Signs of Spring

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So Stinkin’ Cute

At the beginning of the month of April a hole appeared by the side of our front porch that we thought belonged to a mole. Moles are a constant problem where we live but they usually stay out in the grassy area of the yard and don’t usually come in the areas where we have flowers and bushes.

Each day the hole would get bigger and each day my husband would fill the hole with dirt and put rocks and things on top of it but the next day the hole would reappear again.  This mole also seemed to be a little different than our usual moles not only in the fact that he came up close to the house, but he would also bring leaves to the hole which would be piled all around and mounded on top of the hole each morning.

About two weeks into April we noticed that we had a lot of chipmunks running around our porch area and it was then we realized that the hole did not  belong to a mole after all, but instead, we decided that it belonged to chipmunks.20150516_173156
Even though the chipmunks were cute my husband still kept trying to get them to relocate somewhere else because they were now beginning to dig under the porch.  Not only did they make a huge mess with the leaves and dirt each night but he also worried if they kept going under the concrete porch that they would eventually cause the porch to have structural problems.

About a week and a half ago my husband had just left the house to go to town when he called me from his cell phone and told me to look out on the front porch that there was a baby skunk on the porch. I looked out and sure enough, there it was… such a cute little thing.20150612_170910
A few minutes later I realized he also came with a brother or was it maybe a sister? 20150603_163651 and then a suddenly two baby skunks turned into three baby skunks. Then the third skunk decided to go to the side of my porch and down in the hole that we thought had been a chipmunk home and he returned back out with baby skunk number four! Oh how wonderful we had a whole skunk family!

Or maybe not so wonderful…

Now we seemed to have a really stinky situation and I will try my best to make a long story short…

  • We called several places about how to remove the skunk family without hurting them or us getting skunked.
  • Tried several solutions.
  • Skunk family moved away.
  • Hole was filled with dirt and concrete blocked in.
  • The hole stayed closed for a week we saw no signs of the skunk family for a week.

Yippee! our skunk troubles were over!

And then yesterday I noticed this guy on the front porch.20150612_170838
And within the next few minutes I realized one baby skunk was now two20150612_170755
and then there were three… 20150603_164213
Yep you guessed it… once again we are the proud owners of a whole skunk family…

Awesome!… or maybe not…

I love nature and cute baby animals a whole lot, but to be honest these guys are just a little bit to stinky for me  🙂

Life on the Inside

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My husband and I were sitting outside tonight looking at and old dead tree that sits just inside of the woods line in our backyard. The tree has been dead for as many years as we have lived in our house which is a little over 16 years.

Over the years the tree has changed a lot because gradually most of it’s branches have fallen off with the addition of within this past week a huge branch fell off leaving a big hole in place of where it had been.

We were sitting there looking at the tree and talking about how cool it looks because there are knots all over it and some of them look like faces stacked on top of one another. We also noticed that right at the top of the tree there is an area that looks like a crocodile head.

As we were discussing the different things we each saw on the tree suddenly we noticed something that we hadn’t noticed before….

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There in the hole was a raccoon and now he was checking us out as we checked him out.

Eventually we realized there was more than one raccoon and it seems there could possibly be a whole family of raccoon’s living inside of our dead tree.

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What looked to us to be and old dead tree on the outside, actually was full of life on the inside.

How cool is that?! 😀