The Case For Critters

| 10/9/2013 8:59:00 PM

Country MoonI love animals as much as the next person, but sometimes the ones who were meant to be loose and in the wild forget their place. I will admit that we humans often help them to forget by invading their space. When our new neighbor moved in we had such a case.

The house directly across from us, aka the only house near us, had been empty for quite some time. Then last May Pennie moved in and we took an instant liking to her. Although she had lived in the city most of her life, she was determined to make it in the country. She was determined to be self-sufficient and would let nothing stop her. She had, well, grit!

Being all alone, Jim and I would occasionally check in and ask her if she needed anything. Then, matter-of-factly, she stated one weekend that she wasn’t alone anymore. “I have three guests, but none of them were invited,” she announced.

It seems that a ground mole, a family of gophers, and a woodchuck all arrived at once. The woodchuck was the biggest nuisance since it burrowed under one side of her deck and surfaced on the other side creating two huge holes with a tunnel between.

She checked the Internet to see how to rid her yard of the varmints. We looked over and saw her in the yard, clad in long sleeves, gloves and a gas mask. She was setting smoke bombs off in the runs. We also had to watch where we stepped in her yard because mole traps dotted the lawn. This wasn’t just a one-time deal, nearly every other day we saw the same scene. She was as determined as the varmints were.

10/11/2013 10:17:17 AM

Lois, ha, sounds like Pennie has true country grit for sure. I am trying to garden .63 acres on inner city land. The varmints have been condensed from the city down to my garden and surrounding undeveloped land. I have wild turkeys, squirrels, groundhogs, deer, raccoons, possums, and perhaps a skunk or two. There's an abundance of garter snakes during the moist spring weather but not so much during the summer and fall. My philosophy is similar to yours. Live and let live. I don't mind sharing as long as they don't get greedy. I have plans to plant a garden area just for them. So between the garden protective measures for my garden area and the decoy garden for them, I'm hoping to co exist. I'll just keep after it until we can negotiate a peace settlement. I'll take care of them if they leave mine alone. Think that will work? Yeah, I'm not sure either. ***** Have a great fall day in the garden.

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