It's a giant thorn in my side (get it? Oh boy, I slay myself!)...
A couple of weeks ago, I was out there digging up the bush that continues to resurrect itself on a daily basis and I ran across a snake. A baby snake, but still...where there is a baby, there is bound to be a mother and possibly a father and several siblings. And, with my luck, that mother snake couldn't move away from her extended family after she married the father snake...
For all I know there is a whole VILLAGE of snakes out there. And between you and me, if I am unwilling to deal with one baby snake then it is a foregone conclusion that I WILL NOT deal with a whole village of snakes.
So I abandoned the project mid-dig and ran to find The Husband. Turns out that not only is he unwilling to dig up that stupid bush; he is also unwilling to deal with a village of snakes. But promised that he would get someone out there to deal with the burgeoning bush STAT.
He called a guy. The guy promised to come out and give us a quote to remove the bush (hopefully for good) and seed the random beds I removed with grass. And then he never showed.
The Husband called him again last week and eventually he showed up and gave us a decent price. He then promised that he would come by sometime this week to do the work and said he would permanently remove any snakes that he comes across (okay, before you all start claiming that snakes - particularly black snakes - are actually beneficial, I don't want to hear it. I mean, honestly, YOU weren't the one that came face to face with a snake...a snake that WASN'T a black snake).
Has this guy shown up yet; late on a Friday evening? No, he has not. And not only that, with all the rain we had last week the blackberry bush has since TRIPLED in size. It has reached the point that now there is no way I'm about to venture back in there because I wouldn't be able to see the ground; thus not being able to see the snake before he/she sees me!
At this rate, the blackberry bush is winning. So are the snakes. When I was a little girl this is not what I imagined my life would be like as an adult.