Friday, April 12, 2013

Be Here Now

I'm freaked out tonight. I am. I admit it. We've had snakes around before when we lived in AZ. I even had to catch one in the house because Hubby Just. Could. Not. Do. It. I hiked up my big girl panties, threw a towel over him, picked him up and threw him outside. Yes, I threw him.

But last night when a BABY RATTLESNAKE (12 inches) slithered underneath my camping chair, everything changed. Luckily, I had my feet up on the bar below my seat, and I just happened to catch a glimps of his tail disappear underneath me. I won't post a picture of him (you're welcome), although I did grab the phone and snap away.

Gone today is the bravado I felt around the bullsnakes and gartersnakes in Arizona. I'm sure I'll stop high-stepping and cursing settle down eventually when I go outside. We're leaving the area on Sunday, but going to a similar type park.

Be Here Now takes on a whole new meaning for us now.

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    1. Pam, it's so hard to enjoy happy hour outside when there's a rattlesnake under your chair, lol!

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  2. Oh dear I'm sure that that would really freak me out if I didn't see it coming. The only way I can cope with nasties is if I have a camera between it and me and then I know that it can't see me. It works for snakes and even hornets. Seriously though I do feel lucky to live in countries with no snake problem. NZ doesn't have any snakes which is amazing when you thing that Australia across the Tasman has some real horrors.

    Having said that when I was in France some years ago I nearly stood on a viper in my jandals. That could have been nasty. As it was it fled.

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    1. No snakes in NZ is pretty amazing. Even just the thought of being so close to a viper gives me the heebie jeebies! Hubby was in his sandals too. Yeah, could have been nasty.

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  3. It is that time of year. But they do freak me out also. It will probably be a while before you settle down. I know when I see one I am on the look out for quite a while after. Scorpions do the same thing to me.

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    1. Sandy, the scorpions always scared me more than the snakes before this incident. Someone told me recently that a scorpion can fit through a 16th of an inch crack. You know those concrete block fences all over AZ, I saw one slip in between the blocks in our yard. As long as they stayed in there, I was okay.

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    1. It was, even moreso afterward, thinking what might have happened.

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  5. Like GB I'm sure the camnera protects me from anything nasty. If it's the other side of the lens it can't sting me! Not there's much where I live and the vipers in the nearby heathland slither away too fast even to photograph them.

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    1. Um, vipers??? These nasties are Everywhere!

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  6. LOL. Reminds me of an incident a few years ago when I heard a woman, sitting on a patio outside a restaurant say, "Don't be alarmed mom, but a snake has just slithered over your foot."
    Sure enough there was a young boomslang, quite venomous, slithering along the floor. It was about two foot long.
    To spare it from being killed I quickly jumped up and "ushered" it to safety.

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