Been hot here lately, got all the windows and doors thrown wide in an attempt to catch a breeze or two. Was putting up fence last week and ran across 4 snakes in an hours time. Thankfully they were all harmless, so we went our separate ways. 2 green snakes, 1 striped snake of some variety or another, and a black snake that proved to be almost 6' long when I picked him up and measured him against my height. What a beauty. Showed him to the goats and they were very unimpressed.<grin> Then yesterday I was walking along the path between the old house(where we keep the grain) and the goat barn and almost stumbled over a small copperhead. Killed him. Them this morning I was woken at 5:00 by the dogs creating a huge fuss at the corner of the house. Stumbled out there to check on them and they had cornered an armadillo between the propane line and the house. Went back in, got my pistol and dispatched him. Had to grab his tail to drag him away from the propane line....didn't want to hit that! So the summer critters are coming around now. Have yet to see the coyote that lives in our bottom hayfield.....but I expect I will soon.