The Squirrels vs. the Bird feeders
and other updates

I am recovering
About two weeks ago I noticed a little scratching in my throat. You ever get that when you're in a room where people have been smoking cigarettes?  It felt like that.  Started off that way then progressed to a cough. A few days later I could do nothing but sleep, I must've slept on the 72 hours with only breaks to eat and sip some coffee. I don't know what it is but so many people at work seem to have come down with it and it evidently takes almost 3 weeks to get over. It takes all of your energy, I do mean All of it.

But, the good news is things are starting to come back slowly and I'm getting an interest in looking at blogs again, reading again cooking. The appetite is picking up and I even indulged with a cocktail the other night.

The Squirrels vs. the Bird feeders
We have long been plagued by squirrel stealing seed from our feeders. We tried yelling, tried different sorts of feeders and we've even tried shooting them.  Doug recently read about someone who used an album.

So far it appears to be a very good deterrent. It is not wedged on tightly so the squirrels don't seem to be able grip the album.  There are little paw prints on the album so I know they have tried.  As soon as weight is applied the record shifts and they can't get a grip.   Unless they figure a way to launch themselves onto the feeder, I think we have a solution. It's just an old Rolling Stone album anyway that we weren't listening to.


Books:  I finished Peter Robinson's When the Music's Over and the classic book The Secret Garden. I planned to write about Secret Garden for British Isles Friday  but I devoted my short post to the bombing in Manchester England.   I wrote about that Here.   Seemed more appropriate in light of the tragedy.    People of all religions, as well as no religion at all, came together as a community.   

We watched The Scorpion King, a good action movie that I didn't need to think too much about.  Fun stuff.  Now we are trying an old series called The Wire. So far we are enjoying it.  It's about the Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

That's it - I am on the mend and hope to see some of you soon!  Have a safe and fun Memorial Day.


Vicki said...

I knew you were a little under the weather but didn't know it was that bad. I've been wondering where you were, hadn't seen you post much or comment. Glad you're on the mend.

That bird feeder idea is genius!

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you are on the mend Tina! I actually had that I don't know what you call it illness while in Vegas a few months back Horrible!!! I thought it wiuld never end! I'm so glad you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Be sure not to push it though. Mike brewed me some healthy broth and I nursed myself back to "life'

I'm ready to give up on chasing the squirrels away. Mike has been trapping them and driving them over the mountain. All attempts are driving me nuts, literally!

We just got back from Idaho in the camper. Did you see on Facebook, I broke my shoulder while out there, :(

Have a safe weekend Tina! Get well soon. Try to enjoy at least one day of the holiday...

Le laquet said...

The viruses around are hard to kick. I hope you're feeling properly better soon.

Tina said...

Thanks, Vicki. It's a slow process but I'm better each day. Oh, the record idea no longer works. It warped I. The heat and now the squirrels can get on the feeder again. :-(

Louise, it's a horrible little illness, isn't it. Lasts seeks. Glad you are on the mend. No, I did not know you hurt your shoulder as I am not on Facebook. The political stuff drive me off.

Thanks, Jo. I appreciate it!

Seven Hour Lamb with White Beans <br>{ make that less than 2 hours in the Instant Pot}</br>

It's good to get back to posting about food after a short break. Next year I will be getting a flu shot; this bout knocked me for a loop...