Jun 30, 2010

Pigeon Invasion!!!

I'm being invaded by pigeons!  You think I'm joking, but I'm not.  I have insane pigeons trying to take over my house.

See this guy?  Yeah.  He looks so harmless, doesn't he?  Well, it's all a disguise.  A big front.  A way to get you to let your guard down.  And then, he'll pounce!  Or peck, or whatever.  :)

So, here's the story.  We live in Chicago, and Chicago has an abundance of pigeons.  We also have a small deck on our roof, which you can get to through my office.  Pigeons like roofs, so, naturally, they took a liking to our deck.  That wasn't a problem until this year, when I planted a vegetable garden in containers up there. 

At first, the pigeons stayed away.  But they've gradually been trying to take over.  It started so innocently.  They stayed on the deck rails, but never stayed for long, mainly congregating on the roof of the building next door.  Then, they migrated to the actual deck, sitting in the shade that the plants provided.  I shooed them away, but they kept coming back.  Then, they started eating my tomato plant!  Not the tomatoes, the actual plant.  Well, that really set me off.  I got a pair of wooden clogs and stomped around the deck, making lots of noise and screaming at them to get the **** off my deck.  I'm sure my neighbors think I'm certifiable right now.  :)

But, that's not why I think these pigeons are insane.  They are insane because they are trying to take over my house.  As in, my house house. 

I was sitting in my office trying to get some writing done, when a pigeon landed in front of the door leading to my office.  The door has top to bottom glass, and the pigeon tried to jump through the glass to get into my office.  He smacked into the glass, of course, but that didn't stop him.  Oh no.  He tried again, and again, and again, until I finally got up, got my clogs, and started my stomping rampage again. 

But it didn't stop there. 

I've got windows on two other walls, and that pigeon landed on each window sill and tried hopping through the glass.  He did this to each window, a few separate times.  I tried shooing him away, but it wasn't as effective as stomping around the deck in my clogs.  So I went to my local hardware store and told the friendly lady all about my pigeon woes.  Her eyes got bigger and bigger, and when I was done, she just started laughing.  It is pretty funny, I suppose.  :)

She recommended a plastic owl, but not just any old owl.  There are apparently higher end owls that have moving parts to better simulate a real owl.  So I got one with a moveable head--it spins all the way around, and reminds me way too much of Poltgergeist.  But, hey, I was hoping the pigeons would be as freaked out about it as I was.  :)

I put the psycho owl on my deck, and so far it's doing its job.  The pigeons have retreated back to the deck rails, but it bothers me that they haven't given up my deck entirely.  I'm wondering if they're going to regroup and then try again in a few weeks.  If they do, then I will have to break out the big guns.  Anyone know if pigeons are afraid of super-soaker water rifles?  :)

Jun 11, 2010

More Cupcakes

Yesterday was the kids' last day of school, and I signed up to bring in a snack for Youngest's class.  Since I'd brought in decorated cupcakes for Oldest's class, Youngest wanted them for his class, too.  Ordinarily, that's not a problem...but after school, both classes had a picnic and I had planned to make extra of Youngest's snack to bring to the picnic.  Which meant decorating a zillion cupcakes!!

But Youngest looked at me with those adorable eyes of his, and it never even crossed my mind to say no.  Or to even try to convince him to bring something else.  So, I spent all of wednesday afternoon baking and decorating...get this...57 small cupcakes, and 24 regular-sized cupcakes.  Here's pictures.

I'm pretty happy with them, though I wasn't as precise as usual.  I started running out of steam after four hours.  :)  But the kids loved them, and that's what's important.  :)