Summer Visitors

This morning I was heading upstairs for breakfast when I spotted a little snake huddled on the first step. We both spent some tense seconds staring at each other. I quickly consulted the web to make sure I wasn't dealing with a poisonous snake (I wasn't - she appears to be a northern brown snake), scooped her up in a shoe box and released her in the yard.

And earlier this week, I found this camel cricket hanging out on the back of my chair, with its wildly long antennae:

Now that I know creatures are fond of my basement apartment, I'm a little anxious about sleeping in a mattress on the floor. Still, gingerly capturing and releasing them adds some zest to life.