Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Surprise!

A surprise to remember....

So my surprise started last Friday. My assistant and I were so excited to treat ourselves to a lunch at one of our favorite places on break at the end of a hard week at work. We pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant and I was practically drooling because I was so hungry. Just then, my cell phone rang and it was my nanny. She has never called me at work before, so I immediately answered. She doesn't speak good English so she handed the phone to Olivia. Olivia comes over every 2 weeks to clean. Olivia sounded a little panicked so I was really getting concerned. She began to tell me the best she could in English, "snake snake!" I said, "Inside or outside?"
She said, "in Ayana's room!" What!!!!!!!?????? Oh my gosh, get out of there and I am on my way. So we left the parking lot of the restaurant and immediately headed to my house. We live only 3 miles form my work. When we got there, they showed me where the snake was. It was in Ayana's window, between the screen and the window. On the outside, thank God. The cleaner opened the shutters in Ayana's room to dust and discovered the snake. She was terrified, of course.

It was coiled up so I couldn't see all of it. My assistant and I went to the garage with our high heels on and grabbed a nine iron out of the golf bag, we knew what needed to be done. lol, can you imagine? What were we thinking!

So we are in our work suits and heels in my front yard with a nine iron and we begin to hit the screen lightly to get the snake to pull out of the screen. Mr. snake did not like that we were disturbing him. he came out of the cracks for us to see him. Just then his head popped out and I freaked out! My daddy taught me if it has a triangular head, it is probably poisonous. This snake definitely had a triangular head and was no gardner snake. So we stopped hitting the screen. It started attacking the window trying to get to us and you could see venom on the window! OMG!!!! So we called animal control and they came and got him out. Did they pull him out from the outside of the house? No, they came into Ayana's room and opened the window and pulled it out with a snake pole/catcher. Ughh!!!!

Turns out, it was a poisonous snake, it was a Trans-Pecos Copperhead Snake.
I captured a picture on my phone before animal control came out. Enjoy!


Actual snake in our window:
Look on the right hand side of the picture where the tail to get an idea
of how long it is. Some of it was up in the window seal.

I found the next picture on the Internet. This is the same kind of snake. UGHH!!!



Good times!!!!!!

23 comments:

emily said...

I might have had a heart attack!! Wow.

Leah Reeves said...

That is not a good surprise!

Lisa and Cory said...

HOLY COW!

~ lisa

jamullins said...

Oh my gosh!! I shouldn't have read this post right before bedtime! :)

Angela said...

Oh my GOSH!! I'd still be shaking right now. I had a non poisonous snake wrapped on my door once. I thought that was strange, but this is something.

The wrath of a mother! That snake should have asked around the neighborhood before selecting a window.

Joy said...

Oh great - how can you sleep or let Ayana sleep? Now I won't sleep :).

Ellen said...

I am having trouble breathing right now. yikes

Lisa J. said...

Yikes! That is a mean looking snake!

Lisa J. said...

BTW - how in the world could it even get in there???

Emily said...

Where is Samuel L. when you need him? I'm sick of bleep snakes in my bleep windows! Seriously creepy!

J, A and T said...

Oh my gosh....I think I just had a heart attack. One because of your story and two the pictures of the snake. I have a serious phobia of snakes.

Holly said...

no Way! That is SOOOOOOOOO not okay!
Did Ayana have any idea what was going on? Was she upset b/c everyone else was upset?
Yuck!!

Mona said...

There is nothing that frightens me more than snakes! I'm going to have nightmares.

KitKat said...

NO WAY!!!! Oh my...that would be SO scary. That was NOT a nice little snake...yikes!

dan and rachel said...

wow, amber! when i read your title "surprise" i thought this was going to be a surprise party for you or something. so i thought the snake would just be a lure to get you home. i was thinking "that's a pretty clever way to get her to come home quickly!"

i cannot believe you tried to get it down with a nine iron. you are brave! i would have freaked out! i am so glad you called animal control. that is SO scary! i hate snakes!

Debbie said...

I would have moved out of the house and put a 'for sale' sign in the front yard. LOL!!!! I hate snakes.

I also learned something from your blog. I had no idea poisonous snakes had a triangular shaped head.

Domestic Goddess said...

Oooooh, I LOVE reading blog comments. Emily's is the best, I am crying from laughing so hard..."Where is Samuel L. when you need him? I'm sick of bleep snakes in my bleep windows!" Snakes on a plane...now that was a funny comment!

I wish the picture would have been of you 2 in your heels with the golf club, so funny!

Here's to praying that's the one and ONLY snake issue you have to deal with!!!!

Colleen and JF Bertrand said...

OMG- That is RIDICULOUS!! I also never knew that about snake head shape. I hope I never have to use that knowledge!

Jana said...

what in the WORLD????! So glad you guys are okay!

Kellyann said...

You taught me something too. I did not know about the triangular head, good to know. I would have lost it, especially since it was in Ayana's window. I found a dead mouse tonight in a cleaning bucket. I nearly lost it, so I can't even imagine a snake.
Good for you for thinking on your 'heels' and getting a nine iron. The 'picture' in my head is hysterical.
I'm glad everyone is ok. So did your nanny or cleaning helper quit on you? I would have!

Kellyann said...

You taught me something too. I did not know about the triangular head, good to know. I would have lost it, especially since it was in Ayana's window. I found a dead mouse tonight in a cleaning bucket. I nearly lost it, so I can't even imagine a snake.
Good for you for thinking on your 'heels' and getting a nine iron. The 'picture' in my head is hysterical.
I'm glad everyone is ok. So did your nanny or cleaning helper quit on you? I would have!

Aaron & Whitney Pratt (A&W) said...

ughhh... I have goosebumps!! yuck, yuck, yuck...

Autumn said...

YIIIIKKKKKEEESSS!!! Good thinking, calling animal control. Now I'm thinking that I should keep that number handy just in case! So glad everyone was ok!