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Finally our house spider had babies!

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John King

Member of SOFA
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Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Name
John ...
Thank you! I had seen the male near her for about a week, and asked my wife to let me know if she spotted babies or eggs any time of day. Luckily for me I was more or less awake when it happened 😺
I understand.

My spine gets quite stiff at night. The painkillers I take for my back take about 2 hours to kick in in the morning. Them, plus various brief excursions to toilet, kitchen, etc, gradually mobilise my spine so that I have 8-10 hours during the day when I can move around relatively easily.
 
I understand.

My spine gets quite stiff at night. The painkillers I take for my back take about 2 hours to kick in in the morning. Them, plus various brief excursions to toilet, kitchen, etc, gradually mobilise my spine so that I have 8-10 hours during the day when I can move around relatively easily.
Wow, that sucketh.

My problem (in this case, anyway!) was not pain, it's that I have to be quite awake while climbing in crazy places so I don't get dizzy and have an accident. Here's the setup:

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Well, the spider hangs out by the light, because the bugs are attracted to it. The light is above the sink, so if I want any hope of getting macro shots in focus, I need my tripod above the sink. And since I can no longer hover in the air, I have to climb on the stepstool.

It's all logical! 😸
 

John King

Member of SOFA
Location
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Name
John ...
Well, the spider hangs out by the light, because the bugs are attracted to it. The light is above the sink, so if I want any hope of getting macro shots in focus, I need my tripod above the sink. And since I can no longer hover in the air, I have to climb on the stepstool.

It's all logical! 😸
And pretty bloody dangerous, if you ask me!

I'm wobbly just getting up to check my modem. It's on a high shelf.
 

John King

Member of SOFA
Location
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Name
John ...
I guess we have that in common!

But 2 steps on a ladder is as high as I can go. Kind of ironic, because I'm a certified instrument-rated pilot! 😸
Falling off ladders (of any height ... ) is a huge cause of death and disablement in the over 60s in Australia. Perhaps the single biggest accidental injury/death cause. I'm more than just extremely cautious, particularly on the ubiquitous step ladders that one can find in every home, including ours.
 
Falling off ladders (of any height ... ) is a huge cause of death and disablement in the over 60s in Australia. Perhaps the single biggest accidental injury/death cause. I'm more than just extremely cautious, particularly on the ubiquitous step ladders that one can find in every home, including ours.
Well, this one's pretty safe. Wide steps, doesn't wobble, a big high rail to hold onto, and the top step is a huge platform.

Edit: besides, doesn't everything try to kill you in Australia? 😸

Believe me, I'm careful, especially as I'm so fearful in the first place. Which might have to do with the fact that on my first day of my first job, I was shadowing an older employee who climbed nimbly up a 12' ladder and promptly fell off. EMTs took him away and we never saw him again.
 
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John King

Member of SOFA
Location
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Name
John ...
Well, this one's pretty safe. Wide steps, doesn't wobble, a big high rail to hold onto, and the top step is a huge platform.

Edit: besides, doesn't everything try to kill you in Australia? 😸

Believe me, I'm careful, especially as I'm so fearful in the first place. Which might have to do with the fact that on my first day of my first job, I was shadowing an older employee who climbed nimbly up a 12' ladder and promptly fell off. EMTs took him away and we never saw him again.
That's awful.

I've 'permanently lent' my industrial 6.8m ladder to my next door neighbour so that I'm never even tempted to use it again.

My wife won't let me go further than our flat garage roof to clean the valley gutter between it and the main roof of the house.

We have a 100 foot high eucalypt tree in our front yard that fills all the gutters with its shed leaves.
 
That's awful.
It made quite an impression on me! To this day I can't even look at pictures that are taken straight down, although I did once briefly stand over "nothing" in a cleverly designed alcove (wth a glass floor) at the World Trade Center (RIP).

I've 'permanently lent' my industrial 6.8m ladder to my next door neighbour so that I'm never even tempted to use it again.
Wow, that's a big one. I have an extension ladder that I've never been on, although my son used it to do some work on the chimney once. And we have a 6' (2 meter) painter-style ladder that I used to use to change light bulbs. Now we have all LED bulbs and my son changes them once a year or so or whenever they burn out 😺
My wife won't let me go further than our flat garage roof to clean the valley gutter between it and the main roof of the house.

We have a 100 foot high eucalypt tree in our front yard that fills all the gutters with its shed leaves.
We got gutter guards, they've been great! And that reminds me, it's summer, so it's time to send my drone up to the roof to blow away dead leaves 😹
 

gecko

Veteran
Location
North Carolina
Name
Rashid
Sorry for the spam, but I just came across this which made me chuckle (and wince), see previous posts in this thread

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Once I was going up the stairs close behind my wife (who was suffering from dementia) in order to help prevent her from falling backwards, but I guess I was too close, so when she did fall back on me, we both ended up at the bottom of the stairs kind of like your picture (my legs were caught in the banister, but not my head :); it took me quite a while to free myself from under her and pull her up. Fortunately, neither of us suffered any injuries.

I just had another look at the picture: wow! A good cautionary image for @CatsAreGods as well as for me.
 
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John King

Member of SOFA
Location
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Name
John ...
Once I was going up the stairs close behind my wife (who was suffering from dementia) in order to help prevent her from falling backwards, but I guess I was too close, so when she did fall back on me, we both ended up at the bottom of the stairs kind of like your picture (my legs were caught in the banister, but not my head :); it took me quite a while to free myself from under her and pull her up. Fortunately, neither of us suffered any injuries.

I just had another look at the picture: wow! A good cautionary image for @CatsAreGods as well as for me.
I'm exceptionally careful on stairs these days. Fortunately, most of our house is on one level. One of the first things we did when we moved here 16 years ago was to install safety treads on the (carpeted) stairs to the upstairs area. I also installed a bathroom type grab rail on the central post where the staircase turns through 360°. It's a real potential death trap!
 
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