|I'm convinced the squirrels in my yard enjoy vexing me.|
Some days my writing isn’t as productive as I would like. I’m going to go ahead and blame squirrels for that. Bear with me here, and I’ll explain.
I often write in view of my deck, where I have hanging feeders to attract birds. I enjoy glancing up from my work in progress to see the birds happily munching away. I do not enjoy seeing squirrels stealing seed from what are supposed to be squirrel-proof feeders. It makes me leap up from my manuscript and rush out on the deck, waving my arms and yelling things.
|They shake this feeder so the seeds fall out.|
Now where was I? Oh, yeah. Explaining how squirrels disrupt my writing. Even the thought of those darned things (rats with furry tails, I call them) rattles my concentration.
They’re a nuisance I don’t want near the house. They gnaw on the wood of the deck, they dig up our crocuses and they take bites out of our ripening garden tomatoes. On one nightmarish occasion, a squirrel snuck down the open flue of the chimney and got loose in the house. Can you tell I don’t like them?
|A bird! That's more like it.|
I do like birds, though. This conundrum has resulted in me spending a small fortune, not to mention brain power, on bird feeders that might keep the squirrels out. Probably my most effective feeder was attached by a suction cup to the window. After almost a year of squirrel-free bliss, the annoying things figured out how to hang from the window frame and raid that feeder too.
I’ve included photos of my current feeders. The only one squirrels don’t bother with is the hummingbird feeder. They shake the round cage feeder so the seed falls out. I was really excited about the suet feeder, but they even figured out how to beat that one by hanging upside down from the deck.
As you can see, there’s also a photo of one of my nemeses. It’s lurking beside the hummingbird feeder but is poised to sneak onto one of the other feeders. Darn rats with furry tails. How am I supposed to get any writing done?
What distracts you? If it’s not squirrels and you’ve found a way to beat them, let me know! I will be forever in your debt.