Since we started dating, I’ve been exposing Lorie to more and more of the natural world that surrounds us, and I’ve only recently started to be aware that perhaps she’s not as excited to see a “cute” spider as I am. Still, some of the critters with which she’s uncomfortable is surprising. Owls? She thinks their eyes are creepy, but I keep trying (unsuccessfully, so far) to convince her that they’re “flying cats,” and not menacing at all.

I should have known better than to point out the pseudoscorpion, though. “Scorpion” is right in the name… of course I shouldn’t have mentioned it while she was trying to go to bed! Incidentally, pseudoscorpions are entirely harmless to people… I’ve written about them elsewhere on the site if you’d like to know more about them.

As for how a jar of black widows ended up under my bed… well, that’s another story, for another time.