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Saturday Afternoon - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Saturday Afternoon
It's a lovely summer day, and I am reading a book on my deck. The deck needs a coat of paint or stain, but I am pretending not to notice

There is a spider by me, a little guy maybe the size of a dime if you include his legs. He is striped orange and gray, and has an intricately constructed web. I can only see the web if I focus my eyes where I think it is, then gently move my head back and forth to blur the background. I tried to take a photograph, but it is too small and invisible for my camera phone's focus to find.

There are children playing with their mom a few yards down. I can hear their voices through the trees, but all I can see is my yard and my trees. My garden, my deck, and my spider.

I haven't seen any deer in awhile, but all of the tops of my tomatoes have been munched off, evidence that the deer must visit when I am either sleeping or at work. I think about deer repellant, which I just bought, or a cage or net of some sort to protect the tomatoes. I was looking forward to eating them myself, not feeding them to deer too rude to even show themselves to me.

The spider hasn't caught anything yet. A giant version of this spider's net would trap or deter the deer, but it might puzzle the neighbors.

I love this peaceful neighborhood, but the children's voices break the mood. I wonder what we were thinking sometimes, buying this nice big house, with room to grow, in such a family friendly neighborhood. Overconfidence, I suppose. An arrogant assumption that the universe can be predicted, perhaps. Still, it is beautiful here, the house is lovely, and M and I have a very good life here. That's much more than many people get to enjoy.
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From: writerwench Date: August 9th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hugs. That's a bravely positive state of mind, but yes... the little jab of pain... owie. I think you may well have to get a cage for the tomatoes. What a thought, that you have deer in the neighbourhood! They're very, very rare in England.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 10th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to stay positive... there are lots of good thing to focus on, so that helps. There are deer all over in Michigan. Especially in the North, and rural areas. I live in a suburb so there aren't many, but we have patches of wooded areas around that accommodate a few deer.

I'm hoping the deer repellent will make my tomatoes smell unappealing enough that they go back to eating whatever they ate before. Other people's gardens, plants in the woods, whatever. If this doesn't work, I'll have to do a cage or fence or something.
elizilla From: elizilla Date: August 11th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish they were rare here. But they are a real pest. We have way more of them now, than the area ever had in its wild state, because the only predator they have is the automobile. They're the most deadly animal in North America. They are a creature of the forest's edge that's doesn't need deep woods, just a few trees to hide in, between coming out in the open to feed. They adore the suburbs, suburbs are just giant salad bowls to them. In the actual forest, they are a major cause of deforestation, because there are more out there than the land can support and in a cold winter they eat the bark off the trees, which kills the trees. And stupid people persist in feeding the dumb things.

I hit one in my dad's car when I was a teenager, and another with my motorcycle about ten years ago. Pretty much everyone I know has hit one or had a few close calls. Their evolutionary trick for avoiding predators, is that even they don't know which way they'll jump. And if you miss the one you see, you might just hit one of her friends, because if you can see one there are sure to be a half dozen. Dumb as a box of rocks. You see them crossing, slam on the brakes and stop, and they will run right into you anyway. Or jump and land on top of you. Terrifying.

From: writerwench Date: August 11th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have road-racing cyclists who do much the same. They're so fragile, so easily damaged, and flock on minor roads, blocking them to motor traffic at normal speeds... and then they yell that motorists are intolerant and mean because we just want to drive along the road at 30mph without hitting them!
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: August 10th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe the little spider will catch the deer. You both win! It gets a feast, and you get your tomatoes. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 10th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that idea!!
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