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As I've spent more time in our back yard, I have been impressed by the abundant wildlife. We have lots and lots of birds about; a veritable chorus in every daylight hour. Our soil seems to be an all-you-can-eat-worm-buffet for voluptuously round, red-breasted robins galore (which bodes well for our soil quality).

Beyond winged visitors, we've got squirrel-a-palooza back there (which is particularly thrilling to me given my aspirations of becoming a squirrel whisperer), mysteriously masked raccoons, and even the ever-pink-n-creepy possums (sorry, they're more than welcome, but they do freak me out).

Last night as I was sitting and taking in the moon, I heard the tell-tale sounds of claws on bark, and realized that a critter was crawling up the backside of a tree that borders our yard.

"Ahhhh..." I thought "here comes another possum".

Imagine my surprise when a gorgeous, fluffy skunk dropped out of the limbs above and proceeded to explore the yard in full, choosing to settle in a bed of tiger lilies not ten feet away from me.

It was an interesting moment; realizing that getting in the house would bring me within two feet of said skunk. "Please don't let me get sprayed" I thought...I could just imagine how much fun that would make today's 2-hour drive with muddyslush and yezida as we make our way up for our final Feri gathering in East Troy, WI.

So I stood (slowly) and said to the tiger lilly clump "Hello skunk and welcome. I live here, and I mean you no harm. I am going to move to that door over there (indicating gently), but I am not actually moving towards you at all so please do not spray me."

I don't know if skunks speak Jennifer, or if that skunk's desire for avoidance matched my own - but I made it past him/her without getting blasted.

So how stupid would I be if I tried to become a skunk whisperer? They're so pretty. Hmmm....


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May. 16th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
My housemate (in Ithaca) wanted to get a pet skunk.

I think they're cute, but I said No...
May. 16th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
I hear you. My ex always wanted ferrets (he has no sense of smell...literally). I think they are SO cute...but too stinky. I hate to have scent prejudice...but...well - I do!
May. 16th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
We used to have three ferrets, two males and a female, all fixed and they weren't too bad as long as you gave them a bath every so often. The unfixed males are baaaaad, though, ew. And yeah, wow, talk about teh cuteness.

Your comment about your ex reminds me of the old vaudeville joke, "I have a dog with no nose..."

May. 16th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know this joke...

*looks apprehensive...weighs your particular sense of humor*

...erm...dare I ask?
May. 16th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
::totally innocent look:: Who, me?

Jokester: "You know, I once had a dog with no nose."

Shill: "Really? How did he smell?"

Jokester: "Terrible!"


I didn't say it was good, I said it was old ;>

May. 22nd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
wow...I really shoulda seen that one coming...
May. 16th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
I have a black cat. When she is being bad, I like to threaten to paint a white stripe down her back.

'Cuz stalkers are funny!
May. 27th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Off Topic

This is the pro-forma note to mention I've added you to my f-list. I'm on of the folks from the Feri students list.

May. 27th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Off Topic
Hi there -

Thanks for saying hello. I have seen your name on some friends' pages and it's nice to "meet you" (so to speak). We just had our final Feri gathering (in Thorn's 2+ year training) and I'm curious as to how my Feri work will continue and grow. It's nice to meet others with similar paths/interests, and I look forward to getting to know you.

Have a great day - J
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