Friday, August 28, 2009

Ewwwww

gross! I'm not sure if I mentioned that I HATE REPTILES! I hate them with a passion, Doesn't matter what they are snakes, lizards etc. Knowing that we were moving to the south I had been warned that they have all kind of eebie jeebies here. Not fun! Ok, I can handle my share of bugs. I dont like them, but I can tolerate them. I'm not sure if I told you the story from a week or so ago about the lizard I had a run in with in my garage. Well he was a slimy black snake-like looking lizard that was fast as heck. I was moving boxes & he darted out. I about had a heart attack right there on the spot. I tried to coax him out into the yard. Yeah, he was having nothing to do with that. So our dance continued with each other for a few days. I finally get him out this one day, after cutting off his tail twice, and he runs back in the garage. I'm furious! So I resigned to the fact that it wasn't gonna happen. Chapter two...hubby is home on the weekend & we're going through boxes & moving things all around. The lizard pokes out. I'm yelling at my hubby to Get Em!! Get Em!! Hubby tries to sweep him out the door. I'm on his back like a shadow. Well, once again the lizard darts for the garage & my hubby tries to block him with the broom but I'm so close he cant get him without knocking me out with the broom instead. Once again...the lizard is victorious! So since that day he has remained in the garage & we haven't seen him since. I know he's in there lurking, laughing at us.

So lets move forward to yesterday. Travis comes be boppin in the house after school & says there is a snake in the grass by the front door. I'm freakin out! I'm asking him, "Are you sure it's a snake & not a lizard?" "I thinks so Mom." So I yell at him not to go out there until I get my flip flops on (seriously not thinking....flip flops...really???) I slowly step out the door & Travis points to where he is. Yep! it's a freakin snake. It was rather small for what I expected...too much tv I assume. He didn't move at all. He just laid there in the grass all creepy. Me being the scrapbooker that I am had to grab the camera. What else was I gonna do?? Surely you didn't expect me to catch it or kill it. LOL So I grab the camera & get close enough to get good pics...it's always about the good pics. Hahaha So I text my daughter & tell her that there is a snake. She asks me to take a pic on my phone. I thought ok...he wasn't really moving all that much so I would try. Well, I am pretty blind & cant really see on my phone. I tried & tried to find hin in the viewfinder & just couldn't do it. I even bent down trying to get close enough. Crazy girl! We decided we couldn't do anything without the hubs so we went inside. Yeah, by the time hubs got home the snake was nowhere to be found. I finished the night by telling hubby that I would be entering & exiting our house by way of the garage & would not be checking mail anymore. LOL He laughed at me. I seriously do not like those creepy things. He said it was probably just a garden snake & it would take care of all the other bad things that are around. Ok, well I'm still not going out there.

Moving forward to today. Hubs took a pic in to work & asked some of the locals if they knew what type of snake it was. They weren't positive but one guy thought it looked like a rattler. WHAT????? They have those here? YES they do. So I decide it's my mission to do some internet searching & find out what this snake was. Well lo & behold....its a dang Pygmy Rattlesnake. Oh yeah, I was bending down in its face taking his pic like he was a covergirl model. Lets just say he is number 5 on the list of 6 deadly venomous snakes in Arkansas. Once again, welcome to Arkansas! Hahaha So I'm hoping we ( I say we loosely meaning hubs) can locate him & possibly relocate him to the woods. I really dont want him hanging around having more lil snakies in my yard. Oh & with my search I found out our little lizard is a skink. Gross in every part of their being. So we will be the Great South Reptile Hunters here. LOL

On to other current events....We are heading up to the Ozarks this weekend to check out Eureka Springs. I am looking forward to that. There is supposed to be a castle in the middle of nowhere up there. Also, there is a mini Golden Gate Bridge as well. So when I get back I am hoping to have all kinds of neat pics to share.

I almost have my banner done. I have to string it & it will be ready to list. It came out so darn cute. I will post the Etsy link once I list it. Here is a lil sneak peek of the banner & a small glimpse of my Halloween tag book.

Have a wonderful weekend. ~Toodles

3 comments:

Rosalie said...

Wow what were you thinking flip flops and getting in his face for a photo? There sure are a lot of creepy critters out there. Hope you win the battle with that lizard. Enjoy Eureka Springs!!!

Anonymous said...

hahaha oh mom you kill me. :]

Sassy Soaps N Such N Always Crafty 2 said...

Well I guess we really DO have to make an effort to head to Arkansas! Kassy is my reptile snake girl! She would have been in 7th Heaven. Okay one thing i learned really fast here in Texas and this goes for you in Arkansas too...If you have land WEAR CLOSED SHOES.

As for the lizards they are your best friends REALLY!!! They eat the skitters and ants and save you from having to call out the Pest Guy. Not to get you toooo excited but be aware you might find some little green guys in the house and patio, porch areas... Look up ANOLES and House Geko
http://www.geckoweb.org/profile/hemidactylus-frenatus

OMG we would love to live where you are...bet that pigmy was someone's "pet" that got out.

Sandi