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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Violence and a giveaway, kinda.

Warning: there is talk of violence in this post. I am sorry, but I have been driven to it.
For five years now, I have battled with the woodchucks under my porch, and in my barn. I have made it perfectly clear that I do not want them there........but they are not cooperating.
DH says that I am obsessed, and that may be true.
So what.
So, when the deck and the small porch got torn off, the hole that has probably been under the porch since the great depression, was filled in, covered with wire, and then gravel.
That was a few days ago.
This morning, right by the back door, the wire was exposed, a very large portion, because they dug underneath it, and the gravel fell down into their hole, to be dragged to some other location.
They didn't come up through it, but they are intent on doing just that.
I freaked. Where's the gun? I felt like Elmer Fudd in a total fit.
Not a wabbit. A fweakin' wood chuck.
OK, I didn't use the gun. But the potential for violence is there.
We did put bombs down their hole, to drive them out.....their other entrance is under my fabric storage room in the barn.......can you hear my teeth grinding???
And we are dumping fox urine.......YES, gross as it may urine, down the hole. This is supposed to make them go house hunting.
Somewhere other than under this beautiful porch in the making.
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Why would I have this huge and wonderful porch built, to have wood chucks living under it????
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OK, I feel better now that I have vented.
I AM going to win this war. You have my word. NO CRITTERS UNDER MY PORCH.

Now for a giveaway, kind of. You have to work for it.
I got the idea back when I gave away the hand towels, and the winning description was so good.
So now, I have made a new size rug, from the Solmate sock seconds. It is a little different, no bumps, with a kind of ladder effect up the middle. I am making this line of rugs about 19-20" wide, and 30-34" long. It is perfect in front of the sink, or in front of the shower. It is washable, colorful, absorbent.
But what I want is a description of the rug that will SELL it. That will make you WANT it.
You know, the 'I can't live without that' feeling. it is,
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and your assignment, should you decide to accept it, is to write a fabulously inviting description of this little rug.
The description that speaks to me, wins you the rug, which retails for $42.
I will decide on Sunday evening, to give everyone time to participate.

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And here is Miss Puss........with her fat butt right on my warp beam.
There oughta be a law.

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Tina J said...

Oh, miss puss, you make me want to go for a long walk with Wally! I'm sure that is what my butt looks like when I sit at the loom!

JC said...

Your Kitty is sitting where she wants and you must just wait til she leaves. It's what I always do but I don't have a loom ...

Good luck with the chucks ... we have moles that are laughing at us so I'm no help in the critter department.

Anonymous said...

Hilary, Call Adirondack Nuisance Wildlife & Pest control, he lives over on Dean Rd,, just a 'hop and a skip' from you.. he will set a 'have a heart' trap and take him a long way aways. Very nice man, hes in the book! As for Miss Puss... 'dogs have masters, cats have servants' good luck on that battle!! Lois

weaverpat said...

We have those pesky critters trying to make their home under our summer kitchen. They can really destroy the foundations with all that hole digging.

DH is not amused and the gun may yet come out. There are fields and woods all around us. Please, just go there and dig!

If you find the solution, let me know!

Anonymous said...

One wadder wug used to whip the cwap out of woodchucks while weeping.

Need A Latte Mom said...

hehehehehe. SNAP!
Di you are good!
ummmmm, Hilary. You have a sag in your warp.

PattiHN said...

Good luck with the wood chucks!

Rug description: "Step in time! A rug with colors that make you want to dance"

Nancy said...

I have something under my deck, too. I'm thinking squirrel but I guess it could be something else. I'm the worst person for jingles, or any kind of marketing - have you seen my blog? But I love the blue rug and whoever wins it is a lucky person, indeed.

Valerie said...

Exactly how does one collect fox urine?

We too have had our share of woodchuck woes.

Lovely rugs, but I haven't had my coffee no word weaving for me.

Theresa said...

Hm, well you have solmate rugs, why not follow your bliss rugs?
Not my strong suit sorry.
As to Mr. W. Chuck, why not put mothballs and a hose down there and both flood and stink him out. Most animals HATE mothballs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hilary - Our neighbour trapped a skunk who took up residence in our shed, then let it go out in the country - quite a feat! I'm enjoying watching the progress of your porch, we have a very tiny one, so I'm envious - yours is going to be nice and roomy. Here's my description of your cheerful new rug:

Hilary’s Technicolor Dream Rug:
This new “Jacob’s Ladder” design by Hilary is made from colourful and soft sock fabric – nice and cushy on the toes after your shower or the perfect stress-relief mat in front of the kitchen sink. Washable and absorbent, Dream Rugs are about 19 to 20 inches wide by 30 to 34 inches long. Of course, if you have a cat, you will have to share it – what better place for a catnap than on a Dream Rug?

Hope you like it as much as I like your rug!
Karen (Ontario Rural Revival's Mom)

Hilary said...

I'm not even going to try because I think Anon/Karen's was perfect. That woman wants/deserves a rug! :) And it's a beauty for sure.

I hope you resolve your woodchuck woes without harm to them.. and without trapping potential young...

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the woodchucks, don't have any here in Florida, we have Possums, nasty as hell can't get rid of them either.

As for your rug:

Artist's Palette Rugs, are a new design from Crazy as a Loom. The rugs are made of recycled sock seconds and burst under your feet with color and lush softness, perfect for kitchen, bath or hall runner. Rugs measure approx 19" to 20" wide and 30" to 34" long. Bound to make you smile everytime you step on them.

Jaimie in IL said...

I can just see you weaving out on the porch this summer! How nice a thought is that? Here's my attempt at marketing:

Crayon Rug

Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait for the holidays because you knew, just knew you'd be getting a new box of crayons. Not just any box but the BIG BOX with 64 wonderful colors that smelled awesome and the box had a built in sharpener! Back then we still had* Orange Yellow, Green Blue, Lemon Yellow and best of all, Violet Blue.

This rug will bring you as much joy as a new box of crayons! All the colors of Crayolas represented in a soft, washable, absorbent cotton. Makes a perfect bath mat, or a soft landing for your aching feet while at the kitchen sink.

But the best color in this rug is GREEN, because it's made with recycled cotton free of toxins and harmful substances, as are all my Solmate Sock rugs.

Size: approx. 20 X 32,

*Crayola retired these colors in 1990.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

"I felt like Elmer Fudd in a total fit.

Cracked me up. Will you come get the squirrel family out of my attic when you're done?

Beautiful loom work. Your color choices most lovely. Not much of a marketer, myself. However, I think the picture speaks for itself. Enjoyed the visit.

CiCi said...

This versatile rug is a perfect size for so many areas: In front of the rocker; at the side of the bed; even on top of the coffee table as a large coaster. Its bright happy colors spice up your life! The design provides a smooth surface so it is comfortable for bare feet. It is cheerful and strong enough to use as a valance in the kitchen window. The best part is it is washable.

Gjeani said...

I love houses with porches, here in the netherland they don't have that a lot. I love your cat too I would go crazy if my cat sat on my warp....

as for the rug.
Give your feet the softness they deserve.
great rug for bedroom, bathroom and for the kitchen sink.

Rosaria Williams said...

Hilary, thanks for your visit! Woodchucks or racoons are stubborn critters! Love your rugs; it does make one want to break into a song, a jump a rope kind of song, young and virtually climbing the walls kind of song.

Have fun with that fat cat!

Maggie said...

There might not be a law, but in my studio, there's always a squirt bottle full of preventative water. Most times, all I have to do is pick it up, and the offender is gone!

Anonymous said...

Well it must be called "Happy Dance" simply because it makes you want to do a happy dance where ever you decide to put it!

Hope you win the battle with the wood chucks - I would not want them around either.

Sharon said...

What a hoot! You should make Miss Puss sitting on your warp your header. That's almost as funny as Charlie munching on my warp. So you showed us the picture you didn't explain. What is with the vanilla and berries???

Anonymous said...

All right. I'll give the rug description a shot. I've got two, both short and sweet ... A soft, colorful soul mate that will warm you to the tips of your toes. Or ... Find heaven underfoot.


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