“Round and round they went with their snakes, snakily…”

Last night got downright cold. I shut the windows downstairs but left the ones in my bedroom open. That was a mistake. The dogs hogged all the covers. I burrowed as far as I could but was still a bit chilly. This morning, when I went out to get the papers, I was surprised how warm it feels outside. It is 75˚, the high for the day. Tonight will get down to the 50’s. I could go out today or not. I haven’t yet decided.

Yesterday I cleaned a bit. Downstairs got vacuumed. I cleaned all the bark and pieces of branches Nala brought inside for chewing purposes. One branch was about 2 or 3 feet long. She dragged it through the dog door. The kitchen floor is all muddy paw prints. I’ll clean that today. Upstairs I vacuumed and cleaned the cats’ room and the bathroom. The bathroom toilet seat had cat hair on it I suspect from Jack’s drinking at the toilet, his indoor fountain. The bathroom floor had small clumps of cat hair. The bathroom is pristine for now.

When I was a kid, I was never afraid of spiders or bugs. I didn’t believe the darning needle bugs would really sew my lips together. I thought girls who screamed at bugs were silly. I could understand being afraid of a swarm of killer bees attacking but not much else. I did get stung by a bee once, but that didn’t scar me for life. In Ghana I was wary but not afraid. Centipedes were the longest bugs I had ever seen. Flies were plentiful. I remember watching a wide swath of ants travel across the school compound. Those ants were better left alone. Snakes never scared me when I was a kid. I had seen garter snakes in the garden and knew they were harmless. We used to pick them up and sometimes keep them a while. In Ghana I saw boas. They were scary. The one I remember the most ate a live chicken. When I was teaching one time, a few students coming back from the latrine starting pelting stones at the ground beside the classroom block steps. They were killing a poisonous snake. Life was seldom dull in Ghana.

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4 Comments on ““Round and round they went with their snakes, snakily…””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    For the next several days our weather will be mostly sunny, dry with high temperatures in the middle 90s. My big question of the day is, should I go in the pool this early in the year?

    I don’t like snakes at all. When the rains came last month snakes showed up in yards and swimming pools all over the neighborhood. One of my buddies at work lives within a mile of my house. His neighbor stuck his hand into a pile of leaves in his flower bed and was bitten by a Coral snake. It put him in the hospital for several days. My buddy found one on his driveway and just left it alone.

    My late mother in law was deathly afraid of snakes. When my son was young I would encourage him to sneak up on his grandmother and put a rubber snake on her shoulder. No matter how many times I convinced he did it always the result was great fun. That’s what I call a great father and son activity. 🙂

    My wife and I were not fond of her mother, especially in the last couple of years. We hadn’t seen her nor communicated with her at all. My wife’s sisters forgot to inform us of her passing. We found out when a second cousin sent my wife an email mentioning her great aunt’s passing a couple of days after the fact. That’s how we were informed of her death. There was no funeral nor graveside service. My mother in law had a prepaided funeral plan and she was put in the ground next to my father in law the next day according to Jewish traditions. A couple of days later we went to the cemetery and saw the fresh dirt over her grave. We wanted to make sure she was really dead.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Going into the pool, I think, is dependent on the weather. That hot means you need to stay cool. Jump right in!!

      The last place I would go poking is into a pile of leaves in snake territory. The only poisonous snakes here are the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.I have never seen either. I don’t even know anybody who has.

      At first I thought you were cruel to do that to your mother-in-law until I kept reading. By the sound of it, she deserved those fake snakes. What I can’t imagine is that she didn’t get it.

      I can’t imagine your wife’s sisters forgetting to tell her that their mother had died. That would seem to be pretty important information. My brother does not talk to my sisters and me. I figure my nephew will tell us if something happens to him. Family is not easy.

      • Bob Says:

        Well, I didn’t go into the water even though the temperature topped out at 97°. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s not hot enough. 🙂 You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your relatives. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        My father used to say that all the time, about noses.

        Jump in!!


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