Monday, April 20, 2009
The weather has been gorgeous. It's the type of weather that inspires you to go outside and start working on the garden.
And as I was looking over my backyard, I realized it's certainly time to start cleaning up. The old dried vegetation from last fall needs to be pulled or trimmed. New bushes and flowers need to be planted. Perennials needs to be split.
And the ducks taking over our swimming pool are telling me that it's time to think about draining that pool cover.
The water is deep enough for them to go deep sea diving for god-knows-what that's been growing in the pool cover since last October. (And I'm sure that the ducks have been contributing to the flora and fauna by....well... you know what they do.)
Yes, the ducks look happy and they're probably investigating potential nesting areas near this wonderful new habitat they've discovered.
As I'm watching them, all of a sudden I see a face looking up at me from under the pool cover!
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT!
I've never seen anything like that before! It looks like it might be the size of a rottweiler! And how long has it been there??!!! And why is it looking at the ducks with possible evil intensions??!!
As quickly as I spied it, it quickly hid out of sight. And over the next several hours I kept a lookout, trying to see it again.
Finally it peered out a bit more and I got a better shot of it:
Then, it ventured all the way out:
This has got to be a....groundhog???!!! And it's FREAKIN' ENORMOUS!!! Probably about the size of a baby hippopotamus.
I'm guessing the groundhog's been hibernating here all winter! After it got scared by it's shadow on February 2nd, it went back under my pool cover and didn't come out till the weather turned warmer. Which is now.
Grrrrr. I'm taking this as personally as the grounds' keeper in Caddy Shack. It's definitely going to be me against the groundhog.
I go and get a screwdriver to unscrew the metal covering around the pool and see what foul things have been happening underneath over the winter.
Just as I go to open the cover, it suddenly dawns on me that the groundhog might have a nest and THERE MAY BE BABY GROUNDHOGS!
I might be brave enough to try to chase an animal the size of a Hummer H2 out of my pool, but I'm certainly not brave enough to face a mom and her babies.
It's time to call in the pros.
Animal control is coming tomorrow to trap the little varmint and take him or her far, far away.
I'll give you an update on what happens.
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