Spider buddy is cold

I never, ever in my life would have imagined a scenario in which I would be trying to save the life of a stupid little animal like this. That’s saying a lot, because I have empathy and caring for every animal, but I usually draw the line at organisms with more than six legs. Not today, though. My empathy has found new territory in this measly little spider hanging out in my kitchen window. You see, for the past six months that I’ve lived in this house, this little dude has lived here too. And as much as I’m terrified of all spiders, I’ve actually come to enjoy looking at him over the top of my computer as I work. Since the air temperature has recently dropped into winter territory, I started to worry about if he was going to be warm enough to survive very long. To be honest, at first I was sort of waiting for him to be frozen to death, but after a few weeks I started to root for him to stay warm and toasty enough to make it until the increasing temperatures of spring. That’s why I find myself standing here now, trying to arrange a small space heater so it points warm air at the window pane for my friend. Since he is stuck sandwiched between the two sides of glass of the window, I figure I can warm up the air trapped in between, like giving him a miniature central heating system. My only difficulty will be keeping the air temperature just right so he doesn’t boil to death instead… and I don’t want this to become an obsession, but I might need to start feeding him soon, too.

central heating