Sunday, June 14, 2009

*not true to scale



There was a big storm here last night. This made me edgy and fake smiley with the kids, it's our first tornado season in tornado alley. With no basement I can admit it makes me a little nervous. We weathered the storm playing a dozen games of Mad Libs and laughing at our adjectives and nouns that got rather vulgar. The storm passed and we were okay! I shall reenact what happened next, please note these are actors portraying the chain of events and certain items are not true to scale.



Most everyone was off to bed.






I tucked in the little ones.







I stepped outside to look for damage-- I saw a snake in the screen porch. I can't say I like snakes. They are creepy and look slimy and this one looked as if it would bite. I wasn't feeling very brave.













Sam and I used garden tools and a broom hoping to shoo it out. It wouldn't leave. I was feeling even less brave than before. Why do we look so happy?





Even though I love animals and gently let bugs out of the house to fly for freedom...I tried to shoot this snake. I used a BB gun which in reality is silly. I'm confident I could have used a rifle but didn't want to blast a hole in the wall of the house and have to live that down forever. But I did think about it many times. Notice Nana peering out of the door. We were all scared, she was going from window to window with a gallon of paint asking me to drop it on the snake. She has always been resourceful.





I finally called my helpful neighbor to save the day. And he did, catching the snake and taking it to the back of his property to slither away for freedom. Nana, Sam and I hugged and cheered.




Then we all went back in the house. You know all that talk about facing your fears? I think I am more afraid of snakes now. Every time I see a stick in the grass I jump with fear. Snakes are creepy!

10 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My husband is always the helpful neighbor. He doesn't mind snakes at all and if he is sure they are harmless, he picks them up and carries them to the woods! EEEE!!! I don't like them! I laughed out loud when you said, Why are we smiling and the not to scale part! That is ONE humongous snake! Glad yours is gone!

Jemm said...

Thank you for your encouraging words about our move. Spiders, bees and wasps are my snakes. I hate them. Snakes, not so much. I'll stop the car to get out and take a closer look at one on the road.

You are very brave to keep your kids occupied during the storm with hubby gone. I really admire your strength.

The Dadman Diaries said...

OMG I have tears - your stories are so funny! Remember the story about the bat in your bedroom and Mom threw your lamp out a 2-story window?

Leila said...

This is most excellent!

I love the part about your mom. This is just how my mom would act. I'm not that scared of snakes myself, but the whole time I'd be thinking to myself, "Later I'm going to have to address the issue of the random thing she's telling me to do."

Good call on the rifle. I got a hole in my garage refrigerator that way...

Anonymous said...

I hate tornadoes. I was reading further in your blog and my grandfather is buried in the cemetery in the Netherlands. We have a picture from there with his grave. We have never been there. I would love to go sometime. Thanks for the sweet comment.

Erin from Arkansas

Briana said...

What a night! I would have been glad my mom was visiting.

My hubby still laughs at me because I cleared out a closet by the chimney and sat in there with the children until our first tornado warning was over. I'm so glad we moved and don't have to go through that anymore. I don't heart tornadoes, hurricanes, and intense thunderstorms.

You will have a fun story to tell and laugh about later!

whimsically said...

Oh my goodness...although this was dramatic for you, it was quite entertaining for all of us! I LOVE the re-enactment! Thank you for sharing. See, all those little people come in handy!

beck said...

Love this post, very funny & sweet. Your blog is geat, I will be visiting again soon x

Shelley said...

Cute way to tell such a serious tale. I hate snakes,even the rubber ones! I love your vintage F.P. though.
Enjoyed this post,thanks.

Blessings,Shelley

Brenda said...

What an incredibly creative entry! I love it. Snakes freak me out too. So unpredictable...