I know, I know snakes are beneficial in some respects. I get it I am an old, very old, country farm girl.
But I was bitten when I was a little girl just by washing my hands in the creek from a water snake that was also there at the same time, so don’t even tell me about how beautiful or beneficial snakes are. Maybe in your home or garden but I do not even want to see them near mine no matter the size.
I turn into “The Hulk” and will do anything to kill them.
Hey, after all I am the same women who took a shotgun and shot one that was on a two by four in the garage one day. Did I care that I had just blown a hole in the side of the garage? I think not. All I cared about was that I killed the snake. LOL!
So Tuesday evening when we were having this terrible thunderstorm with fierce winds, lightening and hail I was busy looking out the back door for trees that were falling and front door for tornadoes.
And the worst of all of these was slithering up my front sidewalk.
A five foot Black Rat snake that must have been washed out by the one and a half inch deluge of rain we were having at the time. I know, I know they are one of those non venomous, beneficial snakes. I could care less. It is a SNAKE!
And I am saying to my self “you have to be kidding me” and to the snake “ don’t you dare come up onto the front porch”.
” Don’t make me go out and down to the shed for the hoe in all of this lightening because I will”!
“ Just keep on going and do not even think about it”.
”I can make it out to get the hoe and back and still get you because you are moving rather slow about it.”
The temperature had went from 90 degrees to 65 degrees in a matter of minutes when the hail was falling so mister or miss snake was not moving so fast. Way too slow for my liking.
” Go on across the road maybe a car will come along”. “Go across to that big field over yonder”. Keep on going”.
”Hey, we had a bear when I was a kid and it stood a better chance around me than you would”.
I watched that silly thing until it went down into the woods. Yes, into my Woodland Garden.
”And don’t even think about staying around my garden do you hear me” ?
Over dramatic you are saying. Well have I ever told you that I hate snakes. I mean really really hate snakes. LOL!
It was all true and I have the picture of the snake and the fallen trees to prove it.
Even when I heard the big Locust tree snap off and hit the garage It was not as much as a concern at the time as I was in watching to make sure that stupid snake got out of the yard.
What I had heard was the limbs hitting the garage. It managed to fall in between the garage and my flower bed to where I had some containers of tomatoes and cucumbers planted. It just missed the mini garden just below it. When the sun came out I ran out and got the branches cut away from the plant containers and had to set the tomato stakes back up in the mini garden where it skimmed across them knocking them down as it fell.
We had quite the storm. Behind the Woodland bed a huge Maple tree split and is leaning into other trees which will have to be cut down. (too bad that snake wasn’t there yet at the time) and another Locust tree below the mini garden fell so we had some fierce wind. All of those trees down and non of them managed to cause any real damage.
My son will have to saw them all up when he gets of of this shift at work on Friday.
I cleaned up all of the branches and limbs that I could carry already.
Hey when I am more concerned about a snake than my tomato plants that speaks volumes. I really do hate snakes.
The lilies along the Woodland bed are starting to bloom, well these red ones are anyway. You know I am going to be looking for that snake there from now on. LOL! I can go on and not even think about snakes until I see one and then I am looking everywhere for them.
Sort of like the time two years ago when I went out the back door minding my own business and a Copperhead was wrapped around the banister. You never seen an old fat woman jump sideways so fast in your life as I did that day. By the time I got the hoe it was gone but I looked all summer for them while gardening.
Did I tell you about the time when I was a kid and my cousins and I were fishing off of a log and I went to go for more bait and at the end of the log was my worst nightmare a water snake wrapped around a bush so I could not get off of the log? I just stood there and screamed and screamed until Dad came running through the weeds to get me while the boys just stood there looking at me.
Or the time I stepped on one while wading and it slithered out from under my foot"? I tell you it feels awful.
Ewww, I hate snakes!
Or the time that I was running across the corn field jumping the corn rows and jumped over the Blue Racer that then decided to chase me through the field and that it did not stop chasing me until I ran sideways across the highway up on the porch and into Grandma’s house? Good thing no cars were coming at the time.
Did I ever tell you that I hated SNAKES?!!!!!!
Until Next Time and