|Oklahoma brown tarantula scaling the house.|
|A Western Pygmy Rattlesnake coiled up in the drain|
pipe by the side door.
This is one advantage of winter. The creatures go where they should – either to warmer climes, to their maker or into some safe, dark place to wait out the cold. Quite a few of them will make our home their safe, dark place, but at least I can’t see them. Even the Brown Recluses have the decency to disappear and call a halt to their nightly patrol of the baseboards.