Friday, February 22, 2008

My Hysteria - Part 2

Let me preface this by saying I'm not usually the kind of woman who clutches her pearls and swoons around wildlife. I can handle bugs and spiders. Mice scare me but it's more of an initial startle, and then the ewww factor. Now a snake - that's a different thing. I will run over, around, under, or through you if you are in my escape route.

However, the noises eminating from my wall were the scariest thing I've heard. You know how in a horror movie there's a scene where the heroine is cowering behind the locked bathroom door while the ax murderer is on the other side trying to get in. Yep, that's pretty close to what I heard. And how I felt.

My hero, John, from Critter Control got to my house a little before 2:00. I'm impressed already because he was on time, and doubly impressed because it was horrible weather here. We were in the middle of a sleet storm and bless his heart, he was outside on a ladder looking around at my house for the hole(s) where this thing managed to enter. My house is almost 100 years old so it's not surprising that there are holes.

About 2 hours later, after poking around everywhere in my house, John tells me he's 90% certain it was a bird that managed to wiggle in through a loose board under my deck overhang, and it got up in the drop ceiling in my kitchen and fell down the wall. He thinks more than likely it broke a wing and it's probably dead in there. He did reassure me that birds don't stink when they die because they don't have a lot of water in their bodies. Huh, who knew?

He covered up the hole with a temporary patch, and in about week when the ice is gone, I'll have it permanently patched.

So, that's the story. Thanks to all of you who laughed with me because if this had happened to someone else, I'd be laughing my butt off, too.

*I highly recommend Critter Control for all your unwanted critter needs. They were patient on the phone, on time, thorough, and reasonably priced.


MP said...

So by 2pm the scratching had stopped? OK, that would have really freaked me out and I LOVE the BF and your daughter suggesting getting out the gun..that is hysterical!!

Beth said...

Delurking to say hi... This is especially hysterical to me because the EXACT same thing happened to my mom a couple of years ago. She heard this LOUD, and frequent but irregular noise, determined it was in the wall in their upstairs master bath, and flipped out (I would have done the same!) She called my dad, who she knew was out of town but just felt the need to do so, and then called the first critter service she could find. That guy actually cut a hole in the wall to get the bird out, then CARRIED it, trapped in his hands, THROUGH their second floor hall, down the stairs and outside. It came in through some vent, which he then sealed. Just like you, it was all over in a matter of hours, but made for quite a story!

She who said...

I tagged you again. Come to She Who What???? to check it out.

Love ya Kim.

mm said...

thanks kim,
as if i didn't have enough trouble sleeping when hubby is working overnight and i'm home alone with two little kids who ask 20 questions in times of crises instead of being quiet and let mom freak out...
bad enough that just to keep my nerves calm while wondering whether that noise is coming from the heater or someone at my door.....i have now put on a movie and it's 11:30 PM on the east coast...
sigh. some day i'll be able to be brave. not like i'm chicken, just not v. brave.
glad you didn't go for the gun annie!