This morning we planted four types of cucumbers and some dill.
Pulling weeds in the garden this afternoon, I dislodged this Checkered Garter Snake, Thamnophis marcianus. We love diversity. This is a new addition to our species list. It was eating a small toad or spider when I ran for the camera.
For those of you afraid of snakes, there are a couple of comforting things you should know:
1. Snakes desire only two things in life--eating and mating--and you aren't appropriate for either.
2. You can outrun any snake.
During times of drought, they will come out after a rain to find something to eat. We got a little rain yesterday, which was refreshing. The evening air smelled earthy and complex, like patchouli. The sky is grumbling like it wants to rain again. Let's keep our fingers crossed!