Angolan Witch Spider… Giant Spider Is Going To Eat You, And Your Dog! Oh! Your Cat, Too!


Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


Angolan Witch Spider – Giant Spider Is Going To Eat You, And Your Dog!  Oh!  Your Cat, Too!

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee






I looked in awe at a photo shown to me, today.  Oh, my God!  They are coming this way… and they are eating our dogs, cats… our precious pets!   In my mind, I was visualizing that everyone was going to have to have big guns to protect themselves from this… ‘enemy’.  Oh, my God!  It is as big as the side of the house, and it’s not common here.




It was already in Texas… and ‘coming our way’!!!  The Angolan Witch Spider… is coming our way… which means we still have time before it gets here.  We live in North Carolina!   Just several states over from that big thing!




I handed the photo back.  I, now… had some food for thought!  All day… I thought about this big spider.  You know that I am afraid of spiders… don’t you laugh, because I ‘just know’ a lot of you are, too!  Think about it… a spider as big as the side of a house!  That’s a ‘big-ass’ spider!   I don’t run… but, I’m sure I could learn to very fast.  Run like the wind!  Fly like a bird!  Flow like a fast-moving river!  I would get the heck out of Dodge.  I can’t take a spider as big as a … dime.  What do you think I’d do… when it’s big as a house?




Tonight … I got to thinking about the photo of that big-ass spider (yes, it really was a big-ass spider!  I have to tell you so, you’ll know I’m being for-real!)  I decided to check it out on the computer.  Well… this is what I found out.




I found the very photos of that Angolan Witch Spider!  We have three precious pups… I don’t want spiders to come this way… eat my pups up!  I’ve got to protect them!  What was that?  I saw something … words close by this particular photo… hoax?




Hoax?  I was praying for it to be a hoax!  Everyone knows that in Florida… all those things there… isn’t a hoax.  Those big-ass snakes, lizards and gizzards, rats, and God knows what!  They ARE real… plus the alligators, and crocodiles… oh my!  It’s dangerous ‘down there’!  I just couldn’t live there now… oh!  There are those pigs that will ‘get you’, too!  Damn (oh yes, I said that word!)… just coming out of your door to walk to your car is dangerous!  Those things won’t only get your pets, they will ‘get you’, too!




It’s a dangerous world out there… and I’m so thankful to find out that the Angolan Witch Spider… isn’t real?  I mean… it could have been true, sure enough!  These days… anything ‘can be’… nothing would surprise me.




This evening for a short time… ‘before I really knew’…. I got to know how it felt to dread ‘those Angolan Witch Spiders were coming our way’!  I got to know how it felt to know… they were not only coming here… but, they could eat me, and my dogs (and cats)!  Hey… I was worried about ‘you’, too!  They could eat you, and your dog… too!  Oh, and your cat, too!




Soul Mates… Beauty Fades Just As A Rose

1983 Photo of Skip and I, Pups and Skip, Our Little xmas Tree 060

Skip and Gloria … SoulMates… 1983… Taken in St. Augustine, Florida


Soul Mates… Beauty Fades Just As A Rose

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


I search in the mirror for myself

Only to see now… an older person

I have grieved for the person I used to be

For my youth that is forever gone

One might say that once I was vain

I guess one might be right in a sense

Because no one else did, I began to love myself

As I did, I became beautiful, special

When I did that, Skip came along

He was handsome, we complimented each other

We were tit for tat

Soul mates, lovers, best friends… forever

Skip and Gloria… always

We grow old together to the end of time

Hand in hand, hearts beat as one

Our youth, beauty fades just as a rose

Until one day, we are old

I still hope someone will see a glimpse of us

‘back in the day’ beneath the surface

Know that ‘we used to be pretty’, too

It’s your turn now, to shine with your youth

Enjoy it for all it’s worth

Because one day you’ll be searching in the mirror

As I do… trying to find a glimpse of the real ‘you’, too!

Snake Bite! Fang In My Finger! I Don’t Want To Handle Snakes Anymore!

Mangrove trees bordering a tidal estuary in Ev...

Mangrove trees bordering a tidal estuary in Everglades National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snake Bite!  Fang In My Finger!  I Don’t Want To Handle Snakes Anymore!

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee

I was thinking about all the kinds of snakes that are in the Everglades, in Florida now.  Oh gracious, it seems like it would be like living in the Amazon.  I think it’s a scary situation… at least it would be for me… if I lived there.

They have many exotic, invasive predators now… I wonder how everyone copes.  Is it dangerous to venture out far from one’s home?  Have to worry about pets?  About children?  I would be afraid to walk into the grass… after all I’ve seen, listened to on National Geographic.

I’m not saying that I wouldn’t go looking for one of those ‘predators’… because Granny Gee has alot of curiosity… she likes to see things that are hard to believe!  There is alot of wildlife ‘not indigenous’ to Florida… or to the United States!  Wow!

Can you imagine the things you might see just on a walk … ‘in the right place?’  I can imagine how wonderful it’d be to see such different species we ‘never had before’.

I’ve been watching documentaries on the many kinds of snakes there.  I wonder how it will be handled through time?  It would be interesting to talk with people who see, know about the snakes, alligators, and other invasive species.

Not only that… they are getting bigger!  At this moment I am watching a documentary on African rock pythons, how dangerous they are.  How aggressive they are… how dangerous they are to… man!  Guess what?  They are in Florida, in the Everglades… they are getting closer to homes now.

I’ve become fascinated by these pythons, boa constrictors, so on.  They think that people just let go of their pet snakes years ago… for them to mate and have many, many babies through time… when there were floods, that added to displacing the snakes from their habitats.  I’m betting some came over on ships…. they are mating with each other … who knows what kind of snake that produces?  There are all types of these snakes, moreso… than I have named.

What fascinates me is the fact that ‘they are here’ … and I wonder how many people are taking it seriously?  If people take precautions when they go out both day, night?

These are predators unlike we’ve ever known… I can’t imagine going out the door and tripping over such a huge snake!  At least, I could see that one was there!

The colors… oh my… the beautiful colors … so many different colors, patterns … truthfully, the snakes are beautiful in their own way.  I’ve always liked snakes, though I learned to have the greatest respect for them… after I was bitten once!

When I was much younger, quicker… I would grab up a snake if I saw it, to get to look at how beautiful it was.  That included moccasins, and copperheads.

Thankfully, the snake that bit me was non-poisonous.  It was a beauty, it was a huge, shiny black snake!  That’s what got my attention.  I went to grab it behind its head… it bit me before I knew it!

I went into shock… nothing mattered at that moment, I didn’t even remember that the snake ‘was just a black snake, not poisonous’… all that went through my mind was … ‘I’ve been bitten!’

I was trying to look at my right index finger … it had left one of its fangs in it!  I pulled it out… oh, how my finger hurt from that bite.  I gradually became aware that I wasn’t going to die, because that big snake wasn’t poisonous.  I never felt any kind of sickness from the bite.  It was strange though… the shock I experienced from ‘knowing I’d been bitten’… it was like my mind went numb for a few minutes… gradually I ‘came out of it’.

I did learn great respect that day for snakes… I did learn that when you play with them… it’s a matter of ‘when’… you are going to get bitten, not ‘if’…..  Even the most experienced snake handlers get bitten….. I was very fast as a younger person.

Now… back to the huge snakes such as pythons, and boa constrictors… can you imagine if that had been one of them to have bitten my finger?!!!  Better yet… can you imagine Granny Gee picking up a seventeen foot long snake to ‘look at its colors’?  :)))

The day that big, black snake left its fang in my finger, put me in shock, and I felt that pain…….I learned not to be picking them up anymore…. I didn’t want to be a ‘snake-handler‘ anymore.

No, I don’t want to handle snakes anymore!  :)))