Monday, June 2, 2008

Yard Work...

Finally, early yesterday evening, I couldn't think of any more excuses not to get out the lawnmower and deal with the dandelion meadow in front of my house. (BEHIND the house is going to take the weed-wacker, some other day).
Getting out the lawnmower means getting it out of the little wooden shed in the back yard.
Now I've known for some time that there is "a squirrel" in my yard. I see him/her racing along the top of the fence to the big spruces in the front yard, and back again with cone in mouth.
I've known for some time that "the squirrel" stashes these cones in the shed.
I suppose from time to time I've surmised that it might even be "two squirrels," not just one...
But candidly, friends, I just hadn't ever thought any more about the ramifications of that.
Until I took the padlock off the shed door...
Lord have mercy, I am the proprietor of a SQUIRREL FACTORY.
There were squirrels sleeping in everything that wasn't already full of spruce cones.
In old hockey helmets.
In old baseball gloves.
In old rubber boots.
In battered toy dump trucks.
In coffee mugs dating from one of the ex's business ventures.
In the fertilizer spreader.
In miscellaneous, much-nibbled cardboard boxes.
And curled up hither and yon in snug places.

And boy, were they mad at me. All of them.

12 comments:

Chorus said...

Oh, this is FUNNY!

Crimson Rambler said...

also "teh cute"

KnittinPreacher said...

Oh my! How does one cope with such an epidemic?

Towanda said...

oh geez, i can just picture all their little faces glaring up at you...

I'm Still Me said...

What on earth are you going to have to do now? I think I would have looked and then ran away screaming.

Crimson Rambler said...

Actually I think it's delightful. I know, I know, they're just tree-rats with good publicity, but they ARE engaging little critters, with their funny faces and their little apple-seed eyes. I feel quite privileged and don't intend to "do" anything about the situation other than enjoy it.

Stealthy Dachshund said...

I wish I had squirrels. They're across the street, and there's some down the block, but they haven't moved in here yet

Iris said...

defintely "teh cute!"

mompriest said...

I miss the squirrels we had in our yard in Chicago...sigh...so I get what you are saying about a multitude of plenty everywhere..I hope you learn to live in "harmony"....lol

lookoutlady said...

For anyone who wants, I would be happy to send squirrels. A family took up residence in the garage this past winter and feasted on bird seed stored there for the feeders. Not only did they feast, they stored away seed in the front air vent on the car. Now every time I turn on the fan--seed flies out onto driver and passenger feet. I tell folks I'm preparing for weddings.

Choralgirl said...

There's something sort of "101 Dalmatians" about this.

We had a groundhog last year, who built a condo under our shed. I swear to you, I looked out one night and saw him relaxing on the wood-chip path with a cigar and a scotch...and a look of disdain.

:-)

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