I hate snakes…


I was trying to find an image of a snake I saw back in the early 2000s that was like 5 steps up our back stairs  and thought this was a good Idea to post  http://www.wildernesscollege.com/identify-snakes.html

I have 3 1/2 snake stories  I can tell you but the first 2 are the reason I hate snakes. Now I use hate as I’m not sure I’m actually afraid of them, tho I do get the willies when I see one, even when it’s voluntarily like writing this up.


My dad was  working on his VW Bug (punch Buggy .. or slug bug depending where you are from) and asked me to get something from inside. I walk down the walk and hear a hiss, looked around saw nothing and I guess thought dad was checking the tires. I heard another hiss, and spotted the snake (a garter)  and yelled. My dad told me not to move but I froze in step (one leg up & the other down and was a bit hard to balance, I probably looked like a cartoon) and couldn’t anyway. He chased it away with something. This wasn’t the last time.

The next weekend (we went up every weekend) it repeated dad doing something with the car, and ya know I’d swear it was the same damn snake! (So much so I’m willing to say Thor strike me down if it wasn’t) well this time my grandfather came out with the pistol! So I’m instigating to the point I’d be in the penalty box for a lifetime. I kept saying to shoot it, and my dad or pop- pop said it wouldn’t hit the snake. Well like the child I was in my ‘infinite wisdom’ answered back “it would ricochet on the ‘walls’ and hit him.” (ya think I watched Too much Loony Toons  & Tom & Jerry as a kid?) Well that’s as much of that instance I remember. After that I guess the snake learned to not be a bully and never showed itself again (to me anyway)

So I am not sure if this one was from before or after the incidents at my Pop-pop’s but there was a girl next door to my Aunt Lois when she lived in Newburgh and unlike me she was a Kimberly (I’m just a Kim its on my birth certificate) well her dad (I think it was her dad) was outside skinning/dissecting whatever he was doing. I remember watching him do this and feeling a little satisfaction pretending it was the one from Pop-pops. If I remember right I think he took something out of the snake that gave it a bump but I can’t remember if it was an egg, or mouse or what that it ate or something (maybe a frog?) I just remember it was like watching Jaws when they opened the tiger shark up to see if it ate the kid.


A friend from my old neighborhood, his little bro had a baby Boa (I think that’s what it was) and to get over any fears I may have had, I pet it to try and not be ‘afraid’ so I at least I do not have a phobic fear.  I still hate them and is the ONLY animal I would hang up as a trophy.   (Warning to all snakes… I’m at the age where if you mess with this Scorpio, you’ll learn the true meaning a the Scorpio(n)’s sting, and pray I don’t have a hockey stick or something I can wack ya with.

So before I mention the incidents that were at home Let me ask you this:

How the $%^+*# does a snake get 5 steps up, even though those stairs are instead of standard height were another 2-3 inches higher! They had to be a good 6 inches high

I remember yelling at my dad “Snake!, there’s a snake down here on the stairs” (maybe I should have cursed then maybe he would have believed me but there were other people around)  I can’t remember if I stepped over it (and I really didn’t want to step over it as I was quite sure it didn’t belong in the area,  ahem that I KNEW it wasn’t a garter snake and wasn’t sure if it was poisonous) or if I went and had someone come down to let me in through the vestibule.(which would have been quite hard considering the height of the stairs.

We were B-B-Qing and my dad wouldn’t believe me screaming about there being a snake as if I would kid about something like that after the previous experiences & the reason I hate Deja vu. Well he finally looks over and is like “Oh there’s really a snake there” (no shhh really? I wasn’t aware of that….it’s what I’ve been trying to tell you the past what 15 minutes?!!?!) I was asking for sticks and all sorts of things for him to hand down to me so I could try to get it. To me, it looked like an overly long worm of different colors.

another comes from the one that again was around the house we had lived in after I graduated from High school, but comes after the one on the stairs. Our landlord which was like another grandma had a little ‘postage stamp’ garden in front of the house where her part was (I think part basement part where another garage could have been) I have a bad habit (esp. in the summer) of walking around barefoot, to this day I still walk around barefoot even if I walk across the street or a few houses up. Well where the garden is, there’s a little walkway to go through the gate where the trash cans were stored. Well walking along that what’s hanging half in the gutter (used for drainage to water the little garden maybe 3-5x)  a small snake that again I thought was a big ass worm! So therefore I HATE snakes(and I guess worms too). Now any other animals I wouldn’t say this about (even ugly ones) but Snakes are only good for one thing… Belts & those headbands around hats! Which I think Kim’s dad was making the later.


Folklore friday


In legends, fables and mythology we can find likenesses to say Vampires in other cultures they may have a different description, feed in a different way and even called different things but it is all the same idea. Many of these were around before people even traveled to other countries and continents.

The same goes with language, a phrase may start one way then becomes something different (sort of like playing that game ‘telephone’ where you whisper something into one classmates ear and by the last you have likely a misconstrued version of what you originally said.

For those of you that had a Tooth Fairy, another country has a mouse that takes your tooth. I wonder if other countries have other variations. I found this to be quite interesting and I hope you enjoy it too. But I would guess if you don’t like rodents (no matter how cute they are) that you likely won’t read this.

The Tooth Fairy is a mouse? 

10 Dream symbols you should not ignore


Ever wonder what the heck your dreams are trying t tell you? I’ve had some strange dreams and a few that I woke myself up from  Laughing at myself, talking in my sleep and then there’s the one I woke up screaming (then realizing what happened and started cracking up)  I swear my ‘normal’ dreams are more like nightmares and what’s supposed to be the nightmares I laugh at. So go figure! (Any psychologists, sociologists etc out there? would LOVE to know what this means. besides being demented)

I even have a few dream books, my problem though is many times or most of the time what cames across as the most significant symbol does not seem to be in one of my books, or at least there’s always some element (and possible key) missing I need to look up.

So to start you off  here are the 10-dream-symbols-you-should-never-ignore.

And I from my experience with the teeth dreams I’ve had, pray you don’t have one. While I can’t actually recall them as it was years ago, I do remember that they left me really freaked out and disturbed for the day. Oh that’s it… I think part of that dream (one of them) was all my teeth were falling out. I think another time was I needed a root canal or they were rotten. I thought this way just because I hate the dentist, (Childhood ‘trauma’) but apparently it was just stress (or maybe anxiety)


Not sure if I ever had the flying dream that I think I would remember, but aside from the 4 plane trips to Toronto, Canada I’ve never flown before. Considering it says you wake up refreshed when you’ve had a flying dream… I could really use one right now!



16 Life Skills Every Kid Should Know Before Leaving Home


When I left my parents’ home, I didn’t know how to do a load of laundry correctly. That’s embarrassing to admit! I mean, what was I doing all those

Source: 16 Life Skills Every Kid Should Know Before Leaving Home

More Yuca Recipes


Simple Yucca Simmer

Servs: 4   Makes: 4 servings, 1/2 cup of fruits or vegetables

  •    – 2 lb Yucca Root (1/2 pound per person)
  •    – 2Tbsp lemon juice
  •    – 2 cloves garlic chopped
  •    – 2 Tbsp chives
  •   – 1/2 tsp salt
  •   – 1/8 tsp ground black pepper


  1. 1) Rinse yucca well, peel and halve lengthwise. Remove fibrous core. Combine lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs in a large pot with enough water to cover yucca. Bring to a boil and add salt. Lower heat and add cold water when necessary so as not to allow water to reach another boil.
  2. 2) Pierce with toothpick or fork. When soft (not mushy) remove pieces and set aside. When all pieces are done, drain, sprinkle with pepper and serve hot.


yucca empanadas filled with apples, chocolate, and yams

For the Yucca Dough:

  •    Vanilla soy ice cream
  •   Oil sufficient for frying


  •    To Assemble:
  •    2 Tbsp. bourbon
  •    1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  •    2 oz. sweet Riesling wine
  •    1 cup apple cider
  •    1 cup agave nectar


For the Bourbon-Agave Sauce:

  •    1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  •    1 cup chopped vegan semi-sweet chocolate
  •    1 cup diced green apple
  •    1 sweet potato


For the Filling:

  •  1/2 cup cake flour
  •    1 cup almond flour
  •    2 lbs. yucca, peeled and diced
  •   For the Yucca Dough:


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. In a large pot, boil the yucca for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, or until very soft. Drain and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until dry. Chill. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until a smooth dough forms. Allow to rest for approximately 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 425F and roast the sweet potato for 20 to 25 minutes, or until soft. Allow to cool, then remove the skin. Dice and combine with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until reduced by one-fourth. Remove from the heat and set aside. Roll the yucca dough into 20 1/2-oz. balls. On a lightly floured surface, press each ball into a 1/4-inch thick circle. Place 1 1/2 Tbsp. of the filling in the center of each piece of dough. Fold in half and pinch the ends together. Fry in the oil for 4 minutes, or until golden brown, turning once. Serve hot with the Bourbon-Agave Sauce and the vanilla soy ice cream.

Here’s the direct link to this receipe  the person did not do a good job of writing it up on the site


Yuca (Cassava) Pancakes


Prep: 10m

This tropical side dish mixes, cooks and tastes a lot like potato pancakes, but made with that starchy tropical vegetable called yuca (pronounced voo-ca). Looks like a brown club. Use a sharp paring knife or a really high quality, fixed blade peeler to peel it (a Wusthof-Trident peeler makes short work of it). The original called for 3 tablespoons sugar, but we like our cakes salty and greasy, so we omitted the sugar. The recipe is from False Tongues and Sunday Bread, a Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook by Copeland Marks.

  •    3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  •    1 teaspoon salt
  •   2 lbs yucca root, peeled, grated (cassava)
  •    1/2 cup grated mild cheese or ricotta cheese or farmer cheese
  •    1 egg
  •   1/4 cup corn oil or vegetable oil
  •   2 tablespoons butter
  •    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


  1. Combine all ingredients except oil.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Spoon in a couple of tablespoons batter and smooth into a 3-inch to 4-inch cake about 1/2-inch thick.
  3. Brown on both sides, then drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

Oven-Baked Yucca

Servs: 6   Prep: 10m   Cook: 50m

  • addnonstick cooking spray
  • add1 lb. fresh yucca, cut into 3 inch sections


  1. In a saucepan, combine the yucca and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Drain. Transfer yucca to a cutting board and let cool. Preheat oven to temperature 350°F. Cut yucca lengthwise into 3/4 inch-wide wedges, discarding the woody core. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread yucca wedges on sheet. Spray wedges with cooking spray. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 8 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 7 minutes.

my own pin may be to crumble bacon on it (what ever type of preference you have!)