Archive for May, 2010

MeeMaw’s Snakes

I guess I have several rat snakes hanging around the pasture and barns. I thought I only had two. A medium sized snake, about 5 feet long, was sharing a sidewalk with me Sunday morning. I didn’t want him hanging around the sidewalk with the grandkids coming over later, so I bent down and tickled his tail, hoping to make him take off for the woods, but he turned around and slid under the door into the outbuilding where I keep my wool. Hunh. Guess I won’t be getting into my wool anytime soon.

When I cautioned the grandsons later to watch where they stepped because of snakes, they were immediately excited. They wanted to see MeeMaw’s snake. Sigh. I cautiously opened the outbuilding door and danged if Barn Kitty didn’t come walking out. Barn Kitty had disappeared two weeks ago right before SwampMan’s surgery. I had searched everywhere for him and had opened that building door several times and called him with no response. I had given him up as lost and told SwampSon that his old kitty had disappeared and was likely dead. Barn Kitty had found us and followed us home when we were out walking about 17 years ago. Barn Kitty was pretty much flat, just bones and fur, but very happy to see us. I immediately provided him with water, milk, and food, which he was happy to get! SwampDaughter looked at him and didn’t think he would recover, but he’s reinflated somewhat today.

We were walking out to check some chicks while the boys were chattering about how disappointed they were that MeeMaw’s snake wasn’t out, when I told them that the snake was out. “Where? I don’t see any snake!” the boys said, suspicious that I was messing with them. “Right behind you!” And there was snake, minding its own business, hanging out by the sheep barn. The boys were VERY excited, particularly the youngest who just turned three. “Can I touch your snake, MeeMaw? Can I touch it softly?” After discussing how under no circumstances were they to ever touch any of MeeMaw’s snakes without MeeMaw being present, I allowed that perhaps he could gently touch the tail. He did, and rat snake whipped around, lifting his head about a foot off the ground and facing grandson (with MeeMaw holding him to yank him out of harm’s way, if necessary, because snakes will bite even if they aren’t venomous when they’re being messed with). MeeMaw’s protective presence was totally unnecessary. Old deflated Barn Kitty leaped in front of that snake, lifted his paw, and slapped that snake upside the head so hard that poor old Barn Kitty knocked himself over. Snake raced for the barn and slithered inside through a hole in the board.

Did I mention I have a slight rodent problem in the barn? Yes, I have a HUGE rat problem. The rats line up along the feed trough when I carry the feed bucket into the barn, and I’m not lyin’. They recognize me. They squeak in recognition and fight for the best places along the rafters above the feed troughs. A rat snake in the barn is good news as far as I’m concerned except for the creepy factor of the possibility of a bigass snake falling out of the rafters onto me in the dark. Uck. People in Jacksonville would probably hear me if a snake fell and whopped me on my head and possibly bites me on the nose or eyeball. Hunh. Maybe rats in the barn aren’t that bad after all.

Anyway, the kids kept a good lookout and saw the snake exit the barn and wanted to go look at it again. We went and looked and damned if another rat snake, same size, didn’t come slither along it, stopped and bit it, then fled back into the barn. For a moment there, until the bite, we thought the kids were going to get to see how snakes were made. We called SwampMan out to look at our little snake.

“That ain’t no damn LITTLE snake!”

“It is compared to the one that was draped across the gate!”

“Good point!”

It poured down rain today, and the kids were very disappointed that MeeMaw’s snakes were hiding someplace. Barn Kitty has had more milk, water, and food. I was very disappointed that the grandkids had to stay inside today instead of expending their energy on the landscape.

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The School Year is Quickly Coming to an End

Lots of work at home and school still remaining, plus SwampMan is getting his cast tomorrow that he’ll be wearing for the next 4 to 6 weeks. There probably won’t be a lot of blogging done for the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I’m warily keeping an eye on the Korean situation, the Israel/Iran situation, the European banking situation, and the hurricane season situation. Any one of those situations is, IMO, enough to crash the world markets. Damnit, I wish I had more time to put into gardening, but livestock is what I do best.

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So, How’s That Dialogue With Terrorists Thing Going Again?

Terrorists certainly seem to be happy about Obama being President; so happy, in fact, that record numbers of attacks against the U.S. have been attempted in the past year. Imagine that! All that dialogue with terrorists isn’t going to change them into peaceful unicorn ranchers; instead, it just makes them want to kill us even more. What’s the down side? Obama has such restrictive rules of engagement that soon any military retaliation will be limited to a dance off against the enemy. I can’t say I blame them for being annoyed….Obama’s constant whining and refusing to take any responsibility for anything is enough to piss off anybody that hears him.

Oh, and the problems are just horrible for the people that are tracking terrorists:

The intelligence document also says terror groups increasingly are using westerners as operatives or in leadership positions in which they make public statements calling for Muslims to strike the United States. The document cites as examples Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Alawki and al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn.

The report also mentions Omar Hammami, who grew up in Alabama and is now believed to be an operative with al-Shabaab in Somalia. Although al-Shabaab has not executed attacks in the United States, law enforcement officials have expressed concern that Somali-Americans who have gone to Somalia to train and fight could return to the United States and commit acts of terrorism.

Well, here’s a thought, Sparky! How about not letting people back into the country that leave voluntarily in order to learn how to commit jihad in third world shitholes? How about protecting our borders?

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Another Version of Hava Nagila

Purty, ain’t it?

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Anybody Else Getting a Lot of Shit From Google?

Seems like almost every time I use Google as a search engine, I’m picking up some malware. At first, I thought it was my I.E. browser and changed to Firefox, used Google again, got directed to a site I didn’t ask for, and picked up another Trojan. I’m getting a little ticked about it.

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Come to the U.S.A.!

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I See Ahmadinejad Has Been Running His Mouth Again

Apparently his Chief of Staff says that Iran can destroy Israel within a week. You think so, hunh, sparky?

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Well My Gracious, the Stock Market Is Really Burning Today!

And not in a good way. The Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” video would be appropriate, but I can’t embed it.

I wonder how much of our money is going to be thrown at it?

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Insert Giant Eye Roll Here…..

Obama standing beside the Mexican Prez trashtalking Arizona for actually trying to enforce FEDERAL immigration laws without even speaking up about how MEXICO treats its illegal immigrants was enough to trigger a giant reflexive eye roll, the kind that is unconsciously triggered by people so incredibly stupid that you aren’t sure how they can exist outside of a protected environment. On the other hand, he IS a politician, so he is in the most protected of environments.

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SwampMan Update

SwampMan is doing much better today. He’s down to one pain pill every 4 hours and tomorrow, he’s going to try to go without. We’ll see. If I don’t remember to put out more medicine from the childproof bottle before I leave in the morning, he’s going to go without for sure! His fingers, swollen to the size of bananas yesterday, are SwampMan’s normal-sized extra large fingers today. He can actually wiggle them vigorously. He was supposed to be moving them 20 times an hour to make sure his circulation was okay but, with the swelling, the best he could do was sort of an animated twitch. He can walk around much better, change his clothes all by himself with his left hand, and is steady on his feet.

He said that he wants to take me out for dinner tomorrow, but I’m not sure where! He’s not actually what I would call adept at eating with his left hand yet, (right handed) and his food has a tendency to wind up in his lap or on his shirt. I urged him to practice left-handed eating, writing, etc. beforehand but nooooooo. Heh. Well, when I had the problem with my right shoulder, I didn’t do nothin’ with my right hand for months. It is amazing how well that left hand can work when it has to. No doubt he’ll have the same experience.

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