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Spring stinks... sort of

Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 3:17 PM

Spring has sprung...or at least there were a few days where we thought it had.

The rollercoaster has begun, where one day the temps hit the 50's and 60's, the next they tank to single digits. It is so disheartening when we see that one brave Robin that mistakenly took the 60 degree day as being time to fly back to the mixed up Midwest weather. I even spotted a few flocks of geese heading north... not long after I saw them head back south.

I think even our trees are a bit mixed up as they were starting to bud already. Needless to say, the buds have dropped right along with the temperatures.

One thing that really bothers me is that with the warmer temps come the critters that seem to hide out during the winter months - come spring they like to roam. And roam right up into our yard, just to show our dog Macie who is boss.

I guess our house must have been a bit threatening too because the smell of a skunk filled our tiny abode and when we smelled the stench we quickly called Macie into the porch. Too late. Oh my, she got hit by that gut wrenching gas and she got hit good.

Immediately I turned on the Scentsies and lit a number of candles. We bathed the dog twice, washed everything that she came into contact with. Needless to say, it was a sleepless night for this lady, the smell was unbearable! I finally crawled out of bed and lay on the couch with a Scentsy plugged in close by, just so that I could relax enough to halt the urge to lay there and bawl.

A friend told me to sit bowls of vinegar around to absorb the stench... not sure if it worked or not because the smell if vinegar was enough to burn your nostrils. But after a few days the remnants of the smelly skunk had passed. Macie still has a hint of the unwanted smell stuck in her black coat, but a few more baths and a few more days of fresh air should help.

My only fear is that when Spring finally does spring, how many more times will I have to endure that unwelcomed smell? I would much rather sniff the smells of fresh fallen rain, freshly cut grass, the smells of the early season flowers, even the smell of freshly spread cattle manure is better than the lasting stench of a skunk.

Mother Nature please bring on the warmth of Spring, but if at all possible could you steer the critters that leave my eyes watering away?

* Trudy Schroeder is a Pilot-Tribune alumna who writes a weekly column on family living.



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