The long shadows stretching over the hills made the whole world seem mysterious and weird.
I went over to the little wash house to ask my mother a question. Inside we had a great big old fashioned tumbler washing machine. It was one of the first tumblers ever built, with a heavy gear box below. There was only one window in the room, and Mother kept it closed except for when she used the machine. I peeked in and called, “Mommy can I bring my trike in the house? Mommy…”
There was no answer, and then….“WHOOH”
My mouth dropped open, and I just stood there screaming.
A tremendous spider web stretched clear across the room, all the way from the side of the wash tub to the wall. An enormous dark brown spider hung suspended in the web, right in the middle of the wash house. I had never seen such a monstrous spider. It was almost as big as a California tarantula, and it was so close that I could have touched it. Startled by my scream, the huge spider scrambled back to its hiding place above.