Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tenacious


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."

Thankful:
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?

16 comments:

  1. I never knew there were indoor and outdoor spiders and certainly wouldn't have guessed that one could survive those weather conditions. You and that spider exhibited tenacity, I'd say.

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  2. OMGoodness all the time Carol! Thank goodness for Google...lol Questions are always popping in our heads and i guess i'am tenacious too ... I like to KNOW things and i will keep at it until i figure it out...How cool about your spider....lately i've been interested in the dam on our Beaver Lake here... found out it was completed in the mid 1960's with a grant from the government to help prevent flooding...they also make electricity with the dam and use the money they get from that to pay back the grant....anyway...so yeah... i like to know things...lol Happy New Year Carol!!!! Hugs! deb

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  3. Very interesting spider info. I just stopped by to say Happy New Year!

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  4. The Gunsmoke bit made me smile-my husband and I LOVE the old ones-and have been known to watch them over and over! So interesting about the spider. And very cool of you to want to find out about him or her. Yes, just today I've been looking up foods high in B vitamins. Something I want to do this year is to eat very healthy.

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  5. Hi Carol,hmm a interesting post ,you have me thinking,just recently I wanted to find out more about air fryers as I didn't understand how they worked and my sister thought they were like a microwave ,but they aren't.
    Oh by the way I can't reply to the comments you leave on my blog Carol,not sure why.

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  6. Are you kidding! I think hubby and I use GOOGLE more than anyone we know. We'll get talking about something...people, animal, objects and then just google to find out more about it! I love learning new things and so interesting when we say "gee...I didn't know that!" So lucky to have the technology to learn so much!!! Love, GOOGLE!

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  7. Speaking of spiders, I have these weird looking spiders on my porch in Tucson. They live behind things like paintings, mirrors, etc. I am terrified of spiders so I killed one and took a photo of it and posted it to the Arizona bug group on Facebook. They said that they were not poisonous and they called them flatties.....how cute. I am enamored now that I know they are non toxic!

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  8. I love this post!! Good for the spiders, being so intrepid that they can build a web in such cold weather. As I walk I'm always looking for the tiny things sharing this planet with me. I love it when I come across a beetle or a spider or best of all a butterfly!

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  9. I love being to access information immediately when I am curious! My latest curious excursion was about velvet--for the first time, I wondered how it was made. Google to the rescue!

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  10. Oh, always something to look up...love the internet for that alone. I was talking to a friend about some of the British shows I watch...how all the women are not picture perfect, and that the start of one has a big scar on her arm...I looked up to see if I could find our what from. She had had an accident when 15 months old where scalding water got poured on her.

    I am forever looking up birds....to see where they live, where their range is....etc...

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  11. Wow - never knew that spiders were still active in the winter. 'Gunsmoke' in our house is reruns of Big Bang Theory....over and over again until I know the dialogue off by heart. Don't get me wrong - I love the show, but NOT at least three repeat episodes every single night!! Today I am grateful that I was inside when it was snowing so hard we couldn't see two feet beyond our windows.

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  12. All the time. I'm constantly looking up something. Thanks for the information on the spiders. In Arizona, spiders are year round, so I never thought much about how the cold affects them. That was interesting. My favorites are daddy longlegs, but I don't really mind any spiders.

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  13. I never knew a spider would be active on the cold days. I remember some when we'd have a warm spell in the middle of winter but otherwise I was glad when winter hit for the reason that bugs seemed to disappear! I don't think I could handle any rerun that many times! I would be in my "studio" instead lol. Gunsmoke was a good series and my husband has it on hand for when he's rerun through some other series - I just don't watch any TV so it doesn't get old for me!

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  14. Always finding something of interest here, but not spiders! {{{{shiver}}}} Nor snakes.

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  15. I never really have given much thought to "indoor" and "outdoor" spiders, but guess it makes sense. We get so much snow in the winter, I never see an outdoor spider after November!
    Nature is indeed amazing, and you have to admire the tenacity of a spider building a web in the winter... brrrrr.

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