A bunch of lengthy beauties like the one above reside in our yard this year. They're likely descended from Jafar and Jasmine, two garter snakes we kept in dry aquariums for a couple of winters, back when Victoria fancied becoming a herpetologist.
She's gone on to favor more linguistical pursuits, and the snakes went outdoors to help keep down our slug population. (The bean plants are appreciative.)
My son and I captured snake photos this week while gearing up for our sometimes annual garage sale. Boxes of stuff descended from the attic, even as I got practice ascending in a hospital elevator, visiting two loved ones who spent time under the care of physicians two different days. Those people are both recovering well in their respective homes tonight, and I am mostly recovered from our two-day sale.
I moan a bit here at the keyboard, because I lifted and reached and assisted enough to tighten my back muscles (ooch), while acquiring a traditional sunburn. But I can't complain. I watched some dear friends carry, scoot, and arrange all kinds of do-dads for two days with great skill, and in varying weather patterns.
Thursday evening a cloud burst above our driveway, causing a snail to make a consternated "dash" over concrete.I didn't think this sign boded well for our next morning's sale. It didn't.
But we hardy souls here in Oregon don't let a tiny thing like water dumping upon us from above halt our inspired activities. And so assorted coverings were erected.
Our neighbors got their sale-ing ships ready, as well.
Even relaxation took place between downpours.
This sale, by the way, gave me not only the fun of having fun people help out, but I could chatter about blogging and writing to my heart's content, because two friends, Carol Jo and Robby, are faithful readers here, and one, you'll notice, is Erin of Lylium fame. Having her at the cash box made some kind of magic happen, I think, as the money there multiplied. Most of it went to Erin, though, because her Beanie Babies were really popular. (My mom was testing the lounge chair before purchasing the pair of them; she was not slacking off as it may appear.)
Thanks, all you guys, for fun in the sun and rain.