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Old 08-14-2006, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default NSR----There WAS a SNAKE in my Kitchen!!!!

Walking into one's kitchen should not be at all a daunting prospect. I happened to be going to the fridge to get some ice/soft drink and then head upstairs for an afternoon of cardmaking(had not been able to for so long). Out of the corner of my eye I see something MOVE.....it was a snake.....in my KITCHEN!!!!! I started screaming because that was about all I knew to do as I was caught completely unaware. Of course, if I were prepared, I still would have screamed. I yelled for the kids to make sure they were all safe and to calm ME down. Then, I called my husband, Greg, who later told me that the first 15 seconds of the call sounded more like a James Brown concert. He left work to come to my rescue as I told him I could not deal with snakes and was packing my bags. I sent for the neighbors who came over laughing with a shovel and a hoe....only in the south can people laugh about snakes. The two male neighbors moved my fridge and killed the snake and removed it from the house.

I am not used to "living in the country" as they call it here....with a septic tank, a well, and mice from the fields. I thought I could get "used to" the idea as we are ONLY 8 miles from Walmart....not really the country by many people's standards. However, I cannot grow accustomed to sharing my home with creatures.

Thought I would share my NOW funny story. By the way.....the snake was ONLY 18 inches long and it was ONLY as big around as a finger......ONLY it was in my house so size and length do not matter.....as it still was a SNAKE.

Hope I made you laugh. I would LOVE to hear some of your funny stories dealing with creatures. We can all Laugh at ourselves every now and then.

By the way----I did not make a single card....to nerved racked to put my feet under my craft desk.

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Hey, a snake is a snake whether it's 2 inches long!!!! 18 inches?!?!?!? Holy cow!!! I would have hit the ceiling.

I'm new to the wonder of extremely large spiders...I came from Colorado Springs, where they have black widows and tarantulas....but seriously they are so rare you NEVER see them. Apparently areas had rattlesnakes, but I never saw one. Out of sight-out of mind! Anyway, in England, they have these HUGE house spiders that scare the crap out of me!! And, they are on the CEILING!!!! I don't want to know a spider could be on the ceiling and drop into my bed while I'm sleeping, especially if it's the size of my palm. EWWWWW!!!!

I feel your frustration/anxiety/pain/squealing. Good luck with future "meetings"!!
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Betty -
Several years ago at Easter our family was together at Mom's. The kids, as usual, played most of the day in the basement, and left a few of their toys out. The following day my mom went down to do a load of laundry and stepped over the wooden snake - THREE TIMES - before she realized the wooden snake was moving! Evidently the snake slithered down thru the open window when workers were there in October and wintered in the basement! Luckily the bugger came out the day AFTER the kids were playing down there! She was actually pretty calm about it - I would have FREAKED! And to think the thing was down there vacationing in a Wisconsin basement all winter...YIKES!
Glad you're rid of the critter!

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My mind knows there's nothing to fear, but my blood runs cold when I see a snake in the yard. I have forced myself not to scream, but just barely. Luckily I hardly ever see snakes here. One time I was mowing around dusk and ran over one -- the body parts went flying all over. Even that creeped me out!
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OMG, Betty! You sure sound like you calmed down quickly. I would still be screaming and my husband and neighbors would be talking me down from the roof! I HATE snakes. We are leaving on vacation in a few weeks and my big fear is that "Snakes on Planes", will be the movie on the flight!!! UGH. Glad it turned out o.k. for you. If anyone deserves some quiet stampin' time tonight, it is you.
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:24 PM   #7
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I am with you, putting the feet under the desk again would be a traumatic experience for sure!!! I am so afraid of snakes!!!!
Let's hope it was a one time thing- ONLY one time thing!!!
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ok, here's my critter story: hawaii may be beautiful, but along w/ the tropical climate come lots of BUGS!! i was putting something away on top of the stereo (which is right next to the computer desk!) in our office and accidentally knocked over a chess piece. so i'm thinking, danggit, now i have to pick that up (it had fallen between the 2 in. gap between the stereo and entertainment center), hopefully it didn't break, so i lean over to look and it had fallen right on one of the biggest centipedes i've ever seen!!!! we've had some small ones in the house before which grossed me out - this one was the big daddy!! thank goodness the chess piece was heavy enough that it did enough damage to the centipede that it kept him from being able to get away and i doused him w/ bug spray. i felt nauseous and had chills - called my dh to tell him my "divine intervention" story of the year! i made him throw it out when he got home - that sucker was longer than my hand (middle finger tip to end of palm) and about an inch wide!!!!! holy hannah - i still survey the area when i sit in here!!!
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Betsy,

I feel for you! I too live in the country and are constantly dealing with snakes. I have had them right in front of my face in my wash house and in my kitchen as well and in my yard. Some have been small and others have been very large!! The latest was under the rabbit cage and inches from my foot. That one turned out to be a four foot rattle snake. I have learned to become calmer but I still manage to give a good scream every now and then. I now own my own pellet gun and have learned to shoot. At least I can get the small ones with that. Good luck!! I hope your encounters are few a far between.

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All I can say is... I'm glad I live on the second floor!
My skin is beginning to crawl again as I remember:
One of my sons killed a snake in his girlfriends dorm room on the THIRD floor last year when she was moving in!
We lived in a 150 yr. old two story house several years ago (I miss it ) and as I was swiffering under the claw-foot tub UPSTAIRS a rattle snake skin came out on the swiffer. I was so upset, I did not rest for weeks, as we never found the owner of the skin!
I was sitting beside the organ in church one night during the sermon and a mouse played on the pedalboard (no pun intended!) before entering the organ through the expression pedal opening! I really dreaded the postlude!
My son and I were shopping for him a suit last week and just as I reached for a sleeve to peek at the price, son grabbed my arm and calmly said, "Mom, I know you didn't see that spider coming down the sleeve." It was a very large spider. I could not have tried on clothes, but my son didn't let it bother him. He bought a suit there and just laughed it off.
To the OP - Yes, country life can really stink - you may have a skunk next! We've had bad experiences with those prowling the yard at night.
The only critter I'd really welcome this summer would be one that eats fire ants!
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OMG I LOATHE SNAKES in any shape form or fashion. Any mention or sight of them makes my feet go up my rear!!! We have had dead little ones in our backyard (that the cats or dogs have killed) and IF I happen to see them I am in the house so fast it isnt funny!

Sorry that you had to find the fella......better out in the open than in the silverware drawer when you opened that.

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EEEEEUUWUUWWWWWW!!!!

IT's time's like these that I'm glad I live where I live...I hate spiders and snakes...ick....

I can handle little spiders, but the big ones freak me out. And don't get me going on snakes...yuck.

The worst things we have here are the hairy centipedes...they come in the house and if I see one upstairs, it must die before I can sleep. Down in the basement, if I see it in the open, I'll kill it, but I won't take the house apart to find it if it goes under something.
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I really do not like snakes but my son loves them. We lived in Asia for awhile and I got used to seeing them and as long as they were not in my house I was OK. Well, right after moving to Colorado, I went to a plant nursery and I had my son with me. When I got back to the car, my son had a snake wrapped around his hand inside the car!! He wanted to bring it home! Of course I refused to get back in the car until he got rid of it!

Another animal I really can't stand are bats. Well, last week I went to a friends house to stamp. When I was leaving, she walked to the car with me and we were standing there admiring the beautiful red sky over the mountains and all of a sudden we had at least 50 bats swarming us - they were so close that we could feel their wings! I opened the car door and dove into the drivers side and she dove in right on top of me. Now my car is pretty small so neither of us could move over to the passenger seat so we sat there for about a half hour waiting for the bats to go away. Now we can laugh about it but at the time we were pretty freaked.

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Well, I live in the city and we have bugs, snakes and more!

We had a possum in our garage for a week or two until I finally chased it out with a broom. The critter was not happy to be evicted!

We have all sorts of spiders and totally disgusting bugs that even my Terminex man admits that if they have room to get in to the house, then there's nothing he can do. A lot of help he is!

I've also had birds fly in to my house before. Sometimes the kids leave the back door open and once two wrens were checking out the nesting potential of my mudroom!! Also, a hummingbird got stuck in my house. I finally 'escorted' him out.

We live in an area with lots of trees and recently, the folks behind us sold out and now there's a huge 44 house community going in behind us. All of those big old oak trees are down and the animals are moving in closer to us!!

Good luck in the future in the country!!
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OMG! I would have done the same things you did! I HATE snakes! I got started at work the other day ... I didn't realize the snake was sunning itself in the courtyard of my office. I opened the door (not realizing it was there)! It jumped up (probably as startled as I was).

Needless to say I screamed the biggest scream in a long time! I could have been auditioning for a horror film!

Now, I'm off to check behind my fridge!
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Eeeks!!!! These stories are giving me goosebumps!!! When we first moved here, my saleslady told me that a friend of hers was in the hospital because somehow a pygmy rattlesnake got into her ventilation system and fell out of the vent OVER HER BED and bit her arm while she was sleeping.
They are small snakes, but very poisonous. Apparantly small poisonous snakes are worse than their big brothers!!
When we moved in, our bed could not be under a vent.
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Oh my! Too funny! My story:

When we found out we were moving from CA to Kansas, my Granpa (then going a bit senile) told me and my dh "KANSAS??!! They have RATTLESNAKES in KANSAS!!!". He was yelling and carrying on. My dh thought the whole thing was so funny. My grandpa died before we moved, but dh kept imitating him and saying how crazy it was because Kansas is NOT known for their Rattlesnakes. He always got a kick out of it. Well, the week we moved into our new house, the dog is barking like crazy (a husky, so he doesn't usually bark much) and we go out back and SURE ENOUGH there is a Rattlesnake in the yard. LOL I told my dh that it was Grandpa reincarnate just to prove a point and get even! Even the cops that showed up ssaid they had never heard of a rattlesnake problem and were baffled. They didn't want to go near it, so good thing dh learned in Thailand how to wrangle them - he even did some crazy dangerous tricks for the cops - he is a show-off! LOL I was in the house waiting until it was all over - never even went out to see it - EWWW!
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OMG OMG! My skin was crawling when I read your story and It reminded me of the time when we were first married and literally living in a corn field in the old hired mans house. I got up one fall morning opened the silverware drawer and there was snake curled up in there!
Well I screamed pulled the drawer right out onto the floor, and was in the next room on the couch before the silverware hit the floor!!!Still screaming!
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I know how you feel. My family and I moved to the country nearest neighbor is a mile away. When we first moved in I took care of the house and my husband the garage. He comes running in talking about the snake in the garage, My brother and I had to get the snake and relocate it to the cave down the road. I never thought I would see the day my husband would be afraid of anything.

So don't feel bad about the screaming.

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Hey Betty,

Where in Nc are you??? I just moved to Goldsboro earlier this summer (Darn Air Force, grumble,grumble...). We live across the street from this wooded creek/river thing and I am just WAITING for this to happen to me! I'd sure scream too!

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When I was 17 we moved into a smaller house after my dad died. We found a snake skin on the back porch and thought it was cool, but didn't think any more about it.

A few weeks later I was sitting on the rec room couch talking to my mom. All of a sudden she started say, "oh, Betsy....Betsy, Betsy....," like she was admonishing me about something. "What?!" I say....."the snake is right under your feet, he's coming out from under the couch!"

OK, now, if that were YOU, wouldn't you just yell, "SNAKE!" instead of, "oh, Betsy..."??? Good grief....I didn't sleep for a WEEK! I can't even handle caterpillars, for pete's sake, lol!
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OMG!
All this snake talk is giving me the creeps. I'm glad I live in Wisconsin where we don't have snakes. (or do we?)
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I painted my front porch last year and after I finished I cleaned up my brushes on our back porch and left the brushes out there to dry and also the rags I had used since I was planning on doing the back porch the following day. Well it ended up being 3 or 4 days before I got around to doing the back porch. My husband and I carried all the furniture off and the little things we have hanging, etc. The only thing left was the rags and the brushes which I planned on using again. He went into the house with the kids (he HATES to paint) and I grabbed my brush and my rag to get started. In the palm of my hand I feel something move, almost like if I had my hand on a VERY strong muscle. It takes a second for it to register and I drop the rag. Out runs a fat field mouse. We are having a stand off to see who is going to run off the porch. I stomped my foot and she ran. I know it was a she because I look over and see a bunch of little pink hairless babies wiggling on the floor. For a second I felt really bad about the soaking I gave them all with the hose but I got over it LOL I screamed so loud and then I had a beer and painted. Hubby says thank God it wasn't him or he would've curled up in a ball and cried.
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Oh no...newp...huh-nuh...no no no I don't live in the country, but I do live in Texas. luv it!! but can't stand the critters. I literally pray very often, Lord, don't let me see any of things IN or AROUND my house. Snakes and scorpions are at the top of my list. My son has seen two snakes outside but thank God I've never seen one at all. I would probably just drop dead from a heart attack.
For some reason this year we've had a horrible problem with those big ol' waterbugs that look like gi-mungus roaches. My g/f came to visit awhile back...and if someone had been videotaping, we'd have won funniest videos for sure. And the funny part is.....it scared us worse after it was dead than it did before!! I sprayed bout a 1/2 can of spray on it (no such thing as overkill). Neither of us could get near it to sweep it up. it was on a throw rug...she drug that over to the door....mind you the windows were open, it was around midnite and we were emitting high frequency shrieks about every 15 seconds. She drug the rug to the door....and at exactly the same time that I realized flipping that rug was probably gonna cause the bug to flip back at us rather than out the door.....she flipped the rug!! More shrieks....more dancing.... if that poor bug had been alive...we'd have scared it to death, and I still can't believe no one called the cops to have em come see who was murdering us!! lol Once it was out the door....we shivered and shuddered for an hour or so just thinking about it.
Keep in mind....this was a waterbug, and a dead one to boot. Now y'all know why I frequently pray....Lord...don't let me see no critters!! And yes, I freely admit I'm a weenie!! lol
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OMG! Yes, tomorrow you will be laughing and telling this story for years to come. I live in the county (at least that is what all my friends tell me). I am 15 min. From the expressway and now have a store Kroger a mile and a half away and a new Walmart just 7 miles away. On with my story, one evening I was laying in bed my husband was out of town. I heard this strange sound under the bed, I lay still and just listened and thought what I’m just hearing things. Roll over and get to sleep. Next I heard this scratching noise in the hall way like sharp claws running up and down the hall. I got up check on the children and all was quiet. Back to bed, I heard this all night and could not figure out what it was. Every time I got up and searched with the flash light I could see nothing. Next morning all six of us were in the kitchen eating breakfast. Then I heard MOM . . . so loud coming out of all five at one time, what what? A BIG gray squirrel was in our kitchen. “Holly COW, Sh** the bed Margaret” as my dad would say. By now all five children are on the kitchen table and I’m frantic. What do I do? I was petrified. This thing looked so big. I got to the phone and called 911. Help! By the time the officer arrived we had trapped it in the pantry. It was between the shelf and the top of my big soup pot. The officer said, “Mam there is nothing in there” I kept telling him yes there is. My son had a broom in his hand I had the mop and my son’s friend had the other broom. We were ready. All of a sudden the squirrel decided to make a run for it. This was a Kodak moment, the officer jumped 5 feet I kid you not. He looked at us and he was a white as a ghost. We told you said all the children. It ran to my front door and slammed into the glass. It was startled, we were able to get the door open and shoo him out with the brooms. The officer had never seen any thing like it. I was so afraid it would bit on of the children. Our ordeal has become one of the most famous stories here in town. Each of my children has used it in school in some form or another.

We laugh at this all the time, we are not sure how it got into the house we think someone the basement door open and it got in and was trapped after the door was closed.

Just had to tell my story, hope you all got a laugh. Did not intend to hijack this.

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many years ago when i was first married, i had a run in with a snake too. it was in the back yard which is MUCH better than the kitchen, but still it had invaded my world. it was a little bitty pile of a thing (probably about the same size as the one you had). i called my then-husband and left an incoherent message ending with "you need to come home NOW and kill it!" he didn't (didn't get the message, didn't come home) i had nightmares about the bitty thing for a week, only in my nightmares it was coming after me like a sidewinder .... and my kids wonder why i hate snakes
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oh H*LL NO! I woulda screamed my head off. I can deal with mice (not that we ever get them INSIDE, thanks to my little avatar there - they just get in the garage). I have a nice Terminix man that comes to take care of insect issues (and the mice in the garage too). But SNAKES????? Oh, I think NOT! DH would be finding me a new house..... like TOMORROW! And in the meantime I'd move in with a friend...... Oh no no no no no...... I ***SOOOOOOO*** do NOT do snakes....... BLEH!
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For those of you that get snakes in your house I sugest that the next time one comes in your house you stamp it with stampin up craft ink. Use bright cheery colors that will make it look cute and sweet. That will teach those snakes to never enter your home again! Maybe you won't mind the snake as much once he goes with the colors in your home. lol
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Oh no...newp...huh-nuh...no no no I don't live in the country, but I do live in Texas. luv it!! but can't stand the critters. I literally pray very often, Lord, don't let me see any of things IN or AROUND my house. Snakes and scorpions are at the top of my list. My son has seen two snakes outside but thank God I've never seen one at all. I would probably just drop dead from a heart attack.
OMG... that reminded me..... an incident I TRY to forget..... how 'bout a SCORPION IN THE BATHTUB????!

We were at the family cabin. We are used to pulling back the shower curtain and doing a spider check before showering. Met some nickle-sized spiders in there several times. We always open the curtain with a can of scrubbing bubbles in hand, by the way. Best spider killer for hard surfaces! LOL!

Now, granted, this was a relatively SMALL scorpion (or so I have been told), about 3 - 4 inches long. My husband starts SCREAMING LIKE A GIRLY GIRL! He is wearing COWBOY BOOTS. I told him to stomp the crap out of it. No go. So I leave him to watch it (ahoulda heard the whining about THAT) and I go upstairs and turn on the kettle and boil water. Come back down and poured the boiling water Mr Scorpion. Cooked him like a lobster. STILL couldn't get DH to stomp him for good measure. Yeah, you guessed it.... I had to dispose of it too.... SIGH.....
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For those of you that get snakes in your house I sugest that the next time one comes in your house you stamp it with stampin up craft ink. Use bright cheery colors that will make it look cute and sweet. That will teach those snakes to never enter your home again! Maybe you won't mind the snake as much once he goes with the colors in your home. lol
omggggg roflmao!! hehehe I can just see that snake slinking back out and hiding, embarrassed to be seen by the other snakes...and all the other snakes pokin fun at him, hissin and gigglin lol Almost makes ya wish a snake could point. That reminds of me of a song I loved when I was a kid... think it was called sneaky snake...any of y'all remember that one??
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:51 PM   #31
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i killed a baby copperhead in my backyard about 8 months after we moved to texas (didn't know what kind when i did it.....just got the shovel and BAM!).
my mom found one in her house, in her guest room (we now call it the snake room).
Look at it this way.....at least you KNOW you have a strong heart! If that didn't give you a heart attack, probably nothing else will!
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thanks a lot guys, i sure wont be sleeping well tonight.. I especially dislike the story about the spiders as big as your hand!!! EwWWW... *CRINGE*

I certainly will be checking the bed tongiht..

MY whole body is crawley now... ick.
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One summer I was picking up all the newspapers that seem to gather around his chair. He was off with a friend to look at a car. My daughter was gone, and my son was upstairs playing guitar very loudly. Well when I picked up the last piece of paper there was a bat hissing at me and walking backwards on his wings! I started screaming. Well the only person home was playing guitar so lould he couldn't hear me. When he is playing too loud we flash the light in the hallway so he stops. So I did the light flashing number and he comes down saying that he heard the screeming but thought it was on TV. He thinks we should get it up and flying to kill it. (I know you aren't supposed to kill them but I don't care!) I tell him NO we will be killing it right where it is so we don't loose it! I ended up having to kill it myself. Of course right as this is finishing up my husband and friend come driving up the driveway! Oh well now I have a story.
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OMG!
All this snake talk is giving me the creeps. I'm glad I live in Wisconsin where we don't have snakes. (or do we?)

Michelle, there are snakes in Wisconsin. I grew up in Gays Mills Wisconsin. One summer my sister and I were in the livingroom and my mom came in and wondered what we were spraying. We told her nothing. She turned the TV off and told us to listen, well it was a rattlesnake in the bush right outside our window. My mom called someone to come kill it. After about on hour when he got the job done he asked if he could take it home and EAT IT!!!!!!!!!!! We told him to go ahead.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:21 PM   #35
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All the snake and critter talk reminds me of a hilarious incident when I was in first grade and there was a possum in our kitchen. Now my mom is one of those people that reacts without thinking of the possible consequences and then falls apart when it is all over and she realizes what a stupid thing she has done. We had just moved into a mobile home after my parents divorced and it had been vacant for a good while. Evidently a possum had decided that was her home and had nested and had a litter of baby possums.

It all started when mom opened a cabinet door looking for a pan and was greeted by a hissing monster (aka mama possum). She grabbed a butcher knife and goes after the monster. She chopped holes in the wall, the cabinet doors (you get the idea, right?). Well, she evidently wounded it and when she realized that, she thought she could really kill it. It jumped out, hissing and dripping blood on the kitchen floor. (I am just 6 years old and I watched all this standing on the dining room table.) When she was not successful, she called a girlfriend and she came over and helped in the hunt. Still no success. Now there is a wounded wild animal in the house. Next step....mom calls neighbor and tries to borrow a gun. Luckily for everyone, he thought it was hilarious but was not stupid enough to give this crazy woman a gun. So he suggests calling the police. He makes the phone call while mom and her friend stand watch for the possum. Here comes the local deputy, laughing his a-- off. Are you the lady with the possum problem he says. He comes in with his nightstick, starts checking cabinets, etc., and sure enough, finds the possum. Hits him with the nightstick, gets garbage bag, confines the now very dead possum and puts it in the garbage can outside.

Sounds like the end of the story........right? Not so, the poor deputy did not get 5 miles away when the daddy possum makes his appearance (probably looking for wifey possum). Another phone call, histeria ensues!! Police department is now all laughing on the radios, etc. about the possum lady (don't think my mother EVER lived down that name until we moved). But he did come back and with a lot more trouble, captured the daddy possum and disposed of him. This time he does NOT tell mom to call again if there is any other problem. He just left laughing so hard that there were tears in his eyes.

My big brother came in from work and was telling us about the story on the police radio about the lady chasing the possum with a butcher knife....and thought he was going to die laughing when he found out that was his mom. Over the next few days, we discovered the 6 baby possums that had been left behind but they were not big enough to be frightening and my brother was able to dispose of them as we found them. Discovered that there was an entry to the nest behind the stove where the wiring connected....at the advice of the policeman, we stuffed LOTS of steel wool (well, the next best thing in my mom's mind....SOS pads) in the hole and never had any more wild visitors.

Thanks for bringing back a really funny childhood memory!!
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Seriously...if we found a snake in the house, we'd have to move
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Okay, this doesnt have to do with snakes, but skunks. This past winter we had a skunk dig under the bathroom. The inside of our apartment smelled absolutely horrible, and there was nothing we could do. Even though it was a mild winter, you do not want to open all of your windows in VT in January. Then I could smell both. No one else could, but I smell everything. The first time i smelled it, I thought something was burning. (My nostrils sure were) We did the whole moth ball thing, and eventually the skunk went to dig elsewhere. The smell did lighten a little bit but ti was still horrible.
About a month or so later it was back. The snow had depleted the scent of the mothballs. This continued every few wekks. In April, when it came back again, this is where the story happens. We woke up on my birthday to the worst skunk smell yet. Happy Birthday to me. All day long, I listened to my husband b****ing about the smell. Then, at about %pm, he says to me, "Oh by the way, I know I've benn in a bad mood today because of the skunk, but happy birthday...that d**n skunk." Easter morning the kids wake me up. The first thing they tell me is that the skunk is making noise. I went downstairs and could hear it all right. It wasnt really loud, but we could hear it. (Amazing considering they never hear me) We had to listen to it all day long. I told my husband that it was in the basement. He didnt think so, but he wouldnt go look. The next day, i told the landlord, he also didnt think so.
Well, a week later, when we found the skunk stuck in the sunk pump, (dead), I told them both that I knew it was down there.

Why do they never listen?

During this whole ordeal, the kids were getting picked on at school because they smelled like skunk. Clothing, backpacks, it is in the woodwork and the carpets, absolutely everything. Even the door knobs held the smell. I sprayed everything I could to get it out. I had to do a load of laundry at night and keep it in the dryer until morning, so we could have partially decent smelling cloths for the day.

We still havent escaped the smell. When it rains and on humid days (a lot in VT), the smell is more noticeable. The ghost lives on.

There are a lot of people who think the skunk stamp set is so cute. I am sorry, but I have issues with skunks. I will not be making that purchase.

I know this si awy from the snake subject, but it was asked if anyone had any critter stories.

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Kind of funny you mention this, as today my ds reminded me of when he was three and I saw a mouse run across the living room, I jumped on the couch and started to scream.

Needless to say, I feel your pain.
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I was sitting on the sofa reading one afternoon and I looked up at the patio door and I saw that my cat seemed to have a snake and was playing with it. But something didn't seem right...........And I looked again and the cat was outside and the snake was inside! BOY! Did I jump! Right up on the dining room table and screamed for Wayne. He thought I was dying or something. He kept telling me to hand him the broom and I wouldn't get off the table. <grin> But he did get it and kill it. It was not a little one. I think that sucker must have been six feet long but I don't think it was a poisonous one.
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ok, here's my critter story: hawaii may be beautiful, but along w/ the tropical climate come lots of BUGS!! i was putting something away on top of the stereo (which is right next to the computer desk!) in our office and accidentally knocked over a chess piece. so i'm thinking, danggit, now i have to pick that up (it had fallen between the 2 in. gap between the stereo and entertainment center), hopefully it didn't break, so i lean over to look and it had fallen right on one of the biggest centipedes i've ever seen!!!! we've had some small ones in the house before which grossed me out - this one was the big daddy!! thank goodness the chess piece was heavy enough that it did enough damage to the centipede that it kept him from being able to get away and i doused him w/ bug spray. i felt nauseous and had chills - called my dh to tell him my "divine intervention" story of the year! i made him throw it out when he got home - that sucker was longer than my hand (middle finger tip to end of palm) and about an inch wide!!!!! holy hannah - i still survey the area when i sit in here!!!
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You poor woman. You could use a pair of scissors or knife to chop that bugger up!!! That's what I use when I have them in my classroom or in my house. Luckily, I haven't had one in the apartment since I moved in. My students all start freaking out while I calmly grab a pair of scissors and cut that bugger up in front of them. Just be careful, they often come in pairs!!

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