I have heard your cries, my publics. I have been a bad, bad blogger.
Life's just been busy, that's all.
You haven't missed much.
I did find a black widow in my back yard a few days ago. That's the second one in a little over a year. I didn't get nearly so beside myself with this one. After the first one, I never stopped expecting to see one around every turn, so I had gloves on when I picked up the overturned bucket she was hiding in. And this one was a juvenile one, so it wasn't nearly so big as the HUGE MUTANT one I found last year. Did you know that juvenile ones have their red hourglass on their back, but when they're adults, their red hourglass is on their stomach? They spend their adult life hanging upside down in their webs, so their "warning" signal is up so that prey can see it easily. I thought that was weird. But there you have it. House For Sale. Spiders and dog hair convey with the sale. Inquire Within.
By the way, Kevin is my spider slaying hero. He wasn't here to deal with the black widow, but today a huge house spider ran past my foot (and I didn't have shoes on!) and I screamed bloody murder and jumped up in a chair. He beat it to death with one of my cute pink flip flops. It gave up a good fight, but it was no match for my footwear.