So in she came to live back in her habitat. She would usually hang out in the cave where she had spun the web mass. Cut to a couple of weeks later...
It was about mid-August by this time. We had some sort of celebration at our home which was the reason for a yellow tablecloth dressing up our kitchen table. Someone had been checking on Spinderella before we sped out the door for a 4-H activity, and her habitat was left on the kitchen table, which ended up being a blessing in disguise. We walked in the door and much to our surprise and shock...there were several tiny moving black dots on the yellow table cloth! Gotta love the table cloth. Believe it or not...WE HAD BABY SPIDERS!!!! No kiddin'. There were several baby spiders on the tablecloth. A few had made their way to the door wall which I painstakingly caught with a piece of paper and gently set them outside. Had we arrived home any later and we might have had a slew of spiders inhabiting our home. We were weirdly pretty smug about the fact that we actually hatched spiders! It's a fun story for us to tell and I know folks think we're pretty strange but it's an experience that my kids will remember their whole lives. I guess you had to be there and only science-y country gals can appreciate the tale.
Here's another quick similar tale that my boys still talk about 10 years later. We had a pond behind our former home. We arrived home after dark one rainy evening in early summer only to be met by a mass invasion of FROGS on our paved cup-de-sac. I saw this as another teachable moment, sent the boys up our driveway for buckets and set off to catch frogs. I drove our van down our little street, dodging frogs of all kinds and sizes, headlights shining bright to illuminate the road and watched the boys with delight as they caught frogs. They were 5 and 7 at the time. After the catching frenzy we put a board over the buckets and went off to bed. Cut to the next morning...we unveiled the buckets and peered in with wonder. One by one we took out each frog, observed them and let them go. There were several kinds and every size imaginable. They had caught 60some frogs in about 15 minutes. They neighbors thought I was nuts, the boys thought I was the coolest mom ever. It was an experience we'll always remember.