Skunks!

All of the furniture and boxes and things I need right now are in the new house. ‘Where’ in the new house is a good question. I don’t know but I assume that at some point I will find it. The only thing I know I’ve lost at this point – is a set of keys. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t show up – but how I lost it is an intriguing question I can’t answer.
After loading the furniture, I spent the night with a girlfriend and we regaled each other with stories of skunk encounters from our past. Her story was an adventure to a Montana ranch, alone with her two children (which I admire very much). The fun really began when the kids stuck their hands out the open car windows and pounded on the roof of her VW bug as they drove down a dirt road – unbeknownst to her – and her resulting distress from thinking the car must be falling apart. The pounding noise turned out not to be fateful, however, but then they passed the skunk who decided to add his own flavor to their journey. Kids and skunks are a great combination!
My favorite story from the farm (which means there was far more than one skunk encounter) was the one where Dean put anhydrous under the house to clear the unwanted critters out. They were getting into a habit of coming out around 2am to eat our dog’s food and the resulting tussle (and stink) was disturbing our sleep to say the least.
On a very cold, very early December morning, Dean brought an anhydrous tank to the house (anhydrous is fertilizer for corn). He’d previously used this method to kill rats under the scale house. Because of the cold, the gas came out of the tank not as a gas, but as a liquid – then warmed up and expanded into a gas – cause a rumbling roar that split drywall, shot nails out of the siding, and detached flue pipes.
The fire department was summoned but no fire ensued. The house was unlivable for some time and none of my house plants survived but there were no spiders or skunks or mice to be found for quite some time either. What more could a farm girl want?

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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