I don’t like snakes.
All snakes terrify me. Even if they are small and harmless, I am beyond phobic.
I cannot even stand to look at them on television or in a book. I absolutely must look away or close my eyes. If you don’t like snakes either, I can assure you, you will NOT be seeing any pictures of snakes here on my blog.
Now that you know about my intense fear of snakes, do you want to guess who had the first snake encounter at the Hooterville house?
Yep. I saw it slither right up and peer in the bay window of the family room.
I swear I heard it hiss, “Welcome to life in the country, city girl!”
As soon as I saw it I screamed.
Then I ran to another room and cried, shook like a leaf and had heart palpitations.
My husband ran outside and pulled the “harmless black snake” off the window. I’m sure he must have been thinking to himself, “Damn! Damn! Damn! I’ll never get her to move here now!”
Everybody says, “Oh, once you get everything mowed and the overgrowth cleared out, you won’t have snakes anymore.
Can I get that in writing?
So put your snake-proof boots on because we’re going outside. This might be your only chance to see the Hooterville property….since I don’t plan to spend much time outdoors after my snake encounter.
The house in Hooterville sits on a little over 30 acres. The tax appraiser’s records indicate there are just over 28.5 acres and an additional 2 acres of “low lands.”
There are a few neighbors to the north but the properties to the east, west and south are either wooded or used for agriculture.
Here’s a zoomed in view that shows the house, barns and there’s even a pond.
As I mentioned before, this is a foreclosure property and it has been vacant for almost a year. As you can see in the above photo, only a little over half the property has been cleared but after being unattended for so long, it is all quite overgrown now.
Let’s jump in the truck and drive around the property.
This is how it is looking now. The grass is so long, it is laying over on it’s side. But this looks manicured compared to what you will see toward the end of this post!
Now we are heading south to the wooded area of the property. My husband was able to track down the former owner and he said that in addition to the pond, there is a little stream back in the woods. He also told my husband there is/was a road that had been cut through there too. If it can be found and cleared again, it might make a nice trail for our borders to ride their horses.
As we got further south, the photo below is what we had to drive through! This was taken sitting high up in the truck. (You don’t really think this sissy city girl would get out in this to take a picture, do you?)
The vegetation was as tall as the truck and was kind of scary! Quite honestly, I have some serious concerns about my husband’s safety when he starts clearing out this mess. Heaven only knows that dangers lurk in all of this overgrowth! To me, this is far more scary than any of the dangers he might have come face to face with in all the years he has worked in law enforcement. Thank goodness he knows how to use a gun.