Wednesday, November 07, 2007

More Farm Surprises

I was out feeding our animals the other morning. I am trying to establish a rapport with our pigs without establishing a relationship. I want them to come to me, and do what I want when I want. However, I don't want to fall in love with them and therefore have a hard time butchering them. I know the best way to establish anything with farm animals is to give them a bit of grain. I was all alone in the barn while Michael was working outside of the barn on a fence. I casually grabbed the bucket to dip out grain for the little pigs. I noticed that none of the tops had been put back on the trash cans that we store our feed in, and I remember that one of our son's friends had fed the animals last. I didn't think anything about it until the moment that I reached into the trash can to scoop up the feed. I glanced down, and that is when I saw this thing...
I just about came undone. I screamed and gasped and jumped and ran and screamed some more. It wasn't that I was afraid of the little possum, I just didn't expect to find him in the feed can. Michael thought something major was wrong, and I think he was amused to find a small possum. However for me, I bet that is the last time I casually dip my hands into a feed can without looking first! I also plan on having a chat with the boy who left the tops off the cans...I have a word or ten to share with him!
grace and peace,


mrskbrook said...

Yikes! It reminds me of the time I put on my "work" pants I had discarded the night before on the floor and discovered a mouse sharing the space with my legs! That was a surprise....

TNfarmgirl said...

For us, this has been the best varmint trap ever...a bit of grain in the bottom of a trash can - they seem to be able to get in but not out. Glad Michael was there to rescue you...I'd have screamed too- just seems the right thing to do :)

TnFullQuiver said...

Mrs. Brooks,
The mouse in your pants was much worse than a possum in a trash can. I probably would still be jumping around if I found a mouse in my pant legs!! Thanks for sharing your moment of fun.
grace and peace,

Yes, I do believe trash cans with just a small amount of feed are great varmit traps. Perhaps we should market it...come up with some fancy name...and make millions!! Or maybe not!