We had some warm weather this week so I left the slider open for a little while each day. The kids (or, more likely, the cats) destroyed the screen years ago, so when my slider is open, it’s wide open for whatever happens to find its way into my house. We don’t have a lot of bugs here, so flies and such aren’t a problem. Occasionally, a dragonfly will find its way in and we have to capture it and release it outside. We’ve also had to chase down Steller’s Jays and, let me tell you, that is not easy. They’re fast and their beaks are kind of big and scary close-up!
Our squirrel friends are the critters that most often find their way into the house. I can’t even count how many times I’ve yelled, “squirrel in the house!” Usually, they just come in to raid the bag of peanuts that I keep by the back door but, once in awhile, something will startle one, driving it further into the house, or one will just get curious and decide to wander into the living room to check things out. We’ve had squirrel chases go round and round the dining room table and, years ago, we had one climb the fake Ficus tree that sat between the dining room and living room.
Yesterday, I was walking into the kitchen when suddenly a squirrel appeared in the doorway to the dining room. I think it went for the peanuts and was surprised to see Scooby sleeping right beside the bag. It ran back out when it saw me, then waited for me to hand it a peanut. They’re very polite little burglars!
This morning, I opened the door to let Scooby in and a squirrel came in right behind him. It stopped inside the doorway and waited for me to bend down to get a peanut out of the bag.
Although I didn’t get any pictures of my visitors yesterday or this morning, I did find a series of one raiding the peanut bag last fall.
They apparently have very good noses because, if I put the peanuts in the box/basket thing in the other corner, they still find them.
We plan to replace the ancient slider soon. I’m a little worried that the squirrels will gnaw through the new screen to get to their peanuts!