Waterhose Phobia

No, I’m not afraid of waterhoses.

Unless they start hissing and slithering. Then I have a serious problem.

A few years ago, I bought an automatic waterer for my dogs.

The first problem I ran into was the spigot for the water hose was on one side of the house and my fenced in dog yard was on the other side of the house.

Rather than run a water hose all the way around the house to the waterer, I decided to go under the house. This would help with not having a problem with the water hose freezing in the winter.

I had everything figured out. Or atleast I thought I did.

Remember when I told you how claustrophobic I am?

Well, I had to physically take the hose under the house and back out the other side. And it was going well until I ran into some leftover ductwork lying under the house.

In the winter time, snakes are hibernating and not something I have to worry about.

This was NOT winter time.

The ductwork was lying on the ground, under the house, right in the middle of the path that my water hose needed to go.

It was dark, damp and creepy under there. And I just knew if I lifted that ductwork to move it out of my way , I would regret it.

Remember, it’s not the tight space that gets me, it’s the NOT BEING ABLE TO ESCAPE that worries me.

Can you see me under the house with three foot of crawlspace trying to out run a six foot snake, on my hands and knees?

Without giving myself a concussion from the floor of the house? 😯

Yeah, me neither.

Although, I did hear you giggle when you visualized it.

Not funny!

So I tried to go in from one side of the house and throw the hose over the duct work.

Do you know how hard it is to throw a water hose?

With three feet of crawl space?

 While backing up on hands and knees?

Just in case I disturbed a sleeping snake.

My plans were to throw the hose as far as possible over the ductwork, then go back from the other side and pull it through.

I couldn’t throw the water hose to a COMFORTABLE distance away from the ductwork.

And there was no alternate route.

I tried this method from both sides to no avail.

By now, I am tired of crawling around under the house. And wishing I could get it done, so I could go take a shower and wash off the spider webs and dirt and who knows what else I had gotten into under the house.

Who know what kind of creepy crawlies were in my hair that I couldn’t see.

I threw the water hose as far as possible and I went and got a wire clothes hanger, straightened it out, put a hook on the end, grabbed the water hose and pulled it through.

No, I didn’t run into a snake. But I did see a snake skin shed, about four feet long, under there.

Proof that they were, or atleast had been, there.

And it was probably taking a nap underneath that ductwork.