Possums & What I’m Currently Watching & Reading

Last night around 9 p.m. I let Charlie out on the patio. A big fat possum scurried under the wicker settee and went lumbering up the fence. Big as it was, it certainly wasn’t all that fast.

Charlie of course went crazy, then sniffed all over the patio trying to pick up its scent. I guess it headed down the top of the fence because that’s where Charlie also went, staring up at it.

I hate to think what would happen if there was a showdown.

Almost A Showdown With A Possum With Abi Once:

There was one once with Abi. I let Charlie and Abi out on the patio in the middle of the night one time and she cornered a possum.

She was barking and it was snarling and Charlie hung back a bit and watched this spectacle.

I had to wrestle her back in. She was trembling with rage and it took awhile to calm her down.

Charlie looking at me from the couch

Ivy And The Ceiling Light:

Yesterday morning Ivy got on the couch and looked up and down the ceiling trying to find the light reflection that so troubled her on Saturday.

I had moved things around a bit the day before, and it didn’t appear again. Problem averted.

Ivy is at the moment sprawled next to my chair on the table. That’s where she usually is in the mornings when I write my post.

And Charlie is typically laying in the chair next to me. We are a close little family.

Possums & What I'm Currently Watching & Reading and Ivy laying still

It seems colder today. It is overcast and a bit dark.

This morning I saw what will probably be about my last sweet pepper on the patio.

The zinnias I planted mid-summer are still blooming, as are the roses and morning glories.

What I’m Watching:

I’ve been watching a new series on Netflix. It’s called “Intelligence” and is based in Canada. It isn’t anywhere near as good as “Breaking Bad,” but that would be a difficult series to top.

There are two seasons. It is about the female head of an Organized Crime Unit who is pitted against the cocky leader of a pot-smuggling ring.

The show Intelligence and the cast members

I finished the book I was reading and am now reading “The Mother I Could Have Been” by Kerry Fisher.

Possums & What I'm Currently Watching & Reading and I'm reading The Mother I Could Have Been


Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?

As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favor of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought.

When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.

But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.

It’s unthinkable.

What kind of mother does that?

The kind who is hiding a story you can never imagine.

The Mother I Could Have Been is a heartbreaking story of impossible decisions and second chances, from the bestselling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

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  1. We had two opposum coming in our fenced in yard at night eating, first, the figs, then the grapes. I had to go out every night and do “opposum sweep” after the first “meet & greet” incident. Like Yours, it was noisy and scary, although this particular opposum “went to sleep.” I put the dogs back in the house and checked on the opposum (he/she wasn’t going anywhere.) I got a shovel and could not pick opposum up so I just kinda drug him/her along on shovel to the fence. Then, with all my might, I hoisted opposum up and over fence. Amazingly, he/she did not budge, not an inch – still had that hideous look on his/her face but convincingly, looked “dead to the world.” I kept checking on it and it finally left, but the two of them continued to visit our grapevine until Hubby gave it a really good “haircut”, the grapevine that is. b

  2. My neighbor’s little dog lost an eye to a possum. It might be a good idea to go out first to scare away your visitor. Like you noticed they don’t move too fast and Charlie might get to him before you do.

  3. It’s Monday 2pm and our power (and my heat) is back on, its been off since Saturday. And, we have just had a cold snap, down to freezing this morning. I’m grateful i am not in a fire zone . The fires are far away so many of us here in eureka, California wonder why our power is off. It’s certainly not tragic BUT it is very uncomfortable and inconvenient. No electricity, no heat, no electrical cooking, no tv, no internet, no phone. Ugh ?

  4. Brenda I have commented about this before but feel it is worth repeating. Leptospirosis is a nasty bacteria which Is acquired through contact with infected animals (possums in particular) and/or their urine. More than 5+ years ago Vets here in South Texas began recommending vaccination to protect against it. Infection can cause serious diseases plus humans are susceptible to L. infection through contact with the urine of infected pets. Possums are a big problem here and as there is no way to know whether infected one(s) could be peeing in Capo’s back yard he receives the vaccination…better to be safe than sorry.

  5. We have had a couple of experiences with possums…one night I was awakened by a high pitched screaming (like a baby) and then I heard our next door neighbor telling her dog to let go and come in the house. Her white dog had a possum by its snout and the possum was screaming…it was crazy. You can imagine how much blood was all over the white dog. The other time was at my son’s house when they discovered a possum inside their house…it was a young possum who had come in through the cat door, and it was in the potholder drawer next to the stove. Needless to say, it scared the bejeebers out of my daughter-in-law. Both stories are funny now but not when they happened. Another good series on Netflix is Hinterland…a dark mystery series from Wales or maybe England…I recommend it. Take care of yourself and the fur babies.

  6. I wonder if it could be something to do with salt petre preparation? I love enigmatic phrases.
    Please do look out for ‘Peaky Blinders’ Brenda. I feel sure that you would love it. It has become immensely popular here in the UK, and has run for many series.
    Your fur babies are so gorgeous.

  7. I wonder if you could make a video of the possum (or perhaps download one from You tube) and figure out a way to project it on a wall. Perhaps this would stimulate Charlie to walk/use his legs more. Sounds like when he spots a possum, he forgets his aches and pains and away he goes! Just like the rest of us, divert our attention to something we want and it’s amazing what we can accomplish!

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