Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A-Z Challenge - O is for Opossum and "Oh, let's just put a rock on it."

Appalachian Engineering can often be a matter of finding what's at hand out on the farm. It's a long drive to town and the hardware store, so many residents have perfected the technique of "Oh, let's just put a big rock on it."

Such was the case in our house when we first moved in. Under the kitchen sink was a hole. This hole was mostly covered by a big rock. Note use of the word mostly.


A little further explanation of the old kitchen (now remodeled without really big rock or hole) - the cabinets were a U-shaped configuration, but between them were no barriers, so behind the cabinet doors it was just one long continuous space. Enter the demon opossum.

I'm in the back when I hear a blood-curdling scream. I run to the kitchen. My significant other is babbling incoherently and pointing at the silverware drawer (which is shut). Tentatively, I reach forward and pull it open (cue sinister music), when:


Two of us were then screaming incoherently and babbling at the silverware drawer. The demon opossum took one look and hightailed back around the cabinet U and out of the hole through which he came.

Moral of the story: Make sure you get a big enough rock for the job!

Any close calls with wildlife in your house?



23 comments:

  1. Opossums are creepy. I would hate to have one in my kitchen. My sister recently renovated her kitchen, and when she pulled back her fridge, a gopher came through. He had been burrowing through her walls!

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  2. Of course this sort of thing happens daily in our house: daemon crows, the occasional vampire bat, and more creepy crawlies with weird garments on... Loved your post! Wanna more :-)

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  3. Lmao!!!
    This was funny although I understand the circumstances well. The only wild life I ever had to worry about here are the ginormous spiders that live in wholes in the desert.
    Oh and the illustrations are so cool. Love them.

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  4. Hahaha. I've heard so much about opossums since this challenge started, but this has to be the funniest...ahem...I mean scariest thing. (still chuckling)

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  6. My cat was sitting on the deck with a possum the other evening - that was a weird thing to witness.

    Luckily, I've only seen birds or mice in the house. And a raccoon who wanted to eat from our outside trashcan used to peer into the window when he (she?) heard someone inside.

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  7. No wildlife stories but I do think putting a rock on it is better than duct tape, which is what people out here use to fix everything.

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  8. This is such a huge fear of mine! In our last house we had a hole under the sink too and because of my fear I stuffed it with paper. It may have looked stupid, but it worked:)

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  9. We had a baby opossum in our shed, but the poor thing ended up dying. We think he might have gotten into some of the chemicals we have in there, weed killer and what not.

    I remember when I was fourteen or fifteen, I was sitting in my room, and heard this strange chittering noise. My first thought was wasp, of which I had a deadly fear. I threw a book at the pile of clothes the noise was coming from, and up sprung a bat. My room led to an annex of our attic, and he had crawled right under my door.

    Needless to say, I kept the draft blocker firmly in place after that.

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  10. That was an awesome story! I lived in Berkeley and had a skunk under my porch for a while. Pew! A rat got into the house and he ran across the floor a few times before I caught him. And one time I came home late and had deer run racing by me from the yard. That scared me because I couldn't see them until they were right by me, but wasn't that terrible. Luckily no demon spawn, but critters trying to make homes or have a snack next to me. Fantastic illustrations!!

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  11. I was freaking out from just reading this... A "possum" in the kitchen???

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  12. Bwaaa-haha! I'm only laughing because I know I would have peed my pants. LOL.

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  13. I live in an old house, so the possibility of fire is always there. Love the drawings.

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  14. EEEGADS!!!
    I'd freak if I found a opossum in my house; UGH! We've just had field mice which are creepy enough...

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  15. I'm fully impressed if you did these pictures for your post! Love the rock stories. I can just imagine. We get the occasional bird flying into our house but no other creatures.

    Denise

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  16. Love your illustrations! Our house quirk wasn't rocks or critters: it was pennies. We found pennies under everything, including the sink to level it. Ah, old homes and their charm!

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  17. I have these fuzzy bugs, which are freaking me out. I've had mice. I had roaches in NYC. But never possum!

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  18. Do scorpions count? And stick insects?

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  19. I Hate hate hate opposums! We have them on our ranch and they eat our chickens all the time. Ugh! I swear I found the biggest one ever in my barn a couple of years ago (thankfully, it had expired)--the thing must have weight 25 pounds. Hubby found it fascinating (The Giant Opposum) but I was less than pleased. Granted, opposums are better than the dang coyotes we get from time to time--they're vicious.

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  20. Well, we have flying squirrels in the attic, and mice in the crawlspace, but the opossums are nice enough to stay outside!

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  21. Oh my goodness! Possum stories!!! Here are mine: http://therabidwriter.blogspot.com/2011/03/rabid-possum-part-one.html

    http://therabidwriter.blogspot.com/2011/03/rabid-possum-part-two-rest-of-story.html

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  22. That would have freaked me right out! Great story!

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