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So the squirrels around my property have been either getting friendlier or just more rabid, unsure? They love to crawl on my new addition roof but there's NOTHING UP THERE. They are fascinated with it? This has led to them hanging out now on my front porch also. I am surrounded. I walk out front one day last week and one is sitting there looking at me. BTW, He has also taken the liberty to bring his walnut shell casings onto the porch for disposal. Anyway, I move he does not I move he moves a little. Then the creepy factor enters in and he/she finally takes off. I am guessing "he". Today my helper and I come back to my place after work and there, right here in pic, is this walnut perched on my front door threshold. It is my presumption w/ winter approaching that this is his way of asking OR telling me that he plans on moving in and when can he pick up his set of keys? This won't work due to him being unemployed and me not "floating freeloaders". Anywayhoo, this is tonights BPofTN. Have fun, Dave
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Bommom

Thank you. We're fortunate to be out in the boon docks but not that far from civilization. (That is until a nearby property owner raped the woods to put in a McMansion. But, that's progress, they say.)

Dclo

No problem Bom. ------That's a pretty piece of property you have right there

Bommom

Sorry about the quirky fingers. Well, the sheep thought it was a yard. They just couldn't figure how to get back to the food. Once they learned the lay of the land, they never went back to the stream again. :-)

MacTea

I have faith...he will learn one of these days...until then...I will tease him unmercifully ☺
I am leaving ya to it BOY...have a good evening Plum and Dave ☺
~Mac

Plumpossum

Have you taught him how to do it, MacTea? If not, maybe you should. Tsk.

MacTea

Boy
Bom 'copied and pasted' the link to the image in the note for ya. http://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/R2IYXY6F/South-Branch-Tunkhannock-Creek
Just saying ...copy and paste is a feature that you really could learn to like.
~Mac

Dclo

Bom, That I am afraid to say that it- is- not- a -yard. That is a very pretty stream and cliff and I read about the sheep story, that's funneeeee. Thanks for thinking of me, D

Dclo

How 'bout MAC, my dear lady, that she TRANSPOSED the numbers so. If you would be so kind to go read the note she left me, hmmmm? .......... (thanks Mac) D

MacTea

I found it under dris651 Boy ;0)
Seriously my dear man...if you would just learn to copy and paste....just saying ☺

Dclo

Thank you for reminding me MAc.----- Bom, I looked or tried to look up user Dris 561 and said there's no such user.

MacTea

Wow ...Bom...that was your side yard?!!! Beautiful ☺
~Mac

Bommom

Dave, Several days ago you asked where I kinda lived. Last night, Andy (Dris 561) posted a puzzle of my side yard. That photo was taken when the sun was shining, we won't see sun for about another three months. http://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/R2IYXY6F/South-Branch-Tunkhannock-Creek

Dclo

Oh yes Bom, I'm a country boy for sure. I went for several (ha) years to Mansfield U. and actually did finally graduate. Cyndysy told me she lived right near Longwood. I told her she would have been my second person from here I could have met "in real life". Thanks for your info BomBom, solve you later, D. Ps Yes that place is absolutely stunning and I am glad MnD asked me to ride along.

Bommom

You can't ask for a more beautiful Christmas-lights display than Longwood Gardens. Lucky you!!! I googled Longwood Gardens 2016 Christmas and then looked at all the images (you can find "images" at the top of your search-results page). You must have really enjoyed your trip.

Here's my "kinda" location. About 12 miles northwest of Scranton, we live next to the back end of Lackawanna State Park (by the dam for the lake). We are fortunate to have park on three sides of us--sort of like living in a marble pouch with the strings pulled almost shut. We love it.

Growing up, I lived about four miles from Philly, in New Jersey. It's where we shopped when we needed anything. Then went to college in the city, so I know it well. Don't miss it though. I'll take the country, any day!!!

Dclo

Good eve or almost morning Bom & Plump, My MnD, my niece, my great niece and myself were in LongWood Gardens in, I believe, Kenneth Square near Lancaster PA this eve. I have never been there and WOW the lights and the conservatory. My IPhone went blank, under warranty (shwoo) so I roped my niece into taking several pics but pics simply cant do this place justice. There were probably a couple of thousand people milling 'bout. Absolutely gorgeous lights aand plants I never knew existed. ANyway, long afternoon and eve. My niece got several good shots, look for them the next few eve's. I am about to post a "goofy one" but the pretty nice ones will be later. Thanks for info you two but don't see me directly in Philly anytime soon. Bomber, where "kinda" do you live? Gotta solve a couple then call it a night, Dave

Plumpossum

Listen to Bommom, Dclo. She has the good word!!! A Wanamaker organ concert should be on your (maybe everyone's) bucket list.

Bommom

Oh, if you go to Philly during the Christmas season, you have to see the Wannamaker's organ display at the old Wannamakers store, which is now Macy's. Here's the schedule.

Monday-Saturday 12pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 5:30pm
Wednesday, Friday 7pm

Visitors are welcome to tour the console area (Floor Two)
and meet the staff following the daily concerts.

Or at least check out the center court. A couple of years ago, my sister and I went up the second floor mezzanine for the organ concert and stood among the bras to watch the light display and crowd down in the court. That's better than being squashed in the crowd on the main floor.

And, most important, on your way in on the SureKill expressway, look to your left to see all the lights around the boathouses and the Philadelphia Art Museum. Philly really is a great city. I grew up four miles from there on the New Jersey side.

Have a nice time.

Dclo

Good eve Bom, heading towards philly to see fancy Christmas lights. Try to post some later. Thanks, BomBom, D

Bommom

Geez, my condolences to your dad for his tractor. I'm not extending condolences to you, Dave, 'cause I'm hoping Dad is still alive.

When you started telling me about the gas in the hole, at first I thought maybe it was going to be something innocent, like back your truck up to the hole and connect the tail pipe. But, explosions--now you're ramping things up a bit. I'm gonna say, thanks, but no thanks. The groundhogs are even under the barn and behind the stone wall that holds up the driveway into the front of the barn, since it's a bank barn. If we blow things up, it's not only bye, bye groundhogs, but adiós barn, retaining wall, and driveway and probably a couple of acres nearby.

Whenever I think of groundhogs, a charming picture always comes to mind. One summer twin baby groundhogs would often sit on the barn side-door sill. That side of the barn faces the house, so whenever I was at the sink, I'd often see the twins sitting up on their haunches, little arms in front of their chests. So, deep down inside they make me smile. I just make sure we have posts pounded into any of their holes that we find so we can avoid the holes when mowing.

Thanks for your kind words re the puzzles I post. I'll keep you in mind when I'm making droll remarks to other commenters. :-)

Dclo

Hey Bom, Always know I love your stuff and if you would please just pretend that I say something on there at times. I do enjoy them a lot. Your style of pic kind of comes easily to me. ANywayhoo, Four years ago my bro bought a device that you hook gas, not gasoline, a type of gas, I THINK the kind that you weld with? to and pump it into the ground and close all the holes with a shovel then hit a detonator switch and yes it is loud and hardcore. They are killed instantly by the concussion of it. You can pump the gas for a little or a lot. WOW does the earth fly. If the groundhog is home at the time the deceased rate can not be under 100%, no way to survive it. They are built for nothing more than destruction (the groundhogs). Years ago my Dad tore the entire front end of the tractor (pony style) off by hitting an unseen hole that was 3-4 feet across. The hay is high and if you blink you are already in and on and under it.

Bommom

As another PA person, I'll vouch that it's easy to drop a wheel into a groundhog hole. Don't think you can plug them up or smoke them out, their tunnels go to other hidden back doors. We've been here five decades and have never been able to get rid of groundhogs (or even chipmunks, which can also tunnel the heck out of the ground.) There is a black cat that wanders around the place. I think it's the chipmunks that keep it busy.

Dclo

Plump, groundhogs dig tunnels and eat plants too. I have to go google pics

Dclo

Now I am mixed up? I have seen caddy shack and he looked like a groundhog to me?

Plumpossum

Gophers, ground squirrels, and groundhogs are three separate and distinct species. I've had no experience with groundhogs, but too much with gophers and ground squirrels, which both dig tunnels and eat plant roots.

emilym

ground hog is totally different than gopher - gopher is more along the lines of a mole - both diggers and leave the pile of dirt on your lawn... Think Caddy Shack.

Dclo

When you say gopher do you mean groundhog? In PA we have groundhogs, this specific beast in this pic is a grey squirrel. I think he thinks we are friends? Groundhogs destroy fields for farmers equipment and are nothing but vermin varmint whatever. Mario, what is your definition of a gopher?

mariolyn

Ground squirrel. Are we talking about gophers?

Plumpossum

Killing is never pleasant, but the damage done by those bushy tailed rats was unendurable.

dustydog

Plump, While I don't enjoy killing things, sometimes it has to be done. I didn't realize that ground squirrels harbored plague fleas! I know a couple of times I've had to suspend bird feeding. I also put metal sheeting around the posts where the feeders hang. That helped....also trimmed back any branches that were closer than 10-15 feet from the feeders. If that failed, there was always the gun, so I could shoot them.
Dusty

Plumpossum

Be thankful that you don't have ground squirrels. They sport all the talents of the reds, plus they tunnel under buildings and gnaw on plant roots (especially fruit trees). A fringe benefit is that they harbor the fleas that carry bubonic plague. We usually read, at least once a year, about a plague-infected ground squirrel in the local mountains. The state of California classifies the ground squirrel (not to be confused with red or grey squirrels) as vermin, and I couldn't agree more. I think of them as bushy-tailed rats. At the height of an infestation several years ago (precipitated by a family member's insistence on feeding birds), I trapped 22 of them. And drowned them.

dustydog

Red squirrels are the WORST!! They not only steal your insulation... they chew on the structural wood....and have been known to go after your wiring. Had one in my attic. I tossed a couple boxes of moth balls around up there, and the next day the squirrel was out in my bird feeders, so I shot it. I don't live in "squirrel" country, and every once in a great while a gray one will show up. They only stay for a day or so, then move on.
Dusty

Dclo

Good morning paul, since apparently you raise squirrels,according to your words, please send me your address and I will mail mine to you. Thanks for dropping in paul we try to keep it lively around here otherwise it would be just downright no fun. Have good day,Dave

Thanks you all for providing me with the morning's best entertainment. All of you should be on television! What senses of humour! I say all this because I know where you are coming from. We have reds, greys and blacks. They visit our deck daily.

Dclo

Goodnight jyl, thanks. I most definitely did not feed the squirrel. Wonder why this fellow thinks I'd crack it for him? That "aint gonna happen". Have good tomo jyl, D

jyl

Tonight's BPofTN was a cute puzzle to solve; the chatter that came along with it is more interesting, tho. NEVER make a wild squirrel a friend!! Everything you have been told by other caring fans of the BPofTN is true. Along with that: squirrels are subject to rabies and can infect you or any pet you have with a single nip; feed them once and they will keep coming back for more; they fight with pets (yours and your neighbors'); etc., etc., etc. The walnut in question was probably dropped on your porch in order to crack the shell. Squirrels are not good housekeepers, so the cracked shells get left for you to take care of. Critter is just smart enuf to expect you to crack the walnut for him/her. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS: squirrel will repeat rewarding behavior and put more there for you to take care of.
So far as memory is concerned, Bomber is right on. I'm close to her age and have remembered and forgotten lots and lots of stuff. I've found that stuff that's been remembered for a good reason and used at some time or stuff that's really impressed me at the time or stuff that I've made a point of remembering is more likely to stick than stuff that somebody else thought was important for me to know.
G'night, BOY. ☺

Dclo

Thank you for dropping in annee and Merry Christmas to you too.----- Mac is the squirrel whisperer. Mine don't talk to me? Maybe we have some form of unspoken bond? Squirrels jumping on your shoulder seems very odd. My Dad and I did cut down some house threatening trees last Fall and I am thinking some of them were upset about being displaced. That still doesn't mean I am to have them move in!

MacTea

Red's will steal the insulation from your house...I have seen them carrying it in their mouths. I don't speak to squirrels at all any more, BTW...I used to chatter back at them when they were chattering at me...I don't know exactly what was said ...but I have had them jump on my shoulders 3 times...after the last one...I figured it wasn't a fluke any more. SO I give them a passing glance and move on...

FUNNY! thanks for the giggles. And Merry Christmas

Dclo

Kudos to you on that Bomber. I will say all jokes aside that I do worry about my memory and just how awful it is. I simply can't help it. I guess I could say that I know a good bit more than I did when I was thirty. --- I AM GOING to try the chocolate thing, you just watch me. -- I really do enjoy your postings BomBom, thank you.

Bommom

By the time you get to be my age (72), Dave, you'll know a lot more than you do now. One just keeps gleaning through life. (Red squirrels get in your house and chew through structural wood, you learn. Eat chili once with chocolate in it and enjoy it, you'll remember for other times, etc.). I have zillions of interests and am sorta a jack of all trades, master of none. One thing I know almost nothing about is art. So, as far as that goes, if I didn't find the information about the paintings online, I'd be helpless. But, each time I post a painting with the bit of info that I find, it adds a smidgen to my gray matter. Just don't ask me to interpret a painting. Can't do it. :-)

Dclo

He's gray.----- I gotta tell you something Bom and know that it's a big compliment. You seem to know a lot about a lot and I am curious how this came to be? Do you secretly go google stuff first? HA! Chocolate in chili, red or gray squirrel, art etc etc. On a more serious note I am wondering what the walnut on my doorstep was meant to denote? Cats bring owners "gifts". If it is a peace offering I feel bad 'cause I didn't really even know that we were fighting! Anyway,....

Dclo

So I THINK your sister named the squirrel Matt? So Matt worked construction (drywaller/insulation) and you thought it best to entomb him? You didn't smell Matt weeks later through the new skylight he made in your bedroom ceiling? The less you tell the family the more questions they'll ask! A guy I knew in college used the motto "feigned honesty is the best policy". Just sayin'.

Bommom

I hope it's a gray squirrel and not a red squirrel. The reds can be horribly destructive when they get inside your house (attic or wherever). Lucky you. This one's probably just leaving you a peace offering.

emilym

I had one that got in from the underside of the eave and ended up in the ceiling over my bed. Around 3 am he would get busy, very busy and drove me nuts (pun intended) I finally said enough when I saw the pink insulation poking thru my sheetrock! We waited until we hadn't heard him up there for a couple of nights and put metal netting over the hole he had made in the eave. Thought that was the end of it...but nope, we had trapped him in there and there was no going back. My sister sends me cards from his family (always with squirrels on them) and signs them from Matt's family....and demanding that I know what happened to him...they miss him so....:)

At this point, he is dust but I haven't the heart to tell them...so yeah, I know what it's like.

Dclo

I don't know Plump? I didn't think squirrels could crack them but I have seen a couple now on porch that have been shelled and 1. I didn't do it. 2. I don't have a roommate who could have done it. 3. I think the squirrel did it.

Dclo

I see what you mean HOWEVER do yours stalk you? Uh huh, I thought not. Come see me em when you start getting the feeling "that you're being watched" and you are still inside the house, mmm himm. ---------- hey Plump

Plumpossum

If that's a black walnut, maybe Friend Squirrel just wants you to crack it for him. Perhaps his teeth aren't up to the job -- those nuts are toughies to open.

emilym

I have an abundance of squirrels and they are up and down my roof on a regular basis, checking the gutters for anything interesting, and then back up to the top, down the otherside. Shall I mention how often we find walnuts, peanuts, etc . throughout the flower pots and a pile of dirt on the porch. They are just rodents with a better wardrobe budget. Yet we find them cute even when they chew the tree lights, and hang from the hawthorn trees, trying to get those last red berries (slightly fermented at this point) and they become drunk and stupid with the extreme contortions for one more for the road. You got it easy, buddy D.

Plumpossum

Tsk.

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