Wednesday, June 29, 2011


This is my beloved cat Twinkie, The King of all the cats around here in spite of his sissy name.

My mother named him that because of his colors.  I would have chosen something a little more masculine given his strong personality. But we don't dwell on such contradictions here. We accept things quickly and move along. It's a survival tactic learned very early around these parts.

Across the creek that same evening, this heron was fishing for his supper.  Herons tend to be rather aloof and territorial.  When another heron gets too close, there's a whole lot of squawking as if to say, "Get off my property!"  A heron is a living, breathing No Trespassing sign, of about the same height and build.

And then there are those whose attitude is off the charts.

Gustav, my mother's killer goose.
He has his own Facebook page.
Just search for Gustav. He's listed as a public figure.
Instead of public nuisance.

I just don't know what it is about this county that gives these animals such arrogance confidence. But they seem to thrive here.

In abundance.

Last night after a storm knocked a tree across the Colonial Parkway causing me to drive all the way to the Naval Weapons Station only to be told to turn back around and drive back to Cheatham Annex to then backtrack down Route 143 to 17 to the Coleman Bridge, I arrived home an hour late to find the entire back yard covered in goose manure Canada geese.

After a very long day at work and a twice-as-long commute back home, I was in no mood for it all.

Observing the whole goose convention scene as I approached from the driveway, I quickly gunned it and veered onto the grass in the back yard, hoping to chase them back into the creek.  They must be in some sort of I Can't Fly stage right now, because none of them took off in flight.

They ran but appeared to be in absolutely no hurry to leave, which of course was unsatisfactory and completely unacceptable to someone who had just taken out some aggression taken the time to drive all over her back yard in her vehicle.

I had to do figure eights and circles and everything, all over the place to finally shoo them off.

Thus concludes another day in the life of a human being trying to survive in an animal world.

Dear Neighbors,
Please believe me when I say that this behavior of frantically chasing geese with an automobile over the span of several people's yards is all for our better good. Or at least it's good for my blood pressure.



Anonymous said...

CBW--It's obvious--if Gustav has his own web page, he was throwing his own Blog Party. That was his fan base you tried to scatter all over. We humans are crazy.

"waisub" : "what's up?" in Goose language

LLC thanks for writing to us on the BC blog..

Jamie said...

When I'm having a really bad day, I can always count on your blog to make me laugh till I cry and realize that I am not, in fact, the only crazy person out there.

tj said...

..."Twinkie" *giggle* :o)

...Okay, and the mental picture of you driving thru your yard, chasing a gaggle of Canada Geese? [singing the word] P-r-i-c-e-l-e-s-s-! lol...

...And I did not know that Gustav has his own FB page, I will have to check that out. :o)

...Thanks for the laugh this morning girl!

...Blessings :o)

Daryl said...

I know that feeling ..and my WV hateliae is the perfect descriptor ..

Maria_NJ said...

We had a wicked rain yesterday afternoon, I won't have to water my grass for days, it rained so hard!!!

have a wonderful night...;^)

Anonymous said...

As Deltaville Jamie said, your blog also makes me laugh--and most of my days are pretty bad--so for me, your blog is priceless. I forgot to thank you, in my post above, for your wonderful, screwy humor.


ps--maria--glad you are getting the weekend off.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

LLC-Thank YOU for writing over here. That Gustav is something else. He still hasn't forgiven me for capturing him on his attempted escape over the winter. I should have let him go. If not for my mother I would have...

Jamie-You are most assuredly not alone. Crazy is the new normal and crab hats are in vogue, at least in one household. Hope to see you this weekend at some point.

tj-Hey there, gal, it's great to hear from you. Gustav's facebook page is managed by Foolery, who is a genius at capturing his personality.

Daryl - And you've met this cast of characters here, so you know what I'm talking about.

Maria - We got a little rain last night too. (Thank you - it was great.)

LLC-Thanks - I am thrilled to make another person smile, much less laugh, so this is all music to my ears.

Thanks for reading and for commenting. I truly appreciate it even if I can't always get back on here to say so.