Sunday, February 13, 2011

No Stuck Truck

But I Drive Crooked

In four wheel drive, the truck handled the snow to the barn just fine, until I hit the pile at the edge of the other path I'd plowed to walk in.  So, I went forward, backed in again, and hit the same pile. Do you think I could have aimed better?  Third try put in in nearly the same spot.

I am usually a much more accurate driver than that. I am now claiming that the snow was directing the course of the truck to the same spot on each effort. It was the snow, not my steering.

Anyhow, I ended up about 20 feet or so from the feed room door, so I had to carry the feed bags a bit farther than normal.  I guess I'll count that as my workout for the day.  I left a few bags in the truck because I ran out of storage room where certain furry rodents could not get to my grain.  Unless one of the garage mice gets into the back of the truck, the feed will be fine in there until I need it for the Boys.

I am decidedly overrun around here with furry critters. I'm pretty sure I have a resident critter on the back porch--probably a cousin of the barn rodents.  I have a humane trap to set to catch him, but I haven't had the heart to do it while we have all the snow.  Call me a softie, but tossing even a furry rodent out into the snowdrifts is beyond my meanness level.  Once the snow melts, I will set the trap and hopefully send him on his way out in the woods.

Then, of course, I have the squirrels at the bird feeder.  Today they were in competition with the huge hoarde of grackles who attacked the yard at around 8 AM, but I'm sure they got their share of the birdseed I'd put in the feeder for the little songbirds.  I also put out two ears of corn, hoping to lure the squirrels to that instead of the seed, but I'm afraid the grackle raiders ate that too.

And then, there is the opossum--at least it looked like opossum tracks--who eats the cat food in the carport.

Add to him Raccoon Raider and the groundhogs--once Spring wakes them up--and I have a whole furry brigade visiting with startling regularity.  Ooops, I almost forgot the rabbits and the fox that drops by looking for the rabbits.

Let's just say I am doing my part to provide habitat for the local wildlife.


  1. Sounds like you are a friend to all the furry critters in your area. I guess they all know where to go for a tasty meal.

  2. If I manage to make it within 20 ft of the feed room door, I give myself a pat on the back! Backing up is not my skill.

    The furry critters don't bother me too much. I keep the grain in sealed cans, so they only get what I drop. I figure that's fair. It adds to the rural ambiance!

  3. ^-^ your barn sound slike a real arch of Noah! I guess it is in teh middle of all this snow.

    I would do the same in harsh weather, but then they will have to go back to the woods ... easier said than done.

  4. I wondered if it wasn't the way the snow or ice was packed shifting you off course. I have had that happen before and it's very frustrating.

  5. um ... what's a grackle?