Hobby Day

Jen and I decided on a day at home today to do craft and hobby things. After mowing the lawn (not a craft or a hobby, but it needed to be done), I spent some time cleaning up my garage. But before that, a word on wildlife, specifically arachnids...

While I failed to get a picture of this spider yesterday, when we were leaving to go to the museum, I noticed what appeared to be an illusion of sorts by the trunk lid of the Toyota. It was a very large spider which had built a web off the back of the Toyota and was attached to, and I am not kidding, the overhead telephone/cable TV lines...a good 15-18ft in the air...this was one solid web. Jen and I both looked at this ambitious spider and I concluded: "No Jennifer, just leave it, that's the spider's Paseo now...". Unfortunate for him/her that they built in such and exposed location...either a bird got him or the neighborhood kids did, as he was absent, web and all, this morning. Just as well, Jen can have her car back...

Today, however, I did get a picture of this freak of nature out by our compost bin. I like the little zig-zag pattern on his web, although Jen says it's probably just mocking her with her zig-zag problems on the sewing machine. Leaving it a lot of room, I finished mowing the lawn only to find another one on the west side of the house. It also had the same zig-zag pattern in it's web...I'll let them be for now...if they set one of their eight legs in this house they will meet an untimely demise...

Anyhow, back to the workshop. After cleaning up the garage, it was time to trash it again. I wanted to get some more practice with my scroll saw, so I cut a few more pirate fish out of poplar and warmed up with my first attempt at a puzzle...granted, very simple, but still a good exercise. Pics are on my website. The garage is still in good shape, so the remainder of the weekend will be spent working on Jen's shelves for her sewing room, and planning a rocking bunny as a present for Oona this Christmas.

Update: apparently that leviathan in my back yard is a common Black and Yellow Garden Spider (thanks to Jen for identifying that!)