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Written by Sherry Hopkins
Lifestyle Contributor

Welcome everyone! Nice day in the neighborhood today. I love this time of year, except for the ants, flies, snakes and other critters. The flies seem awful this year. Lots of people killed snakes too. I don’t like snakes, but I don’t want to kill black snakes. Actually, I don’t want to kill any of them, I just want to run away from them. Did you see me run? I can’t run, but I bet if a snake was chasing me, I bet I’d kick it in the gear.

Will any of you remember when Gina Epperson was bitten by a snake? Let me tell you, I still love telling that story. She is someone who fears even death of a snake. I mean it really is, and that made it worse. She was out of work because it was her daughter, Cheyenne’s birthday, July 8th. There is a Cheyenne memorial cross on Dayton Road. He’s been there since her death, and Jenna always takes something there for her birthday. Nicodemus’s family always takes a wreath or some kind of flower on that day as well. Jenna heads to Dayton Road in the heat of the day to put something on the cross. I’m at work and all of a sudden, she comes stumbling to the front door of the bank, looking very disheveled. Her face was bright red, her hair was standing on end and she was breathing heavily. It was a sight to see.

Here’s what happened. She was going down into the ditch to lay her flowers and saw a snake crossing the road just in the distance. So, she just stopped there in the ditch and let the snake cross the road and make its way down into the ditch in the opposite direction to her. She watches the snake and says it’s like her screaming “Hey, I’m here, come get me.” That snake turned around and looked her straight in the eye and came chasing after her like a streak of lightning. She’s trying to run up the very steep ditch and she’s making runs like Fred Flintstone is trying to get out of that hole, kicking and screaming with that snake on her heels. She was hysterical by this time, if only I had been there to record this episode. She finally makes it up the hill, but not until after the snake has bitten her as she runs and gets into her car. She doesn’t know if the snake is hanging on her or where she is. Then she proceeds to drive to the bank to ask me what she should do.

I tell people I’m a doctor and I diagnose people so well, that’s why she came to see me. Fortunately, the snake only has one fang at the back of its leg. Good thing she was fast on her feet and kicking like a mad woman. Her leg turned black and swollen for about 2 weeks. She lived to tell of a snake bite. If you could see her walking down the bank that day, it’s a look I’ll never forget.

Moral of this story, never trust a snake in the grass. Have a great week. Remember that happiness is a choice. This week’s recipe comes from Sue More. It looks pretty good for this time of year. Enjoy this delicious dessert.

Pineapple pie with cream cheese
1 8 oz. Soft cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 8 oz. Leather topping the tub
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
20 graham crackers, finely crushed
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 cup drained pineapple, drained
In a medium mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until well combined. Combine the mixture into the whipped mixture and beat until fluffy. Using a spoon, fold in the crushed pineapple and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, mix the crushed graham crackers, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well combined, then put the mixture into a 9×9 baking dish. Now, I always go the easy route, and buy a graham cracker crust and use it instead of going through all this trouble, that’s me . Pour the filling into the crust and smooth it out with a spoon. Top with grated coconut and pineapple. Put it in the fridge for two hours or until it hardens. You can also add a little cherry on top.

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