Tee, there is a snake in this story.

I have so many pressing and important things to tell you that I don't even know where to begin. Should I talk about the crow and the snake, or Melanie and Totie Fields? If you are my Facebook friend, you already heard about the crow and the snake.

Okay, I will start with that, and I know I totally sound like Aesop right now.

Every day at 10 and 3, I walk with two men and one woman at work. At our three o'clock walk, there was all this hullabaloo over by the railroad tracks, and we said, What's up with the crows and their hullabalooing?

Right then a crow flew right over our heads–I am talking 10 feet over us– with a BIG SNAKE IN ITS FEET.

You guys. The other woman just went, "Hunh. Would you look at that." Okay, WHY do people have to act so calm? You'd have thought I'd swallowed a bee, with the arm flapping and the screeching and the galumphing and convulsions I had for the rest of our walk. Oh, mother of pearl, it was hideous seeing that snake a-dangling like that.

So, on the way home from work I called my father to tell him the story, and when I got home he called me again to say he discussed it with his girlfriend and they both think it has to have some sort of meaning. "I mean, it's not something you see every day," my father said. "I've never seen anything like that in my life, and I've been around a long time."

I should have pointed out to my father the part where he hates taking walks, and that every walk we've ever taken he has claimed that he's about to cough up blood. So of COURSE he's never seen a crow fly over with a snake in its bird feet. He's probably never seen a CROW.

So what do you think it means? Is anyone hip to any Native American symbolism or anything?

In another completely unrelated topic–I think. Maybe it is related and I just don't know yet–a few months ago I awarded Faithful Reader Melanie from KY my nice Totie Fields dress:

Aqua

because she answered some stupid trivia question or something. Does anyone remember that? Has everyone been run off since then, and a whole new crop of unsuspecting readers are here since that time?

Well, anyway, I sent Melanie from KY the coveted Totie Fields dress and today she sent me a picture of her in it and you are going to die.

Meldress

I mean, she captured the photo beautifully! She should be a professional reenactor, if there is such a thing. And what kills me is in the background in her picture is a piano and you know what is in my background? A piano. How did she do that? Did she go out and BUY a piano just to get it as accurate as possible?

Plus, she is in her living room looking into her dining room, and so am I. The whole thing is freaky. This whole post is freaky, what with the crow talons and the symbolism and the Totie Fields and the Converse.

Finally, I will leave you with spooky cat pictures.

Buggedfran

Okay, they aren't spooky at all. Our old grumpy cat Francis has just spent the last year sitting on a pink chair in our back room, and since last weekend he has decided that he must now live on our printer in the computer room. He is in here constantly. As you can see, this vexes Henry, and also Winston's tail, at right.

Allthree

Also, I would like to add the caveat that this is sort of Marvin's domain, so the part where it's clutter-y and there are license plates on the wall are seriously not my fault. When I first met him he had license plates in the living room. THE LIVING ROOM. Anyway,  I like getting pictures of all three cats, even cranky livin'-on-a-printer Francis.

Okay. If you have any idea what the crow/snake thing means, tell me now. If anything else odd flies over me, you'll be the first to know.

33 thoughts on “Tee, there is a snake in this story.

  1. No comments yet? Who is just the craziest June fan that has to check for updates at 0’dark-thirty?
    I’m loving the Melanie reenactment, grumpy kitties are always a hoot, but I have no idea about crows and snakes.
    My kitty has been keeping her distance from me since I gave the dogs a bath earlier. Had she been about 8 years younger I might have given her one too, just for sh**s and giggles, but she’s old and decrepit and the sweetest kitty ever, so she is off the hook.

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  2. Once we were in Florida stuck in traffic with everybody else trying to go to Disney, but it wasn’t boring at all, because we were provided free entertainment by a hawk with a live 4 foot black snake. The hawk was trying his best to fly away with the snake, but the snake was trying his best not to let that happen. This went on for about 15 minutes until the snake broke free and fell about 50 feet to his death in traffic. I bet that was a shocker to who ever’s car he fell on. Anyway, nothing major happened after that, but a lot of people witnessed it, so maybe the sign was meant for someone else.
    BTW, Henry really makes Francis look enormous! It’s like how huge my 19lb miniature schnauzer looks now that I have a 5lb yorkie-poo.

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  3. I have to say I’m impressed, I think you handled the whole thing with aplomb. I’d have been much worse. And I don’t want to think about the therapy bills involved with such an encounter.

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  4. Junie, I’m not sure about the symbolism of the crow thing, but on my way to work just now I saw a mama and papa geese with their flock of little ones. They were SO cute, and it made me think of you. There is a pond near my office where a lot of geese like to hang out, but my office is near a major highway, so I worry about them. Once, though, I was getting off at the exit ramp, and there was a family of geese crossing the exit ramp to get to the pond, and all the drivers were stopped, patiently waiting for them, and it made me so happy. It was like “Make Way for Ducklings.” Did you ever read that book? (I know it should be underlined or italicized, but I don’t have that particular functionality. As I’m sure you know.)

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  5. Ok, after Cat’s story, I will no longer open the moonroof on my car lest a snake get dropped in there. Oh, I’m all creeped out now.
    As for the crows, the only thing I know is they like shiny things, so was the snake extra sparkly? Once a friend of mine was lost in the middle of nowhere (about a half hour south of Lansing, MI) and stopped to ask for directions. The woman who provided them said, “go about 10 miles as the crow flies.” We never did figure out what that meant.

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  6. Carrie,
    I went to school in Lansing, so maybe that’s why I know what this means. “As the crow flies” means in a straight line, unencumbered by hills or trees or any of those pesky landscaping things a landlocked person would have to encounter while getting there.

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  7. Let’s see. A bird symbolizes the soul and snakes usually are temptation. I don’t think I need to hike up my Fruedian slip and channel Sigmund for this one.
    But I have no idea how Totie Fields is involved in the morality tale.

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  8. Bahahaha. Lest a snake get dropped in there. Oh Carrie.
    It MUST be some sort of sign. Isn’t there some currency or flag with a picture of a bird wrangling a snake on it? I feel sure it’s some national symbol. A sign of power and defeat and whatnot. I suspect it means you will vanquish a foe.

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  9. I think the crow/snake thing means “That’s nature for you.”
    I went through a period where birds would fly in front of my car and meet their doom. Wrens, robins, pigeons – the victims were getting bigger and bigger with each strike. The one day a fairly big raptor came flapping up off the shoulder of the road as I was passing by. It was a low, slow ascent as his flight path turned towards me. Mercifully, he did manage to get higher than the Grill of Doom but then I saw why it was such an agonizing take-off: he was clutching a young groundhog.
    He tried his best to hold onto it but could not. The sneaker-sized groundhog dropped down onto the hood of my car and it bounced off onto the road.
    After that, I stayed home for the rest of the week.

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  10. Yes, Erin, the Mexican flag has a symbol similar to what I saw. My Uncle Leo, the one who is 1/1000th Mexican and the rest of him is Irish but he is positively obsessed with the 1/1,000,000th part of himself that is Mexican? And he pronounces words with an accent (“burrrritho!”) even though he was born and raised in Michigan? Is so going to embrace my Mexican flag message, and I am really hoping he does not read my blog today. Because he will so be doing my geneology any second now.

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  11. Holy pajamas, is Francis really that huge? I somehow never got the “plus-size male” vibe off him from any other pictures. Although I do, periodically and randomly, start laughing to myself thinking of the picture you posted a few months ago of him growling at one of the other cats, looking “like a vulture.” That one really killed me.

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  12. Actually, if you watch the 1940s Disney movie The Three Caballeros it tells the story of the founding of Mexico City. An eagle with a snake in its mouth landed on a rock in the middle of a lake (I think…I was about 10 the last time I watched that movie) and that’s where the ancient people of Mexico decided to construct Mexico City. Or something like that. Maybe it was a sign to establish a national capital in Greensboro?

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  13. I forgot to mention that Donald Duck is in that movie and it’s terrific. There’s this crazy, psychedelic cactus-dancing and trumpet blowing scene and the animators must have been on LSD.

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  14. I’m thinking Melanie needed a tat of the Eiffel Tower on her ankle to complete the ensemble.
    And for some reason I had this vision of June’s dad as a granola-loving, nature-hiking hippie. Maybe it was the Robert-Reed-curls picture from last week.

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  15. If by “granola-loving” you mean “the McRib” and by “nature-hiking” you mean “lying around somewhere with air conditioning,” yes. Absolutely.
    The Robert Reed picture was a long time ago, Linda in Company or whatever. Hence my lack of marsupial abdomen in that picture.

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  16. A crow flying with a snake in his mouth means he just caught dinner.On the other hand if an owl is outside of your hooting beware…

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  17. Your three cats at the printer are pretty much channeling my coworkers on any given day. One of them is waiting for his legitimate work document (Francis), one of them was just passing by and stopped to chat (Henry), and one of them is hanging out (The Tail), trying to be blase while hoping against hope that no one else picks up his email print-out with the directions to his colonoscopy appointment/results of his paternity test/inappropriate photographs from his weekend in Havasuuuuuuuu.

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  18. It is downright dangerous to open up the Bye Bye Pie when you have a full cup of hot tea. Good Lord! I am thinking I need to Saran Wrap my monitor to preserve freshness and repel spewed tea.
    If I had been with you when said crow flew over my head with said viper in his claws you would have been the one looking all calm and nonchalent. I am positive there would be cause for a change to dry pants.
    I love your kitties. If I could ever get mine all in the same place I would be taking pictures all over! Be Fierce, Lester! Look like you care, Angus McPhee. That’s it, you’re a tiger stalking your prey! It would be like watching America’s Next Top Cat Model.
    And I hope you are not offended if I tell you that Sir Francis could be a contender on the catsthatlooklikehitler.com website. My Lester Buster has been told that he could also take top honors over there. I was highly offended until I checked it out and saw that there are gazillions of black and white cats with ‘staches who look like Hitler, Chaplin, Stalin, Oliver Hardy, etc. If you like looking at other cats you might enjoy scoping it out.

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  19. Here is what my father just said about being a nature-loving dad:
    “The last hike I took was a tax hike a few years ago. I don’t like either type, but as you know I’d rather pay more than actually walk.”

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  20. BREAKING NEWS: June seeing a crow with a snake is a sign of a snake in my freaking garage. Frantic call to husband has been placed. Interior doors are locked. Freak out is moderately under control, my children have not called 9-11 to come and get me.

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  21. saw a bird with a smaller bird in its talons a few months back. I turned to my daughter and said “look its a carnival”. her drink came out here nose and she called me Lucy. still can`t remember what its called when you eat your own. wait, I know, its a Mother. I am known for saying “hide the ketchup I`m going to eat my young”.

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  22. The meaning of the crow with a snake? It means the crow was hungry, and the snake just happened to be there.
    I just don’t get why there has to be some esoteric meaning or symbolism to everything. Sometimes it’s just a crow with a snake.

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  23. I don’t have a clue what the crow and snake means, but I would have reacted much the way you did, probably with a heart attack added in for good measure. Now I will not want to open the moon roof!
    The dress was way too much.
    Cats love computers. I don’t know why they want to be UP on the desk, roaming around on everything and checking out every inch of paper and keyboard. Loved those photos.

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  24. Maybe Mama or Poppa Crow had snared a snake for the little ones? As in Pizza, Pizza, only Snake, Snake.
    (About 5-6 weeks ago, my husband and I were bald eagle nest watching…when here comes one of the eagles with a fish in its talons for the little ones. It was awesome. Awesome.)
    LOVE LOVE LOVE “Make Way for Ducklings”…one of my favorites. If I ever get to Boston, fat chance for me, but IF…I will ride the duck boats in memory/honor of the book and Mr. McCloskey.

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  25. OK, JUNIE….well…its been a LONG time since I have commented…due to my bizzzzzzzzzzzarre work schedule…But, I still read you on my Google reader….ANYHOO…the Totie dress pic is GREAT….kudos to Mel…but…weird would have been if she’d have gotten the Eiffel tower tatoo like yours!….does it bother you when you get a comment with EXTRA letters like bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzarre?…creative blessings, Debbie

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  26. I know you won’t believe this…because of all the other similarities of KY’s picture and you’ll think I’m just a wanna be KY copycat. BUT– on Wednesday we drove out of the city to the middle-of-nowhere where my husband keeps his airplane and we have to go down this long paved road that NOBODY else uses. And? In the middle of the road is a HUGE bullsnake that’s dead and my husband tells me: it looks like a bird had it and dropped it while it was flying. And judging by the bite mark that killed it… it WAS a bird.
    Weird.
    I wonder if there was a weird lining up of the stars and the planets that created a black hole vortex of birds eating snakes.
    It’s a bird-eat-snake world, I tell ya.
    Gawd I wish I was drunk. Then this comment would probably make sense.

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