Tuesday, August 9, 2022

WARNING! Major Spider Photo Ahead


According to the garden cart rain gauge, we got a lot of rain last night. 
I know it was pouring down when I went to bed. When I took my walk this morning, I stopped at a hidden spot a way off the road to pee and the baby pine trees around me were still wearing last night's water diamonds. It was an uneventful walk although I felt a small bit of rage as I always do when I pass my neighbor's yard where there is still a Trump sign proudly jammed into the dirt and now a new DeSantis sign is holding place of honor right beside it. 
"Keeping Florida Free!" it says which is about as 1984 Orwellian as you can get. Probably many of you do not follow Florida politics so I'll just tell you that our governor, Ron DeSantis, who is running for office again this year, has done more to suppress freedom in our state than any governor in history as far as I know. He is also trying to suppress history itself as applies to teaching the honest truth about racial discrimination and the horrific treatment of enslaved people and their ancestors in our public schools. 
I shit you not. 
He's also the one who's pushing the "don't say gay" agenda which yeah, is going to lead to our LGBTQIA kids being free of feeling safe and accepted right here in the good ol' Sunshine State. 
I will not even mention how he's trying to subvert, divert, and discourage our freedom to vote.

Anyway, there is the good news about the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago yesterday. Mar-A-Lago is of course the resort and residence of our former president, DT, aka the Orange Intestine, and yes, Mar-A-Lago is indeed in FLORIDA. 

When I read about that last night, I felt something loosen up inside of me, almost a fluttering of hope. I told my husband about it and he looked at me with an expression of surprised delight on his face. I mean- this is real shit here, y'all. There is much speculation about what it is that the FBI was looking for and most reports seem to think that they intended to retrieve classified documents that Trump had illegally taken from the White House when he moved out. 
Now what those documents may have in them is something we don't know but what we do know is that in order to get a search warrant whether for my house or the OI's house, there has to be some damn compelling evidence that the agents will find what they're looking for. And that what they're looking for is something that needs to be investigated. There's a good short article from the New Yorker that you can read HERE with an explanation of how that happens and what it may mean in the opinion of Andrew Weismann, a former federal prosecutor and FBI general counsel. 
Of course Republican Trump supporters are all up in arms and one of their main messages is that if this can happen to a former president you better believe it can happen to YOU!
Well, theoretically this is true but very few of us out here in the hinterlands are harboring classified documents of any sort, plus it's always been true, it's just never happened to a former president before. 

The former president in question also had another blow struck against him today when a federal court ruled that his tax returns and audits can be released to Congressional Democrats who have been trying to get their hands on them for years. The Ways and Means Committee will get to have their way with these bad boys and soon unless Trump appeals which he no doubt will. 

Still. Things are moving along, even at a snail's pace and perhaps eventually, justice will be served. 

I bet you anything though, that the man will lose absolutely none of his supporters. They have proven themselves over the years to be absolutely welded to the idea that any problems he may experience are the result of the evil Left Wing Democrats who are out to crucify their lord and savior. I am sure that he's fundraising as we speak to accrue more money to help pay for his various defense efforts. 

As all of this was going on the world today, I finally mopped my kitchen and watered my porch plants, picked and shelled some more field peas, did laundry, and watched and listened to another storm coming in. Life as usual. 

And I took this picture of the golden orb weaver spider on the front porch. 


It's the same lady whose picture I took a month or so ago but she has grown in size to an amazing degree. As long as I do not jiggle her web, she gives me close access for photos. She'll probably be with us until fall's temperatures signal to her that it is time to lay her eggs, wrap them securely in silk and attach them to the porch ceiling, and then to say her final good-byes. A very neat and tidy life, I think. And one that is filled with the spinning and repairing of webs, patience, harvesting what becomes entangled in her strong web, and I suppose a bit of sex as her man spider continues to live near her, a small and doomed little creature, as eventually we all are. So let us spin and be patient and enjoy what we can while we can. 

I am so grateful for the rain. 

Love...Ms. Moon





34 comments:

  1. If I saw that in my garden I’d emigrate

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    1. Somehow I can't imagine you living in Florida, John.

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  2. I was busy messaging my family when the news about the search warrant came out yesterday. I wonder what, if anything, will change his supporters' minds.
    Love the photo of the spider.

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    1. I seriously doubt that anything will change the minds of his minions.

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  3. What a magnificent spider! Although, the warning was kind as not every body is appreciative and i certainly would not want her in my bedroom.
    Yes, Trump we will never lose this tumor. There is a small hope that he will be taken down somehow. But i am also incredulous at his popularity. It does not make sense. You just have to surround yourself with like minded people and go on with your life.

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    1. You're right Carol, about surrounding ourselves with like-minded people and getting on with our lives. At this point, I can't imagine being friends with anyone who is a supporter of his.

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  4. My hope is that he will never be able to run for public office anywhere. Spider webs fascinate me. Their spectacular webs in the early morning dew is sometimes a piece of art.

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    1. Not to be ugly but I would appreciate a permanent end to Trump's abilities to hold any office ever again. Now, take that as you will. I am not being kind here.
      Spider webs ARE works of art, aren't they? And the ones holding dew are just spectacular.

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  5. That is a beautiful spider. I have a soft spot for these much maligned creatures. We get a huntsman or two who take up residence inside until I find their desiccated bodies at the end of the season. They are called Harry and Harriet or Henry and Henrietta.

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    1. It is sad at the end of summer to find the bodies of those spiders we have come to know, isn't it?

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  6. DT's supporters are rabid, and will not go away. WTH? But.....I am not one, and I will not allow his orangeness to consume me. Your spider is beautiful! And rain.......oh, how lucky you are. You know. We are so dry and hot here in Calif.......it's eternal summer here.......and not *friendly*
    Susan M

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    1. The supporters are supporters because they are insane and there, I said it, and I mean it.
      I do realize how lucky we are to be getting all this rain. It is truly a blessing.

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  7. I do love spiders, such. wonderful spinners and architects and mothers. And I don't care about trumpists as long as we keep them out of power.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree with you about spiders. Having said that, I still do not want one on my body! But these golden orb weavers seem to have no desire for that either.
      The problem with the trumpists is that they keep wanting to run for office. And they do. And sometimes they win.

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  8. ain't for city galsAugust 9, 2022 at 9:44 PM

    I don't comment often but if deSantis makes a run for president he will make dt look like a boy scout. The article in the New Yorker about him was chilling to say the least.

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    1. You are so right. I read the article. Unlike Trump, he's actually very intelligent. He has more self-control too. There is an element of evil about him that is indeed chilling.

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  9. An orb spider lived in a corner of our front desk. One day the Orkin man, whose job was to spray the foundation to deter ants, said, waiting for his check, "Oh, and I got that big nasty spider on your deck, for good measure." All weaving stopped and ten people said, in unison, "You killed Charlotte!?" He couldn't get out of there fast enough.

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    1. HE KILLED CHARLOTTE?!
      Great story but I'm sad that the Orkin guy did not know the difference between a pest and a talented weaver.

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  10. That spider is scary but not as scary as the politics here...

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  11. She is a lovely girl, great portrait of her.
    Things may be getting real ,though the event has been down played after the fact- caution, I assume. No one is getting too excited except the Rumpster and his band of idiots.
    De Santis needs to shut up and go away to the spirit world...he is a dangerous entity.

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    1. He is extremely dangerous. Just as evil as Trump and far more intelligent.

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  12. Being a news and political junkie I follow what's been happening in Florida. It was refreshing to find your blog because I was beginning to think with that nutso Gov. there must not be any sane folks in that state. All my friends who lived there, Tampa, Jacksonville, years earlier St. Petersburg, have long since died. When I was young and single, living in Ohio, I even speculated on a plot in Port Charlotte when it was first established but later sold it to a friend who could take over the payments. I surely do hope your fellow Floridians wake up to reality.
    Sounds like some serious steps shaping up for our former Pres. and none too soon. I think it will likely be a while longer before we see accountability of any kind.

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    1. Oh, trust me- there are plenty of people in this state who abhor what DeSantis is doing. We are not all insane, believe it or not.
      I think you're right about Trump- it's going to be awhile before we see justice done. If ever.

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  13. I hope you-know-who gets EVERYTHING that's coming to him. No holds barred. He deserves it all. That's an excellent orb spider photo!

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    1. If he gets everything he deserves, he'll die wearing an orange jump suit.

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  14. I was so glad to hear that the Democrats are passing so many popular bills right now. I think that makes the Republicans look like whiny babies that can't get anything done!
    My friend who lives in Florida for half the year calls your governor, Ron the Satan because he is so awful!

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  15. My golden orb weaver disappeared. There one day, gone the next. and we're getting tiny showers that last for maybe all of 10 minutes that don't even get things good and wet.

    I think it did all of us sane people good to hear about the FBI searching MAL (even his club/home is evil). And they've confiscated Scott Perry's phone. And last night 12 House members met with Trump to continue to kiss his ass, uh, I mean tell him they continue to support him and urging him to run for president again. His 12 disciples. If we needed further proof he's the anti-christ, here it is.

    Your governor and mine are in a contest to see who can be the most despicable.

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    1. I wonder what happened to your spider? And I wonder what's happening to your rain?
      Well- you've nailed. Trump is indeed the antichrist.
      You're also right about our governors. You and I are in the same situation, just with different boundaries.

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  16. Nice summary of DeSantis. He's also dumbing down our schools.

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    1. Republicans love dumb voters. It's the ones who can think and know a bit of history who are dangerous.

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  17. I do indeed feel sometimes like a small and doomed little creature.

    I saw a comment string on a right-wing website where someone said, "How is this FBI raid any different from Watergate? They're both government operatives stealing political documents!" I mean, there's so much wrong with that line of thinking I don't know where to start, but it illustrates the degree to which some of Trump's supporters twist reality to see him the way they WANT to see him.

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    1. (By which I mean they were likening the FBI agents to the Watergate burglars.)

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