Don’t throw out my snake!

So I mentioned yesterday that I was going to tell you all about a couple of books that I’m super excited about and I am, really, I am.  I’ll get to that in a few minutes.  But first, I have to tell you about the coolest thing I found last night when I was working in my yard.

snakeskin

And yes, it’s sitting on my dining room table.  I don’t care.  I put it there and I yelled at MacGyver as I was heading out to go for a run this morning.

“Hey Babe, I’m going running, don’t throw out my snake skin!’

He said he wouldn’t and then he proceeded to tell me that when his parents come to dog sit later in the week I better hide it because his Mother is going to be thoroughly disgusted as most women are.

normalWhatever!

And then I ran and came home and planned on spending a few minutes to find out what kind of snake it came from but I fell down the rabbit hole.

snake imagesMacGyver and I were looking at the shape of the head and we thought it was a viper but we were obviously basing our findings on the wrong research.

head of snakeYou have to look for a facial pit and a single row of scales.

single row of scalesYes kids, like that!

Boom!  Now I was hooked.  I spend another two hours taking pictures and looking up snake skins.

snake skinSingle row under belly.

Side View

It’s hard to make out any facial  pits from this view.

snake skin

Hmmmmm, this view isn’t much better.

cool snake skin

So, I’m no closer than were I started but I will find out what kind of snake it is.  I think it’s probably a copperhead.  And even if it isn’t that’s what I’ll probably tell people.

Now, on to the books.

hillbilly elegy

I have wanted to read this book since it came out.  I pre-ordered it forever ago and forgot about it and then I got busy with projects and finally I was able to start it this week.  I had hoped to really be half way through by now but then the whole snake thing happened but I’m going on vacation at the end of the week so my review is coming soon.  Click on the link above if you want to read a preview.

The second book is one of those juicy stories that is so good you want to  wait to read it because you want to savor it and enjoy every second of it.  It’s a story I’m familiar with but I want the book to be as good as what I already know.  I imagine it to be like Grey Gardens reversed.  From butt poor normal to mega wealthy crazy and I can’t wait to read it.  Click on the image below for a preview.

sweet and low Unfortunately, I haven’t read either of them completely yet.  Only a few chapters of the first one.  I promise to give you a full review once I do.

So long as I don’t get distracted by anymore snake skins.

useless

It’s a good thing I got my run in first thing. At least I got something done.

Do you get easily distracted by nature?  How bout by snake skins?

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

It’s green beer day and all that jazz.  And I’m not really a party’er.  Not so much.  I mean, I’ll have a glass of wine every now and then, two, if I wanna get wasted.  Yeah, go ahead and make fun of me, whatever.  I’ll kick your ass on the track.

That doesn’t mean we don’t party around here.  We just celebrate a little differently.

leprechan

Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!  Watch out for the Leprechaun’s!

 

 

Thursday things, injuries, animals, and stuff

Have you guys seen this?

They aren’t shipping yet but you can pre-order them and you can bet your sweet ass I’m going to.  I’ll probably have to hide it from MacGyver though because I’m sure he’ll try and steal it from me.

If you happened to notice my absence the last few days I must confess I’ve been all kinds of busy and when things get so hectic that can’t keep up, I have to prioritize and unfortunately the blog did not make the cut, but I’m back now so it’s all good.

I’m working super hard so that I can take some time off at the end of the month to go to Tennessee to attend a wedding, and also because I sort of like having fun on the weekends every now and then in case you hadn’t noticed but for some reason springtime gets really crazy around here.

Earlier in the week I was raking up leaves in the backyard one evening and a rogue limb fell out of a large tree right on my head and my arm.  I can’t show you my head since there was no visible damage but here is what my wrist looked like.

bloody

Pretty, huh?

Apparently some of the people who speed through our neighborhood on the way to work in the morning have complained about the presence of peacocks in the street.  So last week on three early morning runs I watched in horror as the sheriff’s wildlife division rounded up hundreds of peacocks, put them in cages, and carted them away.  I did not run by without protest though.  I rounded the corner and scared a lot of them away from the cages.

Damn those speeder’s and their complaining.  Oh, and did I mention there happens to be a drug house 2 doors down from the peacock farm.  I wonder why the sheriff’s department never bothered to cage those idiots!

Charles

Charles is still safe in my yard because he loves me.

I tend to collect animals.  Last night I was raking leaves, yet again, and I found a newly hatched slider turtle who had gotten lost on his way to the pond.

Turd Butt the Turtle

His name is Turd Butt.  (There’s that 12 year old boy sense of humor.)  Anyhow, we’re keeping him.  He’s already imprinted on me anyway, (can they really do that?), and I like him.

One last thing to share.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a hundred orders once y’all see this next thing but I can fulfill them, I swear.

MacGyver and I were garage sale shopping and we happened upon this beauty:

ugly table

I want you to soak in her magnificent beauty.

Go ahead,  soak it in.  Revel in it.  Let it marinate a little.  Check out the luxurious lines and wonderful style that just resonates 1970.

I had to have it!  Had to.  In fact, I loved it so much, I bought its twin sister.  I now have two.

Except that one of them now looks like this:

New end table

And it’s no longer just an end table, it’s a cute end table but it’s not just a cute end table, no.

NO!

End Table dog house

It’s a Dog House!

And at night it looks like this:

Hanks new doghouse

Because, yes, I even installed lighting!

So as if I didn’t have enough on my plate I’ve decided that I’m going to make animal houses that can also be used as everyday furniture.  This one can be used as an end table or a nightstand.  It would look so cute in a beach house, don’t you think?  Go ahead and place your orders now.  Girl dog?  I’ve got mini chandeliers!  😉

Just wait til you see the house I’m building for Turd Butt!

What do you think of the heated foam roller, are you going to order one?