Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Snakes

After our adventure with Snake #1, I saw Snake #2, he could've been our original snake's twin, crossing the road, heading to my neighbor's house (seeking revenge?). I ran over it with my car, which didn't seem to phase it much, but it did turn around and slither back from whence it came. Yesterday, after hanging up a wind chime on our side porch, I got to meet Snake #3, their little brother. He was curled up in a plastic case of Coke holder with his little head peering out at me. I tried to block the holes to keep him inside, maybe make a pet out of him, but he was a great escape artist and made a break for it before I could get him penned in. In this first picture you can see him making his escape.
Here's the head end. I guess they like to weave in and out of places.

Front View of His Head

I touched his tail to see what he felt like. He turned around and glared at me, I'm sure to let me know he did not want to be touched again.

I tried to get a picture of his full length but cut off his head end. Sometimes it's hard to take digital pictures when it's bright out. This last picture is the longest one I got of him. I'm not sure how much snake is left behind the Coke holder. From here he slithered on across the porch and down underneath it. I wonder just how large his family is.

Friday, May 22, 2009

High School Graduation 2009

March 21, 2009

Indiahoma High School Class of 09 marches into the auditorium for their final high school daze. The auditorium was packed. I went to the library to get a chair to take to the auditorium so I'd have a place to sit. The slide show was long but entertaining. Allan Johnson spoke and was inspiring and funny, as usual. The best part is after the recessional, when you hunt down the graduates to give them a gift and get a hug. Stop and talk to people you haven't seen in a long time. The community gathers together for big events like graduation. It's always a lot of fun and a feel good time.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More Wildlife

My sister had a mama opossum build a nest in her garden shed and now the babies play in the yard. Susan named one of them Petey and fed him a snack every night. She'd put a little food out and he'd come along and eat it. V cute. One eve around dusk, Susan went into the garage from gardening and found Petey snacking IN the bag of cat food that she keeps in the garage.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Prom Night

Seth, Lauren & Seth's date.

Vanille & Kyle


Gui & his date

Maykon & Brittany

Josh & his girls,
Kristina & Melinda

Friday, May 8, 2009


Imagine going to the back of the house to get the newspaper and seeing this curled around the table.

Hmmm, what do we do? We need a boy. Daryl was gone playing music and Owen is only 4. I was going to start calling people when I saw the high school boy next door enter his house. I called him and got his mother. She ended up being the brave snake fighter. They both came over with trash barrel, shovel and hoe in hand.

This guy was not going to go easily. He backed into the corner of a book case where he rattled and spat at us. Just get in the trash can! He didn't want to. Collin had an idea, "I can shoot him with a pellet gun." He went home, got his gun, came back and aimed for the snake's head. He missed the head but shot the snake in what I would call his neck. You can see the discoloration a few inches below his head where he'd been bleeding. The injury slowed the snake down quite a bit so Trisha was able to scoop him into the trash barrel. Whew! Trisha and Collin drove the snake out into the country where he could recover or die.

My final question: What was a snake this size
doing in my house in downtown Green Acres?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dancing the Hodown

I had the best time with these girls, teaching them to blog. We should have spent more time perfecting this dance routine and the filming of it, but we were running out of time and I wantedto show them how to post a video before they had to go home.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Beanie Babies

Just when we thought we'd packed our last Beanie Baby, Grady brought in three more bags to be sent to his dad, JB, in Iraq. This brings our total up to 1083 with promises of even more. The generosity of people has been awe inspiring. To date, we have sent 22 boxes of Beanie Babies to Iraq, postage paid totally with donations. The remainder of our service learning grant will pay for the rest.