|Forum topic by Dan||posted 1108 days ago||3404 views||0 times favorited||68 replies|
1108 days ago
I have not spent a whole lot of time in my shop the past couple weeks due to the cold weather. I set up a space in my house where I have been working and only run out to the shop when I need to use a power tool. Due to the fact that I haven’t spent much time out there these past couple weeks some things kind of went unnoticed…
One of these things was my trash. I do not pay for a trash service to pick up my trash from the street. I have a dumpster that I am free to use at my work so I have always just brought the trash bag or bags into work with me when we have them. The bag or bags are usually placed in my garage/shop until I take them off with me. Well as it turns out there were a couple of trash bags that my wife placed in the garage in couple weeks ago that I did not notice. Usually trash would begin to smell but due to the cold temp there was no smell which helped these bags go unnoticed. The cold weather also means no flies flying around the bags. These bags also sat in the area of the garage that I do not use for my shop.
So a few days ago I was on my way to the garage (from outside) and I heard a noise coming from there. Sounded like an animal digging through stuff. Before I even got to the garage my cat appeared out of nowhere and ran up to me begging to go back in the house. So I shrugged the noise off thinking it was only the cat. I often leave the side entry door to my garage open a crack for my cats. They keep my shop free of mice. Well I was not in my shop again until last night. I went out there last night and was out there for about 30 min before I heard the animal scratching noise again. I called for my cat but it didn’t come so I kept working. A few min later I heard it again so I finally go over to front of garage to look and starting me right in the eyes is the biggest most ugly Possum I have ever seen. It was sitting there next to one of the bags which had a hole ripped in the side of it and some trash scattered about the area. I have seen possums before but this one is the biggest of them. Possums can be fierce and carry all kinds of crap so I wasn’t about to chase the thing out. I just got the heck out of the garage like the big strong man that I am and didn’t go back in for the rest of the night.
Due to the fact that I heard him out there a few days ago and judging by the size of the hole in the trash bag I have a hunch that he is living inside the bag of trash. No way am I going to stick the bag in the back of suv and share a car ride to work with this thing. I cant kill it either because I don’t have it in me to kill animals. I am not against killing it, I just don’t want to be the one to do it. My cats are great with mice and ground moles but they don’t seem to want anything to do with this creature either. I will take care of it one way or another..
The positive to this whole experience is that I now have a new project on my list. I will be building a wooden enclosure to house my trash bags while they are sitting in the garage.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"