Friday, September 21, 2012

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS!

Me Again....

Yep, nature has shown her face, twice in one night!  I went outside with my bitten toe (LOL!)  to catch up on emails and just happen to see something move above my head!

Here's what it was.....







I give up!  A Tarantula!  It's the size of a Virginia HAM!  Well.....maybe a nice sized cantaloupe!  Serious to God!  I mean...nerve tonic, where art thou?  I cannot believe it!  I'm getting a bit squeamish all the sudden!  Sorry to bother y'all again!  Had to blog it!....What is it with insects tonight!  If it's not snakes it's the blasted insects!  ahhhhhh!  :)

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

57 comments:

  1. Unbelievable, I know I'm never moving to Texas. He is DISCUSTING!!! How often do you see critters like that, I would seal my house off with duct tape, seriously!!

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  2. YIKES - you have got to be kidding (I know your are not kidding) but this is just unbelievable . . . you are like living some reality horror story . . . forget about calling out the bug man - you need a whole bug killing team out to your place tomorrow morning . , . hope you have checked into a nice hotel for the next night or two!! This just plain creeps me out!!!!!

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    1. I personally would of wanted the bug man there as soon as I seen it

      TA

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  3. No way could I live with creepy crawlies like that and two in one night, now that's just too much! Thankfully we don't have to worry in the UK! Stay safe, it looks like a jungle out there...! ;)

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  4. The scorpion is nasty...you have my sympathy and I hope you saw the Dr. El Pronto.....:(

    Ewwwww !!!

    The Tartantula is a little more friendly. They won't just jump on your face and bite you. If you hold them it is like holding a small pet. I held on in the biology Dept. It had however been socialized. When I rented an Apt about 40 years ago I woke up and had one on my pillow by my face. Just napping with me. I got out of bed really fast and careful and put a big cup over it and took it outside. It never moved. We kept one as a pet once, but didn't know how to feed it. If you spray your door with peppermint oil it might help. Insects don't like it and it is not poisonous. Iherb.com. Dilute. For the scorpion get the damn Raid. Raidddd......

    Yikes....I hope you are better.

    Susie

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  5. OMG are you serious!!! This is real??? Jesus Jim you need to move! I would have fainted at the site of either the massive spider from hell of the scorpian!

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  6. that's enough to make me move.....oh dear lawd.

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  7. Holy Cow!!! thats no spider thats a mahoosive mutent spider!!! looks like he could of sahken your hand?! Go careful jim!!
    hiding behing my sofa

    kaz x

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  8. Kill and attack!!! This is just to scary!!!

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  9. Shit ....... I'm so glad I live in the UK. Nothing like that running around here unless they are pets or in Zoos. You can keep the creepy crawlies.

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  10. Oh this is just wrong!! I hope you killed it! Time to call the ORKIN man....LOL Spray the heck out of your place.

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  11. I am very happy to live in sweden where there is no nasty insects! =)

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  12. Oh see Jim, I would have hyperventilated, ran screaming, stub the toe that just got bit and then fainted from all the blood rushing out my head!! Get out while you still can!!!!!!!!

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  13. Ooh brrrrrr! If I come across a spider like that in my garden, I'd never felt relaxed in my garden to sit anymore. I hate spiders. Luckily I live in the Netherlands,therefore no spiders like this.

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  14. Good lord Jim...you need a leash for all your new pets...LOL! Glad you're okay though!

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  15. June-Marie (mermaid49)September 22, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Jim, I would so be moving!.....Alberta is a mighty fine place to live and our doors are always open!

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  16. They can't help being attracted to you 'cause you're so sweet!....lol Glad you are alright, but don't think I will be going to Texas anytime soon!...lol
    Hugz, Z

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  17. Oh my...I wouldn't be able to sleep! In fact, just seeing your photo of that creepy thing will give me nightmares for a week! EEEEK!

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  18. If that sucker was at my house, he'd better be paying some rent or he'd be a goner :)

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  19. Oh hell no! I would have freaked out!!! I would have the heebie-jeebies for weeks after seeing that.

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  20. I would be in a hotel with a for sale sign in the front yard!

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  21. I would totally move.
    Love your work.
    Maybe this is natures way of inspiring you?
    monica :)

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  22. Twice in one day??? I would be a total wreck, and calling the exterminator !!! I hope the scorpion bite wasn't too serious!!

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  23. For Halloween decorations you need to use the nice plastic ones...NOT the real thing!! These critters just make my skin crawl.
    PammyB

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  24. Well guess I'm not moving to Texas! Yuck! And I thought our palmetto bugs were giants!

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  25. Oh my goodness! There are benefits to being in MN!

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  26. they are only a problem if you frighten them. then they are probably afraid you plan to cover them in epoxy and attach to a project.

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  27. Is Mother Nature trying to tell you something!!!

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  28. Looks like Halloween has come early to your house! Be thankful that thing didnt fall on you! So what do people do with tarantualas... do they squish them like the rest of us do with little spiders? ewwwwww.....

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  29. Being allergic to spider venom...even from the small ones...I have only one thing to say. "The only good spider, is a dead one!"
    You should indeed get the exterminator out, first thing!
    Be careful my friend.
    Hugs, Jess

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  30. Oh and just when I thought Texas didn't have anymore of these critters. Haven't seen a tarantula in years (and I'm not missing them). As for scorpions, I am so allergic to their bites, I hope I never run into another one. Here in Saginaw, it is fire ants and geckos. Haven't seen any fire ants this year for some odd and great reason. I love the little geckos and leave the light over the kitchen sink on for them in the evening so they can have their dinner. They are really interesting to watch and since they eat bugs, I say, "you go guys. Jim, hope your toe is better and it didn't interfere with your creative juices.
    Take care and have a great weekend.

    Pammiebear in Texas

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  31. There is no one more terrified of spiders then me Jim. I just hate them. Since living in San Diego, I have had to learn how to deal with those fears. Knowlege is best and I have done my research on both of these spiders since I never had to deal with them until we came here. Tarantulas are slow and large enough that they catch your eye easily. They are more afraid of you then you are of them. They follow the same migration path year after year, so if you have them you can bet you will see them every year and there are probably more to follow. They are slow moving and you just don't want to startle them. If I see them, I call my hubby and he grabs the dust pan and swoops them up and relocates them to a more remote part of our property away from our home. He hates to kill anything. However, scorpions are not so lucky. I keep raid on hand and I have been known to empty the entire can on one scorpion. There is only one down fall to that method, they move rather quickly, and by the time you have gone to get your can of raid, he might not still be there upon your return. My first method works alittle better. I scream for hubby and try not to take my eyes off of the spider until he is dead. I just have to know he will not be returning!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope your toe is ok and that you did not have nightmares last night. I probably would have stayed up all night with the lights on watching the floor. I am such a sissy when it comes to spiders. I'll take a snake anyday of the week over spiders.
    Marcie

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  32. Oh dear Lord! Snakes in the attic, scorpions on the floor, and tarantulas overhead - Jim, you're more than ready for Halloween. Move fast before the bats show up!

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  33. Someone mentioned a leash for your new pet ... hell, that thing could use a saddle. Yikes!

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  34. Good Lord again, Jim!!! What are you raising over there??? I know you live in the country, but good grief!!! It's a little early for Halloween tricks. I hope no other surprises sneak up on you between now and then. You need to wear one of those head lamps, to keep you out of the dark and for goodness sake.....wear shoes!!! LOL I'm a barefoot girl...it's a southern thing, I guess, but I would have shoes on if things like that were running around. Be CAREFUL!!!

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  35. JIMBUG...1st.Sarah needs to change your nick name(the critters are becoming to friendly over them there hills)..LOL
    2nd good grief..Charlie Brown!!...you need to get the h*** out of Dodge....
    3rd forget doing ustream of your projects.....you need one OF YOUR LIFE.....LOL
    and lastly......you need signs "NO CRITTERS (of any kind) ALLOWED" hope you make til Christmas maybe those critters are nicer

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  36. Geez Louise, Jim! At first I thought the first picture was a Halloween decoration. You've got some kind of unfriendly zoo going there. Maybe it's time for an expert to come deal with all of them.Be sure to keep socks and shoes on today. Could be that they're just dropping by because they want to do a little crafting. Hope your toe feels better today.
    Hugs
    Mo(Mori49)

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  37. Seriously??? Talk about the wild west! I will tell you taratulas don't eat very often -- how do I know? When my son turned 8 our party was taking the subway to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History where they have a bug place and you can watch the tarantulas being fed! They feed them once a week and those tarantulas are specially trained to eat that often. Party was a huge hit with 8 year old boys, we went for pizza afterwards. :)

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  38. Jim, did you see a doctor about the scorpion bite? Of course living in Arizona we have those critters. The bite from the smaller scorpion or the bark scorpion are the worst. As for the tarantula they are harmless just really, really scary looking. We live in Queen Creek, Arizona and so far this year we have found 5 scorpions in our house. I am the only one that has been stung by a scorpion and that was when I was a small kid and didn't shake out my shoes as Mother told me to do. It's part of the desert, but still gets to me.

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  39. oh my Jim. Reading all the messages to you covers my thoughts. Maine is a great place---no scorpions or tarantulas just bear, moose, fox, deer, wild turkeys, etc. and wild maniacs. Hope you are well today.

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  40. Hoping we dont see this as a .emnellishment on any halloween crafts. give me lizards any day!

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  41. Yuuuuuuuck!! That just made my head itch...Scary as that is I just can't kill a spider, I don't know what I would have done. The scorpion, I would have done a tap dance on that thing.

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  42. ok, a few years ago a song summed it all up for me ..."i don't like spiders and snakes ..."

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  43. So - what did you do with the spider?

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  44. Oh my! Thank goodness there aren't tarantulas on the east coast. Hope you're feeling better today.

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  45. OK this can't be happening, I can't even imagine and would have fainted by now if that happened to me! We don't have creatures like this in Canada, or at least where we are. We get stressed with wasps, leather jackets and mosquitos, lol! Like Mo said, I thought it was a halloween spider at first... NO SIREE BOB!!! I'm crossing fingers that the next post will be something dylusional, lol! :P

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  46. Feed the spider to the snake...maybe you'll get lucky and they'll both die. Yuck!

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  47. Another thought. It looks a little not so classy, but works. Before I got the plumber to caulk around the bath and sealed the sliding glass door with tape, I was getting lots of critters in when it rained, esp. I finally took some double sided carpet tape and put across when anything could come in. Insects will stick to it. Might take 2 widths for the bigger critters, but if you want your doors open, you might consider taping the jambs. Looking silly isn'at as bad as getting bit. Then you just peel the tape and toss it and replace. It doesn't damage wood or carpet or flooring. Just a thought. I also spray the outside of the jambs and window and screens with Raid, but you have to repeat with rain and such. Peppermint will deter ants and small crawlers. I hope you feel better

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  48. Jim... honey... How long have you lived in Texas? I would have thought you'd have seen these things before! Or are they just ganging up on you all at once this year? See, you become a well-known, paper-crafting, design team member and the crowds start pushing in at your door!! Bugs and such included. We ALL love ya!!

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  49. Holy crap. How did you get rid of it? There is no way I would of been in the same room with it

    TA

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  50. Oh my word! I am terrified of bugs (and I am talking non threatening bugs like crickets!). Poor hubby has to rescue me when one is in the basement. Oh, I would faint if i saw one of those over my head!! Be careful out in the wilds of TX!

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  51. I like the idea of the double sided tape from Susan Walkup. Maybe 5" Scor tape?
    monica :)

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  52. Ooo err - maybe we should call you Dr Dolittle?! I am surprised that you didn't incorporate the spider into one of your halloween projects though! I used to wish that I could come and visit you in Texas, but on reflection I think it's safer just to visit your blog instead. Please take care.

    Lynn Hardy

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  53. OMG.... I am terrified of spiders. I think I would have a full blown anxiety attack if that thing where in my house. We have some creepy crawlies in NC, but nothing the size of a small car. I had a huge Wood spider in my house once, but it was 1/2 the size of your house guest. How did you get it out of your house??
    Hope your toe is better. ((((hugs))))
    Kimmie <3

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  54. You just have to figure out how to use them in your projects....can you imagine the screams and the fainting...you would have to include smelling salts with your ideas...glad you survived the bite and the scare but i wouldnt be going outside anytime soon if he was hovering above my head....lol.

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