You've already seen photos from the visit with Mom and Pop, all but this one:
A wee chalkboard sign I made as part of Mom's birthday gift. The kidling knitted her a scarf in green (her favourite colour) and got her a pair of gardening gloves... the Great Scot and I got her a new book, and bookmark. Since we seldom get to see Pop on his birthday, we decided that giving him a wee something was in order as well, so a new (blue and white, blue being his favourite colour) tea mug, tea strainer, and a packet of my homemade tea blend were presented to Pop. (Is it bad that I thought seriously of buying him 'Hop On Pop' too?)
So last night the kidling was taking her bath, and on getting out and reaching for her clothes she found a surprise visitor that made her squeal a bit....
This li'l lady is called the rabid wolf spider, and is one of the more common spiders in it's range, which spreads from the East Coast... from Florida to Maine.... and as far west as Texas and Nebraska. Whilst it's bite isn't poisonous to humans, it is painful and Wolfie is an aggressive spider which typically stalks it's prey. The female of the species can grow up to 1 inch in length, (the body, this doesn't include the leg span) whilst the male is generally about half the size of the female. The coin beside it is a quarter btw. (About the same size as a 10 pence piece.) It is carrying it's egg sac, which from the colour is relatively new, as the sac darkens to a dull brown as the young mature. The young live on the mother's back for 6 months (up to 350 of them!) until they are mature enough to survive on their own, and the wolf spider lives 2 years or longer. The one thing I like about them? They eat crickets, which I despise.
Just for giggles: