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Snake On A Plain

Juannie is off today so we took advantage of the lovely weather to work in the yard. Since the storm knocked down so many trees in the area, our backyard is now a very sunny place. We can have herbs and vegetables there this year. Juannie needed to cut the grass before starting on a new bed for those plants in the back and I got down to business in the front of the house prepping the existing beds for the flowers we bought.

All was going well as I trimmed the crazed lantana and the wild Mexican heather. I stepped back for a moment to look at my handiwork and looked down right before I planted my foot and saw a snake. All dignity and bravery left my body as I fled screaming into the backyard. Juannie had earplugs in so he couldn't hear anything and was unaware of the commotion until I grabbed him. He was very startled by my hysteria. "There's a snake in the front!" I sobbed. (Yes, I started crying. I was very scared.)

He asked some necessary questions as he stoicly went for a shovel preparing to confront the reptile invader. "Where is it? What does it look like?" I told him it was in the grass close to the sidewalk and it was yellow. "How big is it?" I made some shaky hand motions showing how long it was indicating that it was around two feet long.

He marched with determination into the front yard. I was very proud of him for being so quick to act. I went into the house so I could watch through the screen door since I am a total wimp. Once he got close to part of the lawn where he could see it, I opened the screen door cautiously and stood on the porch but was poised to make a break for safety if necessary. He was still kind of far from it but he could get a good look at it resting in the tall grass. "I think it ate a mouse or something," speaking in a low tone as he edged closer, "It's got a big lump." He looked at it again and then said with sudden suspicion in his voice, "Is it even real?"

Then he got much faster in his movements and announced triumphantly, "It's not real. It's a fake cobra. The kids next door must have left it in our grass." He shook his head at me as he picked up the rubber snake with the shovel and walked over to me to so I could know just how much of a fool I was.

In my defense, it did look real as the yellow rubberiness glistened in the morning light and it was in thick grass. And once I got a glimpse of it, I wasn't hanging around. Plus, we did have the remnants from a snake shedding right by our back door when we came home from the evacuation.

He tossed the king cobra toy high in the air with the shovel and we both watched it fall to the cement of our neighbors' driveway. I started to laugh and apologized to Juannie for my goofy behavior. He walked into the backyard shaking his head all the while at the foolish woman he married.


Here's a picture of some of the plants we bought today.



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weelisa
Mar. 25th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Dopey kids - what if you'd had a weak heart or summit? Don't feel too bad - I truly believe that fear of snakes is in our genes. I know that almost all the snakes around my parents house are garter snakes and perfectly harmless. However, if I'm walking along and happen to see a sudden, snaky movement in the bushes, I literally jump and go "gah"! I honestly don't think the brain is involved in this reaction, it's so fast - you just jump.

I think that helped to keep our ancestors alive...
silverdee
Mar. 25th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
I only felt bad for scaring Juannie while he had in his earplugs. I almost tackled him. Hee hee! But I do know if it was a rodent-related scare the roles would be completely reversed because he is petrified of mice.
beccak1961
Mar. 25th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh me too. I'd rather pick up a snake than a mouse anyday!
silverdee
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Not me. Mice don't bug me at all. Snakes as I've shared make me quiver with fear and run quickly far, far away.
ladymeow
Mar. 25th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hehehehehe... that was a cute story. :)
silverdee
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
**bows** Always glad to provide amusement to my friends list.
beccak1961
Mar. 25th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'd have been screaming too!

Where do you buy your plants? I like bantings and garden smith, but so far it doesn't look as if garden smith has reopened.
silverdee
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
We usually get them from the Lowe's or Home Depot. Today was a Depot trip because it's closer to our house. I also like The Garden Gate on Metairie Road. I haven't been there since the storm, though.
londonlust
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Snake on a Plain

HAHAHAHAHAHHAA! I can't believe EVERYONE has heard of this movie. I only recently realized it was real, I thought it was an internet joke for ages.

PS. Way too cute story :D
silverdee
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I couldn't resist that title since it's all over the place right now. At first I thought it was a joke, too. I thought, "The Onion or somebody came up with the most ridiculous title for an action movie ever and went hogwild with the scam." But it's a real flick and with Samuel L!

I am glad to share the story of my cowardice. I have no shame. Hee hee!
weather_fan
Mar. 25th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'd have done the same thing, without the crying. Whenever I see a bee outside, I run in the other direction post haste, often flailing my arms about and screaming incoherently. It's far from dignified, but those things are damn scary!
silverdee
Mar. 26th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
Well the crying started when I let myself think about stepping on it all the while running and screaming. Eeeeek!

Bees are my friends. We coexist peacefully amongst the flowers.
eroslane
Mar. 25th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
At CineHell, we are fascinated by peoples, uh, fascination with the uncompleted, don't-even-have-a-poster-yet S.O.A.P.

On Friday, I was doubling, and a little giddy. I was breaking down the trailer (preview) packages from the films that left.

Then I spotted the blue countdown leader.

30 feet of it.

I wrapped it all around me and started running down the booth hallway, past the office screaming, "AAaaaAAAIiiiiIeeeeEEEE! SNAKES ON A PLANE!!! SNAKES ON A PLANE!!!! AAaiiieieieiEEE!!"

Hilarity ensued. :-)

silverdee
Mar. 26th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
I wish I had seen you running about swathed in propaganda. Hahaha!
eroslane
Mar. 26th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
All I have to say is, "Friends don't let friends project drunk." :P~

PRODUCT TIE IN:

"SNAKES ON A BURGER KING BUN"
starring Brooke Burke

Tagline: "We have come for your King....COBRA!!!"
silverdee
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
They could have the creepy King on the airplane fighting off snakes and saving Brooke Burke.
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