This evening I got off the computer at almost 10 o’clock. I was listening to accordion music, thinking about taking a bath and going to bed. In the tub: two spiders. Their bodies were about 1 cm long and one of them had 8 legs, the other 7. I watched them for a while. At some point one of them panicked and moved closer to the tub’s edge and stayed there. I eventually got up, found my phone and took their picture:
I took two paper towels, put them over the spiders, quickly grabbed them and released them in the back garden. I checked the paper towels to make sure they were gone.
The other day, my sweet host Sharon and I were visiting Lewiston, the bigger city nearby, searching for bargains of winter clothes. When we stopped to have lunch we noticed outside the window of the Applebee restaurant a long cobweb hanging from the top of a tree, waving in the wind. I started imagining what kind of spider could make such a big cobweb (obviously a big one!) and then realised it was artificial, from somebody’s Halloween decorations.
October is a crazy month in the US, with pumpkins, spiders and skeletons appearing in people’s yards, restaurants and shops. The supermarkets have entire sections with Halloween costumes, card and treats. I guess that after October they get replaced with less scary Christmas products.
I told someone around here that in Romania we have our own version of Halloween which is on the night of 29th of November, before the orthodox celebration of Saint Andrew. That’s when our own zombies called “strigoi” come out from their graves and the living protect their houses with garlic. That same night, maidens make spells to find out in their dreams who is their chosen one.
The most common reference I heard abroad about Romania is Dracula.. A friend of mine showed me this box of cereals and asked me if we have it in Romania:
I salute you, my spooky Romanian fellows. And the others, beware of the children of the night!