We have a really nice storage building on our property, have I showed it to you yet? Remind me to do so sometime. It sits up on a little hill behind the house, nestled amongst the pine trees.
Every time I walk up the dirt path to the building I watch my steps very carefully, praying not to come across a snake.
Today, when I had to go up there to fetch a bag of potting mix, I just knew I was gonna step on a Copperhead or something. It’s always a relief to get to the door without having spotted a snake. Fortunately, today was one of those days.
I stepped inside the building and found the Miracle Grow bag I was looking for. There was another bag of soil on top of the one I wanted, so I casually picked it up and set it to the side. When I turned back to pick up the bag I’d just uncovered a black snake was coiled in the corner of it.
Thank goodness black snakes are good snakes. But still. It’s a snake.
And I needed that bag of dirt.
First, I ran back to the house to find my camera. You know I love to share my drama with you.
After I’d snapped a satisfactory shot, I grabbed a garden tool and used the handle to pick the snake up and put it back outdoors.
Wouldn’t wanna kill a black snake, after all. He’s a great mouse hunter, and supposedly keeps Copperheads away too. As long as he stays away from my chicken coop, we’re cool.
Jerry was a little freaked out to know a snake had been in his workshop though. I may have even led him to momentarily believe that the snake had slithered underneath his workbench before I could get it. *grin* Jerry hates snakes.
The kids were a little disappointed I hadn’t included them in the fun. They thought it would have been a better idea to capture the snake and put it in the garden so it could eat the bunny we have living among our cucumber plants.
But you know, when harvesting my cukes, I’d much rather be startled by a fuzzy baby bunny than a hissing snake. Wouldn’t you agree?!
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.