Saturday, March 11, 2006

Well, I knew it was only a matter of time, but that didn't help to make it any easier. I saw a snake today...the first of the year. I'd been doing so great working in the yard, telling myself I was going to be brave this year, and thinking that maybe the snakes wouldn't even be a problem because I hadn't yet seen any. Last year the first one showed up at the very beginning of February.

So today Ems and I were playing in the yard, and I decided to check on the contents of the compost bin. I flipped open the lid, and there he was, curled up inside, flicking his little tongue and looking all sinister. I am ashamed to say that I screamed loudly enough to frighten Emma - way over on the other side of the yard - into crying. That little snake brought back all the memories of last summer: opening the door to get the mail and seeing snakes laying right across my stoop, being too scared to take out the trash because I know the snakes hang out by our trash cans, and not wanting to eat outside because of the snakes that lived in the flower bed next to our patio. We have so many snakes. Why do I have to be such a wimp? Why can't snakes just be worms?

Before we buy our next house, I'm asking the seller about snakes. If there are snakes, I am not moving there. Period.

8 comments:

Catherine said...

oh yikes. i had a close encounter with a six foot python. i was carrying a laundry basket down to the basement and nearly stepped on him. animal control came to get him and asked that i not tell anyone. the guy wanted to keep it and would get in trouble if i "told" on him. I promised to never breathe a word if he would just HURRY UP and TAKE IT!

Catherine said...

oh, and i have fabric for you still....but i knew i would be seeing you, so i waited!

HeyJulieMama said...

I'll trade you my spiders for your snakes.

I also saw my nemesis today... luckily Mark was available to capture it and let it go.. in our neighbors yard!

Shawn said...

ekkk! I don't like snakes either but they do eat the bad bugs! I'd take a snake over wasps! We have wasps...yuck

Deanna said...

Freaky! I've been lurking on your blog and enjoying it for a quite a while, thought it was time to post a comment. Can I link to you from my blog? You are what I aspire to be...with your knitting (I've only made scarves, lol) and now your gardening (I can kill a houseplant)

We were reading a story tonight with snakes in it, and my four year old informed me that she doesn't believe in rattlesnakes. She believes in fairies (I was told this this morning...) but not rattlesnakes. Or robots.

mom said...

Oh, Sarah, talking to you about snakes the other day made me have two scarey dreams about snakes last night! I know just how you feel. I am starting to sympathize with the snake-killing side of the family!

David said...

Tough it out.

Grandma said...

Remember that day at the zoo when you had your picture taken with that enormous snake? Did that experience cause this snake thing? We all thought youw ere so brave. It still hangs in the hall and I look at it often.