Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Tenacious. I LOVE that word. In some regards it describes me well, but in others not so much.
This picture was our diversion of the afternoon yesterday. The temp was below freezing. Something moving outside in front of the patio door caught Terry's eye. Low and behold it was a spider moving up and down a web with the wind blowing about 15 MPH. The questions abound. What kind of spider was it? mid sized with red on it (not a black widow). How low can the temperature go before spider's freeze in Northern Indiana? THIS spider eventually disappeared into the eves above the door. This is info I found on Google about outdoor spiders...and yes..there are indoor spiders and outdoor spiders.
"Spiders are cold-blooded and not attracted to warmth. They don't shiver or get uncomfortable when it's cold, they just become less active and eventually, dormant. Most temperate zone spiders have enough "antifreeze" in their bodies that they won't freeze at any temperature down to -5 degrees C.: some can get colder. The few typical outdoor spiders that do end up indoors, die or at least don't reproduce."
The watching and research was a welcome diversion from the Gunsmoke episode that Terry was watching for about the millionth time. So you would think that I am thankful for the diversion, which I am. But I am more thankful for the tenacity in my personality to be interested in watching a spider, wondering, and wanting to find out the answers to questions that arose from the watching. Tenacity.
How about you? Have you recently found something that interested you so much that you wanted to find out more about it?