I am thankful

October 24, 2009

Skyline Drive - Shenndoh 05-08 019Snow is coming to Buffalo. Not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it’s coming. Except for when it lands on the road I like snow. It covers all the browns and grays that used to be my gardens. I like the change of seasons. And I like the fact that winter does a few others things.

For example: I read an article the other day by Jeanna Bryner, of LiveScience about the World’s largest web-spinning spider. Here is an excerpt: (Oct 21, 2009)

About the size of a standard CD, a newly described spider is now considered the largest in a class of web-spinners. Scientists discovered remains of the species of golden orb-weaver, now called Nephila komaci, among museum collections in South Africa and recently more dead specimens from Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa… The oversized dimensions ā€” a body length of 1.5 inches and a leg span of 4 to 5 inches ā€” describe the females of N. komaci only. The males, which are considered normal-size spiders, are on average five times smaller.

(The largest spider in the world may be the Goliath bird-eater, or Theraphosa blondi, which has a leg span of up to about 10 inches, 25 cm, according to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This tarantula does not spin webs.)”

In Buffalo, Spiders never get the chance to be big enough to carry off our children. The cold keeps spiders from growing large enough to build a web capable of capturing Indiana Jones.

I love warm weather, and think I may someday move to a warmer location. But in the meantime, I will not complain about the snow. Because there is at least one thing that I would hate more than snow on the road, and that would be finding the remains of my cat in a spider web.

No matter where you are in life today, be thankful for what you have, and for what you don’t have.


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