Yesterday afternoon my tummy was feeling upset and I thought to myself, well I can lay around here feeling pathetic or go outside and get some fresh air. So I went out to work in my garden. The first thing I saw was this.
Some totally disgusting little varmint (probably a rabbit) ate all the leaves off of my potato plant. Expletives were shouted in a loud voice. Note to self: learn how to cook rabbit.
The other not so great situation is that all of my lettuces in my raised beds have been totally taken over and ruined by slugs.
This makes me very unhappy because during the heat of summer I love having salad every night. When it got to the point that one head of lettuce contained more than 25 slugs I realized that I had lost the battle. One night after more than three washes, my mom had a slug in her salad. Not super appetizing. So I decided to carry out the most severe form of punishment I could think of on the slugs. I pulled up the lettuces, slugs and all, and fed them to my chickens and geese. They were very happy chickens and geese!
While this process of removing all of my lettuce and five colored silverbeet from one of my raised beds was taking place, my girls came out to the garden to tell me that they heard a funny sound in the garage and they thought there was a rattlesnake in there. I went to investigate and found that there was a snake, but it was a gopher snake. The cats, Toby and Shadow, were harassing it and it was making itself look really scary.
I picked the snake up with a rake and put it in a bucket so that I could relocate it to another place on the ranch, far away from my house, my kids, my animals. Imagine my surprise and the screaming that ensued when this snake launched itself like a rocket out of the bucket! Luckily for me it sailed through the air in the opposite direction and quickly scuttled off into a giant butterfly bush. In just a few seconds I could no longer see it. That was a little scary also because now I have no idea where the thing is.
At the end of all this I noticed that my tummy felt great! Must have been all the adrenaline. So I went inside and had two margaritas to celebrate.