A Southern Fried Mess

Insanity is a southern necessity…


Just now as I was catching up on some reading and wondering what to blog about, out of the blue the answer slithered by….literally.

I heard a noise behind me by the window. I turned around to glance in the direction when I caught sight of  a three foot snake cruising by.  I like snakes…but not in my house, unsupervised and uninvited.  It startled me for a second until I realized that it was a harmless king snake. Most likely he was looking for a cool place to nap.

Just for sanity sake, I sent the small kids up onto the stair landing for safe keeping…the snake’s safe keeping, that is.  The kiddies were all very excited and not scared a bit. I’m surprised they didn’t ask for a photo shoot with the thing.

My oldest was instructed to keep an eye on  the travel patterns of the thing while I went and  grabbed something with which to catch it. I returned with the fireplace poker and a cooking pan. But neither was really needed as he didn’t wish to over stay his welcome and headed for the nearest exit.  I simply opened  the back door and let him out.

I followed him a bit  with my hubby’s BBQ spatula to make sure he didn’t try and return inside through the logs or a tiny crack somewhere. The ‘high speed’ chase (not) went on for a minute or two until I was satisfied  that he wouldn’t return.

Not once did he act like he was in a hurry. Just a southern gentleman out for a mid-morning stroll, I suppose.


July 21, 2008 - Posted by | humor, kids, life, photography, Uncategorized |


  1. Just lookin’ for some lunch and a nap. Way to defend the homestead!

    I’m sure the neighbors all think I’m nuts! Who else would chase a snake—and talk to it— around the yard while holding a spatula—in her pj’s? 🙂

    Comment by morethananelectrician | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ask and ye shall receive I guess haha! That’s what happened a few weeks ago when I was trying to think of what to write about. Only my car battery died and I got locked out of my apartment. I think I would rather have the snake.

    I guess you’re right, Blue; We should be careful what we ask for! And I would take a snake any day over car trouble…even though I just knew that thing was waiting for me in the closet last night. 🙂

    Comment by bluesuit12 | July 22, 2008 | Reply

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