May 11, 2011

Cleaning is good, but sometimes you unearth undesirable things...

Every spring when the weather starts turning warm, the trees leaf out, and the birds start singing; I feel the urge to clean start coming on. Makes me want to turn everthing upside down and give it a thorough cleaning. Under the back deck is no exception.
Over the winter, a ton of leaves collect under our back deck. I hauled the stuff out from under there and proceeded to sweep and hose down the concrete. I'm not sure where all the stuff comes from, but at one point it looked like we were gearing up for a yard sale! Anyway, that's beside the point.  I got it looking all nice and tidy, put stuff in its proper place, and checked that one off my list.

The next day, Marci was doing something in the basement and spotted this little thing crawling between the sliding glass doors.

A little copperhead.  Isn't he adorable?
Just kidding. 
My fear was that, left unattended, this little poisonous thing would make his way into the house.
Abe and Conni got after it; knocked him onto the concrete.

Abe grabbed a handy golf club, (one of those things under the back deck) and bludgeoned it to death.

Battle waged, war won, mighty hunter's victory dance.

Some people might say that the moral of this story is that you just don't spring clean.  Too dangerous.  Too iffy.  I disagree. Go for it, all you spring cleaners.  Just be prepared for anything - even snakes!


  1. Snakes are a good thing to clean out! We've seen so many this year....9 to be exact. But, ours are all us. We kill them because they make their way to the chicken coop and work magic in the hen house. Like normally we can bring in 7 or 8 eggs a day and we can always tell when a snake is hanging out nearby, because we can only get 4 or 5. Feed cost too much to be feeding our eggs to the snakes. So, we like to "clean out the snakes". We have at least 2 more that I know of that are still hanging around. I keep seeing them and then they slither into areas where I can not get to them. Oh, but one day! Anyway, enjoyed your post. Good job, Abe!

  2. 100% Harmless Eastern Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta) Roughly equivalent to stomping on an ant...but good for you.....

    Next time at least try googling before you kill...

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