Unsettling.....

..... I threw the mower into high gear this afternoon and circled the lawn as dark, ominous clouds hustled in from the west..... you could smell the ionization in the air as I finished up....... the leaves on the dogwood trees had surrendered to the humid, 90-degree wind.... and had upturned themselves..... showing their silver bellies as the air rushed past....... sometimes you can just smell the rain long before it ever arrives......

.... I stowed the mower in the garage and closed a few of the windows that I had left open in the house to try to catch the breezes that the storm was stirring up...... a rain was coming..... you could practically taste it in the air...... that odd internal feeling you sometimes get when the pressure around you is changing.....

..... I made my self a drink and watched the angry clouds approach from the air conditioning of the living room.....

...... and then they were on top of the house..... the wind picked up heavier...... and then, nothing....... I walked through to the kitchen and the black clouds were already nearing the crest of Starr's Mountain off to the east of me........ no rain..... only wind and a promise.... a promise unfulfilled, as it seems.......

...... fast forward to about an hour ago....... I was watching the 1935 version of "Tarzan, The Ape Man" on TCM - absolutely amazed at how bawdy the censors let Jane be in the presence of all those monkeys and men in gorilla suits - when I noticed a mud dauber wasp caught in a spider's web on the front porch.... it was stark against the lighter tones of the siding, and you could clearly see it struggling in the web........ and just as clearly, you could see the common house spider attached firmly to its head........

.... I walked over to the window for a better look..... the stanchion that held the web was only four feet from the window, and I called for The Missus to come and watch......... it's not often that you see a wasp get eaten by a spider..... not even around here......

...... but as we watched the wasp squirm, wiggle, and beat its wings, all was not right...... and within a minute or two, the wasp was free from the spider's web....... and then it was that we realized what was going on.....

..... the spider was still firmly attached to the wasp's head (which we had assumed he was either eating - or injecting with venom)...... but the happily-free wasp seemed to be sitting there chewing........

.... and after a few minutes more, the wasp dropped what was left of the spider, and flew away...... having had a hearty dinner with us as voyeurs........

.... that said, I hope that y'all do well tonight........ if my observations around my OWN compound are anything to go by, everyone should be on the lookout this evening......

...... and take it from a fellow who normally keeps his fingers firmly pressed on the pulse of nature, rubberneckers......... all is not as it seems..... a storm that wont rain?.... and a spider whose web fails her?....... hell, in a world like that?..... absolutely anything is possible.......

..... have a drink and make it an early night....... or load both barrels before you head off to bed....... but whatever you do, remember that I told you so here first......

... heh heh.... goodnight, all....

by Eric on July 27, 2009 | Bullshit (5) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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I also had a wind black clouds no rain experience the other day...strange.

Bullshitted by Sam on July 28, 2009 07:25 AM

Wow! It's rare anyone ever sees that. Wasps are most spider's natural enemys. I saw a water snake snag a huge fish once.., SCARY.., yet cool in a "twisted' since. Sounds like you live pretty secluded.., hence my envy. I'm originally from Tennessee.., now living in VA. Beach. From razorback hogs to sharks n stuff. Later!

Bullshitted by Snottydog on July 28, 2009 11:05 AM

Hey Eric.., how's it going? Been popping in/out different blogeer's pages for years now.., yours is in my list of fav's. I'm trollin' for some readers to my page n such. My blog is life as it goes on, both personal and otherwise.

My life's not always joy ride, etc., just kind of day to day as it happens.., sometimes things I find either funny, stupid, annoying, unfair, terrific.., er.. whatever. Many times.., guessin' my site's boring to some.., interesting, comical, stupid.., or maybe downright repulsive to others. Blogging in the eyes of the beholder as it goes. Either way.., needin' readers n commenters.., allowing visits for those who see the link if they be at all interested. Thanks.

Bullshitted by Snottydog on July 28, 2009 11:23 AM

So well written young man...a joy to read

Bullshitted by John C on July 29, 2009 03:34 PM

I say take it as an omen that you will soon accomplish something you once thought impossible.

Bullshitted by Harvey on July 31, 2009 12:17 AM