April 30, 2008


Spring Fling

It must be spring. I am remiss in my blogging. If you don't check in for awhile, the site makes you re-register your user name and password. If it's been too long, I have to get Webgod Jeff to remind me what my password is. It's a little early for that, but I found the key.

I've been busy trying to get squirrels and birds out of my attic, and grass to take root in my yard. I'm thinking of turning the house into a zoo, and paving over paradise and putting up a parking lot. What a pain.

We get birds in the attic each spring; we forget until we hear the little ones chirping, and so forget to close up the little hole they use. For the first time, some squirrel followed his feathered friends in, and then the fun began.

If my father had dealt with a squirrel, he'd have just hauled out his .22 and that would be that. Farmboy. I opted for the 'humane' method, though I know my father is shaking his head at how much it cost me. His idea of humane would have been to let the little critter finish the walnuts he'd baited it with before he blew its head off.

On the same day, by way of ill-planning, the grass seed guys came. The lawn is a mess. They've told me to water it every day for 4 weeks. I can't even feed my kids every day for 4 weeks. And if my father knew I was putting grass seed down where a perfectly good vegetable garden should be going, he get his .22 and blow my head off.

The squirrel guy informed me I really should pump up my attic insulation. I told him to shut up and get the squirrel. He told me I could be saving on my energy costs. I told him the cost of flushing out a single rodent I could swing by the tail with one hand had cost me the equivalent of an insulation upgrade. It's like David Suzuki pulled up yesterday.

All was quiet upstairs last night. The promise of grass will be just that for a couple of weeks, anyway.

I'll keep you posted.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All in a day's work Lorraine, the joys of owning a home. It never ends. Getting your lawn shape just in time for the pesticide ban next year I see. With that we all should be back to square one and having allergies like we have never had before. Keep our health card handy. Take care Lorraine...

April 30, 2008 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Optomiss_tic said...

Hey Lorraine
At least your squirrels weren't followed by raccoons. I got rid of one set of tenants only to have their larger bulkier neighbors rip off the screens and move on in. Got heavier gauge screening and that seems to have worked - although I noticed my neighbor now has screening up around his chimney - guess they like the real estate in our part of Dundas!

April 30, 2008 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Squirrels...mine had babies. The babies grew up, remembered their first home, returned for the winter and had babies. We stuffed the hole with steel wool, they used it for nesting material. DJ read about a great, humane, ecologically friendly, homemade squirrel repellent. He made some. It only repelled me. The newest litter returned and had babies. This has been a ten year or better adventure. This year the babies and the parents got together and kicked out part of my roof. Lorraine, can I borrow the .22?

amw

April 30, 2008 9:20 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

That's what you and DJ get for being so big on all that family reunion nonsense....

The place I called sprayed some deodorizer stuff to keep everything away. I could have just sprayed my son's Ax crap around for way less.

April 30, 2008 9:23 AM  
Blogger DJ said...

I feel there should be some clarification here.
We don't need the .22 as we have a perfectly good weapon in the closet, and 2 qualified marksmen in the house.
AMW just won't let us use it.
Besides, them squirrels r good eatin'

DJW

April 30, 2008 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shoot my squirrels with a water gun. They just grab a towel on the way out...

April 30, 2008 3:10 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

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April 30, 2008 6:15 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Many years ago, I owned a great Victorian house east of downtown TO in quaint "Leslieville" -- that's South Riverdale to the uninitiated.

One spring I, too, experienced a problem with rodents. Being on a budget, I did not call an exterminator, sorry , pest control specialist.

I hauled a BFR (Big Freakin' Radio) up to the third floor of the house early one morning, put a Motorhead CD on continuous loop and left for the weekend.

Monday morning, the only sound to be heard upstairs was the rustling of leaves in the attic. Dealing (repairing) the "disease" was a whole lot less expensive than treating the sympton.

April 30, 2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Okay, a laugh to my snarky water gun poster...

And, Ozzie? I always took you for a Motley Crue kind of guy...

April 30, 2008 7:26 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Was never into Hair metal, thank you... although I do appreciate good body art (oxymoron??)!

In high school, while blood ran from the ears of those around me, I was ridiculed for falling asleep during a Uriah Heep show. And, for the record, Mum, neither alcohol or chemicals were a factor! Really!

April 30, 2008 9:09 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

P.S.... DJ, careful... squirrels are high in cholestrol!

April 30, 2008 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Shouldn't the 'G' in Webgod Jeff be capitalized? Just sayin...

April 30, 2008 9:58 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

I've tried leaving the TV on, they like Animal Planet.
They play soccer with moth balls.
Critter Ridder (TM) available at TSC keeps em out for a while.
I'm trying to drive them out before patching the hole.
I'm afraid that they may end up with lead poisoning.

DJW

April 30, 2008 10:16 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

OMEMEE! Brother!

I have a British pressing of Salisbury! And High and Mighty on vinyl!

April 30, 2008 10:21 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

How 'bout WEBGOD JEFF, all in caps, just like that. That good enough?

Just askin'....

May 01, 2008 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You kids leave W G Jeff alone. He helped me with my anti virus dilemma.

Squirrel poster

May 01, 2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Please... all capitals would just be silly.

May 01, 2008 9:18 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

DJ

Most of my vinyl is from the UK... how about Court of the Crimson King, double cover, factory sealed and obviously never played...

May 01, 2008 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Jeff, but you are KING, a God! Stop ruining their fun. Not too busy are we? I hope all of these blog-a-ments are not on company time? Poor squirrels! God is watching but that is not in reference too you Jeff!

May 01, 2008 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

These 'blog-a-ments', in fact, ARE on company time, but I own the company.

I'll be sure to dock my pay.

May 01, 2008 9:40 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

...and no doubt charge it to me....

May 02, 2008 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey the "blog-a-ments" comment was all in fun BUT Lorraine your come back is priceless. Jeff all in fun buddy. Tis fun to have the opportunity to blog with such an interesting group with good sensible comments surfacing with some humour thrown in.. Thanks guys!

May 02, 2008 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with all due respect, I'm much more interested in the content of the deleted comment. What do you have to do around here to get deleted?

May 02, 2008 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it would be interesting just what was said. Repost it Jeff and bill Lorraine.

May 02, 2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

It was just a double posting. I didn't delete it though, so gremlins may be at work.

I wish you would all get feisty! Get deletable! Get me negative attention! Call me names! (I mean here on the comments, not just in my direct emails. You've all had more than enough practice....)

May 02, 2008 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought someone said something nasty about naked squirrels. I have nude squirrels running around my backyard right now (if you don't count their umbrellas)

it's been a long week

May 02, 2008 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, call you names? I do in the privacy of my own home. You should hear some of them, can't be printed.

May 02, 2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

Hey,

This will make 28 comments...is that a new record?
Squirrels make us all nuts I guess.

May 02, 2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

My inadvertent double post; my deletion.

May 02, 2008 5:39 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Aw, Ozzie, it was fun watching them lift up the edge of the blog, searching for grassy knolls...

May 02, 2008 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theres an edge?
Am I close?
Should I be wearing a parachute?

May 02, 2008 9:37 PM  

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