Hooligans and Skunks


Rosedale GardenAbout 3 a.m., I was awakened out of a nice slumber by the sound of the Hooligans. They were having a big rumble with something. I figured an armadillo or coyote and rolled over and went back to sleep.

The next morning while making coffee, I decided I needed more water to than what was in my water filter pitcher, so I added more. While it was filtering I put the filter in the coffeemaker, added the coffee grounds, and hunted up a plastic grocery bag to hang on the back door knob to remind me I needed to take milk to work.

I poured water in the coffeemaker and, as I almost had enough, the lid came off the pitcher and went all over the counter. After getting ready for work, I took my cup of coffee into my office so I could check my emails. As I reached to turn on the monitor, I hooked the handle of the cup and coffee went everywhere. A bigger mess since this had milk in the flow.

As I opened the back door to go to work, I smelled skunk permeating from under the closed garage door. Oh, man, it wasn’t an armadillo. As the door opened, Blackie ran in and Levi was standing out in the driveway looking sheepish. The odor almost knocked me over. I didn’t see my problem child, but I figured she was in the back garage or on the front porch as she usually is.

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