Monday 27 October 2008

My Town Monday

It has been a wet weekend here in cottage country.
mouse hole
We've had a mouse or two trying to eat their way into our flooring. This is on our 2nd floor balcony. They have chewed through the walls. Pretty successful, I might add. I have to figure out how to block it. Ms. Handyperson *NOT*.

I can see the leaf nests the squirrels have built in the trees. They dance through the branches, jumping from branch to branch with grace and skill that only a tree rat can posess.

The raccoons are visiting the bird feeders every night, stuffing themselves for the long winter nights. Eventually they will disappear. Meantime, I can see their footprints in the snow. I caught them on the deck in the dark. The cats were most perturbed and my shoe beside raccoon prints in the snowraced upstairs to try and let me know that they needed to get outdoors to defend their property.

I caught them on video one night. Silly things! Two had a fight on the railing. The next day the bird feeder was no where to be seen! I love living in the country! Every day is different.

mouse holeRain, snow, sleet, and hail.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, the animals do try to get inside this time of year. Even those strange yellow ladybugs.

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Hello from a fellow My Towner. I too am a former teacher. Love the video. Racoons are so cute but can be so vicious. One killed the neighbor's cat recently. We don't feed anything anymore. My birdfeeders are squirrel and racoon-proof! That's the only way to do it. And I can't even feed my cat outside anymore. Boohoo. Anyway-great blog! ~Karen

debra said...

We know that the mice have arrived when we see the tell-tale black rice in places it shouldn't be. And the raccoons---ah yes the raccoons. They get into whatever they can manage. Today we had rain, sleet and a bit of snow.

Barrie said...

Great photos. I especially love the one with the lake.

Shauna Roberts said...

Rain, snow, sleet, and hail—and we're wondering when we'll stop having 90°+ weather!

For some reason, we don't seem to have raccoons here, or at least not in my neighborhood. Perhaps the coyotes eat them.

Junosmom said...

I've always wanted to live on the water. sigh. How beautiful. Until today, I couldn't get over how many people have snow. Then, it turned cold here and drizzled, some of which was frozen. My winter is just around the corner.

... Smells Like Fries said...

Stop mice - steel wool. Plug up the hold really tight.

Jenn Jilks said...

That would be a good idea - except that the space goes on back quite a bit. The right hand part goes off into the space between the outside wall and goes straight back for 24", I think.

I have put a hand-sized piece of wallboard across it for now - with a log in front of that!

I have crack filler, but that, too, will just keep on going back in towards the stud. I have some leftover fibreglass insulation that I might shove in as far as possible. It's too cold to do anything today, though!