It maybe time...we have lived in this house longer than any of the other 5 homes we have owned since we got married.
This afternoon when the children and I got home from the mall, (hey, it was at least 126 degrees with 700% humidity -- not to mention Dillards has all their junior formalwear 75% off...so it was a day for the mall!), our dog was barking her big head off. She was in the back where we have a fence around a small portion of the back yard and our back patio just for her. When I looked over the deck to see what on earth she was barking at there was a huge - 5 or 6 foot black snake coiled in the corner of the patio striking at my dog! Now that I think about it, maybe it was more like 8 or even 10 feet long.
Don't give me any of that "black snakes are good snakes" hoopla...nope, not around here. And this isn't the 1st snake I have had to contend with...there were those 2 last fall right outside the garage door. I think it might just be time to move.
UPDATE 6-24-07: Yesterday there was another snake (YES) on my front porch!!! ICK! ICK! ICK!