Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Home again

Lotus Flower, Bangkok.
 I have finally returned to the Joshua Tree desert.  I came home to find the creosote bushes loaded with yellow blooms and fuzzy seeds, the lizards and snakes out in droves, and the paper bag bush (my favorite!) blooming.  Magical!

Pono discovered a rattlesnake curled up next to a bush yesterday on our morning walk.  I heard it rattle only once.  That was enough to make all the hair on the back of my neck stand up, and I yelled "PONO!!!  NO!!  LEAVE IT!"  Amazingly, he immediately jerked his head away from the snake and ran over to my side.  Whew.  I spent the remainder of the walk praising him and thanking him for not getting bitten on the nose.  Of course, all night last night I dreamed about rattlesnakes, and in my dream, one bit me on the hand.  I killed it, (by squeezing its head between my fingers - that's how I knew it was a dream) so that I could show the doctor what kind of snake it was.  This is the time of year when every stick looks like a snake, and I am as skittish as the rabbits I see out in the yard.  I don't think that's a bad thing.

Forgive my lack of blogging.  I am suffering from a severe case of computer aversion.  If there's a cure and you know about it, please let me know.  I hope to recover soon.

6 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Welcome back to reality...ugh a snake is surely enough to let you know you are back in the desert...yikes. Good dog Pono!
I really enjoyed all your fotos of your latest journey. Nothing wrong with a severe case of CA either...I hope it is contagious!!

Terry said...

So glad to see you're back! Missed your blogs. Good for Pono he can follow his mama's commands. I'm laughing out loud about you 'killing' that snake with your bare hands! That's hysterical. Thanks for the giggle first thing in the morning!

Patty said...

When you have beautiful surroundings to walk in with Pono, why would you want to be on-line?
Welcome home my friend!

kate smudges said...

Hi Karine,

The lotus flower is gorgeous... not so much the rattlesnake. It's good to know that Pono listened to you and avoided the rattlesnake.

I know what you mean when you talk of computer aversion. It keeps happening to me. I wish there was a cure, because part of me wants to be active blogging while another part wants to knit. The knit part wins out. And now there's the garden.

I'm glad you arrived home safely. Pono must have been thrilled to have you back.

kate smudges said...

Hi Karine,

The lotus flower is gorgeous... not so much the rattlesnake. It's good to know that Pono listened to you and avoided the rattlesnake.

I know what you mean when you talk of computer aversion. It keeps happening to me. I wish there was a cure, because part of me wants to be active blogging while another part wants to knit. The knit part wins out. And now there's the garden.

I'm glad you arrived home safely. Pono must have been thrilled to have you back.

Abby Creek Art said...

OMG...that snake photo scares the you know what outta me! Stay away from the long rattling things, Pono!

So glad you're back. Your trip looked incredible! xox