Friday, November 12, 2010

Another Rodent Trauma!

Today I did this:

Multiply by almost an acre. I ended up with 30ish bags of leaves. Each one representing roughly 287 square feet of leaves, give or take a bajillion leaves.

I am pooped!

I have been taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather this week to get the kids out in the yard and do the raking a little at a time. I was counting on a nice Saturday so the WBH could help finish the job.

But it's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I powered through it by myself today.

Of course, sacrifices had to be made. I threw the kids a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread for lunch. They are two and four. I figured they could take care of themselves.

Anyway, I tried to think good thoughts about what a great yard we have and how much we appreciated all those shade trees during the heat of the summer.

But by naptime I was running out of positive energy.

And that's when the rodent trauma happened.

I'm starting to think they have it in for me. First it was the dying mouse I mistook for a dust bunny and nearly picked up. Then there was the epic battle Jeff and I did with a bat in our first home. That's a story worth telling! It involves accusations of delusion, duct tape, a hungry neighborhood cat and a plea for mercy. That'll keep you coming back, won't it? I promise to share that story soon.

Anyway, today's rodent trauma looked like this:

It's a squirrel, I think. It was dead. At the bottom of a leaf pile. The remnants of which I was scooping up with my bare hands. I almost picked it up, but at the last second I realized what it was. I leapt back and stifled a scream while doing the heebie-jeebie dance.

Then I put on my big girl panties and scooped the thing onto a shovel and disposed of it. To be honest, I was sure if I left it there the boys would find it and play with it.

I should get MAJOR credit for finishing the second half of the yard after this trauma. After all, I'm still using the mouse incident as an excuse not to pick up dust bunnies, and that was 16 years ago. Who could blame me if I never picked up another leaf again?

© Trippin' Mama 2010


Suzy said...

EEK! And SCREAM!!!! And LOL!!!!! I totally would have taken a pic, too!

Anonymous said...

I think that's a rabbit, no?

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

Yes, maybe a rabbit. Even in the picture I didn't examine it too closely! I was looking at what appeared to be a reddish color and a bushy tail, but I don't think squirrels have feet like that. Either way, scream and heebie jeebie dance!

Mary said...

Hey I noticed you missed a few leaves in your yard!! :0)
Ours - what few we have- are now officially covered in snow!

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

Very funny, Mary. I actually was out raking again yesterday. All the leaves finally came off the trees with the last rain over the weekend. I've probably got another half dozen bags to go, but all of those will go into the garden beds.

Happy to be raking instead of shoveling!


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, may all your wishes come true!