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28 January 2013 @ 10:41 am
Feeling Vindicated...  
Meant to post this over the weekend, but time got away from me! LJ Idol has started again, and you know what that means. Current story: Splintered. And on a random and repeated note, Prufrock, Prufrock, Prufrock!.

So, last week my son and husband left around 8pm for basketball practice one night. I suddenly heard Christopher yelling from the garage, "Auugh! Out! Get out!!!" He described it later as, "I saw a rat. A huge rat. A rat the size of a cat! Then I realized what it was..." Thus vindicating my frequent comment that American possums look like giant, rabid, rats. Ugh.

Our yard is being frequented by a really persistent skunk these days, too (the stink outside the bedroom woke me up in the middle of the night last week). Must I call Animal Control on these guys? Would it even help?

Also, before I forget, an incident at Target just after Christmas that cracked me up:

Toddler: *epic howls of the horribly misunderstood*
Dad: *distract, distract*
Toddler: No! No-no-no! *more grousing against the universe*
Dad: (Five minutes of attempting to distract/quiet the child later) "Do you want to go have a timeout in the car?"
Toddler: *pause* "Why?"

At first you think, "Ha! Oh yeah, that was some other kid totally fussing around all this time." But then you realize that this is the mark of being so little—the total inability to see that your behavior is so excessive, or to connect it with the consequences! But of course, that is how they learn. That "Why?" was just the last response I expected. :D

So, how's everyone? I am behind in everything, as usual, and sick of winter! Though it's warmed up a little lately...

heliokleia: RABBID IC - DAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!heliokleia on January 28th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hello to my dear Mme Venus!

So you're behind in everything? *wipes brow* So let's shake hands about this, because you're not the only one, hehe... ;)

I'm still giggling while reading your little "incident" with the toddler & his dad. *g*

And you have skunks and possums in your yard? Wow. Maybe there's something umm... "fragrant" that keeps those little rascals around? Well, I only can imagine said scenario because in my area, we only get visits from squirrels, cats and sometimes, beach martens.
- So I'm crossing my fingers that finally, there will be an acceptable solution for the human beings and the quadrupets both!^^

Have a good week,dear.
*winks & waves* ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
That toddler asking "Why?" was so funny, because the tone of voice showed that it really had no idea why the Dad had brought up topic of a timeout!

Possums are really prevalent anywhere there are lots of trees (my entire neighborhood and the ones next to it), and we have an orange tree that really attracts them. The skunks... I always worry about that. Where are they coming from? Where are they in the daytime? They're not... holed up under the deck or seomthing, are they?

There are really no good answers to those skunk questions. :O
Danmuchtooarrogant on January 29th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Ewww, skunks and possums both? Gross. LOL

Hahaha, I know exactly how that toddler's Dad feels, and mine are twelve and fourteen. :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
The skunks are more worrisome (because nobody wants to get foomed!), but I don't want the possums around either. Hideous little monsters!

I felt for that Dad too, though ours rare fussed like that. But we do have moments (one tonight) of "Your chores are way behind" followed with "I have no time to do anything! I'm stressed! I have homework deadlines!" Yeah? Welcome to the real world.
Danmuchtooarrogant on January 29th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, excellent! I'm so glad other parents are having battles with their kids over chores tonight.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
OH yes. Not for the first time, either.

It's the "I'm more special than anyone else in the family!" syndrome. Well, not more special than the 5 freakin' minutes needed to take out the recycling. Geez!
Danmuchtooarrogant on January 29th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, but with possums on the loose, I think maybe I can understand young Christopher's reluctance. *chuckle*

I made mine clean up the crap they had left scattered in the back yard.

Of course, Amanda just brought me two Girl Scout cookies, so all is forgiven.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh, Christopher isn't the problem here. He generally does his chores very regularly.

It's his 15-year-old sister (the female teenger--of course). And she was not here that night, so I don't think she knows about the possum. Though she may yet discover it herself!
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 30th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I have a small and a medium sized have-a-heart live traps, and I set them in the yard to catch wascally wabbits. Once I caught a possum and it truly was the ugliest, meanest thing I've ever encountered. Usually, anything I catch goes into the critter relocation program, where I drive the whatever out to the country, at least 10 miles away, and release it.

However, the one time I caught a skunk, I didn't want to go near the cage. I had to call a wildlife dude, who said it's illegal to do anything with them but destroy them, so...long pole, sharp needle, one stinky release of fumes, and he took away the carcass.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Once I caught a possum and it truly was the ugliest, meanest thing I've ever encountered.
They're just hideous. There's a children's book called "Possum Come A'Knockin" that has fairly realistic drawings of the possum (apart from him wearing clothes). It looks angry and deranged

I don't know what Animal Control does with skunks after trapping them, but I'm pretty sure all the solutions include a *foom* phase where the stink will permanently embed itself in part of the yard. :O

I do notice that our large Whale-cat, who is usually out at night to keep that mouse/rat problem from ever happening again, has never gotten into it with the skunk. The smell alone probably keeps him away! Whereas dogs don't really consider any smells to be bad, just interesting. ;)