Another Guest

Sometimes when one lives in a tourist destination, it seems like the house guests never end. As soon as Tuxie left, we had a new visitor.

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Unlike Tuxie, this one was not invited.

And no, this is not the spider who spins those lovely webs near the front door. She’s still outside where she belongs.

She’s also gotten much less camera shy in the past few months.

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Our unwanted guest was hanging around near the kettle. I somehow doubt she wanted to boil her dinner, but stranger things have happened around here.

In any case, and much to my relief, Maggie delivered our guest an invitation to the world–before she had the chance to explore the bedroom!

Changeless

Some things don’t change much at all.

The spider’s had to rebuild her web a couple of times, but she’s still hanging around in front of the house.
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And hiding on days when I have the good camera handy. I presume she’s concerned about having her picture out on the Internet in this age of facial recognition.

Yuki still thinks Rhubarb is the greatest pillow known to felinity.
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And snoring. Not surprising with his head at that angle.

The turkeys are still terrorizing the neighborhood. This shot was taken shortly after they held off the dog next door while stealing everything edible in his yard.
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And they’re beginning the preliminaries to their mating rituals. It is that time of year.

Rufus is still negotiating territorial rights with Watanuki.
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And there is much staring.

Variety

Some of you have been following the blog for long enough to know there are more critters living around here than just cats.

We’ve got a large flock of wild turkeys, who like to congregate in the streets and extort protection money from drivers.

There are several deer who often use the open space behind the house for their jousts.

And then there’s this lady.

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I’m sorry I couldn’t get a closeup shot. She really is a lovely slightly-translucent brown.

Very hardworking, too. She built this web overnight, right after the last set of storms ended.

We have an agreement with the spiders: if they stay outside, we won’t sic the exterminators on them.

By and large, they keep the treaty well, though I do occasionally find one in the bathroom and get Maggie to take it outside. I don’t worry about small violations like that.

However, climbing into the bed and exploring my ear is cause for immediate reprisals.

We had another storm Wednesday night, and Thursday morning the web was gone. I do hope the spider is OK.