Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Now That Is Some Good Help

Thank you for all the kind words, thoughts, prayers and hugs. Aria was a nice mare. One of the good ones. I'd seen her out grazing just a couple hours before. We went to dinner, came home and she was gone. While I'd liked to have said goodbye, I'm relieved it was fast and it didn't appear that she'd suffered. She knew how I felt about her. She was buried on the farm.

Moving on from sad to creepy, it looks like I have some good help in the wool house. This small house spider has caught a moth for me. Luckily it's just a common 'fly to the light while you're burning the midnight oil trying to finish up the Tour de Fleece' moth and not a wool moth, but I figure it's good training nonetheless ;-). She and her sisters can stay.

I tend to leave spiders alone anyway. Every now and then I make a mad sweep through the house if company's coming, but for the most part, if something's not bothering me, I leave it be. Beside, with such a rich history of spinning and weaving, I figure I can use all the help and inspiration I can get.

I looked to see if there was a good link telling the story of Spider Woman (not the comic book version ;-) and found too many to list. I encourage you to look them up. I did find one interesting tidbit to share. In case you have trouble remembering which way to turn your spindle...

Spider Man, Spider Woman and Weaving (Wikipedia)

Near Tó Ałnáosdlį́į́, Crossing of the Waters, lived Spider Man and Spider Woman. They knew how to weave the fibers of cotton and hemp and other plants. First Woman asked Spider Man and Spider Woman to teach people how to weave the fibers of plants so they would not have to depend on animal skins for clothing.[6] Cotton seeds were planted, and the cotton was gathered. Spider Man taught the people to shape a little wheel, 3 or 4 inches in diameter, and put a slender stick through it to spin the cotton. First Woman said, "You must spin towards your person, not away, as you wish to have the beautiful goods come to you. If you spin away from you, the goods will depart from you."


Janice L. Grinyer said...

Thats so good that you were able to bury her on the farm - it just gives more special meaning to the seasons surrounding you :)

and I agree, even with black widows, recluses that might be around, I have a tendency to let them live for the most part - they eat bugs too besides all that craftiness of weaving ;p

Peacecat said...

I enjoyed the quotation about the spinning.
I am glad you are feeling peaceful about Aria's passing.

Alice said...

What a great tale by which to remember spinning direction. Don't suppose the spider needs such a reminder. It's brain is probably bigger than mine. ;-)

Bee Lady said...

So sorry to hear about Aria.

I just read a story about spiders in an old issue of CL mag and it said if we didn't have spiders our world would be overtaken by insects! I don't bother them unless I have to. They are great spinners.

Cindy Bee

Dreaming said...

So sorry to hear about your loss, but what a blessing that she seemed to pass peacefully.

I have a love/hate relationship with spiders. As long as I know they are there... I'm fine. Just don't surprise me - especially if you are over 1/2" in diameter.
We had HUGE banana spiders in SC. Their bodies could get to be almost 2" long and about 3/8" wide - YEEECH... They would also build incredibly strong webs from tree to tree - sometimes at face level. Now that creeps me out - if I walk through a web... is the spider on me someplace?!

Tiggeriffic said...

I'm like you~ spiders make lovely lace and eat lots of bugs..
Am enjoying my calendar I bought from you...love all the pictures.
Sorry to hear about your horse dying.. after reading the book "Is Heaven For Real" the little boy says there are lots of animals in heaven with a God. I like that.
Have a Tiggeriffic Day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Ed said...

Spider help too..:-) Sorry to hear about Aria..

Ed said...

Spider help too..:-) Sorry to hear about Aria..

I need orange said...

I bet you know Keebs was on CuteOverload. They didn't get the pic from you, though..... Seems only fair that they have the proper attribution at least!


Terry and Linda said...

I'm so sorry about Aria! I'm glad you were able to bury her with you and the farm she loved.



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