Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Humane Treatment of Squirrels

I can tell you right now after sealing two eaves to prevent squirrels from entering my roof, I am not cut out for this job. Alas, someone has to do it! The alternative was a whopping two thousand dollars, and that my friend is out of the question. I had Wildlife Solutions place one of their exclusion traps at an eave that had been forced open by squirrels, but that meant that all the remaining eaves had to be sealed and secured. I couldn't afford to pay the company to do that. I thought it over and decided I would try to do it myself.

Each eave would cost from one hundred to two hundred dollars and I did them for under ten plus a huge amount of bravery. First I had to lower my extension ladder from its nestled nook in the garage. Then extend it and climb up to the roof. No, I am a bit of a coward, I must admit so I didn't get on the roof. I don't plan to do that unless I have someone around. I can wait a couple of days to tackle the vents that are on the roof but today I was able to secure two eaves which were close to the edge of the roof line. It doesn't look pretty, but then again this isn't a beauty contest. This is all out war with a rodent, perhaps two. I can't afford to lose.

What was involved? Well, I purchased metal mesh of 1/4 inch 23 gauge. Then I purchased insulating foam sealant, Great Stuff: Big Gap Filler for gaps larger than an inch. Thinking my kitchen shears would be too weak, I opted for my branch shears. They cut through the metal almost like butter, sending my confidence level up a couple of notches. It was then I realized, I could do this.

If I hadn't said it before, I prayed and prayed and prayed through out the whole process. I know I wouldn't have been able to do it without God's encouragement and help. I prayed for safety as I lowered this ten foot unwieldy ladder from a height of seven feet. I prayed as I debated should I go up? I prayed for protection as I balanced the ladder on the uneven soil and took each step up the ladder. Now finally I thank God. It doesn't look pretty, but it doesn't look ugly either. It looks repaired and sealed.

Sealed I like. No squirrels, rats or other creatures scurrying in or out. That is good enough for me. Yes, sirree, that is good enough for me!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Squirrels in the Attic

Squirrels in the attic
Dancing a little jig
Squirrels in the attic
Something has got to give
A branch that over hangs
becomes a route to enter in
A bent back flashing
A sign you've moved in
Got to route some mean resources
1/4 inch metal mesh
expanding foam congealing
to stop you in your tracks and
perhaps stop your little jig
Squirrels in the attic
Something's got to give
Lord help me get rid of them
before they become a
family!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Sights

Bright Red and Pink Balloons
Heart shaped boxes with chocolates
Big soft and fluffy teddy bears,
Dogs with droopy ears,
Red, pink, and white carnations,
Fragrant roses,
A man on a bike,
carrying a handful of roses
people rushing to buy cards
scarlet cupcakes
hearts and cupids
Snoopy with I love you...
holding hands
hugs,
e-cards,
Valentine cards, tucked
gently in an envelope
to Grandma,
friends,
texts, and
love...
that is what it is
all about.

Happy Valentine's day Love
Happy Valentine's day!

Valentine's Day

Did Valentine's Day begin with a friendship between an incarcerated priest and jailor's blind daughter? The story goes that Valentine was the name of a Catholic priest in the 3rd century that defied the orders of a Roman emperor in performing marriages after marriage ceremonies had been prohibited. The Roman Emperor, Claudius, had the notion that men would join the Roman army if they were not allowed to marry. Valentine the priest, was against this ordinance and secretly married couples until he was caught and thrown into prison. While in prison one of his guards learns of his devotion to God sends him his blind daughter so that Valentine would train her in the ways of the Lord. The day is set for Valentine to be executed but the jailor's daughter comes to visit him one last time. While there, a great light fills the room while they are praying, and the blind girl approaches the light with Valentine and suddenly she receives her sight. Valentine and the girl rejoice over this great miracle. The next day, February 14th, Valentine is executed (some accounts vary). The jailer's daughter, Julia, learns that Valentine has left her a letter which he signs, Your Valentine. So every year she would visit his grave on February 14, writing a letter to her Valentine. The tradition of writing a letter on February 14 to our Valentine began this way.

Which ever way it began, I have always thought it is a lovely tradition, don't you?