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On 1/18/2020 at 10:57 AM, Corsair said:

Weekend Quizzles! 18 January 2020 recognizing @Lord of the Dish Pit

Do you receive unexpected visits from animals not of your household?

 

19 January 2020 question thanks to @Erifnogard

If so, how do you "welcome" them?

Occasionally mice (I'm sure there are loads in my home, but I don't see them often).  Otherwise raccoons who use my window wells as their outhouse...  I have used a small amount of gasoline and a large amount of cayenne pepper to deter them from returning...    

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On the farm lots of critters. The majority of our cats were donated. As a county road runs dead center through our farm we get lots of dumped animals. Lots of opossums. 

 

At my apartment there are the usual bugs that wander around a 40 year old apartment complex. The benign ones get released, even wasps. Brown recluse spiders get smooshed. 

 

There is an old tom cat I call Complex Cat. He shows up from time to time and goes from apartment to apartment meowing until someone feeds him something. He usually hangs around a few days then moves on. He makes the circuit a few times a year. Then there will be a few years when he won't show, only to come back. 

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On 1/18/2020 at 8:57 AM, Corsair said:

Weekend Quizzles! 18 January 2020 recognizing @Lord of the Dish Pit

Do you receive unexpected visits from animals not of your household?

 

Let's see:

  • A young tom turkey, that hung around in the cul-de-sac for about a week.
  • Several raccoons that seemed to think that our deck was a fine place to be.
  • And a bunch of rabbits that have built a warren under our porch.

 

On 1/18/2020 at 8:57 AM, Corsair said:

19 January 2020 question thanks to @Erifnogard

If so, how do you "welcome" them?

 

The turkey was being seriously annoying, pecking on our storm door and damaging cars in the cul-de-sac. At one point he ended up in our backyard (presumably over the fence). My son and I tried to get him to fly back out of the backyard, but he seemed unable to figure that out. Eventually we opened the gate and chased him out with brooms.

 

The trash pandas became fairly aggressive and were making a mess. I'm bigger than a trash panda and I don't respond to aggression by backing down. They eventually decided to decamp for greener pastures.

 

The rabbits are still around. I haven't wanted to poison them, but I think I'm about done with trying to get them to leave. I see poison and concrete in their future.

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On 1/18/2020 at 9:57 AM, Corsair said:

Weekend Quizzles! 18 January 2020 recognizing @Lord of the Dish Pit

Do you receive unexpected visits from animals not of your household?

My backyard does. My household is critter-less. 

 

The backyard has seen:

Cardinals

Lizards

Cats

Foxes or Coyotes (not sure which those were)

Raccoons (sadly, these also clawed their way into the attic)

Sparrows

Squirrels

 

 

On 1/18/2020 at 9:57 AM, Corsair said:

19 January 2020 question thanks to @Erifnogard

If so, how do you "welcome" them?

I photograph them when I can. 

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This little one ^ got let loose. The trap she blundered into was meant for someone else. 

 

Namely:

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@TGP that's a fine looking Fence Lizard. I wanted one of them for a pet for a while, until I learned what a colossal pain in the broccoli keeping reptiles is. Instead I just continue to admire them in the wild. 

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So I forgot some of our other wildlife...

 

There is a large raccoon who sometimes nests in one of the pine trees in our backyard.  He's not a major pest although he does occasionally tip over the birdbath.  (I assume the raccoon is male although I have no evidence.  I do know I have always seen him alone.)

 

We've seen opossums in our backyard, usually alone during twilight or night, although we did see a pair shortly after dawn one day.  We've had one or two come up to our back door, look in, and then saunter on their way.

 

We get hummingbirds in the spring and summer.  Spring if we put out the feeder, summer to late fall when the wax mallows are in bloom.

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I like Fellowship of the Ring (extended version) or a good TV series. 

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46 minutes ago, Corsair said:

Quizzle for 20 January 2020, today's nominee is @Inarah

 

What is your favorite cold day, under a warm blanket movie?

Gonna have to give you a list...

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 

Disney's Three Musketeers

Labyrinth

Ghostbusters (with technical commentary subtitles)

Pirates of the Caribbean

13th Warrior

5th Element

Jurassic Park

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47 minutes ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

So I forgot some of our other wildlife...

 

There is a large raccoon who sometimes nests in one of the pine trees in our backyard.  He's not a major pest although he does occasionally tip over the birdbath.  (I assume the raccoon is male although I have no evidence.  I do know I have always seen him alone.)

 

We've seen opossums in our backyard, usually alone during twilight or night, although we did see a pair shortly after dawn one day.  We've had one or two come up to our back door, look in, and then saunter on their way.

 

We get hummingbirds in the spring and summer.  Spring if we put out the feeder, summer to late fall when the wax mallows are in bloom.

 

I did the same; of course, I can attribute it to imminent senility.

We have raccoons, opossums, squirrels, coyotes, vultures  along with other less infamous birds, AND a herd of deer, all of whom Cap'n John is convinced are trying to move into the house. We also had visits from Neighbor Tom's Rooster, Luthor. Luthor thought he as a stag. He is seen her with his woman:

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48 minutes ago, Corsair said:

Quizzle for 20 January 2020, today's nominee is @Inarah

 

What is your favorite cold day, under a warm blanket movie?

 

It has been too long since I watched a movie wrapped up in a blanket on a cold winter's day to remember what I had watched.

I am pretty sure I watched something though.

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On 1/1/2020 at 12:04 AM, Corsair said:

Question for January 1,2020, dedicatedto/inspired by @Glitterwolf

 

Did someone surprise you with an unexpected bit of joy this year?

 

Yes, my dnd group decided to keep playing together. Also, one of the guys in our group is taking us to an escape room in Feb! 

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Quizzle for 20 January 2020, today's nominee is @Inarah

 

What is your favorite cold day, under a warm blanket movie?

 

While movies aren't usually what I do on those days, if I were to watch a movie, it would probably be something very 'splodey, like Die Hard or The Long Kiss Goodnight or one of the better John Wayne westerns like El Dorado, Big Jake, or Rooster Cogburn.

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Quizzle for 20 January 2020, today's nominee is @Inarah

 

What is your favorite cold day, under a warm blanket movie?

 

Most likely we'd just watch something on a streaming service these days,  outside of that:

 

If just me: Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, depending on the day

 

If my wife is there too it would be one of these classics:

UHF

Mystery Men

Spaceballs

The Princess Bride

 

And if the kid was also there it would almost certainly be something from the collected works of Rowan Atkinson.

 

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Quizzle for 20 January 2020, today's nominee is @Inarah

 

What is your favorite cold day, under a warm blanket movie?

If I am watching movies under a warm blanket, I am probably ill or recovering from surgery.  Therefore I'd be inclined to watch something silly, like Conan the Destroyer or The Black Hole.  My favorite movie in that category, and therefore the answer to this question, is Flash Gordon (1980).  It's not a good movie by any means but it's fun and has a great soundtrack.

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Quizzle for 20 January 2020, today's nominee is @Inarah

 

What is your favorite cold day, under a warm blanket movie?

 

LOTR Trilogy or as  many episodes of one of my favorite series as I can squeeze into that time.

Like GOT or True Blood.

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