Everything is bigger in Texas

Peggy Jones didn’t sense the danger hovering in the sky above on July 25 as she rode a tractor and mowed the back of her family’s six-acre property in Silsbee, Tex. Around 8 p.m., some three hours into the chore, a snake fell from the sky and quickly wrapped itself around her right forearm. Within seconds, she was attacked again, this time by a hawk that was determined to reclaim the snake that had just wiggled out of its talons. With the snake coiled around Jones’s forearm, the hawk stabbed and scraped and clawed her arm as it tried to fly off with its quarry. All the while, the snake, which she estimated was at least four feet long, was constantly striking at her face. It hit her glasses at least a couple of times, chipping an edge and spitting a liquid she suspects was venom.

The brown-and-white hawk briefly relented, hovering a few feet overhead before swooping down again to try to wrest the snake from Jones. She said the bird did this about four times, increasing the intensity with each attack. “I’m screaming during this whole time, Please, help me, Jesus!'” she said. Finally, the hawk wrestled the snake off her arm and flew away. Jones estimates the attack lasted a few seconds, although “it felt like an eternity.” Peggy, 64, took off on the tractor, racing toward the house while screaming. Her husband, Wendell, who had just finished mowing the front of the property, heard his wife “screaming hysterically” as she zigzagged toward him and flailed her bloodied arm. He headed toward her on his riding mower. When Wendell, 66, got to her and asked what happened, all she could do was cry and scream. Wendell loaded her in their Dodge Ram pickup, and they drove to an emergency room about 15 minutes away. Calming down, she started to tell her husband what happened.

“I’m thinking she’s still in hysterics,” Wendell said. Once they arrived at the hospital, doctors cleaned out Jones’s wounds, bandaged her up, injected her with antibiotics and wrote her a prescription for more to take at home. Having seen puncture marks in her arm, Jones and her husband thought the snake had bitten her. But doctors told her they thought those were actually stab wounds that the hawk had made with its talons. Still, the Joneses spent that first night watching for her arm to swell up or turn black. They knew what to look for. Two years ago, a venomous snake had bitten Jones while she was clearing another property so they could build a house on it. It took her weeks to recover. Although she still has extensive bruising and open wounds from the attack, her physical injuries are healing. The psychological ones are taking longer. She’s eating less. She’s not sleeping. She described her nightmares from the past couple of weeks as “horrific.” “Everything is off,” Peggy said, adding that she doesn’t “think it’ll ever be totally normal again. I think I’ll always have some fears.”

Texas tickles

My wife and I went to a “Dude Ranch” while in Texas.
The cowboy preparing the horses asked if she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was. He told her one had a horn and one didn’t.
She replied, “The one without the horn is fine. I don’t expect we’ll run into too much traffic.”

A man calls the First National Bank of Texas. The “AI” automated voice answers, “Good afternoon, how can we assist you today?”
The man says, “With-drawal.”
The automated voice says, “YEEHAW! HOW Y’ALL RECKON I CAN HELP?!”

What do German tourists say in Texas?

What’s The Difference Between the Texas Grid, and a Ski Instructor?
A ski instructor works in the winter.

August 14th Birthdays

1968 – Halle Barry,  1969 – Catherine Bell, 1997 – Briana Hildebrand, 1960 – Sarah Brightman

1959 – Magic Johnson, 1950 – Gary Larson, 1945 – Steve Martin 1987 – Tim Tebow

Morning Motivator:

Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.

Snake in the air