Sunday forecast: Sunny & Sweet courtesy of Harry K.









There was a great commotion from our dogs last night so Benny stepped out to see what was up. He could hear a distinctive rattling sound coming from the yard. He came in, retrieved one of the pistols, the big flashlight and went out to kill Mr. Rattlesnake. Which, I am happy to say, he did.


I think I’ve told you all before that my dad was bitten by a rattler when I was a child and I remember all too well how frightening that was. I have a deep-seated fear of snakes and I am SOOOO thankful last night’s unwelcome visitor didn’t get any of us–canine or human.  Believe you me, I will keep my eyes and ears open when I am outside.


Anyway, I haven’t slept again and really need to try to get some shut-eye so I can make that trip later to pick up supplies.  Enjoy the world’s most adorable and gorgeous accountant in the meantime . . . because Harry always delivers the sunshine.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Three cheers for Benny! I am Soooo glad none of you were bitten. Yes, tall boots if you are out there, and keep your eyes and ears open.
    Thank you for the lovely images of Harry Kennedy. *sigh*
    Now rest and get ready for your excursion!

    • Yes, and he not only killed the snake, he also cut off its head and put it in the truck so that he wouldn’t worry about the dogs chewing on it and intaking venom. A very thoughtful man. 😀

      • Wow, is he ever! That’s great. Do you have to turn in the remnants to Fish & Wildlife, or can you just chuck them in a strong garbage sack, then into the rubbish?

        • I always remember when he cut off two of the buttons from one of my dad’s favorite pair of Liberty overalls and brought them to put in the casket with Daddy, along with the John Deere pocket knife Daddy had given him, “because he loved John Deere so much.” We girls and Mama were all in such a state we would have only thought of such a thing after the fact. And I will never forget how supportive he was when Mama was dying. He was right there with me and my sisters.

          As to the snake, we can dispose of it. The only time we’d have to contact the authorities is if we suspect an animal we’ve killed is rabid.

          • Wow raised to N! as N approaches infinity. (Ask Benny — he’ll know.) That’s amazing and wonderful, a proof of principle that marvellous men exist.

            I’m glad regular disposal is okay. One place I worked, on a government project, we had to keep ’em in the freezer until the biologists showed up.

  2. My neighbor killed a copperhead between our houses last week. Now I’m scared to do yard work! But a rattler is worse, yuck, yuck!!

  3. I am glad that you and Benny and the dogs are fine. Thank you for the picture of Harry Kennedy. Harry and I have lots in common. I just happen to be the payroll administrator in the accounting department where I work. Harry and I can spend our honeymoon counting our blessings. 🙂 ❤

    • That sounds like a great plan. 😉 My husband was a math major and later got a master’s in Operations Research while in the Air Force which is math, math, math. He’s the financing and loan manager at a car dealership, so he has something in common, too.

  4. Whew! Glad that you and Benny escaped this! Angie,I´ve already said before, I love your picutres and quotes!Thanks for this adorable Harry! Now,If i were the vicar, I woudn´t wait Harry to charge that debt, on the contrary,I´d go running pay it.

  5. Hello to everybody from gorgeous Vienna! 🙂 Angie, I’m sorry you had a disturbed night again! I’m glad nobody was bitten by that scary snake! *shudders* I’m sooo glad we don’t have any poisonous snakes in Hungary (apart from the Zoo…ha! :))! Love the Sunny Harry pics! Hope you had a nice long nap!

    • Hi, Judit! I hope you’re having a wonderful time. I love it that Europe has very few indigenous poisonous snakes and they are so shy, there are hardly any pictures of them, let alone live specimens.

      • Sadly, the poisonous snakes here seem to be quite extroverted. There is even a Rattlesnake Rodeo yearly in the town of Opp. Needless to say, I have never attended. 😉 Apparently like so many other critters, rattlesnakes taste like chicken.

        • I suspect that people who say reptile tastes like chicken have either never had really good chicken or their tastebuds and sense of smell aren’t very precise. I have tasted reptile twice (under duress) and both times found it repulsive in texture and aroma.

          • I wonder if it has anything to do with how it’s prepared? I know that venison can be very tasty or rather vile depending on how it is processed and prepared. However, I have no intention of eating rattlesnake or any other snake if I can possibly avoid it, so I doubt I will ever learn first hand. 😉 I also can’t bear organ meats–hearts, livers, gizzards, etc. of any animal.

            • I had a bite of iguana fixed with santolena and garlic, and a taste of crocodile teriyaki. Yuck, eww, bleah, gag — I will never again fall for “in the interests of science” line. Good venison, on the other hand, well-prepared, is great, but you’re right, it kind be so vile that I doubt even a starving carnivore would be tempted.

              I agree re. organ meats and offal. I learned to make steak & kidney pie for my husband, just like I learned to make broiled kidneys with mustard and other Brit standards, but I could never stand them myself. The smell is enough to put me off completely. I also found that I cannot french-kiss a man who’s just had kippers for breakfast.

              • Chicken livers and gizzards are popular with some here–my parents liked them–but I hated the smell, much less the taste. Fortunately, neither Benny nor I care for such delicacies, so we don’t have to endure it. I’ve had frog’s legs, which did taste like chicken, and escargot, which tasted like pencil erasers, although it was in a French restaurant in Rapid City and not France, so . . . 😉 then again, one of the best Mexican restaurants I ever visited was in Rapid City, SD, too. Great food and the best sangria . . .

                LOL on the kippers. I could see that would be off-putting. 😉

              • Kippers!!!! Now you are talking my language!! As a youngster my aunt would send my cousins and me down to Jeannie’s smokehouse to buy the kippers which she had bought directly off the herring fishing boats, split and cleaned and hung in real wood smoke to be “kippered”. Nothing artificial there and incredibly delicious! I’ve never tasted their equal although I confess I wasn’t at the boy-kissing age then!!! 😉

                I quite often eat steak and kidney pies, haggis and black pudding, (I am a Scot after all) and have tried frog legs, eel – both cooked of course and even chicken feet one one occassion (yuck!!) You can see I have quite an eclectic appetite although there are some things I draw the line at!! 🙂 I have to confess I actually like to eat chicken gizzards now and again but NOT the livers! Like you Angie, the smell is enough.

            • I find organ meats absolutely disgusting..My mum used to love them, but hardly ever bought the stuff because she didn’t want to cook just for herself as I so steadfastly refused to taste those things. My poor darling she never forced me to eat anything I didn’t like as some parents do. 🙂

  6. Oops! That should read “occasion” of course! Must have been the remembrance of the chicken feet that put me off! 😦

  7. I am vegan so no organ meats for me. I like liver so I do miss that. Pate is delicious!!! Years ago I ate chicken hearts. I thought it would taste nasty but it was prepared by a girl I knew in high school who was from Puerto Rico. The way Maritza made them it was so good. I then started making it myself but it has been years since I ate chicken hearts and I won’t ever be eating them again.

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