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Death and Sofas

The rat traps that I ordered on Saturday arrived on Tuesday, and I had Bob set one out that evening. There is a huge hole right by the base of the steps by the side door that leads under one of the front garden beds, right up against the foundation. Didn’t even bother to bait it – just set it by the hole. When Bob got home from work, it had done in a chipmunk. He reset it. By the time we were leaving to go to the furniture store after I got home and changed clothes, it had gotten another one. That’s how many of them we’re dealing with – we don’t even need to bait the traps. I’ll admit that I am making Bob empty the traps so that I don’t have to deal with the unbearable cuteness. He says that he doesn’t find them that appealing and that it doesn’t bother him. I don’t know if he’s just being nice to me, but I’ll take it. So now that we’ve determined that the traps are indeed effective, I’ll start finding the active holes and we’ll get them all set out. I’m going to put one by the gi-normous hole to the left of the garage and see what happens. That hole is big enough to break your leg in (we’ve both tried.) I’m hoping its chipmunks and not something ickier or more problematic. But that’s why I ordered six traps – if something big walks off with one of them we’re not dead in the water.

As I mentioned in passing, we headed off to Bassett Furniture last night and bought a sofa. It’s what they call semi-custom, so it’ll be a few weeks before we get it. Which is good – it’ll be a few weeks before the house is picked up enough to be able to bring it in. I am now having palpitations about the fabric I picked out – that’s a lot of money to spend and not like it once it’s in my house. I’m worried that it’s too green a taupe, it won’t go with anything, and in a week I won’t like it.. But either way, we’re going to own our very first grown-up sofa. It’ll be nice to have some decent seating in the living room. We’re going to need a couple of end tables, because the one we’ve got is now going to be too big for the space. But we’ll deal with that in a little bit. That of course will make me want a new coffee table, and that can wait even longer. We’re getting it done a bit at a time.

It only took eight years of marriage to get here. What can I say? – we’re running a little behind...

So the next house thing to figure out is how to move the desk/computer into the library so that the living room will be purely seating. I’ve only got 42" to work with, a lot of components, and I don’t want to block the window with a hutch. This is going to take some imagination.



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Apr. 17th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hopefully the larger hole you mention does not belong to an active groundhog. Nasty buggers when cornered, had one of those holes in the middle of the garden I attempted out in Edinboro PA but it was a dormant hole. (The voles, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed my iris bulbs...).

I still recall my near-ruination of Combat Archery qualification at EK SRWC some 3 years ago. 5 strides out of the parking lot, armored up, and my left leg went in up to the knee in a chuckhole.
Apr. 17th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Nope - not a woodchuck. I know what those look like, and we haven't seen any in the area. In some ways, a woodchuck would be easier to deal with - I own a couple of .22's. That was always Dad's preferred method. They're hard to trap, it's illegal to relocate them, and at least that way you know they've died cleanly. We know the hole is active, because when we block it, something unblocks it. I'm hoping it's the 'munks, and not, say, rats. Just ickier. Or skunks could be fun too...

Got another chipmunk this afternoon. They're so damn cute it breaks my heart, but we're infested. I don't want to go to all the effort of installing a new front walk just to have them destroy it with undermining.

My understanding is that chuck holes have been the bane of more than one person in armor. Cormac did himself some serious damage that way almost 20 years ago at Estrella.
Apr. 18th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Rest easy about skunks, you'd have smelled them by now -- they've been out&about in my neighborhood for a couple of months.

Do possums live in holes?
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily. We've got plenty of rural for them to live their lives unmolested. But I'm pretty sure it's either rats or chipmunks.
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
You know, it's too bad you can't affix a minicam to one of those munks and find out where exactly they're burrowing into the house, what they are storing in there, etc. We had to use cement on a hole a while ago (old house on Long Island) to cut off field mice getting into the wall in the room I was sleeping in. Hopefully the rodents will get the message and leave you guys alone soon (have you tried cayenne and black pepper in the area of the holes?).

Skunk - you know, as much as Ryan thinks they're cute and funny, I'd rather leave those be. But those can be trapped and removed (carefully). Didn't know that about 'chucks.

I'm pretty sure Dorigen knows of the dangers of chuckholes on the archery range too... Every year at Pennsic, up on Mt Eislynn, there's at least 1 hole flagged and surrounded with caution tape.
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