You can’t outwit nature

Two big projects completed this week! A high five to me, thank you, thank you very much.

Actually, the two were the Alpha and Omega of editing. I finally completed my line edits of a dear friend’s latest novel. I wanted to do a good job, so took my time and tried to be constructive.

At the same time, I was revising my own novel by incorporating suggestions from the person who edited it for me. I think I have it together, but I am letting it sit for a week or so before I re-read it and (if it is ready) send it off.

So, with those two jobs behind me, I turned my attention to the yard. Not the yard, actually, but visitors   to the yard. Which are squirrels and songbirds.

The squirrels found it much to easy to reach the suet by simply leaning over.

The squirrels found it much too easy to reach the suet by simply leaning over.

Believe me, they are the Alpha and Omega of guests. I have been spending way too much on suet cakes, which have been disappearing way too fast. Yep, squirrels. I tried about everything including stepping out on the deck and yelling “Thief!” at the top of my lungs. Which works for about 15 minutes.

I finally thought of something I hoped would work. I took one of Jim’s fishing poles and stuck it in the back, away from posts, trees, or anything else an enterprising squirrel could use to leap to his favorite treat. It is limber enough so that the squirrels (I hoped) couldn’t climb it, yet sturdy enough so even the woodpecker could get a purchase.

Seemed like a good idea. Alas...outwitted again.

Seemed like a good idea. Alas…outwitted again.

I was delighted when the birds found the new location within a day.

Not so elated when the squirrels found it, although it took them two days. I honestly don’t know how they managed to do it, but I saw one this morning dangling from the feeder and eating away to his hearts’ content.


Back to the drawing board.

It’s like writing. No matter how carefully we proof our work, those pesky squirrels (typos, grammar slips, plot holes) manage to ruin a perfectly good suet ball–er, manuscript. So that’s why we need a friendly editor.

Now if I can just figure out how to keep the squirrels from going fishing!




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. CristineGzr
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 12:22:09

    Congrats on the editing! Good luck with the squirrels. One thing I’ve found works is ears of dried corn, which mine seem to prefer to seed. By the time the corn is gone, the birds have emptied the feeder… They have some cute gizmo’s for holding the corn too!


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