I had an encounter with a spider & smoke

Feb 12, 2024

i had an encounter with a spider and smoke

Last Friday morning I woke up real early (5.10am) and stumbled into the kitchen to turn on the kettle for my morning coffee.

Out of the corner of my eye(kitchen light was not yet turned on), I saw a massive whitetail spider in the kitchen basin.

I’m talking about the size of our 50c coin here in NZ!!

If you know me, you’ll know that spiders absolutely terrify me.

Thankfully my hubby was also awake, so I ran to get him and he dealt very swiftly with the intruder.

But wait..my story continues.

I then sat down to drink my coffee and I turned the lamp on.

The next minute the light started dipping and I thought the globe was going to fuse -but instead the light stayed on and some smoke came pouring out the light fixture!

The globe had started to burn -can you believe it!!

Again, if you know me -you’ll remember that 3 years ago in May we had a fire in our pantry.

And we came very close to a full blown house fire.

So, two near misses within the space of 5 minutes.

Phew -what a start to the day.

So, instead of letting this get to me -I thought -what can I do this week that’ll bring me joy? 

Well, I enjoy offering free tutorials to my newsletter subscribers.

So, that’s what I’m doing this week exclusively for those on my newsletter list.

If you’re reading this and would also like to be “on the list” -it’s not too late!

If you sign up today (Tuesday 13th February), you’ll be able to have access to my Video Tutorial and PDF.

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Some facts on the white tailed spider

If you’re not living in New Zealand and wondering what’s the big deal about white tail spiders, here are some facts:

I had an encounter with a spider & smoke

White-tailed spiders are spiders native to southern and eastern Australia, and so named because of the whitish tips at the end of their abdomens.

The body size is up to 18 mm, with a leg-span of 28 mm.

Common species are Lampona cylindrata and Lampona murina.

Both these species have been introduced into New Zealand.

Although white-tailed spiders are not considered poisonous to humans, their bite can cause pain, swelling, itchiness and general irritation.

Medical treatment should be sought as there can also be longer-lasting effects if there has been a transfer of bacteria, or if the wound is not treated appropriately.

You’re welcome to do your own research on these gross spiders -I’ve looked at enough images for a lifetime!

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Happy crafting until next time!

Hopefully there’ll be no more encounters with spiders and smoke!

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