Don’t Annoy Rattlesnakes

I have old and nasty carpet that I am finally ripping out. I cut it in two foot strips and laid it out for garden pathways. I will edge them with rocks and cover with crusher fines (all laying around on my property).

A slow process because I am not very fast and I also transplanted some wildflowers rather than smother them.

It was beautiful today.

I found a three foot Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) coiled up inside my fence. Unwisely, I smacked him with the flat shovel head. He struck back at me. I have never annoyed a rattler before and never realized how far they strike. I hit him again and he struck again. He slithered just out of reach outside the fence.

Note that snakes most frequently bite those who bother them. So don’t.

Still, I want him to move along. I need to increase the food supply farther up the hill and not hog so much next to my house. My bad.

I came back inside.

My floor is particle board and I am painting it with porch enamel. The color is a muted green-blue very close to the muted blue-green of the walls. It looks pretty and not much expense to seal and protect the floor from disintegrating with moisture. It feels so clean.

As slow as this is going I will likely need two weeks to finish. I am anxious to finish out the chicken coop but having my living room in disarray is hard to live with.

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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