Every day is Groundhog Day at our house.
Now that we’ve got a cute and oh-so-clever woodchuck that set up digs (literally) in the backyard, I guess I know how Bill Murray must have felt. That is, if I were a guy and a weather forecaster and ended up with Andie MacDowell.
Okay, so, actually, I have no idea how Bill Murray felt.
Instead, I know how it feels to chase an ever-expanding furry varmint out of the radish patch, off the clover, away from the duck feeder and, always, eventually, back under the deck. I’ve shouted, slammed doors, tiptoed to windows, built poultry-fencing obstacle courses in front of its lair and still it returns. Do not suggest moving my office outside. I’ve thought of that. Too far from the coffee pot.
Well, maybe I should just take it as a compliment. After all, isn’t his/her residency a kind of rodent “like” or critter “thumbs up”? Isn’t this burrowing creature basically declaring that we’ve got the tastiest yard on the block? Hey, it’s kinda like the groundhog equivalent of a Michelin star, right?
Wonder what I have to plant this year to get that second star…
What the Ducks! Chuck’s prediction:
Spring is just around the corner!
Copyright 2015, Lori Fontanes
Very pesky critters, but at least you’ve found some humor in the situation. Personally, I’m looking forward to spring!
I *always* try to find humor–if at all possible! Thx for the comment–going to check out your website now!
Have you caught “your” woodchuck up in a tree, whistling, and imitating birds yet? You will.
What?! Are you serious?! Wait–is this a groundhog day prank or does this really happen?!!!
I’m not kidding, groundhogs climb trees, and they whistle just like birds. I can’t tell you how many times that I thought that I was stalking some new species of bird, only to find it was a groundhog.
Dear me! OK, you gotta get a picture of that next time!!! Would make perfect Groundhog Day blog post, right?
Wherever you live there is some kind of critter digging up your hard work. Our equivalent is the armadillo. Down here they check his shadow and spring is very close.
I heard robins singing their spring song yesterday, right before the storm. I think they’re singing the blues today. 😉
I’m hoping for an early spring. I need to come out of hibernation into some warmer weather. This cold chill sucks to the high heavens. Me and Houdini just take turns on mom’s laps. It’s time for me to run. XOXO – Bacon
I hear that running warms you up, too. But maybe that’s just a rumor. 😉
Snorts – me run – double snorts and rolls around laughing. Yeah – okay. I work to hard to maintain this pot belly to do something so ironic like running…. unless it’s to the food dish – PLOL XOXO – Bacon
My sister just moved into a cute house in suburbia. The house next door is unoccupied by humans, but full of RATS!! I don’t think rats whistle like groundhogs so I think you’re lucky 🙂
Whistling I could probably handle–veggie pilfering is a whole other story! 😉
Hahaha. Michelin star. From the looks of your snowy yard, Chuck can’t predict worth squat and better stick with his day job of, well, eating your vegetables (sorry).
Poor Chuck! S/he is stuck under the deck and laughing in his/her sleep. But we’ll see who gets last laugh–stay tuned for follow-up post March 1st. Who got it right, Phil or Chuck? Only the robins know for sure… 😉
I looked out one summer and he was tight walking on my pole beans( the top!) and I ran out and told him to SCAT. Well, he was a problem until the dogs scared him away. He quit coming in my yard because my dogs would chase him + one day he was caught on the fence hanging upside down-LOL. I had to go inside for he kept struggling to free his poor foot. I would of helped but he was too stressed by me and my dog wanted to chase him some more. They are comical + now they sneak in when I am not looking but not too often-they are annoying! But cute,too:-)
OMG!!! Well, they *are* rodents so I guess the rascals have some hidden climbing abilities but really, acrobatics? Sheez! And, yes, all signs point to a canine solution. Or an attack goose. Would a porcupine work? 😉
To get that second star, and maybe even a third, try green beans, pumpkins, and lettuce. Or flowers. My chuck family loves echinacea, cosmos, and pansies. Good luck. They like to knock the lid off the compost and climb into the bin as well. I just let them because at least it’s not my garden!
Great suggestions! 🙂 !