If I were a superstitious person I might say I jinxed myself by being pre-occupied hoping what I’m about to tell you wouldn’t happen. I’m not superstitious and it came about anyway.
What I feared and dreaded has happened!! I had an encounter with Mr. Snake last night around 8pm. I had gone to the coop to put the tarps down, I got the first one down and headed to the south end of the pen to the gate. I lifted the gate latch and something caught my eye about two feet from the gate. It looked like a long, very black and battered limb. I thought I don’t remember seeing that. I stepped through the gate and turned around for another look and that long black limb had a head attached to it! His body was outside the fence and his head was underneath the fence. I froze in my tracks, my mind was racing…what to do…what to do. My cell phone was in the house so I was on my own. I quietly and might I add very quickly walked around to the far end of the coop and dropped and secured that last tarp. I did this in record time immediately after I did the “stick wave”. Let me explain the ‘stick wave.’ I have started taking a stick with me to the coop because the spiders build a new web every day, right where I have to stand to do the tarps. I “wave” the stick all around the area where I have to walk to knock the webs down.
Sorry, I wandered. As I was bent over securing the bottom of the tarp, all the while my mind is racing like crazy and fear is weighing me down I felt a sharp pain in both of my shoulders. Surely I was trying to sprout wings to fly out of there. I quickly realized it was just tension from being afraid.
I headed back to the gate and the enemy Mr. Snake is still there. I got out, latched the gate and headed toward the house. After walking running what I considered to be a safe distance I turned around to look and he was slithering off into the sunset. All 3 plus feet of him!
When I started this three week ‘experiment’ I would take my cell phone with me and since I didn’t have any pockets I would stick it in my, um well, somewhere else. Early into the ‘experiment’ it fell out and landed in the floor of the coop. It was then I decided I didn’t need to take the cell phone with me. This morning though after living the horror movie last night, I decided I needed to take it with me again, just in case I got cornered by Mr. Snake I could call my neighbors to come and rescue me. All was going well with the cell phone tucked away somewhere else. I got the tarps raised and let the chickens out, fed them and took their water containers back to the house to wash them and put fresh water in them. Just as I finished filling the last container, Splash!! My cell phone fell out of its obviously not so secure place right into the water. I’ll just say I am really getting good at doing things in record time. I snatched it out before it hit the bottom. Time will tell if it was fast enough.
Now I will tell you about the fun part of my day. Karla and I went shopping in Owasso yesterday morning. We both found some good bargains and had a great time. On the way home we stopped at a place called Ram Country, they sell a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. We purchased some tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, Porter peaches, (the best peaches I have ever eaten) and a watermelon. When we got back home we fixed ourselves a tomato sandwich and the recipe will follow. Some may think a tomato sandwich sounds weird or gross, before you write it off your really should try one, especially if you have access to fresh produce. They are wonderful!!
100% Whole Wheat or Multi-Grain Bread (We used Milton’s from Sam’s Club)
1 large tomato, sliced
Mayonnaise to spread on bread
Sliced red onion (however much you like)
1 slice Pepper-Jack Cheese
You may put the cucumber on the sandwich. We had ours on the side with a drizzle of Italian Dressing. Delicious!!