must be flushed. Because it might not be completely dead and crawl back out of the trash can. I am however fascinated by them when there is a layer of glass between us.

  38. Alicia S. says:

    “A spider the size of a kitten is about to eat my head.” <– best line ever!

  39. S says:

    I have spiders in the bathroom. ‘Cause I’m too lazy to clear them out. I hope they eat the moths, ants, insects which sometimes get in past the insect screens.

    I have spiders and webs around the gutters of my house. The birds go for the fresh insects caught in the webs. It’s quite a sight to watch them hover and pick out the food. 22mo is fascinated.

    With the webs by our front door, we were naturally prepped for Halloween. But, uhm…we didn’t get many visitors. Maybe it was too off-putting?

  40. Julia says:

    So funny. And completely reminded me of when my husband proposed- The Rose Garden in Disney with the castle as a back drop and he tells me I have something in my hair he needs to get out- he thinks it’s a spider. He thought it would be cool to pull the ring our of my hair. How to go from romantic to ruined in .6 seconds.

  41. Elisabeth says:

    Totally what I would do … did you shudder and do that full body shake thing that looks like you might be having a seizure or spasms for a good hour afterwards? Yech … I hate it when bugs don’t mind my personal space bubble 😛

  42. Kim says:

    Because of daughter’s horse riding, we have to drive in the country at night a lot. I am so glad I’m not the only one who freaks out over leaves… 🙂

    The first year my mom made my dad start smoking outside instead of in the house, he made friends w/ a huge garden spider. Got to the point where he’d stab bugs w/ a toothpick & give them to her – and she’d come right up to him and take them from him! (we knew she was a girl – she laid an egg, just like Charlotte, before she died) I guess even spiders weren’t immune to my dad – he was awfully charming… lol

  43. Paulina says:

    I just read through these comments and now I’m sitting here at work feeling very paranoid about what could be lurking under my desk.

    This morning, my husband nudged the cats toy ball as he was walking past it. So, this little blue rubber ball comes rolling towards me and I screamed and almost jumped on the counter thinking it was a spider. My spider rule is that they can live outside my house in peace but once they cross the threshold, game on.

  44. Claire says:

    So how do you find little houses off the beaten path on that site? I was hoping for some sort of map function, but I can only search by city?

    • Angela says:

      That is exactly how. You search by the area you want to travel to and then you look at all the houses available in that area.

  45. Deborah says:

    Stupid spiders. Blech!!

  46. Echo says:

    You have much more self control than I do. I would have been flailing and screaming and crying and shaking… before I even got in the hot tub. Spiders and I do not get along.

  47. Nicole says:

    I hate spiders. HATE them. They absolutely freak me out and I would have done the same.

  48. Lauren says:

    This post is great! my stomach hurts from trying not to laugh while my toddler sleeps (I’m notorious for waking him up that way…)

    PS. Gadzoodles of Megaawesomepoints for incorporating Mr. Tumnus!

  49. Sarah says:

    you’re too funny!

  50. Kim P says:

    There is nothing that will make your heart lurch into your throat faster than an un-identified object stuck in your hair where you can’t see it.
    And, your mind never tells you …aww, it’s just a leaf, don’t panic. It always leaps to the things that sting, bite, and crawl first just to see how long you can live while your heart is inspecting the back of your teeth.

  51. joanne says:

    ah, memories. We just had a jumbo orange and black spider weaving a web on our porch. Every day, after she ripped holes in it pulling out her prey. And she’d weave it better than before. It WAS our pet. The girls named her Debbie (since it rhymes with web.) They were always concerned when she didn’t get to eat. The day a cricket hopped on my pajama leg in the house they wanted me to try to get the (leaping creepy) cricket into her web for her.

    Then Hurricane Sandy came and blew her web away while she cowered in the crevice of the porch roof. Sadly, she moved out after that. We miss her.

    Meanwhile on vacation in South Carolina, my husband was almost scalped (if he had hair) by a very strong web about the size of a badminton net stretched between two trees where a large “golden spider” sat sentinel in the center.

    Then there was the time we were in France and I was in the restroom with my daughter and she breathlessly told me (while I was on the toilet) that a spider was on my head. I gave my head a little shake and asked her if it was gone. “Yeah!” she said and followed something with her eyes behind me. Then pointed out the HUGE black spider that was crawling behind the toilet.

    That was a fun day.

    I don’t know the word for spider in French but I should have told the restaurateurs there was a black eight legged monster in the restroom. I hope it didn’t attack the next woman that went in there!

  52. mrsmouthy says:

    Hey, Rocco is my son’s name! And that’s TOTALLY something he would do, if he were a spider. Only it wouldn’t have been a leaf in the end. I don’t mind that you used his name in your post because my post today includes Crappy Pictures style drawings of my kid going potty (hopefully I gave you enough credit to appease).

  53. Chris Carter says:

    Oh I just winced at every turn of this story!!! I thought for SURE it was ROCCO in your hair!!!!! Thank goodness it wasn’t… So glad you enjoyed the rest of your trip! 🙂

  54. Angie says:

    Best laugh of the day: “I’m not afraid of spiders, I just don’t like it when they throw me surprise parties.”

    Sorry,when you thought you had Rocco, his cousin or something worse in your hair I was too freaked out to laugh! lol I was relieved it was only a leaf.

    I’m glad y’all had a great vacation! 🙂

  55. Rachel says:

    So Amber have you seen the movie Rio? My son is always having me swipe at his back and saying leaf. There is a scene where Blu is afraid a spider is climbing his back and Jewel swipes it off and says “leaf” even though it really was a spider.

    I could totally see YOUR family doing that to you (as I read this) and it made me LOL so hard. Thanks for the update.

  56. Allison says:

    My son decided the “leaf” in the road was actually a dinosaur, and yes, I sometimes read your blog to my 6 year old as a bedtime story.

  57. Tanya says:

    Nice fancy updates to the website I noticed… Spiders and leaves in stick figure HD. I like

  58. Christine Roeske says:

    I completely snorted and slobbered at the same time re: leaf #2. Thank you for the belly laugh this morning!

  59. Janet says:

    i am terrified of spiders and had chills reading about Rocco! Love your posts!

  60. Beth says:

    I love that the body was the size of a quarter and then with legs it was the size of a cat. Bwahahahaha!!! Every story you tell makes me laugh out loud. I’m sure my co-workers are wondering what’s so funny.

  61. When we lived in the deep south we had a hand sized Golden Silk Spider (relative of that Orb Web Weaver… know yer enemy, ya know?) living out by our trash can. I named her Alice Eatyourface… cause she could.

  62. haha! We have ALL been there! You guys have massive spiders too, much bigger than in the UK!!


  63. Katia says:

    What an unpleasant surprise Rocco is. Why do vacations always go hand in hand with bugs and when will my sons be old enough for me to stop faking acceptance and enthusiasm over bugs?

  64. Mediocre Mom says:

    Several things: Oh good Lord, you’re hilarious. Also, I most definitely am afraid of spiders. It’s irrational and obnoxious but true. I applaud your bravery. And finally, I’ve done the -oh-dear-God-there’s-something-in-my-hair thing a billion times. It’s never actually a bug. Except the time it was a giant beetle. Nightmarish.

  65. THANK YOU for these laughs. I’m nursing my six-week-old second son (also three years apart!) and I just read your entire blog backwards within about a week’s time. A lot of times my laughter woke up or startled the baby as he laid on my chest, but the entertainment value was totally worth it!

    Your stories are helping me laugh more at my older son’s antics and see the positive side of this parenting thing more often. Thank you! Can’t wait for your book to come out.

    I sometimes blog at Creating a Family Home:

    I’d love it if you stopped by.

  66. Christy says:

    HAHA! Thanks for the laugh I really needed it! This is my new favorite site!

  67. Mistie says:! I can’t even see straight because of teh tears in my eyes.. I’m squeaky, cry-laughing!!

  68. Gianna says:

    Oh. My. God.
    Spider surprise parties, yup I’m not a fan either!!
    At least Crappy Papa tried to help you with the spider, my husband is so arachnophobic if he saw a spider that size, our vacation would be spent in the car.

  69. Jessica Rivera says:

    Hahaha. I had to stop reading to add this comment after reading that you thought that leaf was a mouse. A month or so ago, my husband and I are on our way to walmart and because our 17 month old has been in daycare all day, I figured his temperament about riding in a car might not be the best so I sit in the back with him just in case. As we are at a stoplight I roll down the window (because the A/C wasn’t kicking on right away). I spot a little frog right next to our tire so I tell my husband and he doesn’t seem bothered by it. So I tell him I don’t want him to get run over, and I start trying to throw a random straw or other objects at it all to no avail. It turns out it was a piece of mulch. I felt silly. lol

  70. Stacey says:

    OMG, my heart was racing as I was reading this story! Something similar happened to me a few weeks ago, only not with a happy ending like yours. My husband moved lots of furniture around to clean carpets one day…which must have displaced some creepy crawlies in our house. I woke up from a dead sleep because I felt something crawling on my FACE! I jumped out of bed, turned on the light, and lifted my pillow only to see a spider scurry behind the mattress! I am terrified of spiders in general, so this was just horrific! It still gives me the creeps….

  71. Lisa H. says:

    We sometimes get large spiders around here. We recently had one move into our car port. Hubby and the kids (two girls) named him (her?). They would catch bugs and throw them into his web and watch him wrap them up.

    Thankfully that only lasted a week or two. I hate spiders and kill them on sight.

  72. Colleen says:

    Welcome to the wonderful northern California and our beautiful pumpkin spiders. The closer to Halloween we get the bigger and oranger they get. Scary looking (in the extreme) but not harmful unless you are a large fly or a bumble bee. Much better than the black widows we used to have when we lived in the central valley *shudder*. (I have a really awesome picture of a male, I think, pumpkin spider I found on my fence a couple weeks ago. It jumped when I took the picture and I was so freaked out I dropped my brand new smart phone in dog poop. But I got the picture and that’s what counts…right?)

  73. Justine says:

    OMG I would have jumped out of the hot tub running around screaming like a nut!! I’m terrified of insects spiders and beetles especially. I laughed really hard when it was just a leaf.

  74. Linds says:

    Ah! I was scratching my head at the thought of a spider in your hair! Glad you saved the wine though, that is pure skill. 🙂

  75. kat says:

    that’s hilarious! I laughed so hard I woke the baby!