...Checking our outdoor furniture for spiders! It's a holiday--like Christmas! There are special songs we sing, and decorations. The kids get a day off school. It's quite festive, actually.
Okay, none of that is true. Well, except the part about checking for spiders. I mean, we don't have to do it everyday, but if we haven't been out there for a week or so, it's always best to check. Gotta look under the chairs, in those little crevices, cause you just never know!
Yesterday after Ava's party, some friends of ours stayed to hang out and eat pizza. It was way too hot to sit indoors, so we had to de-spider the undersides of our outdoor chairs. That may sound like we never use them--but we do. It's just that spiders seem to move fast around here.
The other day, Grace wanted to ride this old 3-wheeled scooter that we have on our back patio. It's been sitting outside for ages and is all rusted. And look what Jason found underneath it when he was cleaning it up for her.
A redback spider! Poisonous and such. But I mean, I guess you'd have to try pretty hard to get bitten right? It was on the underside of the scooter, nestled around that little bolt thingy. It's not like they show up in your breakfast cereal or anything. Unless you eat breakfast on the underside of your porch swing. Then you might have a problem.
I can be cavalier about spiders, you see. There have only been a handful of recorded deaths from redbacks in Australian history. For some reason, spiders don't freak me out too much. If it was a rodent...well, I think we all know how that would go. By now, we'd be living two states over with assumed names.