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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Weekend...Caution: Graphic Ending..

We had wonderfully cooler temps, some much needed rain and an unwanted visitor. Marigold
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?

28 comments:

Lzyjo said...

ewwwwwww!!! OMG! OMG! I'm so glad there were people to rescue you. My grandma is a total snake-a-phob, when/if they come on TV she grosses out and changes the channel!! I think it was because of a very bad snake incident a long time ago. There was one across the path and she struck it with a hatchet and tons and tons of baby snakes came out of the body!! Horrible and terrifying.
You're safe from the snake now. No worries.

Pam said...

I'm afraid of snakes too so I know how you feel. But I couldn't help myself, the more I read your post the harder I laughed.
Thanks for my morning chuckle:)

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I'm with you on this one.... the only good snake is a dead one in my opinion. I know they have a purpose and are good to have in the garden, but they scare the life out of me too. I don't like pictures of them either... maybe I should go get some therapy. LOL -Jackie

perennialgardener said...

Ewww..that is something I would of been freaking out about too! Thank goodness someone showed up to save the day. ;)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Darla Girl! I would have beat you to that glider, we would have been fighting over the rights for it. I hate snakes. One summer when we lived in Oklahoma, I was down on my hands and knees in my garden and had the water running at a slow trickle, thus making it easier to pull the weeds. Anyway, all at once I saw something and that darn gardner snake slithered right up my chest. To this day I can still see his tongue moving at me. I had nightmares for years. I knocked him off, and ran for the hills. It was so scary. Girl I know where you are coming from. I am right there with you. Kill those darn things. They slither sideways too which gives me the creeps. Glad you survived and someone came along quick to rescue you, otherwise you couldn't have posted. You might still be out in the glider. Country Hugs honey, and Happy Monday. Glad you liked my post. Sherry

George said...

I don't like snakes, but I must confess that I was chuckling as I read about your 'adventure'. I guess your girls haven't inherited your dislike of snakes.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

My least favorite critter to deal with too.I have such a hate for them I go quickly from fright to grabbing a hoe or shovel. Glad you had someone that was coming along to rescue you Darla, it could have been a long night on the glider ;-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh you had better be careful, Darla. PETA will come and put you in jail!!!! ha ha ....

I would have done the same thing... Screamed until someone either killed it or took it far-far-far away. I'm deathly afraid of snakes also... Glad someone came by to get rid of it for you--even if it was harmless.

Enjoy the cooler temps--like we are. I'm sure it will hot again soon.

Hugs,
Betsy

Carla said...

How stressful!!! (when we moved I found a BAD snake in my garden cart, which I trapped in a bucket, and watched until the 'menfolk' returned and saved me)
You know, the snake-rights-activitist will be calling you soon:)
My rule here is, you leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. Usually it works:)

blushing rose said...

Now that I have recouped from the viewing, YUCK!! Horrors!! I'd have been on that glider too!

My neighbor had a snake that she had DH rescur, YUP!!! HE RESCUED IT & LET IT GO!!! in her yard recently. I keep all doors closed now that I know there is one over 3 feet long next door, or maybe here, somewhere!!

TTFN ~Marydon

Jamie and Randy said...

I'm sorry, the only good snake is a dead one.--Randy

Lois said...

Oh Darla that is exactly what I would have done too! I am so afraid of snakes and I've seen two in my backyard this year so far. I always say that if one ever gets inside my house I would have to move!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

darla: I don't like snakes and even if it was a safe one I don't want them in my yard.

Jake said...

I know how you feel, they are one thing that I am terrified of. I know there are Garter Snakes in KY, but I never saw one. Never saw a wild Snake until I moved here. We have had two just this year on the front porch, I just use the back gate and go around the house ot get to the front, lol.

Glad you got that one,

Jake

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

A snake on my front porch would've freaked me out too. I wouldn't be able to identify and good one from a bad one either and wouldn't want to take a chance with kids. I'm sure my daughters would've wanted to finish their ice cream too!

Together We Save said...

Eeeewwwww! I do not like snakes. I am the snake killer in my family though my husband hates them more an I do.

bennie and patsy said...

I would have gone back in side and had ice cream.
Patsy

Tootsie said...

I will take the long cold winters over all the icky critters you guys have to deal with .
I am scared of mice the way you are with snakes...I do not envy that one bit! this was a funny story now...especially the way you told it!

Dirt Princess said...

Girl I DO NOT DO SNAKES! If there was a hot pink one with yellow dots on it....I would still kill it! UGH!!! They make my skin crawl!!! The Hunter and I occasionally run into snakes in the woods, and I do what he calls my "snake dance". I jump around in convulsions and cannot say a word. I don't know why I do it, I can't control it...it just happens! One night while we were in bed a HUGE wood spider crawled on my shoulder....and I LOST it!!! I picked it up and flung it across the bed. I ran to the bathroom trying to decide to throw up first or shower. The Hunter comes to the bedroom and sees me in the bathroom. I didn't realize it, but I was doing my "snake dance". He said "what is wrong" and I kept pointing at the bed and he said "there's a snake in the bed?"...LOL!!!!!! He finally saw the spider and killed it ON MY SHEETS!!!!! So then he had to change the sheets while I took a bath!!! But he thought a snake was in the bed cuz I was doing the snake dance!!! LOL!!!!!!!!

Dorothy said...

Now, that is one dead snake!! I don't like them, even if they are non-poisonous. The deader, the better.

Leedra said...

I am reading this wondering how your back held up during this? NOW I am sorry about making you view snake photos last year.

I tried to click on Abe and make a comment....he has it set to embedded. By the way how many blogs does he have. Seems like everytime I turn around he has a different one going. :)

Martha said...

Ewww! Not the usual pretty stuff I see over here! I'd think with as much time as you spend in the garden snakes wouldn't phase you. I run away and won't go back outside for days, LOL!

Susie said...

Oh Darla I don't like snakes either. They creep me out!

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla~~ My blood pressure was rising to a dangerous level as I read of your heroic effort to stay alive while this creepy reptile had the audacity to invade your space. And right outside the door. Yikes. Your girls just don't get it. It's time to panic for crimony sakes!

Recently I had a fairly large [to me anyway] garter snake in my gardens. My girls were able to capture it, put it in a box and take it to the woods down the hill. This seemed more politically correct than killing it. Besides I was busy smashing crab spiders and root weevils. LOL

I'm glad you lived to tell about it. Hopefully before his demise, he sent a warning to his clan: danger lurks over here.

My celosia is loving this heat and finally, really taking off. No blooms yet. I'll let you know.

NellJean said...

Poor little non-poisonous snake. He'd have eaten a bunch of nasty bugs for you. I lost my terror of snakes when I bought a good guide to identifying snakes and forced myself to look until I could tell which was which, sort of.

DH tells me that it is against the law in some states to kill a non-poisonous snake.

There sure is a big flap going on in Florida over pythons; hope none of those slither your way.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I hate snakes with a passion also, I don't care how many bugs they eat. It is good to be brave :).

flowergardengirl said...

You are hysterical! All those pretty flowers and snake guts. I laughed my fool head off.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Uh, no. That's just too close for comfort!