Tuesday, October 25, 2005

So the squirrel adventures continue. Saturday night we awoke to a weird chirping noise that we attributed to the radiators (finally broke down and turned on the heat). An hour or so later we were up again roused scampering sounds that we swore were coming from under the bed. On went the lights, but nothing to be seen--went back to bed thinking that now we have squirrels living in the walls. Sunday morning I take the kids to soccer and my wife discovers a baby squirrel hiding in the front hall closet; we found its brother (sister?) peeking out from behind a backpack about an hour later. Both are in the capable hands of our local (well not really so local--took an hour to get there) wildlife rehab center who will no doubt release them to go live in someone else's attic.

So having no time to work on any new projects this weekend (too busy cleaning up squirrel sh**) I thought I'd post a few pics of what has been done:

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

GOT EM'. Well, 2 months later and practically a whole jar of peanut butter later I finally caught that squirrel. I borrowed another trap that seemed to have a better tripping mechanism. I put the peanut butter on the top and bottom of the tray that sets off the trap. I have to say, even thought I hated this squirrel for chewing away at my house I did feel bad for it. I put a blanket over the cage and set it free in the woods about 5 miles away. Some people say 6 miles is best, but he would have to cross an overpass to get to Highland Park. He seemed pretty mad at me. Lots of growling. Good luck Chippy! ...........................Yeh, I named him Chippy so what!

Monday, October 17, 2005

If you already have not done so, you have to check out the Sears Home Archive. So many of the homes listed are here in Highland Park. The one that looks closest to mine is The Fullerton. Although everything isn't quite the same, but close enough. This front porch looks like it might look nice on my home. What do you think?

Friday, October 14, 2005

Oooo so nice- All was going fine until I saw the hacked off ends of the sill. Could you imagine putting up this crappy aluminum siding and cutting off a perfectly good sill? B.T.W the squirrel is still winning and probably quite fat and happy with all of the food I have been giving him in the trap. Tonight I will try a new one. The trap mechanism seems to work better. If this doesn't work I'll call the pros.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Saying "I hate squirrels" would be mean, so I'll just say I dislike them greatly. Trapping the squirrel in my attic has been quite difficult. It's been there for at least two months now. I know when she sees me she thinks "Here comes that nice man that feeds me the peanut butter!" I read that it is against the law to release the squirrel in a park. Why would you release it in your own yard? I plan to release it accross the river. That is if I ever get the thing.