I live here

I live here

This post is actually an excuse to publish this image.

A fellow blogger over at Notes to Ponder posted about discovering Black Widow spiders in her laundry room. I attempted to comment back and link this image — but Wordpess’s comment system strips out html I guess.   The graphic struck me as poignant because we we formerly lived there were periodic discoveries of wildlife living among humans and a great furor to boot.

Personally, I think it’s the neatest thing in the world to see deer, coyotes, foxes, skunk, and raccoon living among us.  Other people don’t like ’em.  I’d say, it’s a big world and there’s room for all sorts, but the fact of the matter is that we humans are hogging up all the space and making it hard for the critters to get on.  So don’t be surprised when they learn their own adaptive behaviors and appear among us attempting to live a life of co-existence while we humans insist upon exterminating them just like we do other humans.  sigh…..


I live here


2 thoughts on “I live here

  1. I’ve lived in the country or rural areas most of my life, and I’ve seen my fair share of wild critters, including a 30 ft. long black snake hanging on the side of the barn. I have no objections to being around wildlife as long as they stay outside and I stay inside. A family of squirrels lives in my attic. Nothing has worked to discourage their residency, so I put up with their noise. Spiders, on the other hand, that invade my home will not be permitted to stay. 🙂


    • I remember my dad always telling me that spiders were our friends because they ate a lot of household critters that people liked even less than the spiders.

      I am mostly a city boy who made incursions into the wilds so I’m the first to admit that I have a lot to learn about what is a good critter (humanly speaking) and what might not be.

      That said, it does trouble me when humans move into an area and suddenly past history has to be re-written as it they were present all along — whether it has to do with critters, or airports, or… well… you name it. We lived near the Milwaukee airport — not ON the flight pattern but nearby. Long after the airport was built those who built homes at the end of the runway wanted the airport to re-design itself so that they weren’t inconvenienced by the airport noise — well, if you build your house at the end of a runway maybe you should expect concommitant noise?

      My attitude is similar with critters. If you choose to live where critters have lived — then expect them to be around, and competing for resources with you. It’s a big world and room enough for most of us to get along together.

      I did have a friend (in CA) who nearly died from a Brown Recluse bite (spider) but the ones I have personally had interactions with have been much less scary.

      I do keep my eyes open for them. Being willing to co-exist is not the same as wanting them around!!!!!!



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