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Sunday with Squirrel Nest

So, they predicted wonderful weather until the thunderstorm hit. So, we thought, we'll clean up the yard and plant bulbs.

So, I was sitting here eating my breakfast and I hear a thump. I go into the bedroom--nothing got knocked over by a cat. Then I looked out the window--a piece of siding fell off the house. Oh, wonderful.

Once MyAngel got up, we spent the afternoon on the porch, cleaning out a squirrel's nest (plus dead squirrel), sistering or replacing damaged wood, and putting up one of the leftover pieces of siding stored in the basement. The leftover 2x4s in the basement were old hardwood--sturdy, but not the fastest things to nail t We finally used part of the piece that fell off to cover a remaining hole, temporarily, since it was getting dark and windy. We'll have to properly cut another piece of siding, as well as replacing insulation and properly sealing everything on another day.

Fun fun.

And now the storm is blowing in.

Here's hoping we did enough, at least, for today's storm.

The bulbs are all still in their packages.

On the positive side, the neighbors like the purple flowers we were too busy to go down and properly identify. Here's hoping the storm doesn't shred them before tomorrow.


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Apr. 11th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Braver than me!

The one time I found a dead squirrel in our basement (squirrel + the neighbor's powdered laundry soap), I made my husband deal with it.

(I don't do dead animals)

Luck on your garden!!
Apr. 11th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
I feel much braver for going out on the well-sloped porch roof to hold the ladder than for dealing with the long-mummified partial carcass.

It wasn't even much of an allergen any more. The nest-mess, on the other hand...I can tell my sinuses are not happy with me, even though I took my medicine and bathed immediately afterward.
Apr. 11th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Urgh, allergens. My sinuses are clogging just thinking about spring!

One middle-of-the-night our babykitty (10 years old, still the baby) woke us up quacking. "Mom! Mom!"

I stumbled out of bed to find him squawking over a dead mouse in the kitchen. "Mom! Mom!"

He wouldn't shut up, and at 14+ lbs, he's a LOUD kittie. I made my so-nearsighted-he-sees-only-blobs-without-contacts husband wake up and throw out the mouse, because I couldn't stand to touch it.

I'm a wuss.

Apr. 11th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Hee hee!

That's what paper towels are for. You touch the towels, they touch the mouse, and then they get thrown away too!
Apr. 11th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
*grins* That works too.
Apr. 18th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
I hope you didn't have too much storm damage & were able to get your bulbs planted eventually.
Apr. 18th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
We didn't have storm damage, though when the storm blew in I not only felt the house shake, but saw the Windex rocking in its bottle. And most of the bulbs got planted a couple of days later.

Now, of course, they're predicting snow for tomorrow. It shouldn't stick, but I'm glad tulips and daffodils and the like are not inhibited by a little snow!
Apr. 18th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
Yep, fortunately daffs and tulips don't mind the ocassional slight chill! Stay warm. We're cold here, Antarctic blast coming up the country with the storm that's hit us and I broke out the heaters for the first time this season.
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