Monday, November 2, 2009

If Charlotte had of been Charles?

For the record I do not do bugs, I scream, have heart palpitations, I call out for my husband or whoever is available (even my children) to dispose of the pesty beasts! Listen, I'm a Jersey girl use to city bugs, you know basic little ones you can kill with a can. Jersey bugs are reasonably sized they can not stand up and attack you, but these Georgia bugs are like aliens! If your brave enough to come at them, they will stop, look at you and chase you down until your hiding somewhere in a room or a closet! From those gigantic Limo sized water bugs to that black massive beetle, I can't take it!

Which reminds me of the time I was using the ladies room inside a large stall at the baseball park. Quietly as I'm going, I gingerly turned to my left and next to me on the wall was a stick and I remembered thinking wow, how does someone glue a stick on a cement wall...... When all of a sudden I realized that stick had legs and it started to move, I'd never seen anything so freakish in my life! That stick was so big, I thought it was going to stand up and say (with a Brooklyn accent), "Ey how you doin'?" I forgot what I was in the middle of doing and ran or maybe even jumped, I don't know, I had an out of body experience because when I gathered myself I was on the other side of that stall and accidentally had an accident on myself in the process.

Anywho, I sucked up my fear for my fellow blogging buddies and I braved this shot because, well I had to, look at this spider! I left my home early in the morning and right outside my door this is who I discovered Charlotte!! When I got back in the afternoon she was still working! I got all up close and personal with her and God knows there must be some name for this type of spider but, I don't know I was just blown away by her sheer magnificence!!! I mean this spider looked just like Charlotte from "Charlotte's Web", look at the zig zag word like lines she created! Notice how I just assume that this spider is a girl? I think it's because she was so meticulous, creative, diligent and most of all Fabulous!!!

Let's just face it, if this Charlotte had of been Charles, this work would not have been done. Charles would have been in a dark recessed corner somewhere finishing off a nap when I got home:)

This email was sent to me by Ms. T in reference to my spider:

This large orb-web is often referred to as the St Andrew's Cross spider due to it's characteristic cross-shaped web. This species displays sexual size dimorphism, with females being many times larger than males! She really is Charlotte:) Thank you T. Hensen for your research and e-mailing me so quickly!!!
xoxoxo Ms. Wanda


MOMSWEB said...

LOL! YOU are the fabulous one...what an awesome post about a simple spider. Well, she's not so simple when you finished blogging about her; she's famous AND fabulous! LOL!

Sassy Chica said...

I am so with you on bugs...I am so not their biggest fan. I am a Chicago girl and when we visit our family in Texas, some of the bugs I see are huge, I guess eveything is bigger in Texas and those nasty little critters fly...yuck!

Sassy Chica

Eva Gallant said...

I don't like bugs either. Fortunately, we don't seem to get many in my house! An occasional spider or lady bug, but very rarely!

rebecca said...




HATE 'EM! Have never gone camping, thank you very much. Can barely get through gardening. And, for a New Jersey girl, you are brave indeed to live in Georgia. I would've never moved there. Never. I welcome winter here in the northeast because then all those little buggers are a-slumber or dead, whichever I don't care, as long as they're not around. Earth Mother I am not.

Loved this post cause it so resonated with me. I hear ya!

Ms. Wanda said...

Thank you Momsweb and Sassy Chica. I actually found out today from a friend that this spider is a female! I posted it on my side bar:)

KK said...

She is gorgeous, but ick!

joanofalltrades said...

LOL! Way to overcome your fear to get that great shot!

Flory said...

Bugs give me the creeps, but seeing the work of such a beautiful spider, you can't help but appreciate the miracle of it. I love "Charlotte's Web". I still cry when I see the movie.

Ms. Wanda said...
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Anonymous said...


Ms. Wanda,
It never fails. I can read your entries and I cry from laughter because I swear you are standing in the back of me reading over my shoulder. I hear your voice in my head. You really should pursue getting your book published.


QueenBee said...

See there! Yes you were indeed brave because I would have been thinking that it would have jumped on my camera lens...and then my camera would have dropped out my hand...and then I would have had to hear hubby say, "you dropped that expensive camera because of a bug." and then I'd be in the courthouse saying, "and that's how he got the black eye, your honor." LOLOLOLOL

Mocha Dad said...

Hey! Charles would have completed the work AFTER the nap.

Unknown Mami said...

You are awesome!


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