Sunday, August 24, 2008

oh for goodness snakes

Starflower and Mr. Attitude found not one but two baby garter snakes under an overturned canoe by the pond this afternoon!

They sure are cute. I told the kids they could keep them in a bucket for a while, but release them tonight near where they found them so they could find food and shelter and just be snakes.

And while I'm posting, and I have been really lazy about that now haven't I? here's a shot of my much neglected garden. I picked about three ice cream buckets of green beans today, best harvest of those ever. But why the shrouds you ask?

We had a touch of frost two weeks ago, the night of the bat. Tonight the National Weather Service has actually put out a freeze warning for some areas north of here, towards the Canadian border, and a frost advisory for other places including the county just to the north of here. The predicted low for here is 38 degrees, which means more than likely we will have frost. Sigh. Can't I just make it into September for once? Covering the garden is a real pain in the butt.

***LATE NEWS FLASH*** Starflower and Mr. Attitude just came back from their evening swim, with one baby painted turtle, which we put into our aquarium. Never mind the outside temp was about 58 degrees at the time of their swim. I'm in my flannel jammie pants and sweatshirt already.


pablo said...

Frost warnings???? I'm sweltering down here in KC.

cindy said...

I love Minnesota, it's never dull and boring here! Just heard a big section of the state is under a freeze warning and outside of that area a frost warning. Well, it keeps the rif raf out! Nice pics of the offspring. Brave with the snakes, though. I tolerate bats better than snakes.

Heidi said...

I'm praying the frost holds off just a bit longer. My garden is uncovered tonight.

Jayne said...

Wow, I can't fathom frost warnings in August Deb. It's hot and sticky here in Georgia and we are quite ready for a few breezes. :c)

Floridacracker said...

Frost and freezes in August?

Cute kids, cute snakes!

Deb said...

Pablo- If frost is predicted anywhere in Minnesota, we will get it.

Cindy- Well, we tolerate snakes better than bats! Those little snakes were pretty cute.

Heidi- You're in metropolitan Bruno, so no need to worry. Seriously, somebody, I think maybe Al at the Deep Rock told us we were in an area that froze easily.

Jayne- I saw your banana spider today. I don't deal well with hot!

FC- I again assert, my home is in the unofficial Coldest Spot in Minnesota!

Of course I agree the kids are cute, and the snakes were a pleasant surprise.