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10 October 2005 @ 04:36 pm
So we got our chimney cleaned today by Garrulous Chimney Sweep (who was rather surprised that I was baking from scratch, but more than happy to take a cookie as he left) in preparation for a long, cold winter in which oil prices are going to be Just Plain Bad and so we'll be winter-proofing our home in a big way and trying to get the most out of our woodburning stove.

We still need to get an oil delivery; the stove won't be able to do it all. The burner needs to be serviced before that and, in fact, before it can be used.

So... since we have a happy, healthy and fit chimney thanks to the cookie-loving G.C.S., I thought, "Hey! We can light a fire tonight against the damp and chill!" Off I went to the woodpile to chop kindling (no worries) and lug firewood into the house (considerable worries - read on to see why!). All was well for the first load. Second go-round? Not so much. The first log I lifted revealed spiderwebs and TWO HUGE HONKIN' (I think they were) BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS.

I shrieked. Loud and long and girly. Then I decided that I had more than enough wood for a fire this evening, and ran (again, rather more girly than usual) back inside.

I'm wondering... could one of those spiders have been the very same arachnid who was lurking in my bathroom lo these many weeks ago?


Julietfair_juliet on October 10th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
ok, someone tell me what a brown recluse looks like? they seem to have been everywhere at faire this year and apparently very poisonous. I want to be able to recognize one if i see one and smash it to bits!
Kel: BoyBlueladyjoust on October 10th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Go to google image search and type in 'brown recluse spider.' Mind, it will show you pictures of spider bites from same, and might I say: ew.

Fjordhopperfjordhopper on October 10th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeew!!!!!! I would girly shriek too (and have, just ask Pico!)

Hey, baking is a great way to add some heat to the house too!
Kel: geeky is the new sexyladyjoust on October 10th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, the main reason I was baking is that the coffee bar at Don's job is an all-proceeds-for-charity deal. This week, they're raising money for breast cancer research. Add to that they specifically asked if I would be willing to bake... I'm going to make a new batch every day. Today was cinnamon-sugar; tomorrow, oatmeal chocolate chip!

The heat-bonus is nothing to be sneered at, though.
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on October 11th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
wow! that's really great (why does the phrase: "baking for boobies!" suddenly pop into my head?) and even better, you get the benefit of the heat without the lure of eating all those yummy cookies!
Goddessavhi on October 11th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
Speaking of "boobie savin"....

My dear I need your yay or nay in regards to the shoot on Sunday November 6th :) You with or without hubby is fine. though hubby is definitely welcome!
Kel: Babsladyjoust on October 12th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
I'd love to! Thing is, it is prime NaNoWriMo time, so I'm panicky. For how long would you need me?

And do you want Marian type costume, armor, pirate stuff... preferences?
(no subject) - trongersoll on October 10th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mairearanturas on October 11th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
Apparently the brown "recluse" is maybe not so reclusive after all? ;)

On the heating side -- did you ever buy that fan for the woodstove to improve heat efficiency? If not, I can send you the link into again.
pheylanpheylan on October 11th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Brown Recluse spiders are rather small and tend to like to hide in nooks and crannies. Approx. 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch across (including legs). If they were large spiders then they were not brown recluses. If you get up close to one (not that I expect you would) you can see a marking on the back that looks distinctly like a violin. Hence their other name, fiddleback spider. They also live mostly in the south and southwest of the continental United States. More than likely, you don't have recluses, but some other brown spider.
Don't know if the info helps any, but I'm hoping it can bring the fear of that spider down a notch from paralizing to just heebie-jeebie level.
Goddessavhi on October 11th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)

Besides the fact that, well you live in SnowWhiteLand and in said forest there will be tons of spiders...

I think someone is trying to tell you something! You know what they say about spiders being messengers of the Divine...
Kel: Wonder Womanladyjoust on October 12th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
I did not make that connection. Um... are they good messengers or bad messengers? *ulp*
Vampcursevampcurse on October 11th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on October 11th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Stand down...
I don't think we get brown recluse spiders this far north as a norm (although my ex bf's dad was bitten by one years ago that rode up from FL on a camping trailer...)

We do get black widows. AFAIK, those are the only poisonous spiders found in the general area.
Kel: Babsladyjoust on October 12th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Stand down...
They probably were wolf spiders, then, but no less bulbous and brown and way too fast and crawly.

Though crimsontom says he had a brown recluse on his tent...

Yeah. My entymologist grandfather would be so proud of me.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on October 12th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
Re: Stand down...
Though crimsontom says he had a brown recluse on his tent...

That'd be unusual, but not impossible. It'd be less unusual than you having one in your house. At the campground, there are a lot of folks trucking in to the camp from all over the place, so a hitchiker is a possibility.

Whatever the odds, if you aren't sure, better safe than bitten.

You never know what gets mislabeled either. The same guy whose dad was bitten by a brown recluse used to talk about some poisonous snakes called "red adders". He didn't actually know what they *were* and I finally figured it must have been a corruption/miscommunication of someone slurring "rattler". :-p