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06 Feb, 2014

A message to Westboro squirrels: there is no vacancy here

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Home/reno

Someone has been using our roof as a hotel:

Home for transient squirrels?

A squirrel has chewed through one of the vents. Sigh.


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3 Responses to "A message to Westboro squirrels: there is no vacancy here"

1 | Katie

February 6th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

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Have you issued an eviction notice? I am prejudicial towards rodent tenants and have employed a variety of strategies to make my house inhospitable. I think as soon as my vigilance wains they take the advantage. I want to hear how this story ends.

2 | Ginger

February 12th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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You weren’t kidding about the snow! It makes me laugh at how excited the boys were to see, what amounted to, less than a half inch of snow! I am not sure we would know what to do with that much snow or if it is even possible to have that much snow here! Do your girls, or any of you really, still get excited by the first snow of the year…or is it just so normal that it doesn’t feel really special? Just curious.

3 | andrea tomkins

February 13th, 2014 at 8:59 am

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I think that first big dumping of snow every year is special. It really is pretty, and probably represents happy childhood memories for many of us too.. BUT as winter wears us out the snow can become a nuisance. Shovelling the stuff is hard work! :)

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