One night about a month ago, I received a phone call from a friend of mine.  He said, “Ed, we have a snake in our house!   Can you come over and get it out for us?”  I responded, “Uh, sure.”  Jon heard the phone, saw me putting my jacket on, and asked, “Where are you going, Dad?”  When I told him, he asked if he could come along, and I responded that he could.  We arrived and our friends told us that the snake was in their bedroom.  We went into the corner with the snake, and I asked my friend if he had any big leather gloves that he used with the wood stove.  He gave me a thick pair.  I put on the right glove, reached down under their dresser, and picked up this three-and-a-half-foot guy.  I placed him in a five-gallon pail and began to head toward our car.  Now whatever calm and cool composure I may have presented up to this point was immediately dissolved when my cell phone went off in my pocket.  Do you know how unnerving it can be to be holding a snake in a bucket and have a sudden and unexpected vibration tickle your right hip?  I am not sure, but I think I may have had an involuntary vertical jump of four inches.  On the way home, we let the snake go in an open field.
Jon and I looked the snake up on the internet, and we think that it was a nonvenomous northern water snake.  Even in the States, we have encountered some fun  “Pests of the Month”.

We love you all and appreciate you.Love in Jesus,
Ed, Debbie, Jon & Jennie