Whose Teeth?

So I guess it is a squirrel eating on my drip line. It is a half inch brown line with holes every eight inches. Anyway, I turned the drip on to water a bit extra since we are in the 90’s this week, and noticed a wild spray shooting up in the air. Turned off the water, looked at it, noticed little teeth marks, and headed to the store for parts. While there, I asked myself if I shouldn’t pick up extras. Nah. Last night, I fixed it and turned the water back on, only to find another spot with similar teeth marks a few feet away. This one didn’t spray up in the air so I didn’t notice it when I saw the first one. My question is: do squirrels eat plastic/rubber pipe? I don’t have rabbits anymore. Raccoons go through here a lot, but their teeth marks would be much bigger.

Back to the store and this time I bought extra couplings and hose clamps. That’s all fixed. Next project was adding a drip line for the new clematis I just planted along the back fence. I dug down and found pipe, punched a hole and put in the dripper. I turned on the system and no water. Went through all the stations and nothing fed that line. So, I dug around in the gravel some more and found another line, the right one this time, punched another hole and the new plant has water. I pulled out the dripper from the wrong line and put in a plug – all the while wondering if I punched a hole in the neighbors line? At least no water came out like it did from the correct line. The incorrect one is a foot inside my fence, but still. Makes a person wonder. I just hope the plug holds.

So, most of the morning was blown. I took a half hour bike ride instead of a couple hours like I’d hoped. Oh well. Everything’s working – for the moment.

The picture is in Pike National Forest.IMG_2211


About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream 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. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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