Thursday, November 5, 2009

Come and Meet Our Slumpkin

What happens when a beautiful pumpkin meets a dastardly squirrel? A slumpkin, of course!

This was a perfect pumpkin last week - now look at it! Until a few years ago, we always bought fabulous bumpy pumpkins - you know the ones, really interesting, craggy things that just shout 'Halloween'. Well, the squirrels loved the bumps - it gave them something to chew on - literally. They started by gnawing off one of the bumps and within a few days the whole pumpkin was destroyed. Thinking we were smarter than a rodent with a brain the size of a walnut, we switched to boring, smooth pumpkins. And our plan worked, until this year. This pumpkin was in front of a bench made of three BIG rocks (a horizontal one resting on two vertical ones) and apparently the squirrels hid under the bench and somehow nibbled away at the hidden side. We did not see any evidence of this until the pumpkin slumped and we investigated: the back and insides are gone. Completely. And there's a patch of pesky Bermuda grass coming from under the bench as well. Give it a six months and it will leap its way across our nice Fescue - just like the squirrels eating our pumpkins and spring bulbs. What we need is a way to get the squirrels to eat the Bermuda grass . . .

On a different note, I want to say a big Thank You to Emmie at Southern Aspirations for nominating this blog for the Kreativ Blogging award. I'm actually out of town this week and my blog is mostly on auto-pilot . . . so, more about this after the weekend! In the meantime, check out Emmie's blog - you'll like it!

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