Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Across the Street....

Every summer day, at some point, we head across the street to Grandma and Grandpa's house. We ride bikes along their bike path, swim in their pool, dive off their waterfall, jump on their trampoline, dig in their sandbox, swing on their play set, play croquet on their grass, and cavort with the approximately 95.3 cousins that are vising from out of town at any given time. Sounds like a wonderful life, right?
Everything was going swimmingly, until he showed up. Right in the wood chips. Slithered his way through my parent's little grove of fruit trees too. And even though the posse of neighborhood men threw him over the fence into the great beyond, I still imagine he is there. Even when I dive into the swimming pool. Or when I run alone down to the sandbox to retrieve a charge's pair of missing flipflops. Or when I'm sitting in a lounge chair, reading a novel, I can imagine him slithering silently up my leg. Ssssss........
Just out of curiosity, how long do you think it would take a 10 foot snake to shimmy up a wall and cross the street? Just wondering.

19 comments:

Marjie said...

I don't want to know. I would never again be able to stay there alone with the possibility of this visitor coming back...

Katie and Mark said...

YIKES! What a scary looking snake! I am glad we were not there to see it!

MK and Co. said...

I'm with Indiana Jones, I hate snakes! I have killed one in my old Provo backyard years ago and have never cared for them since. How did Sailor feel about this reptile? I hope she didn't want to touch this one too. I believe no amount of hand washing would reconcile her poor mother to that!

gigi said...

As I was in the garden this morning my son came to drop something off at the house. He says "mama be
on the watch for snakes" I'm like "why?" He said, "because I just saw one crossing the driveway into the grass on the side of the road the gardens on!!!"
Okay! I was DONE!
I guess I need some snake proof garden boots. I am scared to death now to go back out there. I know how you feel. Why didn't they take it 10 miles up the road and let it go? Poor Prudy, I guess you'll have to stay in the house all the time and just keep coming up with those wonderful recipes of yours :)
Watch your step.
Giggles and smiles.

Bill Bird said...

Snakes are good for keeping gophers, mice and other rodents out of the fruit garden, so I'm not surprised he was there. Unless it's a rattlesnake, it's all good. I had more than one King Snake hanging out in my watermelon gardens, even made the mistake of picking one up by accident when I was pulling weeds. Despite the minor Myocardial Infarction that ensued, he and the other King snakes were good for the garden.

Laura-IH said...

I would scream. Seriously. It would be totally embarassing, but I couldn't stop myself. I'd probably run and climb up on something, too. It gives me the shivers just looking at your pics!

a4 printers said...

I'm really sacred of snakes and worms.. Gosh i could be shouting out loud if i did saw it by my own two eyes..

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

*shiver* too soon for me!

JJ said...

Seriously? Yikes! We had rattle snakes all over growing up...and I still have a healthy fear of all snakes!

Tanji said...

Do you think it could shimmy over the wall and make its way to NC? Maybe, just maybe. . . .

Catherine said...

I really hope I do not come into contact with this slimy creature. I'm satisfied enough with your pictures!

Michal said...

oh, no! i just remembered you walking home across the street late at night when we came for a visit last summer and i got the heebie jeebies. i would be stuck in the house for a long, long time if i spotted that in my yard. i'd start having my groceries delivered and my children would get tired of t.v. because i would be afraid to send them out in it. you are so brave!:)

Maria said...

I HATE snakes! Ewwwww!!!

1freshstart said...

Oh man that's awful! Don't worry about the snake, you'll hear it if he's near you.

~Cat

Wendyfmckinley said...

thats just crazy, the worst thing you would have gotten back in the day would be a crazy wild turkey.
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Leslie said...

Oh good GOD I would have had a heart attack

Katrina said...

Ahhhh!!!! We had a snake show up at our doorstep, literally looking in the windows a couple years ago! It was about 4 feet, black and pretty good size around, golf ball size maybe. He scared the bejeebees out of me as I had just been outside with two of the boys and we had no idea it was lurking near us. Called animal control, it took them forever to come. I just wanted to know what kind of snake it was. Turned out to be a black snake or rat snake. They told me to just let him be and be happy that he's eating our mice. Whatever, I still didn't like seeing him, but he was not poisonous. Anyway--holy cow--that one across your street is much bigger and what kind is it and where in the world did he come from? I do not in anyway care for snakes!
We've never seen "our" snake since!

Wendy said...

Ewwww, I have a garter snake that has decided to live in my flower bed and under our porch this summer. Yesterday he was eating a frog that was way to big for him. I got pictures for my boys! They love snakes, I do not on the other hand. I get the shivers and chills just thinking about it. First time I stopped by your blog! Love it. Thanks for all the great recipes.

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