Instead, it's squirrels run amuck.
I live in a neighborhood of older homes (mine was built in 1925) surrounded by many, many mature trees. And for the last month or so, in my daily walks with Isabella, I've noticed the presence of an insane amount of squirrels running here, there, and everywhere. Of course, this delights the child, as she loves squirrels almost as much as she loves cheese. But one too many times of having to swerve my car to avoid commiting squirrel manslaughter has sullied my opinion of the creatures (except for Sher's baby squirrels, who are totally cute).
However, prior to this weekend, the squirrel problem didn't really affect me directly.
And then we went to a farm market, had a lovely time, bought some pumpkins, and put them on our front porch.
It took approximately one day following the purchase of these pumpkins for this devastation to occur.
I'm warning you. If you possess a weak constitution, do not go any further in this post. Turn back now.
Behold, the massacre of my husband's pumpkin.
Then, the demon squirrels turned their reign of terror on my pumpkin.
Even Isabella's was not spared the indignity of a front-porch slaughter.
We're not the only ones the squirrels have victimized. The evidence is all over the neighborhood. In fact, we're some of the lucky ones. Our pumpkins' wounds are superficial. Just across the street lies a particularly awful scene of carnage- pumpkins with their guts spilling out of the once magnificent orange orbs.
I'm not quite sure what has spurned these vicious attacks. It's not as if the squirrels want for food in my 'hood, what with the several zillion nut-bearing trees around. And we've lived here for over 7 years, and the pumpkin problem hasn't ever been this bad.
My husband has vowed revenge. He's installed a squirrel-cam, and captured this image of one of the perps, escaping the scene of the crime.
And I, ever the pacifist, simply want us all to get along.
On a tip from my sister, we have just yesterday lubricated our pumpkins with Vaseline to keep the attacks at bay. I'm hoping this puts an end to the carnage.