Today I took a lovely drive to the country. I had company, not happy company, but company nonetheless.

This morning I moved the live trap to the back yard. I set it out in the sun where it would appear warm and inviting. In it I placed a fresh cracker, generously spread with delicious peanut butter.

It worked! I looked out the window a half an hour after I had placed the live trap on the grass, and there she was, sitting in a bewildered state, and not at all hungry.

I went into action immediately. I grabbed my heavy work gloves, closed up the windows, drew the curtains, exited the house, and unlocked the car. She wasn’t happy as I picked up the cage wearing my heavy gloves. She ran from one end of the cage to the other, distressed. I cooed to her, spoke reassuringly and confidently. The space prepared for the cage at the back of the car was open on all sides, and behind the seats so that the human presence would not be seen (me!), although I am sure she could sense that I was there. The cage rattled the whole time we travelled. She occasionally screeched at me, but lost interest when there was no response.

We took a drive into the country to a wood lot that was carefully chosen. There is a lot of land, some forest, some field, and no possibility of future development to disrupt the happy lives of squirrels.

After parking near the woodlot, I put on the gloves, removed the cage from the back of the car, and carried it to the edge of the forest area. Setting it down gently, with the trap door facing the trees, I lifted the trap door. Pause. Count to three. She shot out of the cage like a bullet! Within seconds she was out of sight and moving on into her new life. Hopefully it will be a life undisturbed by humans!

Now Attila can proceed with repairing the roof, this time with metal flashing, to prevent new tenants from moving in.

I feel so relieved to have relocated that squirrel!

Worldly Distractions


Little House in the City
Date: 5:00 PM EDT Monday 13 April 2015
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 10.8°C
Dewpoint: 3.4°C
Humidity: 60%
Wind: SSE 16 km/h

Country House
Date: 5:36 PM EDT Monday 13 April 2015
Condition: Heavy Rain
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Visibility: 5 km
Temperature: 11.4°C
Dewpoint: 10.5°C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: SW 9 km/h


“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
Albert Schweitzer
1875 – 1965

Chocolate Chippy

A bumper crop of dandelions this year!

A bumper crop of dandelions this year!

When we visited the little house in the city last weekend Chippy, the resident chipmunk, had staked his claim on the interior of the building. He clearly resented our presence and sought to exploit our food supply. He claimed the potted plan, given to us by Lares, as his very own burial ground for unknown objects of interest. He pooped and peed all over the counters and in the cupboards. When we closed the door to the basement, and were outside for ten minutes, he chewed and stripped the veneer off the bottom of the door in his attempt to gain entrance to our kitchen and the rest of the house. He boldly sat and stared at me as I sat reading, and at Attila and I as we sat at the table eating.

In desperation, last Sunday, I visited the local Home Hardware store and purchased a live trap, made specifically for chipmunks, rats and squirrels. Quite an expense for us, I must say. I did consider a large rat trap that would have killed Chippy, at a tenth of the price, but considered a clear conscience and peace of mind worth the expense.

We set the trap in the kitchen, baited with bread and peanut butter. Chippy did not go near the trap before we left for our trip back to the country house.

We asked Terra and Lares to check the trap for us, worried that we would capture Chippy and he would left there for weeks until our return. Obviously he would not survive such a wait.

We need not have worried.

After we had gone, Chippy grabbed the food and tripped the trap door. But he was not in the cage! He must have grabbed the food from outside the cage, or he managed to nip out before the cage door came down. We do not know.

Terra and Lares took up the cause with enthusiasm!

They went to the little house to investigate the trap, only to have Chippy lunge at them as they entered and then scurry past them to hide under the refrigerator. He is so bold that when Terra threw a chocolate chip at him, he stopped running, turned around, grabbed the chocolate chip and then ran into the basement with it.

Thus, Terra discovered that Chippy has a weakness for chocolate chips. They bated the trap with a chocolate chip on the trip mechanism. However, having discovered just how bold Chippy has become, they put another chocolate chip beyond the mechanism, figuring Chippy would be cocky enough to risk the time to grab it as well.

Greed and over-confidence were Chippy’s downfall. He went for the extra chocolate chip and the door came down before he could escape.

Terra called us from the car to tell us that Lares was helping Chippy make a move. He has been relocated 25 kilometers from the house.

Bon voyage Chippy!

If Chippy makes his way back to the house, then he will be one scary chipmunk.

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 22.9°C
Dewpoint: 15.3°
Humidity: 62 %
Wind: SSE 22 gust 33 km/h
Humidex: 27


“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
Mahatma Gandhi
1869 – 1948