Tabletop mining
Sunday July 13th 2014, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Garden,Lupus,Wildlife

This is the before picture from a few days ago. (There were a lot more tomatoes behind those leaves.)

I had the plants in pots on top of a small table. I taped many strips of mylar bird-be-gone tape to hang from the top of it and it seemed a really good idea; the squirrels raided the neighbors’ but left mine alone.

All it was missing last night, though, was the tablecloth to yank on. One good leap and the table tilted hard into the parched ground on the far side and every single pot came crashing down.

Presumably on the critter’s head.


With the actual tomatoes all apparently accounted for this morning as far as I could tell, clearly it didn’t get much for all that. Whether the plants will survive the abrupt depotting and smashing, one can only hope. They are definitely hanging loose.

Richard helped me separate and pick up so I could get back out of the sun faster–and he encouraged me, when I gouged myself on some rusty metal with dirt all over my hand, to go look up when my last tetanus shot was.

Scanning down the screen for the magic word… 2004. Oh. On the phone, the clinic told me not to risk a delay, so I went in after church (with mental apologies to them for my coming in on a Sunday. Everybody deserves a day off.)

The nurse was about to give me the shot when her computer beeped at her. She did a doubletake.

The tdap booster on my chart that I’d skimmed right past? 2010. That t was for tetanus. (Oh of course.) Dodged it this time.

We have a hummingbird-friendly people-unfriendly cactus-level-sharp-spined flowering don’t-know-what-it’s-called in our yard.

This evening I clipped a whole lot of those flowers, which are several feet long and spent and well past hummingbird prime, and poked the stems in towards the center of the table to do porcupine duty over my coveted heirlooms. Any raccoon jumping up now is going to get a snoutful.

I wonder how many broken pots we’ll have in the morning.

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Those critters are just too smart for their own good!

Comment by Jody 07.14.14 @ 8:24 am

The winter before last my aunt looked out to see her birdbath had been tipped off its stand. Being in her late 80’s she left it where it fell in the snow. Later when the weather turned nicer she went out to right it and found the culprit’s body underneath. Sometimes there is justice.

Comment by Helen 07.14.14 @ 8:44 am

ok, I take it you did not find a body like Helen’s aunt did (that story really made me chuckle too!)

hope your tomatoes and pots survive it all

Comment by Bev 07.14.14 @ 9:53 am

No, no bad critter!! I hope his head hurts for a very long time.

Comment by Channon 07.14.14 @ 3:08 pm

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