Sachiko comes by that particular nickname honestly.
As she says, “I helps Grabity and Grabity help me. It moochooally ‘fishal ‘rangement.”
While she does sometimes settle down to read the paper with her butt, more often, she’s on the table to decide what to assault next.
“Too much up here, even if I knocks it over. Gotta put more on floor or Grabity not cut me slack. Dat salt grinder easy target…”
OK, for those of you with sensitivity to spiders, stop here.
For the rest of you, scroll down a little further for one more shot of our new neighbor. I love how this one turned out with the light behind her web.
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I’m not kidding here. If spiders are on your squick list, stop reading now.
Here’s a small picture of Emeraldas, as protection against getting too much of the post on screen. (She’s warming up her eye lasers to save you from the evil arachnid.)
So, yes. Continuing last week’s recognition of new visitors; though in this case, she’s not hanging out at any of the bowls. She’s strung her web in front of the house. Across the path to the front door, in fact. We suspect she wouldn’t mind a bit if she snagged a UPS or Amazon driver.
Not a great shot, is it? Night photography in gusting winds is tough.
Of course, so is Ms. Arachnid’s web. It’s held up remarkably well against those winds and a week’s worth of foot traffic.
Hang on, let me get a shot from a different angle.
She’s rather cute, in a “way too many legs” kind of way, don’t you think?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
And they’re beginning the preliminaries to their mating rituals. It is that time of year.
Rufus is still negotiating territorial rights with Watanuki.
And there is much staring.
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.
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.