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We Interrupt This Blog…

category_bug_journal2.gif I had something of greater import in mind for today, but it involved actual thinking and time got away from me. So consider today’s post an interlude, a pleasant interruption that has nothing to do with getting old.

Big excitement out back yesterday. All three floors of the apartment house that is kitty corner from the deck have been empty since I moved here in June. Then, about three weeks ago, a team of workers arrived who have been gutting the place from top to bottom throwing pieces of walls, ceiling and flooring into dumpsters below. Renovation is in the air, but it’s not all that compelling as entertainment goes.

Then yesterday, a big blue crane showed up for what appeared to be reconnaissance of the condition of the roof. I couldn’t resist a few photos:


About two weeks ago, Mrs. Spider moved in and erected a new home for herself between some leaves of Hedy the ivy and a wall of the deck. I thought to brush her away, but was impressed with the diligence of her construction efforts and so gave her a reprieve but intending it to be only a day or so.

Spider I thought she was gone after a heavy rainstorm, but then I spied her using an ivy leaf as an umbrella and when the rain stopped, she repaired her web and sat down to wait. Her patience is admirable and has led me to wonder how long a spider can go without food. As far as I can tell, nothing has fallen into her trap.

A second windy rain again tore her web apart, and again she diligently repaired it. And now that I’ve spent time watching all these efforts, it’s not so easy to brush her off. Can any of you gardening bloggers tell me if there’s any reason not to leave her there?

VegetablesWednesday is farmer’s market day at Monument Square in downtown Portland, Maine. I never miss it and I always overbuy, but how not to. Real tomatoes, ripened on the vine. Cute little round cucumbers that hint of lemon in their taste. Hybrid peas that snap and crackle and are as sweet as candy. Ten or 15 kinds of lettuce to choose from. Local raspberries, blackberries and wild blueberries that – well, you get the idea.

It makes you understand why so many artists paint still lifes.

Sunflowers The farmer’s market also sells plants and cut flowers and, hey Millie (of My Mom’s Blog), after your recent birthday, I’ll never again see sunflowers without thinking of you. So I bought some this week.

Our regularly scheduled programming will resume on Friday.


Unless Mrs. Spider grows to the size of the spiders that I've had in my house since harvet time, be brave and leave her there. Eeeekkkkk the blasted spiders span the width of my hand or at least they look like it. Not that I get close enough to really measure LOL.

One thing I love about living in a small village we get lots of home grown and local grown veggies and fruits.

All are invited to our village fete and garden show this weekend.

Mrs Spider (Charlotte?) will do nothing but eat flying insects. I don't mind spiders much as long as they're not ON me. Your cat may try to catch the spider in the fullness of time. I'd just leave her. When you get some drizzle or dew you can take a break from watching construction workers ;-) and get a couple of good spider web photographs.

There is a Scottish tale about how a spider and its web making persistance taught Robert the Bruce some patience while he was hiding out in a cave near here.

Sunflowers are always so cheerful, aren't they?

Oh how I wish I had a farmer's market close enough to get to! Thosae vegetables look so good.

The closest I get is when we go to our place in the Texas hill country. During the summer, several places, who normally sell peaches, also have vegetables that are fresh and so good!

I enjoyed this little interlude, Ronni. A break from the main purpose helps to clear the cobwebs of our minds, no?

I loved your blog today. It felt good to read it as words and pictures were about life and observation. As for the spider, I leave mine everywhere I can. They do eat small bugs and can be seen as benefical in the garden. Their diligence is indeed admirable.

A hundred or so years ago, living in a rental during my senior year in seminary, we found a large spider in our window sill. I went to the library and got a book on spiders to figure out what we had. Turned out to be a nice, valuable spider and we watched and enjoyed him all summer long. I often wonder what became of him. I rather liked him. Now, we have a decent supply of black widows which are messy but not aggressive. I like them too, but kill them because I don't want them getting mad at us.

Looks like we've all had our spider friends. I had one a few weeks back outside my back door. I never bother them because the webs are so darn pretty. Twice a day I would pass by her web and check in with her. Then one day she was gone and you know I was checking everywhere around that spot looking for her? Crazy we are...

Hi Ronni

Yes, I love those sunflowers!!

Your post today inspired me to make a post in tribute to Milt Rebman.

Go take a look.

This is a delightful piece, a welcome break from the world, bringing me back to life in the moment. Will be interesting to know how the renovation proceeds.

I, too, relish the local farmers markets which each of several surrounding communities have on differing days, some nights. Trying to buy for just one now is an adjustment, but, like you, I often ended up with too much for even two, so continue the pattern.

Spiders are fascinating though many years ago I was less than enamoured with the Black Widows on our patio in AZ, so had to educate my little one to be wary in case one showed up.

The Brown Recluse is one you would want to avoid, but as the name implies, is likely to be back in dark hidden corners.

Beautful sunflowers, beautiful Millie, beautiful tribute to Milt.

I love this blog, about getting old. Never thought I would . . . still, here I am.

I'm making a website for my family, with all the old photos (I live in a forest so fire is always in mind), my writing, a letter I've been writing to my daughter since she was born . . .

I've found a service, Arkhold,Inc. that will endow my website. If I get hit by a bus and don't make my monthly payment, no one is going to stop hosting my site . . . its a thought and a plan.

Thanks for listening.


Aww, I think by now Mrs. Spider has squatters rights.
Great photos, especially those lovely sunflowers.

Spiders are great for keeping harmful bugs off your plants. Unless the spider really bothers you, I'd leave it alone. If you do want to get rid of them, a spray of water will tear up the web and discourage the spider from building there.

You can tell black widow webs because they are extremely tough, and wouldn't be blowing apart in the wind. I'm not sure they would be that far north, though.

Great post. I love interludes and I really enjoyed your photos. I'm not too fond of spiders, but live and let live!

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