Woodsy dilemmas

Posted on March 28, 2011


Nothing about living in the woods is simple.  Meddle with this piece and the one over there falls apart.  Encourage a pretty flower and the next thing you know you’ve grown a briar patch that can devour a spaniel.  Housekeeping under these circumstances is chancy.  

Woodpeckers make holes in the siding, but you don’t want to shoot the woodpeckers because they’re getting rid of the carpenter ants that are eating the siding.  You haven’t lived till you’ve had a dozen treefrogs hopping about in the living room.  (It’s a long story.)  But they eat the darned gnats.  It’s a little bit of a surprise to have a garter snake poke its head out of the woodpile, but it does its job, too, keeping the mouse population down.  Mice are cuter than snakes, but snakes have the good manners to stay out of the Writing Studio and Bait Shop.  Mice have no manners.

So today I was looking at the dusty honeycomb blinds that keep winter at bay on the north side of the house.  Definitely time for spring cleaning.  A shadow moved behind the blind.  Huh, I thought.  Must be a spider on the window.  Wait a minute . . .  

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Well, eventually of course I had to give up taking pictures in order to Take Measures.  Spiders are very good about eating insects but they have no respect for boundaries.  I don’t know how to remove a bold spider crouched in the middle of a honeycomb blind, but I can tell you with authority that a vacuum cleaner will remove the miscreant from the last couple of inches, yes indeed.

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