"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Greeting us at the gate last night

was a rattlesnake.  It was about 8:45 pm and Bill was opening the gate.  He was speaking on the cell phone with Second when quickly he raced back to the truck.  A rattlesnake was waiting inside the gate and Bill nearly stepped on him. 

Ugh.

This is  a reminder that we must never forget that we live in rattlesnake country.  When it is dark and we are coming home and opening a gate is NO EXCUSE. 

Why snake, why?  The little table is where we have any deliveries dropped off to the farm and now we have our greeter~minus his head~on the table.  I am kind of hoping a hawk or black bird comes by and thinks we have left them takeout because I do not like anything about these creatures.

Once again, I am aware that the option of letting this sweet critter scurry away is something that a reader may think, but we cannot afford to pay for treatment if bitten.  The cost of treatment for a snake bite on one of the dogs nearly broke us.  In addition I do not wish for any long term side effects from a snake bite.

ALL non-venomous snakes are free to visit and even kill rattlesnakes on the farm.  We do not bother the non-venomous ones~even though ALL snakes wig me out.

3 comments:

Dizzy-Dick said...

I hope you buried the head or disposed of it properly, because I have heard of decapitated snake heads biting and latching on to a dog's nose, and the head can still pump out some poison. Of course, that could just be an old wives' tail, oops, I mean tale.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Good that it was killed. We have a friend still suffering the effects of a venomous snake bit over two years later.

Humble wife said...

DD-yes, we always separate the head and toss in garbage as no animals can get to. We have heard the same thing and it is not worth the risk.

Michelle- my daughter's friend also has side effects from a bite she had a few years ago as well. UGHHHHHHH~