I feel so bad right now
A few days ago we had a conversation with our neighbor, who is very handy and knowledgeable about critters. We were swapping stories of creatures in our yards and I told him about the big black snake that had been in our garage.
He shared with us that he had come across a baby copperhead once in his yard that stared him in the eye. He said they are not afraid of humans and do not slither quickly away. He killed it for protection.
So today, the same thing happened to me.
Something caught my eye and I jumped over it as I walked into the garage. Next thing I know there is a baby snake staring back at me. He was not black or green, the only two kinds I know to be "safe."
I froze for about 2 whole minutes thinking. Should I run to the neighbors? He would be gone by the time I got back – maybe IN the garage. Could I scare him up the driveway? He’d probably come back. [Keep in mind during this time I thought he was poisonous because he froze to look at me.]
Finally I realized there was a hoe right behind me. I reached for it. Whack. x 3. I was very brave. I will spare the details, but they were not pretty.
I HATE killing things – even spiders (hence letting the black widow free on the back of the property) but I knew I would be forever freaked if I let the copperhead/cottonmouth free.
Just as I had hoped, Matt appeared on his bike just a few minutes later to find me shaking with the hoe.
And as it turns out, the snake was not poisonous
Hope I will be forgiven by the snake gods.
I did manage to "clean" both the inside and outside of the house.
Lawn is mowed.
Floors are clean.
I was quite hungry at 1:30 when I finally thought about lunch. I dug into a Great Harvest loaf of flax oat bran and made a sandwich, devouring an end piece in the process.
Avocado, tomato + cilantro
I made a side salad with some romaine, peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and cottage cheese. It got gaggy by the end and I didn’t finish it.
Leftover apple from last night with Barney Butter
Still have one more bathroom to clean!