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Monday, May 30, 2011

the day of the snakes....

I was poking around in the yard, exulting in the glorious abundance of flowers popping up and SUDDENLY there was this huge striped snake inches from my hand! Here in the far north we have few snakes, and fewer are poisonous, and most just wanna be left alone to eat their bugs in peace, but a LARGE STRIPED snake can surprise you. This guy was inside our picket fence, trying to figure out the mesh which covers the lower bit (which prevents beagles from tunneling out). I think he is a milk snake. Not our first. Those guys really just want peace and quiet.
Then, of course, a little later there was ANOTHER snake nosing around, a much smaller garter snake. Speaking of snakes, my best pal in Florida SUZ..............








...........lives in Florida where the snakes are abundant and scary, but she and her husband are never scared of them. Good thing they live in Florida and scaredy cat me lives up here where they are fewer. Anyway, Suz has a daughter who thinks mustaches are funny. I think mustaches are funny too, and I had one for ten years, and sometimes scare the wife and cats with one as a clever disguise....
anyway, Suz asked for a mug with a 'stache on there, and I am making a bunch....

15 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

No way! Snakes at your house! WAY!

Michèle Hastings said...

i am afraid of snakes and i am thankful that i have only seen the harmless black ones here in NC.

Cheryl said...

Scream, scream...I despise snakes, if I see a snake I always have a nightmare that night..I am so glad that here in Maine we do not have any poisonous snakes but we do have snakes. My husband, when mowing, will pick up the little snakes and carefully move them out of the mowers way, while I scream standing on top of a chair..

Stacey B said...

Stache mugs are GENIUS!!! Might have to add to my GRP collection!

Joyful Things said...

we have snakes here (gopher, rattler, garter and some other nasty thing) I am terrified of snakes. When Archie was a puppy he brought one into the house for me. It was not a happy day.

George and Maureen Johnson said...

Just give the snakes plenty of space...they hate us as much as we do them! hahahahaha! Each party would prefer never to see each other.
Gosh, you should market those mustaches, probably make a million doing it. hahahahhaha! Surreal enough for us! :) Do a Dali one next time...hahhahaha! :)
The cup is fantastic! Everyone should buy one, now that is a collectable!

Aunt Snow said...

Mustache cup!

We have a few snakes here, but they're not the friendly kinds.

Jack just got his rattlesnake vaccination.

Susan in the Boonies said...

I hate snakes!!! Ran over one on purpose with the car this morning.

Hey: who's that guy holding your cat?

Reverend Awesome said...

The mustache mug is super cool. That snake appears to be eating quite well in your garden!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Those snakes are just so darn friendly. :) I love em...well, kinda cause they eat rodents!!!
The stache mug is adorable!!!!
I hardly recognized you....If not for the big cat. :)

~ Sil in Corea said...

Snakes don't bother me. "All beings and things are interesting," as Michel Fauquet says. I once saw a nest of blacksnakes unfurling themselves in the spring after hibernating. Very interesting!

Yeah, I like that they eat rodents, too.

Love the 'stache mug...and your paper one, too. {{{Giggle}}}

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

How fun! That Suz is a good egg for sure.

jbf said...

I can send you that nice black snake from my yard. It might eat your other ones.

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

We lost a large-ish ball python in the house (long story)...anyhoo, I worried about the wee beagle for months until I figured she wouldn't be snake food...

Lovely snakes!

And what a cool mug!

kcinnova said...

Of course, I commented on these pics over on facebook. SnakeMaster would be THRILLED to find such nice snakes in our yard. We only get huge black snakes (mostly harmless) and small garden variety snakes.

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