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Sharing space with "critters" in suburbia.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

I have a deck behind my house, an extension of my concrete porch, that is low to the ground but now and then something squeezes under it. I have a bird feeder hanging off the deck covering so naturally there is grain/sunflower seed on the ground a lot, which I know draws all sorts of "critters".

I have lined the outside of the deck with brick to discourage these critters from taking up residence under my deck. Once in a while something small manages to squeeze in, like a mouse or small rat.

A few days ago I noticed that one of the bricks was moved completely away from the deck. Definitely something larger had moved in and dug out the ground a little to make a bigger entry.

I thought it must be a possum. I stomped around on the deck and heard it move. Later that evening I did that again and didn't hear anything so I blocked the hole with bricks again and poured vinegar all over it.

A day and a night went by with no visitors. Then this afternoon my cat ran to the window and started going from window to window the way she does when she's following a stray cat across the yard.

I looked out and saw - not a possum, but a gray fox. A fairly small but grown, beautiful gray fox was dancing around my bird bath trying to figure out how to jump up and around the edge of the large basin on top so he could get a drink.

I can never stand to see an animal needing water, so I put my hand on the door to go out, knowing he'd be gone in a flash, and he was. Over my 6 ft. oak privacy fence like it wasn't there. I put some water in a pan on the ground, knowing he'll be back.

Tomorrow I'll contact a friend who still lives in the rural part of the county, where I lived all my life, and make arrangements for him to take this beautiful animal and relocate him.

There are many fox living in my suburban neighborhood. I've seen one while walking and have also seen one crossing the road at night several times. I just don't want one living under my deck.

If it is female and has a litter there, the pups or kits won't be able to go over my fence for quite a while and I'll have a yard full, lol. As beautiful as I think they are, I'm not ready to have an animal preserve so close to home. My cat would never sleep, nor would the neighbor's dogs and that means I wouldn't either!


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--KREN 7/7/2014 9:24AM

    Gaby, thank you for posting your beautiful, sad story on my critter blog. My husband and I fed the deer long ago living out in the country on the lake. We had one three legged doe who was gray around the face when we first saw her. She came almost daily for years but there came a day when we no longer saw her. We also had a great horned owl like that and found him frozen in our shed one frigid winter. Years later, living in town, my neighbor and I shared a feral cat whom we fed for years. We found him one day, dead, between our houses. There were many stories like that over the years. I always feel thankful that we were allowed to "know" these critters and perhaps make their lives a little easier, as they made ours more beautiful.

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GABY1948 7/7/2014 9:15AM

    Karen, I LOVE grey fox. We have had a papa and a mama and their different sets of kits come each year to see dh and he would feed them Mama was especially fond of my dh...he is like a "pied piper" of the animal world. He loves them, they love him. There would always be months during the late winter/early spring that she/they would not come....not until after she had her kits and we could tell she was nursing and more skittish. But this year our hearts were broken. Papa has come back alone only a few times but we had hoped she was merely nursing. She has not come back at all and papa has come less frequently so we have accepted the inevitable.

Now, we live far out in the rural country so animals visit frequently but this loss has been like one of our beloved collies leaving us. So glad you are having yours moved to a less dangerous atmosphere and totally understand not wanting critters under your deck!

Have a GREAT July! And emoticon for sharing!

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LADYRH 7/7/2014 6:53AM

    Karen they are beautiful to see but not under you deck, your plan sounds good.

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ZEEDRA 7/7/2014 5:52AM

    Quite a story, Karen. And you handled it so well. You could run a natural field guide group.
(I think that's what you call it)

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/7/2014 5:26AM

    I agree that it's time to call someone where the fox will be safe. Also we want you to be safe and get some sleep.

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ALICIA214 7/7/2014 12:57AM


Beautiful little animals aren't they? but not living under your home..


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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/7/2014 12:24AM

    I liked this blog--so vivid and a little suspenseful. And then I checked out your SparkPage and fell in love with your paintings. Wow!

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GORDON66 7/6/2014 11:02PM

  I seen a red fox in my back yard. Although I live in a suburb of Chicago, there's a forest preserve that isn't too far away, so we do get our share of critters.

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HISTOGUY 7/6/2014 10:35PM

  fox are rare to see, i've seen a few different types and always consider it a special opportunity to share nature in a different way. thanks for sharing your sighting with us!

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LWILKINS60 7/6/2014 10:16PM

    We have fox cut I rarely sorry them. I see the deer daily though!

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    I love fox. We have a fox who has babies every year under our rural post office. They are so cute.

We have a raccoon coming to eat my turtle food. Cute little devil. Loves fruit - especially bananas. LOL.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Real Food, that is.

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/5/2014 9:04PM

    emoticon That is such a good reminder for us.

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ZEEDRA 6/4/2014 4:10PM

    I'm trying to subscribe to your blogs.

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GABY1948 5/31/2014 8:18AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/30/2014 11:49AM

    Great quote!!! And so true. If only we could turn back the clock 100 years and rethink what we are doing to our food.

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GAYLLYNNE 5/30/2014 8:56AM

    Oh yes, I agree too!

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-BLESSINGS- 5/30/2014 8:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

~Wishing you a FUNtastic Friday & Weekend~
~BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 5/30/2014 8:33AM

    This is so true. Unfortunately a lot of people don't even count calories.Here's to our HEALTH. emoticon

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GORDON66 5/30/2014 8:28AM

  Amen to that!

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NUTRON3 5/30/2014 8:18AM


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    emoticon Can I say AMEN!!!

Wow, it is soooo refreshing for someone else other than myself and a few of my SparkFriends stating "nutritional facts"!! Thank you!

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JUNA89 5/30/2014 8:07AM

    emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 5/30/2014 7:59AM

  We really need to read ingredients more than calories.

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Laugh a little!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I like to step on the scale with all my clothes on. That way I can decide how much they weigh!


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ZEEDRA 5/29/2014 7:03PM

    Just found this. I don't get notices. I loved it when I saw it on your Status, Karen.

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    ROFLMBO!! I have heavy clothes.

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NOMIS1 5/23/2014 8:19AM

    Very good.

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LADYRH 5/23/2014 5:40AM

    emoticon Thanks Karen for the chuckle

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GABY1948 5/22/2014 5:01PM

    Oh, I LOVE this! At first I thought you were NUTS! But I only get on the scale with DH doing the weighing and I don't want to know! emoticon

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GORDON66 5/22/2014 2:52PM


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WIFE48 5/22/2014 12:29PM

    emoticon Good way to think of it!!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Please take a moment to honor Chuck Dinwiddie, Killeen Police Officer and member of the Task Force Unit, who was shot in the line of duty on May 8, 2014 and died yesterday, May 11, 2014.

One of my sons used to be his roommate; one of my sons used to be his training officer 18 yrs ago when he became a police officer. Both of my sons have been good friends with him since they were all about 18 yrs old and both served with him during their time with this police department.

Chuck was shot in the face while his Task Force team was attempting to serve a warrant on a drug dealer who was also wanted for armed robbery. Four officers were shot during that raid. Two were hit in their body armor and treated and released. A third was shot in the leg and is in good condition. Chuck caught the fatal bullet.

I never saw Chuck without a smile. He was a wonderful, well loved human being. He was 47 yrs. old.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

End of Watch 5/11/2014


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RURAL3 5/14/2014 1:47PM

    I am so sorry to hear about this awful tragedy. My prayers are with you all. emoticon emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/13/2014 12:59PM

    So sorry for you son and family...losing a friend like that. And you too. emoticon

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DEMETERSCO 5/13/2014 12:04PM

    My thoughts and prayers for his family and friends. emoticon

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CATHY629 5/13/2014 10:40AM

    Such a terrible thing to have happened,my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/13/2014 6:46AM

    This is so sad. His family and your sons will be in my prayers.

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PJSTIME 5/12/2014 4:32PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. His family and yours will be in my prayers hoping all can find strength and comfort.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/12/2014 11:24AM

    He was a good looking man. This is heartbreaking. Unacceptable in a civilized society. I hope the drug dealer gets the punishment he deserves and that Officer Dinwiddie's family receives comfort from knowing that he was a hero. I sent a prayer for his family friends, and fellow officers.

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MOM2ACAT 5/12/2014 10:36AM

    I am so sorry to hear this; God Bless him, his family, and all who knew and loved him.

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 5/12/2014 9:03AM

    So sad that he had to go that way! I will remember his family in my prayers. Thank you for sharing.

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GORDON66 5/12/2014 8:59AM

  May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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GABY1948 5/12/2014 7:41AM

    Karen I am so sorry to hear this....and for your loss....I hate when I hear of these things. May God Bless his whole family and you at this time!

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LADYRH 5/12/2014 7:31AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this tragic time.

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EVIE4NOW 5/12/2014 7:24AM

  May he rest in peace. Thanks to all men and women who serve us. Military, EMTs, fire departments and police departments to name a few.

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WDIPIM 5/12/2014 7:13AM

  God Bless.

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TEST - Where's the Blog?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog test

Where's the blog?

Trying to figure out where new blogs show up under the new format, without looking at everyone's home page.

Here is where to post your questions about the new format.


And here is Coach Jen's response on that thread to the issue of blogs:

"Hi everyone

I'm going to try and address a lot of the questions/feedback posted today:

Team Blogs: You are correct that there's not a link to Team blogs on this page, but it's something we might consider adding back based on member feedback. I'll keep you posted on that."

So if you want an OBVIOUS link to recent team blogs, please go to the link about and say so.

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 5/4/2014 8:49AM


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LOLAINSC 5/1/2014 3:58PM

    The Member Blog links are back on the Team Pages, not the same format but still workable. Yah!

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ZEEDRA 4/30/2014 9:30PM

    Thanks for your work, once again, Karen.

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GABY1948 4/30/2014 5:50PM

    Well, I'm with you and confused....will watch with you!

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LADYRH 4/30/2014 1:19PM

    I have tried also, sent a message to a coach.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/30/2014 12:28PM

    Let us know if you find out. I'm a little confused. LOL.

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