Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Braunfels is cleaning up after this week’s flood…

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning it rained cats and dogs in Central Texas and we had a whopper of a flash flood…But the clean-up started immediately and Schlitterbahn is already back in business! I walked down to the river after supper tonight to check out the flood damage now that the water has receded  and look at what I found when I was walking back...This is the coral snake! Luckily I had a pointed weeder with me and I killed him in a few strokes…Here he lies minus his/her head...

2010 Virgin of Guadalupe coral snake 005

here’s a better shot with the head... It’s really a beautiful snake and if it weren’t for its deadly poison, I’d be happy to let it live…It’s pretty big for a coral snake.

2010 Virgin of Guadalupe coral snake 007

2010 Virgin of Guadalupe coral snake 006

This is the second coral snake I’ve killed this week! The first one was smaller, but it was up by the house and so it posed an even greater threat. I had just read about using hornet spray for self-defense and there was a big can nearby. I finished him off with a heavy dose of wasp and hornet spray. He/She slithered/writhed into a crevice by the stone sidewalk where I hope it died….That one was a “Probable Kill”...this one is listed as a “Confirmed Kill”. When I severed its head, I could count it in the dead-for-sure category…I went up to the house for my camera to record the event!

The morale of this tale is to watch out where you step in Texas in the spring...Can you believe it?   I’ve heard about the dangers of snakes after a flood…well, here’s proof. Hope your week is less eventful in the deadly floods and dangerous snakes department.  I need a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate to calm myself…I need a girl’s weekend away from all this drama…Hurry Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat!!!

4 comments:

Gerry said...

I do hope you took care with that head.
Yuk and YIPES !

Hugs & ♥♥♥s,
Gerry

My Crafty Little Page said...

Good lord, LaVerne the Snake Killer. Will call you tomorrow - I didn't have the tv on all day yesterday or until tonight and didn't know about the flood!!! Scary for sure. Stay safe!
xoxo Nancy (unplugged!)

My Crafty Little Page said...

LaVerne - I linked to you for Pink Saturday. I think this should be your post for PS - after all coral is a shade of Pink! Wow - I'm in awe of the deadly snake killer. xoxo Nancy

thestonerabbit said...

Yes, Nancy gave us the heads-up about those Pink Kills of yours! OMG..I would have been peeing my pants if I'd seen those snakes! They just freak me out...even the "good ones". I guess if I knew it was him or my house, I'd probably take some action. I do like the "spray and run" vs. the "snake whacker" technique!!

My son and his family are visiting in the San Antonio area this week and next. I e-mailed him asking how much rain that got...he said NONE! I knew I had heard there was lots of rain and flooding down there..I just missed the New Braunfels parts.

Are you all set for Paper Cowgirls? I think that is sounding like so much fun. . . have you come up with your Signature Mojito recipe yet? :)

L, Dana

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.