My grandma insists that only a certain type of pine needle can be used, so she got some bushels of them from a friend a few days ago, and they were resting near the bushes. I dumped 5 bushels under blueberry bushes, and was reaching into the 6th when I felt something sharp on the back of my hand. I yanked my hands out, and there was a snake in the pine needles in my hands. He jumped right off and under the bushes, and I realized I'd been bitten - two fang marks on the back of my hand. Let me say this, I'm really not scared of much but even garter snakes terrify me! Long story short, I ended up at urgent care, where they were extremely concerned about the fact that I couldn't describe it better than "twenty inches long and brown" -they like to know exactly what got you. What was I supposed to do, stop freaking out and make it pose for a mug shot? ;-) I'm sure the poor thing was more scared than I was! Telling them that my whole arm hurt when the bite is down on my hand didn't go over terribly well. So now I'm balanced out... tetanus shot in the other arm (my last one was 6 years ago), so I can be sore on both sides for a few days.
Let's look at some nice squash blossoms from last summer:
OK, now I'm going to repeat to myself... I will not be freaked out walking around the farm the rest of the summer. I will not be freaked out walking around the farm the rest of the summer. It might work someday. ;-)