Monday, April 21, 2008

we sit on guard for thee

The resident kitteh has spent the last four days (well the three hours that she is awake during each day) sitting bolt upright on the corner of the bed that's nearest the outside wall. And she stares at that wall without so much as blinking.

Personally I don't hear anything, but I suspect that the woodpeckers have finally breached the barrier and are living inside the wall. I mean, the pecking has stopped, so they either went away or achieved their evil little goal.

Now that I have mentioned the word woodpecker in this blog again, I will no doubt be once again inundated with google searches for "how to get rid of woodpeckers". People are in pain out there.



That's so weird I've been doing the same thing!

I think she was listening to the snow fall and the wind howl and is contemplating moving to a warmer city.

After the last four days of this bitter cold I'm sure the woodpeckers are dead anyway.

phlegmfatale said...

or maybe kitteh sees a ghost!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those god-damned woodpeckers never die, Urban! Ooops, sorry, I let the woodpecker rage-ohol overtake me there. It hits me every spring as I hear them slowly demolishing my house.
And yes, I've sort of been staring blankly into space the last few days too. Anywhere but out the window.

Hopefully it's a woodpecker ghost, Phlegmmy. Sent as a warning to all the other woodpeckers to stay away from this house.

Allison said...

Your woodpecker rage sounds like my squirrel hate. I hope they disappear. At least now you know who would win in a staring contest. Cat, hands down.

bloody awful poetry said...

Forget the woodpecker.
You're going to see The Hives, M.I.A AND Thom Yorke and The Radio-Heads this year???


Fry me in boiling oil and colour me jealous.

When you talk to Thom in August, would you mind reminding him and the guys that my country still exists? Thank you ever so much =)

Sean Wraight said...

Our Canadian cats, ("Canuckitties" to the uninitiated) are dutiful to a fault Barbara. I just hope you don't have one of those dreaded ghost woodpeckers though. Nor do I hope you have one of these.

Good luck keeping the avian rage in check though.


justacoolcat said...

Get rid of woodpeckers? Aluminum siding or you could just hand a few suet feeders.

Your kitteh sees into the future and the future looks like a mouse.

BeckEye said...

Because you love cat pics so much, you have to see this one.

I can't stop looking at it. It's frigging hilarious.

AvianMaven said...

If you are looking to get rid of your woodpeckers I highly recommend contacting Bird-X, Inc. All their products are humane and environmentally safe and they have one that is specifically designed to get rid of woodpeckers called the WoodpeckerPro. Check them out.
PS- ADORABLE kitty picture.

Anonymous said...

better than having a sloth-bucket of a cat, who could not be bothered except to howl for more crabby patties.

Gifted Typist said...

Sometimes when I'm in the basement alone at night watching telly and the big burly Brown Belt of the family isn't home, the cat jumps up from a dead sleep and starts staring at the wall or the stairs ....

Gifted Typist said...

Effin' Urban Woodpeckers
Another expletive band title, perhaps?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wonder who would win in a mudfight, Al - your squirrel rage or my woodpecker fight? I'm sure it would be worth the price of admission.
And yes indeed, cats are the staringest creature ever.

I know, BAP! I am excite!
When Thom brings me the cheese platter that he owes me during the break at the concert, I will certainly remind him. In fact, I will twig him to the fact that it's really the only place to get authentic mango gummies.

Canuckitties!! I love the way that rolls off one's tongue, Sean! I shall be saying that all evening.
Cats that look like Hitler! I have not seen that in far too long. Thanks for the reminder, I'm heading right over there for my moment of merriment.

We've tried the suet, JustA and they either ignore it or just have it for dessert. And I'm not quite ready to re-side the house.
But the kitteh is definitely allseeing.

That's a great shot, Beckeye! I'd also love to see the one snapped 5 seconds later. And the one the next day, where the entire family is shredded to bits.

Hi Avianmaven, welcome! Thanks for the advice, I'm definitely going to look them up.

Mmmmm, I'd howl for crabby patties too, I think, Leazwell, and come to think of it, I'm pretty much a sloth-bucket as well.

Yes, good band title, Gifted! Oh man, cats love to mess with our (already vulnerable) minds, don't they? I'm sure they do it on purpose.

Anonymous said...

Your woodpecker dilemma reminds me of this time I was staying at GOB's parents' house... they let me have a bedroom to myself so that was cool 'n all. Anyway, one day during the summer, I'm shockingly awakened to the sound of mad buzzing in the walls... it scared the HELL outta me. I go get GOB & ask him what the fuck that is & he tells me "oh, they're yellow jackets in the walls." After some frantic question asking, he informs me that his parents don't care because it only lasts a couple of months & they think it's too expensive to eliminate the problem. My one, and only, summer under their roof... I'd rather sleep in the yard, man.

Woodpeckers are worse, though. :D I'm sure the kitteh is sending those pesky avians feline death stares through the wall. She'll have that problem taken care of in no time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh no no no, I beg to differ, Micehell - I think yellowjackets in your walls would be far far worse than woodpeckers. I would have run shrieking out of there I am sure. You are far braver than I am.

Toccata said...

Woodpeckers, squirrels, mice, rats?
Oh right, you don't have rats in Alberta. My vote is with the gophers.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh god I hope they're not gophers, Toccata! Imagine the size of the holes they would make. We'd be living in a swiss cheese house.