Jan 20, 2009 | 4 comments 4 Comments DeAnna on January 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm Eek! Is that a black widow?! We are re-doing our bathroom, so that was partway through installing the new sink and vanity. The new vanity was one inch taller, but we didn’t even think about the pipes not reaching any more. I think all home improvement projects are probably like that. Mom, what a cool statue. It looks like it’s just out in the middle of the prairie? Reply Sarah on January 20, 2009 at 8:15 pm I got some boxes out of a friend’s basement. Halfway through filling a big box, I go to pull the lid flaps out and out jumps this spider. I was so proud of myself for being able to take some photos of it and trap it in a glass and a piece of mail! I’ve come along way with my arachnaphobia. Never before would I have been able to look closely at a spider, let alone take pictures of it or get it in a glass just millimeters from my fingers. I had just never seen a spider like this, and I now believe it was a black widow. A friend freed it in the atrium before I realized that, so I hope it doesn’t go crawling where it shouldn’t. Reply Rusty Spur on January 21, 2009 at 3:12 am How could you tell if it was a black widow without seeing the “hourglass” on the bottom? I’ve never actually been able to see the bottom of one of those critters so don’t know if I’ve ever seen one or not. Yes, this was bizarre with the statue. I went to visit Jim and some other friends in Three Forks Sunday night and stopped in Butte and had lunch with Mike on the way home Monday. He told me he wanted to show me some metal sculptures so we get in my truck and drive waaaaay out into the hinterland and here is some guy’s place on this gravel road and he has all these AWESOME metal sculptures just sitting around here and there on his property. There were pack mules, elk, and all kinds of stuff just out on the prairie and along the creek. There was a very cool coal miner pushing a cart on top of one of the hills. It’s just a hobby – he doesn’t sell them, he just does it for the hell of it. Reply Sarah on January 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm Wow, that is so cool about the statues. There are some neat people who choose to live out there. I’m not for sure about the spider being a black widow. I’ve shown the photos to a few people and it seems to be the consensus which is certainly not scientific. I really want to do some research about it, but I think I’m not ready to look up who knows how many spider images on the internet. So I’m just going with the preponderance of evidence standard rather than beyond a shadow of a doubt. And DeAnna – I assume you were able to figure out how to arrange the pipes. See, it’s just those kinds of things that totally intimidate me about home improvement, or any sort of handy work really. It always requires more knowledge and experience than I have. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.