An Early Morning Stroll

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Before the sun came up this morning, I found myself wandering around our backyard with a little bit of spare time on my hands…

That hardly ever happens, especially this time of year. It seems like nearly every single morning I’m running like a madman to get the chores done and then rushing through some urgent gardening task or another, then sputtering my way through a cold shower, grabbing a handful of fresh produce for my lunch, and finally sprinting out the door so I can catch the bus on time.

This morning, however, things were markedly different. Continue reading “An Early Morning Stroll”

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An Uninvited Dinner Guest

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It was a hot, dry, dusty August evening. The bright sun was beating down hard, and everywhere you looked, the land was parched and wilted and yellow.

I opened our back door and stepped out onto the patio to fire up the old grill and cook some dinner — but as soon as the door was open, I was met with an eerily familiar sound:

“CH-CH-Ch-Chhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”

My first thought, illogical as it might be, was that our propane tank had sprung a major leak (I guess I just had grilling on the brain), but the more I listened to the strange hissing, the more the hairs on the back of my neck began to stand up, and I had the strangest feeling that I’d heard that sound before…

Then it dawned on me.

RATTLESNAKE! Continue reading “An Uninvited Dinner Guest”