Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Home Again, Home Again

What a homecoming...I just killed a rattlesnake in my yard!!! He almost got me!

Dirty bugger was coiled up in my water hoses and when I pulled them out to water my plants he got pissed off...right now.

We have been being awful careful this year. Two people have already been bitten. Both happened right outside their houses and at dusk. Guess where I was and what time it was?

Damn. You can bet my brain is dialed right back in. Sheez-we get bullsnakes and garter snakes around the house all the time, but haven't had a rattler since I was a kid. Doesn't mean I don't usually keep my eye open for them, just haven't EVER had one right at the house like that.

Tomorrow will be a full scale attack on cleaning up the last of the junk piled around, re-mowing and weedeating everything and hauling it all away. The hoses are going to be hung from a tree limb from now on too.

Gahhhh...I still have the heebie-jeebies!!

So onto to other stuff...

I always hate leaving Colorado...My Honey and the beautiful scenery...and Starbucks are hard to have to leave behind.

But the ponies were pretty happy to see me. Even Moon missed me...I think-LOL.

The land we looked at was a "no go". The 12 acres did have an open-faced barn on it with a bunch of old panels as corrals, a falling down arena-that was at least worked up and a large wooden round pen. But the land itself left something to be desired. It was sort of in a slew and not irrigatable.

The pictures from the previous post are from our ride...280 miles...up around Douglas Pass to Rangely to Meeker and then back down to Rifle and back to Junction. We ran into everything but snow. Started out in tank-tops, had to put on long-sleeves and finally leather up...and then we baked in the leather from DeBeque Canyon back to the house. Gotta love the high country.:-)

I headed home mostly because I'm entered in a rodeo this weekend. Guess we will get to see if Moon can place amongst the bigger boys. I needed to get at least a few days of just lots of walking and some trotting on him before Saturday. I was really hoping for a running position in the slack(the overflow from the rodeo performances), but noooooo I had to draw up in Saturday's Performance.

I'm kinda nervous about this already. Now I have to deal with the added anxiety of trying to put a run together in front of a grandstand full of people. G.R.E.A.T!

I'm going to take my mom with me. Either she will be good at helping get me mentally prepared or she will piss me off enough that I will get my game face on.

And now I have finished slugging down my Smirnoff Ice to calm my heebie-jeebies and I am off to bed. I'm sorry I haven't been around visiting much. This summer just seems so hectic and I am so behind on so many projects. If it stays hot, hot, hot....I'll be back to visiting, at least in the heat of the day.;-)


Mikey said...

Dang girl, adventures all the way around with you. Yep, be on high alert for those snakes. We pulled almost everything that a snake could hide under, and those few places left, I'm real careful when I go near them.
Can't wait to see how you do this weekend. I got a smile seeing how you get to do this in front of everyone :) Don't be nervous, just have fun! You guys will do great, I have no doubt :)

Paint Girl said...

I could not handle the snake thing! I have such an intense fear of them. I am glad we only have garter snakes! But I am still scared of them!
Good luck this weekend! I am sure you will do great, and the crowd? No worries! What am I saying? I would be worried, but I think with the crowd there, will help! It'll get you pumped up! Can't wait to hear the results!

Leah Fry said...

I haven't seen any snakes at all yet this year ... and that's just fine by me!

Vaquerogirl said...

My girlfreind just killed a rattler in her garage! ick!
I'll be thinking of you on Saturday. Go get 'em!

Andrea said...

WOW!! I would have freaked out and then cried if a rattlesnake was that close to me!! Snakes give me the heebie geebies. But I am glad you are okay!! Glad you are home! I can't wait to hear how you do at the barrel race!! We have a rodeo/playday this weekend too!! I hope you guys find some land.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ugh. Your snake situation sounds like some horror movies I've seen. I actually like snakes, but stay away from the ones that bite. Good luck at the rodeo.

sue said...

Oh my goodness!!! we don't have any sun right now (haven't for almost a month) but we never have to worry about rattle snakes either!!!! I don't think I have even seen a real one, so I can't imagine what they are really like. so very glad that "he" didn't get you!!! sounds like you had a wonderful "vacation".. good luck this weekend.....

Once Upon an Equine said...

Close call with the snake. Scary! Glad it didn't bite you. Good luck with the rodeo.

Melanie said...

Yeah...I can imagine that you felt pretty invaded to be attacked so close to your home. When you live in poisonous snake country, you are always vigilant, but coiled up next to your garden hose??? Thank goodness you made it out of there unscathed. :)

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh girl, that was a close call!!! WOW, I am glad we don't deal with that around here!! I have heard there are rattlers in KS but I've never seen one! Not sure what I would do if I did LOL!!

Shake the nerves!!! You and Moon will rock!! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!! Good Luck!!