Recently, I said to Sue, “I can see why so many people around here shoot them.”
I was talking about the red squirrels. They are noted for being home wreckers and we may have had one zapped in our home last March. This incident happened on a Saturday morning.
Buster, Sue and I were quietly lounging in our Seniors’ Christian Science reading room when suddenly we heard a loud noise. It sounded like a power transformer blowing up inside our wall and it didn’t take us long to realize that half the outlets in our living room had been invalidated.
We phoned an electrician, who arrived to tell us that it would be very costly to locate the affected wire and the fried critter and it would be best if we just ran an extension cord around the living room.
The electrician explained that the critters like to live in the walls which are close to heat. In our case, close to our wood stove. It made sense and if the poor critter hadn’t been teething he might still be enjoying our wood stove.
You see, one afternoon, I noticed that the squirrel was riding cowboy on the moose skull we have sitting on our deck railing. He likes to chew the calcium that’s in the skull.
The next day, I was sitting in a deck chair, enjoying the fact that there is a screen surrounding the deck and protecting me from the hordes of black flies. They are a fury at this time of the year.
The said little bugger climbed the screen and, once again, began to nibble our fibre-glass bug protector. I tossed a handy bowl of water at him and he jumped away, chittering, chattering, giggling, having an hilarious time.
A day or so later, I stepped outside and there he was, as if he was waiting. He scurried up the deck railing, began chewing and then took off before I got my hands on the anti-nemesis-squirrel water.
Am I being tested? Maybe, but I know I’m not going to shoot the little devil. There’s enough eco-destruction going on in the name of progress and necessity.
Yep, the little tease has me by the proverbial shorts and if he keeps on having fun at our expense I may just have to get down-right tough. I may just have to go out and spend more money and buy metal screening to cover the fibreglass screening that covers our deck.
I can be tough when I have to be.