We all know here in West Texas you have to be careful where you step and where you walk. We know at anytime a creature could come from out of nowhere and get you. When I say creature that could mean a lot of things like snakes, spiders, scorpions, coyotes, fox, deer and even bats. Don't believe me when I say bats, we have had several here in our building. There have been about 3 times we have come in and we will find one hanging in the lobby.

A year ago I shared a story about almost being snake food. I have around the corner of the building and had no clue a giant rattle snake was up against the wall. I would have been snake dinner had it not already had a rabbit in it's mouth. In fact my dress even probably grazed him but he was so fat from the rabbit he couldn't move.  Snakes like to hide as well, not just hang out in plane sight. Make sure you listen for the rattle. You might have some old wood in your back yard or a pile of something you are going to get rid of. Be careful because places like that are a perfect hiding spot for snakes.

Once again, I had an encounter with a creature this morning.  I went out to get my water out of my car and I stepped off the curb and noticed a large something. Remember this was in the dark. I jumped what felt like across the parking lot because it scared the life out of me. I knew I didn't run over something because I wasn't parked because I didn't feel it. I go to the other side of my car and turn on the lights to find this poor little guy. I could tell he hadn't been run over because he wasn't smashed, we think he probably ate some rat poison.

Luckily for me it was a creature that was already dead and couldn't hurt me but out here in West Texas you never know, so just be careful.

Gwendolyn McCown
Gwendolyn McCown


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