A Small Hole

A perfect ground hole. Imagine that.

Who made this?

a small ground hole

A small mysterious hole, like those found on the beach shoreline, makes me want to drop little items down them just to see what happens.

Hmm, that cannot be a good thing to be proud of, but, I cannot resist.

Look, a small stone. Plop – into the hole.
Look, a small stick. Plop – into the hole.

Still nothing emerges.

Well then, why not use a longer stick to see how far this mysterious tunnel goes on for . . . It’s going down pretty deep and seems to curve to the left.

Aw, heck. Let me just stuff a bunch of sticks into it and just assume it’s an abandoned hole.

I return the next morning.

hole with sticks

Surprise! Something moved a few sticks out and pushed two larger ones to the side. Guess it was to heavy to heave out of the hole.

Wow! Suddenly there’s a . . . a huge dark grayish-black spider emerging!

It was pushing dirt out from the hole, but, naturally, when it spotted me it ran back down. It reappeared with a huge white sac. I have a video that shows the sac better but I don’t think it can upload here. (I tried, really).

spider in hole

Feeling bad that I caused some damage to the spider’s home, I finally removed all the sticks.

I watch and observe for a few minutes.

This spider, with a life lesson, tells me no matter how hard someone tries to destroy your life, you stay focused on your goals. Learn to adapt even if it means working extra hard to get around the obstacles placed in front of you.

Besides the stick invasion, the recent rainfall probably caused the spider extra problems living on ground, or rather below ground level, and no door to shut out the water. I wondered if it stayed down the hole or evacuated until the rainwater receded. Hmm . . .

And other spider thoughts came up – you know, the usual curious ones like what type of spider is this and is it poisonous?

I thought spiders lived only on spider webs; I guess this, however, likes underground living arrangement – just like a rabbit or gopher!

I wonder how intricate is the hole below and what would prey on these large spiders. In fact, what does it prey on? Beetles, ants?

Hopefully ticks and fleas. Always nice to get rid of those pests.

I’m going to observe it as long as I can. Maybe long enough to see baby spiders hatching. That would be cool.

It’s simply charming watching a spider working out its day.

Thanks for sharing some of your precious time here and have a happy writing week!  🙂


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On the Fifth Morning…

Today, being a quiet and rather lazy kind of Sunday, I found the “Special” haiku challenge from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai quite delightful for the imagination.

The goal is to write a new haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the haiku by *Alexey Andreyev.

morning awakening:
among window curtains’ flowers
a blade of gray sky*

Perhaps the awakening comes with the pain of reality when one notices a change in a love relationship.  A lover draws away, affections growing elsewhere and what is left…only memories to start again anew.

truth dawning brightly
as the melting snow reveals
secret rendezvous

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It’s the last week in January, can you believe it?

January is also National Soup Month in the United States…I’m thinking a nice hot bowl of French Onion Soup sounds good right about now.

How about you?

What’s your favorite bowl of soup? 😛

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The New Morning

It has been awhile since my last Tan Renga and Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is hosting a challenge until January 31st, so let me add one to the list.

Remember the Tan Renga includes two writers, in this case, *Chevrefeuille’s haiku followed by my two, seven-syllable stanza to make the Tan Renga complete. 

flight of the eagle
stepping into the world of dreams –
a silent cry *

from high in the treetop nest…
the new morning sunrise guest

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

it is in the littlest things
we sometimes see grand events
like wild green onions
hanging on despite
all the
…a grand snow day affair…

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Do you find it refreshing sometimes to see grand in the littlest of things?

Find more wonderful posts here at the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand.

– And before you go – take a peek at an adorable grand over the top… Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand (nwframeofmind.com)

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On The Roof

The Carpe Diem Haiku Kai series called Revise That Haiku, gives aspiring haiku writers a way to learn from the masters. In this third episode, we look at the master **Buson’s haiku with the goal being to revise and create a similar tone haiku. First, Buson followed by my attempt to revise on the master’s haiku.  Continue reading