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I rented a house in Maryland (near Camp David) that was infested with flying squirrels. I purchased a small live trap and captured, transported and released around 17 of the critters. I was on a trip and my wife fell asleep on the sofa and awoke to see one on the pillow looking her in the face. She is skittish only with snakes, she got my cage opened it's door turned on the bright lights and walked over to the mantle where the squirrel had landed after a soar and capped the cage over it.
 

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Congratulations, tomorrow is our 49th anniversary and we are way past the stage you are in...I can tell without hesitation go the romantic route. Secure the most romantic location you can handle nearby. Make sure there are things to do around that will allow you to concentrate on her and she will remember forever. Buying things never worked for me, it was always about the memories. Good Luck!
Ditto! I lost my wife three years ago last September. We were four days shy of our 61st anniversary. Looking back I can see all the times I could have made things a bit more memorable but we had the bond of love.
 

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X2... don't block vents so that computer overheats and burns up... may need a ventilated/screened shield around it...
 

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The squirrels are back. They just chewed around my patches. Little bastards...
 

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Get a live trap and introduce them to a new zipcode.
Yup, that's the plan.

Well, I can't actually do that because I'm pretty sure it's illegal. But they will be kept in "jail" while we have the soffits professionally done. Then I'll give them a harsh talking to and let them go. On probation. I might be in the market for a pellet gun.
 

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The squirrels around here tend to be afraid of my cats and dogs. Haven't seen very many of them lately.

To clarify about the vents on the side of my computer: I used to have a fan on the side but we reconfigured so I have top fans and back fans instead. The new fans work better than the old side fan. I'm also going to try to set something up to direct air over the top fans-- maybe set up a plastic box with a fan attached to it for air circulation-- that keeps the cats from messing with the fans on the top. I can set up a dust screen too.

Went to the post office but forgot it was MLK day. Took my brother to go to Samsclub to help me get more water and some more food. Stopped at the Chinese buffet & saw most of the employees weren't there. Only saw 2 people. I hope the others are all OK. New waiter there speaks a few words in Japanese that he learned from cartoons. Nice guy. He was waiting ALL the tables by himself and was busting his hump.

On the way in we got stopped at a checkpoint. They were asking for license and insurance. I had my license, registration, and insurance all out & ready. Cops weren't wearing masks, which bugged me bc the new strain of Covid has hit this state. Cop glanced briefly at my stuff and said "Looks good to me!" and waved me on. Poor buggers in an ambulance were stuck waiting on the checkpoint for awhile. Ambulance was followed closely by a police van. Not sure what the checkpoint was about. If it was to see if people had expired insurance or something then it's technically illegal, but that doesn't stop cops around here. That town is bad about issuing bogus tickets. They once gave my brother a ticket for rolling through a stop-- only there was no stop sign. He was going to contest it in court but there is no courthouse & there's no way to contest tickets. Quite the scam they have going.

Briefly popped by to say "Hi" to my friend. He has a sore throat so he wore a mask and distanced. My brother was playing with my friend's daughter & I noticed the kid had a runny nose. I made him use hand sanitizer when he got in the car. Advised my friend not to send the kid to school bc she might be sick.

Tomorrow if I'm feeling up to it we will get more groceries at Walmart. I was too tired to go today. My doctor said to take it easy while I try to get my thyroid under control.
 

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@zannej I was thinking about what you said about your bedroom door and decided we need pictures. I can imagine a little hole a cat fits through -- cats are like octopuses after all, and can squeeze through anything wider than their beaks -- but dogs?? I'm envisioning the bottom third of the door missing!
 

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LOL. I'll have to snag some pics in awhile. I have small dogs. A chiweenie and not sure what the other one is but she's maybe 20lbs. Some of the cats are bigger than the chiweenie.

Been exhausted past couple days. Not sure if it is my new allergy medicine. It's supposed to make me drowsy but I don't feel drowsy until several hours after I take it and then I completely rack out for the day. My back and hips hated me today but I still got stuff done. Found my brother had cooked and left stuff unrinsed on the stove and he left a bunch of empty containers of beef broth on the counter (which had fallen into the sink). He tried to claim that he'd thrown them away and cats brought them back to the counter. I know he's lying. He's starting to experience some of the lower back pain I've had for years & he's being a total wuss about it. He thinks he's "toughing it out" and has accused me of being a wuss about my back pain in the past. I still do more with the back pain I've had than he does without back pain. I know it's not a competition, but I'm a wee bit frustrated with him right now.
 

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I raked and burned some leaves today. I have biscuits in the oven and will have some gravy biscuits and some apple butter biscuits for supper. While I wait and type I am listening to some little speakers I made for this purpose.

They are six inch full range speakers driven by a little 40w x2 blue tooth amp so I can listen while reading books or surfing on my Chromebook.
 

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We used to feed the birds and became overpopulated with gray squirrels. I trapped them in a larger havahart live trap and transported quite a few to new locations. Also a number of coons and a couple of feral cats.
 

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The town I live near got overrun with the gray squirrels. Town trapped them and a nice neighbor of mine agreed to let them be released on his property so they could roam free (he's got about 40 acres). My scumbag neighbor trespassed on his property & shot about 30 of them just for fun.

My dog has blankets all over the floor near the door and they keep the floor warm so it's hard to see the hole in the door. I tried to get pics but they didn't turn out well. I'll try again when my headache goes away. It looks small but somehow the dogs are able to squeeze through. It takes the larger one some effort to get through though.

Today I took my best friend to the dentist. Yesterday he sat up too fast at work (while working on a machine) blacked out and slammed his face into the machine and split his front tooth in half & damaged the one next to it. Took him back to the dentist he saw before-- the one that pulled my tooth just before the hurricane. Their phone service has been out for months. Very nice people there. His insurance wouldn't cover it bc they aren't in his network but the dentists in his network wouldn't see him until April & it was really hurting him. I set up an appointment for scan of my teeth. Decided not to get a cap/crown on my tooth bc it's $1200 & I can deal with it the way it is for now. I set my next appointment same day as his (but I'm not having work done, just the scan). He's getting 2 more teeth pulled. He was miserable when he got home but the painkillers finally kicked in. I didn't even need to fill my prescription painkillers when I had mine done. I think my friend is more sensitive to pain. I was able to drink soup within a few hours and ate rice the next day. Might be tooth location though. He has 4 more teeth to pull and then he can get dentures.

I had to explain to his ex that he was not going to drive her to work in his condition. She kept arguing with me and insisting that he was going to (bc she doesn't want him home alone with the female house guest). I explained that he would be on painkillers and it wouldn't be safe for him to drive her & she finally got it. Another friend (that she doesn't like) drove her. I had to get home to bring food back to my mother and brother.

Tomorrow I'll have to check on my friend and bring him some tea bags if the bleeding hasn't stopped.
 

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Stopped at the Chinese buffet & saw most of the employees weren't there.
On the way in we got stopped at a checkpoint. They were asking for license and insurance.
Was just reading that in some areas now you have to show an I.D. and other papers to enter a restaurant... but not to vote...
 

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Just got a notice that my job overpaid me months ago due to a processing error, and now I have to pay them back.

 

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I am experimenting with adding heavy cream to whole milk to see if I can get a butterfat content close to the Jersey milk I drank until the government outlawed raw milk.

I am also experimenting with my eyeglass prescription to see what the changes may be needed since I had pterygium removal on my right eye some months ago.

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@Eddie_T Raw milk is not illegal in all states (so, check into the states adjacent to yours), and I'll bet you can find a clandestine raw milk hookup even in your own state if you make friends with a local farmer. (Back when there were state fairs and farmers markets that might have been easier...but these things will probably return after herd immunity is reached.)

BTW I love the glasses. I hope you wear them out of the house!
 

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@Flyover I plan to check some farmer's markets if life ever returns to normal. I had a farmer friend (now passed) but he wouldn't accept money for milk and just gave it to me so I didn't go back. When I was a kid most everyone had cows, even when I was in college we had milk delivered in half gallons jars at reasonable prices, Nowadays people want a high price for "pet" milk. I was trying the mix as it would add only about 85¢ to the price of a gallon + 1 cup of milk. Smoother taste but none of the raw milk benefits. A doctor friend believes that lactose intolerance is at least partially due to pasteurization and homogenization.

Funny, but it's easier to buy moonshine than it is raw milk.
 
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