No spiders!

I took Iliana on a little survey trip around her house, and was mildly disappointed. She lives in this housing development of too-big houses that have some kind of disturbing style of permitted paint jobs — absolutely everything is in muted earth tones. Dull browns, grays, an occasional dark brick color, but nothing bright at all. The wildlife around here is the same. We spotted a prairie dog colony that yip-yip-yipped at us.

Brown everywhere. Then I found a fly on Iliana’s house, and was amazed: this is the color template for all the houses around here! The developers must have seen these little flies buzzing around and decided to paint everything to match.

There were no spiders in sight. Finding spider food gives me hope, though.


  1. Akira MacKenzie says

    When we lived out in Colorado when I was a kid, our house in the Denver suburbs had deep window well in which we were always sure to find Black Widows.

  2. jrkrideau says

    I must admit I had to use google maps to figure out where Colorado was but if some of it is dessert, maybe most spiders move out? –

  3. says

    Sounds like all the suburbs built in Saskatoon in the last 15 or 20 years. Everything is some shade of dull brown or grey with the occasional dull yellow or dull blue thrown in.

  4. DataWrangler says

    I spent a summer painting a new sub-division like that. There’s an old joke about IBM Beige #3, IBM Beige #42, etc. You could do the same thing with Suburban Brown #12, Suburban Brown #29,…

    Also, does anyone remember “Little Boxes”?

  5. MadHatter says

    @2 jrkrideau Nope, plenty of them but it may be the wrong time of year to find them easily. Wolf spiders are probably the best known (being big and hairy), black widows in any deep shaded window well, garage, or basement. Lots of others I can’t identify, but used to build these cool funnel webs in our bushes. Little jumping ones.

  6. jrkrideau says

    Well, as I said, I had to use Google Maps to find Colorado. Nice to hear spiders are doing well.

    We do not have Black Widows where I live. Spiders are pretty benign where I live.

  7. jrkrideau says

    “Trevor Wardill …. University of Minnesota”

    Gotta make you worry about UM! What next?

  8. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @2:

    figure out where Colorado was but if some of it is dessert, maybe most spiders move out? –

    yum yum yum.
    why would they move out of dessert ?

    thank you letting me be facetious.
    I know many jokes like to play around with that kind of spelling error. :-D heeheehee :-D