I Guess I’m Not as Tough as I Thought

August 20, 2013

SpiderLeft: Note I left for Dick one day when I went out to teach. He wasn't back from work yet and I knew I wouldn't return until after he'd gone to bed. I mean really, I can't wake him up just for this, can I? And I couldn't leave the house without warning him?! (Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on yellow legal pad.)

Today's image and caption pretty much say it all.

I'd like to think I'm not afraid of much, but spiders do put me off.

Note: Dick reported that the spider ended up intact at the bottom of the washer—discovered when he pulled the clothing out. He didn't think it was that large—as large as I'd drawn it, actual size of course—but then I explained that the jostling of the clothes probably "deflated" it. We agreed to disagree.


UPDATE: Suggestions on what this spider might have been led me to do an internet search for MN spiders. That wasn't helpful but I ended up at There I found the Long-legged Sac Spider. What I saw was bigger than the .35 inch top of range listed. But it has the same coloring of the spider I saw. (How can I be so sure of the size? Well I'm a visual person and it was sitting right next to a button in the wash, and I can measure that button…) This would be a good bet because of its location too—our unfinished basement laundry room near an appliance. I don't like that it's an ambush predator! Painful bite, slow to heal. It just gets worse and worse. But what I saw was bigger. I'll have to keep looking. But it is the right color.  

  1. Reply

    I do not like bugs, spiders especially… so I believe my screams on seeing such a monster in my washer would have woken my husband… no note needed 🙂

  2. Reply

    do you think it was an orb weaver? We get them here, harmless BUT HUGE- especially near the FALL…..

    • Miss T
    • August 20, 2013

    Guys never think that spiders are as big as they really are!!!

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    Happily no screaming was involved. It was morning. I set my clothes down while putting in the laundry powder. Reached down, threw stuff in the machine, and there it was on the top of the clothes. Must have jumped on them while they were on the cement floor. I stepped, or rather jumped back, and decided my best course of action was to run the machine. It would be hours before Dick came home…

    It seemed easier to give him a heads up. I needed that bra for the next day!

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    I’ll have to look up orb weaver. I think those are the yellow and black ones aren’t they? I see those in the fields all the time when I go out with dogs. This was just round and bulbous and a lighter color on the belly/back, and browns and neutrals. Pretty nondescript and very scary because it was so huge. Literally the size I drew it. I have lived in MN for decades and never seen anything like this. EEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Just thinking about it gives me the creeps.

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    What is it about guys and size. They never seem to get it right whatever they are discussing?????

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    Dick is pretty low key and not a lot bothers him. I think it must be nice being such a benevolent master of the universe. I wonder sometimes what that must feel like. But instead I find myself on watch against spiders and bugs!

    • Miss T
    • August 20, 2013

    Exactly my point, Roz!

    • Tina
    • August 20, 2013

    AAAUUUUGGGHHHHHH!!!!! I had a similar incident with a wolf spider in the garage. I told my spouse guy that if that spider ever found its way into my car and I discovered it while driving, I would most likely cause an accident involving possible injury and/or damage, and asked him to get rid of it pronto. It turned out to be already dead. But it was HUGE. (I find it reassuring that even someone like you who has such an interest in animals and nature still hates spiders!)

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    EEEEEK. NANANANANANANANAAAAANANANANANANAAAN I’m not listening to you. I have my hands on my ears! (Metaphorically writing.)

    I do not believe it should be legal to use the words “wolf” and “spider” in the same sentence, let alone to describe a single entity.

    There was one spider in Australia that we had that was huge. I remember my brother wrapping paper towels on the butt end of pool ques (sp? sticks used to play pool) and banging them off the ceiling. EEEEEEEEE.)

    Despite my love of most things natural I detest also detest (beside spiders) snakes, ticks (though I’m able to deal with them after years working in the fields with the dogs), and SHARKS.


    Our local fish and chips place in Melbourne always had shark on the menu and I ate it out of principle!

    • Leslie S
    • August 23, 2013

    Ok, in the basement, wayward underwear, giant spiders. I’d say “Don’t look behind you!!!” Every bad schlock horror movie ever made.

    Made me Giggle, have a safe day, Leslie

  8. Reply

    Leslie, my thoughts exactly. I don’t want to become just another statistic. I worry when you kill a spider you’re going to turn around and find a REALLY BIG spider standing behind you upset!

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