Not because hubby wanted to, because the old one decided to give up the lawn mowing career.
This little guy was very busy digging out the dirt for his new home. I found him very entertaining to watch. (Below this photo is where it gets yucky)
I fix my girls their afternoon snack of ice cream with crushed cookies get them settled at the table. I open the front door to take my afternoon stroll around the gardens only to be greeted by a Garter Snake on the welcome mat. I screamed, and I mean I screamed! The next thing I know I am standing in the glider chair hysterically screaming for the girls to come outside. They come flying out the front door, "What's wrong, what's wrong?" All could say was, "Snake!, Snake! The snake curls up behind the recycle bin. I, being the brave Mom that I am. Step out of the glider, get the three prong rake and hand it to the youngest....I then demanded that she pull the recycle bin out of the way so I can see the snake easily from my perch in the glider chair, (standing of course). She did and it was there. She wanted to shoo it away. But see, I have a snake rule..If I see a snake, I do not take my eyes off of it until someone braver than I comes to kill it. Snake in view, me still standing in the chair, the girls giggling, which is not making me happy. I then hear, can we go finish our ice cream? Uh no! We are on Snake watch....Can we bring the ice cream outside? Yes you can. They all proceeded to go in the house...Uh no! Someone has to stay with me ya'll! Ice cream in young hands, me still standing in the chair, everyone staring at the snake. Neighbors cars slowing down trying to figure out what we are doing. Guess who has to work late?! Hubby. Luckily for me, not so lucky for the snake, our good friend was coming by to work on the girls computer. A very LOONG 50 minutes later of me standing in the chair, he shows up. WHEW!
You really have no idea how afraid I am of snakes, even photos of them. We left the snake for my husband to ID and then scoop up and toss in the woods. I took these photos with my husband standing beside me, just incase.....you never know. Snakes do have a purpose I know.....Dirt Princess has convinced me to leave the skinks alone........Would you really want to be greeted by a snake on your front porch?