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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Woodchuck, Other Animals, and Naked Ladies

Naked Ladies amongst the Nandina and Wisteria


I was sitting in the car finishing a conversation before I took the church dinner leftovers to the hens for their dinner and locked them up for the night. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw it--a woodchuck. I suppose that is what it was. For several weeks I had seen something go under the side of the house in tall grass as I walked inside in the evening or at night. Now, I could see it in the front yard about 6:15, and I did not have time to get a picture. It sat up and a cat, Sophia, tried to catch it.

Still, I sat there talking. Something bumped my car hard enough to startle me. Then, I heard the plaintive voice of a cat. I opened the door to find Sophia sitting there, just looking at me.

Finally, I got out of the car, headed up the driveway and past the house with a plate of lasagna, salad, tomatoes, bread, and a bit of cake. I never call "Delilah" until I get to the back corner of the house.

As I rounded the corner to the back of the house, Thelma and Patsy Cline headed toward me at a dead run. The little ones were being chased and swatted by Sophia! That is not the cat I thought had eaten my little one. Quickly, I got them all in the pen, dumped food, and locked them up for the night.

The Naked Ladies/Surprise Lilies/Resurrection Lilies caught me by surprise. Yesterday, there were  buds. Today, these plus another dozen had bloomed. That is a coaxial cable hanging down, ready to affix the antenna to the house.

Sorry about the naked ladies, coffeypot.

Your turn
How would you dissuade a cat who wants to kill my little chickens? Aren't those delicate, beautiful blossoms?

10 comments:

  1. I LOVE Naked Ladies, and mourn the ones a plumber killed this year. I hope some at least of them regrow.
    I have a pump action water pistol which lives (loaded) on my front veranda for use on marauding cats. It works - and is fun.

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  2. EC,
    My hens dug these up about ten times one summer. I kept burying them and they would kick them back ten feet. They survived and I bet your do too. Fingers crossed for your Naked Ladies.

    I will be shopping for a pistol so I can have fun too.. I just found out this cat is NOT my friend's cat. That makes decisions easier!

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  3. I am sure that many of your readers would use a pistol, pistol. The water pistol is as far as I am prepared to go - but is very powerful. And effective. And not messy. And with a water pistol I shoot all cats (mine included if necessary) with no guilt.

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    1. Super soakers are great. Especially the ones that shoot 100 feet...

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    2. EC,
      No, not a real pistol at my house. Even if I had a real pistol, I could not use it in town nor would I shoot a cat. I wonder if it would work on a hen straying from home. ??? No, I don't want them to fear me.

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    3. Jason and Michelle,
      I will keep that recommendation in mind. They should be going on sale very soon to make room for school supplies.

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    1. Coffeypot,
      Only if you want to eat it. Hard!

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  5. I was super curious about the title of this post! I am not a gardener, if you can't tell...

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    1. Riot Kitty,
      Well, nothing is wrong with curiosity! Come back. I am not gardening at all. These flower bulbs just survive each year.

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