I had the day off so I decided to be productive and mow our big old back yard. I opened the shed door and…..and….this was on the door!
I froze. It was huge. I usually leave spiders alone if they are outside just doing their spider thing. But the thoughts of leaving a huge mutant jumping spider in the shed was just too much. I kept having visions of it jumping on me every time I open the door. I slowly backed away and then bolted into the house to get a fly swatter. I didn’t have anything to swat it with and I didn’t want to use my shoe. I would have been cleaning spider guts off for days.
I go back out with the fly swatter and….it was gone! The spider was gone! It took a minute, but I got brave enough to creep inside and get the lawn mower out. After mowing I had to get the courage to open the door again to put it back. I slowly open the door, ready to run if needed. No spider on the door! I decided to just get that mower back in the shed before I chickened out. As I was lifting it into the shed, I saw it. We have a cord storage reel and it was sitting on top of the cords.
“Hi Mr. Spider. I’m just putting away the mower. Nothing to see here.”
I just could not leave it alone. I did NOT want that thing in the shed! With a burst of courage (or stupidity) I grabbed the handle of the storage reel and threw it out of the shed. I was sure it would knock the spider off.
I crept up on it, carefully checking the ground as I walked. As I neared it, I saw it burrow into the cords. It had survived the crash! Now it was hiding in the cords!
I gently put the storage reel back into the shed and closed the door.
My son will be mowing the lawn from now on.