Darn Opossums, Opossuming Around

We finally beat the heat wave! Cooler temps moved in over the weekend (finally!) and it’s been so nice. We actually turned the AC off and have been enjoying the fresh air with the windows open. Last night Samson woke me up at around 2:45 AM just barking his head off (that’s the downside to sleeping with the windows open). I tried to ignore it for a while but we’ve had a horrible time with raccoons and other small animals causing trouble so, finally, a little after 3 I went out to see what was going on. I took a big spotlight with me so I could see what he was barking at. Everything was quiet, except Samson. All the turkeys, chickens, goats, and barn cats were sound asleep so I went back inside. About 5 minutes later Samson started in again! I finally went back out around 4 (yes, he’d had me awake for over an hour by this point), took the spotlight with me again. This time I could tell he was barking at something in the tree above his doghouse. After shining the spotlight around for a few minutes I finally saw what all the commotion was about… there was an opossum in the tree. It was 4 in the morning and I was holding a large spotlight so my first feeble attempt at getting rid of the opossum was to throw sticks at it. That didn’t do much to scare the little thing away (it wasn’t a very large one) especially with a 100 pound dog right below the tree barking and jumping at it. I was tired and wanted sleep so my next effort involved throwing rocks at it, I hit it a few times but it was still showing no sign of coming down. Although, I think at this point it started playing dead (yes, opossums actually do that when they feel threatened and it’s pretty hilarious). It was hanging onto the tree limb with one little paw and the other three were sticking out in the air and it was kind of just frozen there. My desire to sleep was taking over so I jumped up and grabbed the tree limb and shook it with all that I had (this required two hands so the spotlight was on the ground). After the big shake I grabbed the light to see if the little bugger had let go and he was hanging by his tail from the limb. By this point I was envisioning the opossums from Over the Hedge and hearing William Shatner and Avril Lavigne in my head (did I mention I was very tired). Samson had gotten bored with my antics so he was only partly paying attention and didn’t realize how close the opossum was to falling out of the tree. One more shake and the little guy hit the ground and took off into the brush. Aaaahhhh, finally peace and quiet. Samson and I could finally get back to sleep. 🙂 So that was last night’s adventure, I do appreciate Samson standing guard at night but boy do I also appreciate a full night’s sleep.

Yesterday afternoon I spent some time working in my garden. My birdhouse gourd plants are going bonkers, I mean they’re like something out of a horror movie they’re growing so fast. They might take over the whole farm! Ok, they’re not that bad but they are trying to take over the rows of plants on either side of them. There are lots of gourds on the vines though so that’s good! I also planted three varieties of pumpkins and some ornamental gourds, I planted them a little later than the birdhouse gourds but they’re all coming along. There’s also a row of watermelon plants that came up volunteer from last year, there are 6 big watermelons that are really close to picking time. I can’t wait! 🙂

WP_20170723_17_02_02_Pro

These are the birdhouse gourd plants, everyday I walk through and turn the vines in on themselves so they won’t overtake the rows on either side. They are just growing like crazy!

WP_20170723_17_01_37_Pro

This is one of the birdhouse gourds, the pic has a greenish hue because of the canopy of leaves (the gourd is on the ground under the leaves and vines). There are lots and lots of these gourds growing!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that one of our ducks hatched out some little ducklings a couple weeks ago. It was so exciting! She hatched out 7 little babies and after they spent a couple days in her nest getting their little webbed feet under them they all took off to the pond. Sadly predators have been hard on the little guys (that’s some of the trouble the raccoons and other small animals have been causing) and we’re down to two ducklings but that’s life in the wild. I love watching the little guys follow their mama around. She lets them have a little freedom but watches them closely, when she thinks they’re headed for trouble she herds them back together and keeps them close to her.

WP_20170716_12_58_36_Pro

The newly hatched ducklings making their trek to the pond with their mama. I had a really hard time getting a good picture, the closer I got the faster they all ran. 🙂

WP_20170716_14_34_29_Pro

The first thing mama did when they all got to the pond was introduce them to the water. They all swam around the pond together huddled up in one mass. The white duck swimming along with them is one of the other hens, I think she was curious what the little guys were. 🙂

We have another duck that just started sitting a nest so we should have some more little babies sometime during the first week of September. 🙂 I’m working on a blog post devoted to just the ducks so I can update you guys on all of them, they’ve been a bit of an adventure.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I have a few more chores to do and then I might find a nice shade tree to sit under and read a book (or take a nap). 🙂

Cheers!

D

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s