I really figured I would catch a lot more kitty kitties in my back yard with the skunk trap. The favorite thing on a skunk's menu is cat food. Many people around here feed the stray cats, thus the abundance of food favored by skunks.
I haven't seen this guy around in the daylight EVER. He's the very first kitty I caught, whereupon he learned his lesson. Never go near the trap!! This is probably the fourth time I've seen him hanging around the area at night. I do like these guys, since they are probably the reason I have no mice. And I say that with a whisper so they too don't become another problem.
So one morning I go outside to find lots of bird you-know-what on the patio. Where did THAT come from? Of course I looked up to my roof, only to spot a big pile. NOOOOOOO !! Then I heard the telltale cooing which in English means I've got PIGEONS homesteading on my roof!!
Good grief .... I've got enough vermin around here. I really don't need pigeons setting up housekeeping. This is a picture with NO birds. Why? Because I just threw ten tennis balls up on the roof to scare them off.
Do you know how hard it is to throw a tennis ball? Especially UP and LONG? I rather prided myself on my baseball skills in years past, but alas, they have all disappeared. I barely got up to the first vent. How embarrassing. I'm sure they were laughing at me.
I finally got them to fly away, but then had to get out my tallest ladder and retrieve three balls from the gutter. I went out several times a day for three days and scared them off. A couple of times as soon as they saw me, they flew away. Well that worked well ... I haven't seen them now in two days. I mean really, WHAT will show up next?????
Here's some of those old images. I didn't wear your everyday fashions, I wore vintage clothing. Do you have any idea just how hard it is to NOT smile for the camera? Most of the clothing came from various antique stores ... when there was such a thing ... and many of the items came from my grandmother and HER mother.
The hardest part was getting IN to these outfits. Ladies of old were very tiny, unlike me. Everything is authentic, including my all time favorite hat. Those two black pieces sticking up are the dried wings of a crow. I know, pretty disgusting, but VERY fashionable!
Just for kicks, we threw in the red tights with the button up boots. It was a lot of fun. Sometimes I even walked the streets of the gold mining towns in this area, dressed to the nines. I would do it again except there's no way I could fit into those teeny tiny clothes now.
This dress was handmade by my grandmother when she was a teenage Southern Debutante. It's made from maroon velvet with silk lining. The hat, also velvet, is covered in ostrich feathers. The big black fan I'm holding (barely visible) is also made of feathers. I imagine she was the belle of the ball! Too bad she fell in love with a Damn Yankee and her family disowned her.
And so it's time for a little more modeling. I found one of my photographer friends to take portraits of the Lodge Officers for this year, of which I am one. It will be a LOT of fun working with Big Cris again. I've told him to use the photoshop liquify button and take off 20 pounds, as well as make me look 10 years younger!!! It's a win-win!!
Nice 'old-time' pictures.ReplyDelete
How about a stuffed owl or hawk to put on your roof??? lol
Oh yeah ... that just might work!! Would definitely save my throwing arm!!Delete
Put two holes in a tennis ball ,,,, Tie a string on the end of a tennis ball you can throw it better like David and goliath when it lands up on the roof it rolls down falls in the gutter you pull the string out and ball comes outReplyDelete
When they say dress up for the Elks there’s your outfit But I wouldn’t suggest tennis shoes
Another great idea. Then I wouldn't be crawling up the ladder to fetch it! If I could fit in one of those dresses, I definitely would dress up for the next event!Delete
Wish Bill had thought to use tennis balls instead of rocks to chase the pigeons away. We had to buy a new window.ReplyDelete
OH NO!!! Too funny! At least he has a good throwing arm!!! I guess that was Strike ONE??Delete
Glad the pigeons left. Love the old style clothing.ReplyDelete
Oh I'm pretty sure they will be back, but I'll be watching!Delete
1st photo you look like - Barbra Striesend !ReplyDelete
Well thank you!! I'll take that as a nice compliment!! Course it was long long ago!!Delete
What an elegant outfit from your grandmother! And hat! And what a great thing you have them.....ReplyDelete
My grandmother came from the elegant South!! She was a dress wearing "lady" and never wore pants. Even down to the corsets!!Delete
Sounds like you need a pellet gun, that will take care of them!ReplyDelete
YES!!!! That's EXACTLY what I need!!!Delete
Yes I agree, Barbra Streisand for sure, also repeat my comment from yesterday.ReplyDelete
That was SO many years ago! LOLDelete