Happily working in my shop – it’s almost always happily even when some cussing may be required – I finished hand making some custom PVC clips for the ends of a few braces needed in our newly recovered hoop greenhouse, and headed up the slope to our backyard to install them.

BohyHummer My sweet wife, who loves gardening and has a truly magic and curative touch with seeds and ailing plants, was taking advantage ofour early spring and working leaf mulch and our own compost into the raised beds.

Rounding the deck that overlooks the garden, I heard her whimpering wetly, and found her standing with a large garden fork in her hands, tears streaming down her beautiful face. Barely able to speak, she was repeating, “I’m a horrible person, a horrible person.”

Because of the heavy fork, I thought, God, was there an accident with one of the chickens? With our trusty dog Pete? 

“Honey, what is it?”

“I’m a horrible person. I killed a little toad. I’m a horrible person.”

Michael Nielsen
3/11/2012 5:31:39 PM

I would really like to say thanks for sharing these great experiences that you have with these beautiful animals like a hummer and a wolf spider. I would also like to share a website (wolfspiders.org) for all those people who love wolf spiders and want to know more about these spiders just like me.

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