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By Sandi Schmidt on May 19, 2010

This is a short story about one of my amusing interactions with my mother-in-law that I lived to tell about.....

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medinac
May 19, 2010 8:22 AM CST
Name: Cheryl Medina
Chicago area, IL
Loved your story and HATE snakes as much as you - that had to be horrifying! Your mother in law sounds like my kind of lady! And, now I know where my *&#$%# inchworms are coming from! How wonderful she will be reunited with the Mighty Mississippi where she had such fond memories. Thanks for sharing.

Bubbles
May 19, 2010 9:06 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Thanks for reading my story, I appreciate it. I have to ask...are there poisonous snakes in Illinois? When we went up last July to give MIL a 100th birthday party, I had to do most of the buying at Walmart....from cake to table cloths to flowers. The morning of the party, we saw how large the reception hall was at the church. I didn't have enough flowers for the individual tables and we'd run out of time. I had my husband drive me out on a back road and I tramped thru ditches to cut lilies and Queen's lace. I keep asking him if there were snakes, and he kept saying he didn't know (but he never got out of the car). I didn't believe him, but I was more concerned about getting those tables decorated with fresh flowers. If you tell me there ARE poisonous snakes in Illinois, he's going on my Schmidt List today.....
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 20, 2010 11:56 AM CST
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
What a great story, Sandi....and well told/written too!....I'll make sure Dee reads it when she gets home! Thanks for sharing!
Bubbles
May 20, 2010 12:39 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Thanks for reading it Lee. I just expanded the snake story from the thread on here...because there was more to it and I wanted to tell it.
medinac
May 22, 2010 7:41 AM CST
Name: Cheryl Medina
Chicago area, IL
Hi Sandi,

Up here in Northern Illinois we have harmless garter snakes (thank goodness!) but hear we have Missisauga rattlesnakes near river areas and have only read of one case. Now Southern Illinois is another story, they have Timber Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths, and Copperheads - but I'm sure that's only in woods, river and swamp areas where they hang out. That's the good part of where we live, hardly any snakes. When it comes to deciding where to retire, this is hugely coming in to play with us. One, because we both HATE snakes and two we have hunting dogs that WILL go after snakes. Poisonous snakes and dogs don't mix!

My quick snake story. We bought a heavily wooded lot to build our home on and cleared it ourselves. Neighbors for years used our lot to toss their branches and sticks on and there was one big pile in particular. We were cleaning up that pile when a momma snake and what seemed like her 100 babies came slithering out in every conceivable direction! It literally was like a horror movie! My husband and I both screamed like a couple of school girls and ran as fast as we could! I don't know remember how many days it took to go back to that pile but I'm sure we used something to prod at it before digging in again! They were the harmless garter snakes but we were terrified nonetheless!

Well, I hope your husband's not on the Schmidt List!!!
Bubbles
May 22, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
"woods, rivers, and swamp areas"....sorta sounds like the DITCHES I was in... OOOOhhhh.... Thanks for the heads up!

Loved your snake story! Guess it wasn't funny at the time, but made me chuckle. In the newspaper yesterday was an article about a woman driving her SUV down a busy street (S. Congress) and noticing something peering at her from the air conditioning vent. Her brother was up front, and her 4 yr old grandson was in back. Suddenly, a snake stuck it's head out of the vent! She veered off the road and grabbed the child out of his car seat. Her brother ran to a vet's ofc and he brought forceps to try to get the snake out. They thought it was a copperhead, but it turned out to be a rat snake. The vet sent him the Heaven....

......and BTW, my husband would tell you.....he spends a lot of time on my Schmidt List!!!!
Imagevalleylynn
May 22, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Really great story, made better by the fact that it is true. I found myself chuckling and smiling as I read. Thank you for the great article Sandi.
Bubbles
May 22, 2010 1:07 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Thanks Lynn, I appreciate you reading it.
Imagevalleylynn
May 22, 2010 1:10 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
It was great fun reading it. Your a good story teller. Smiling

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