Sunday, June 14, 2009

Reptile madness

Last week, Michael saw a snake slither across our garage. I had a hard time believing it could be as big as he said it was, but I kept the children in the house while he tore apart the garage looking for its hiding place. When he finally found it under a bookshelf (we could only see the tail and the head), we decided it would be best to call for help because we had no idea if it was poisonous or not. We called a man from the yellow pages to come and get it for us, and I’m so glad we did because there were actually two of them—male and female!—and they were big. We originally had thought that since it was so expensive to have him come and get them that Michael could just do it, but he looked at me and said, "Honey, you really need to call the guy back and have him come out here." He had said a prayer to himself about it and he felt very strongly that we would need help. Michael is very wise about these things, and I'm so grateful to him. It was hard to tell since they were coiled up, but I’m sure the snakes were at least 5 feet long. The man said they were rat snakes, and they are not poisonous but one bit him. I wish I had thought to take a picture, but I was just glad to be rid of them.

Afterward, I was relieved but also sad to see my garage in such disarray. On Saturday, Michael had planned on doing yard work. Since it rained, he decided to tackle the garage. He did a wonderful job! He even went through some boxes of papers that he had been keeping for eight years or more. I was so happy! He also got rid of the bookshelf. I don’t have any “before” pictures, but here are the “after” pictures.

1 comment:

  1. Someone I know in Alabama recently had a snake in his kitchen cabinets. He knew it wasn't poisonous, and got it out himself; I'm not sure whether he figured out how it got in.