May 25, 2014

How about a “thank you?”

Thanks to the mangy, rat-faced, no-good, low-life, beady-eyed, scum-sucking, apple-stealing squirrel, I was forced to cover my entire apple tree with netting if I ever hoped to make my apple pie bars with my own apples. The tree is about six feet tall and we covered it 2 weeks ago. It’s been keeping the rodents and the birds away but yesterday, I kept hearing a noise inside the netting that sounded like a bee. No problem. But the sound became louder and it couldn’t be a bee, especially at dusk. Denis and I went to look and it was a hummingbird!

He must have flown through a small opening and now was trying desperately to get out. He would fly wildly around (there isn’t much room inside with all the leaves and branches), grab onto the net to rest, and then fly again. The opening must have been near the bottom but he kept trying to get out at the top or sides. At one point, he was able to stick his face out at the top and I thought he’d be small enough to poke through, but couldn’t.

So Denis and I went to work. I cut a big opening in the netting at the side where there weren’t as many leaves and Denis tried to guide him to the opening, but he wouldn’t come over. It was starting to get dark and we had to try something else. By now the scared little bird saw the top as his only escape. So Denis went and got a ladder to reach the top of the tree and cut a hole in the top.

We were prepared to take down all the netting if we had to but asΒ soon as Denis stepped away, the bird found the opening and flew out… gone in a split second, never stopping to say “thank you.” No high five. No fly by. Oh well. It felt good to do the right thing but they don’t appreciate us. Maybe it’s time for their favorite feeder to get a visit… from my plastic snake. Then I can pretend to wrestle the snake away as it tries to choke me, and I finally subdue the scary snake and they get their feeder back. Maybe then we’ll get a “thank you.”

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12 Comments on “How about a “thank you?””

  1. Rhonda says:

    Happy Birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day, Jenny.
    Thank you so much for being who you are. You’re awesome πŸ˜€
    Found you a couple videos. Enjoy πŸ™‚
    Happy Birthday to you…
    The Beatles “Birthday” song…

  2. Sue says:

    Jenny, Happy Birthday to you my sister!! You are so amazing! I wish you nothing but the best year ahead with your new book and also, stay as healthy as you are and keep teaching us how to be. God Bless You my friend!!!

    Much Love to you always!!
    Sue, Mike, Kya and Lobo

  3. Tiffie says:

    How I’ve missed hearing about the “mangy, rat-faced, no-good, low-life, beady-eyed, scum-sucking, apple-stealing squirrel”, you have no idea! πŸ™‚ Now, with an unappreciative humming bird, I’m wondering what all I’ve missed!


  4. tony says:

    that was a nice thing you and denis did well done. that bird thank you in his own way and do you tthink you would ever get another talk show again. i really love your show.and have a wonderful week

  5. Denise Sherman says:

    Amazing photography Jenny. Thank you for sharing.

  6. sue says:

    That bird so appreciated what you did! Just don’t wash your car he might crap on it and it might send you mixed messages!! Haha! Always happens here! Happy Memorial Day! !

  7. MrsNews says:

    Is that Denis with the ponytail? Mike would be so jealous!
    Good idea about the netting. I can’t see how you did it in the photo.
    Is it all the way to the ground? What keeps the squirrels from going underneath?
    I think you should put a big dish out with apples you don’t want for the squirrels. Make nice with them, maybe they will leave you a little something too….oh nevermind…yuck!!


  8. Rhonda says:

    Glad you and Denis were able to get the little fellow out. It was probably in a panic and once he knew where to go it was bye-bye me with no looking back. Poor thing. Good thing about it though was it wasn’t that “pain in the rear” squirrel…

    • Rhonda says:

      Happy Memorial Day, Jenny and Denis. I hope you both have a wonderful day…

      • Tiffie says:


        How have you been, my dear? πŸ™‚

        • Rhonda says:

          Aw Tiffie, long time. Glad to see you. I’m good doing good. No worries no stress. Everything’s great. How are you? I was sad when I didn’t see you posts anymore but glad you are back. Hope things are going good for you…

  9. Becky says:

    How unappreciative!! LOL πŸ™‚

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