Two days ago, I was horrified to find this next to our house:
The next morning, I was horrified to see that it had come back! But I was also kinda glad so Hubs could see I was not exaggerating its size.
After Hubs left for work, he called and told me to capture it with a tupperware container, but to make sure the spider would stay inside. I found my biggest tupperware and put it over the, what seemed to be frozen, spider. Then, I found the closest heaviest object to secure the container: a pumpkin.
When Hubs came home for lunch, he transfered the now very mobile, non-frozen spider to a smaller container and took it to work to show-and-tell.
I was even more disturbed when the spider came back home with him at the end of the day and was set on his desk. He thought maybe it could be a new pet.
Later that evening, the spider was released back into the wild; far, far, far away from our home.