Saturday, July 22, 2006

Peee Yeeewwww!!

As much as the cartoon character Pepe Le Pew tried to epitomize romance, you could hardly get away from the fact that he was a skunk.

The lovely Brenda at What's Up Down South had a run in with one recently and boy oh boy, do I relate!

We used to have next door neighbors who my husband called The Clampetts (will write more about that later!).


They actually allowed a family of skunks to make a nest in the insulation in their garage instead of calling the Division of Wildlife to remove them. Parked their cars outside. Left the garage door open for easy access.

They aren't our neighbors anymore (will write about that too!), and the new neighbors who replaced them are just having fits.

It seems the offspring haven't actually flown the nest. They've all migrated and started families of their own close to home. And it's all on our next-door neighbor's property.

The skunks stay away from us, at least during the daytime. We have dogs who are vigilant and noisy. But at night, when the skunks venture out, there are a ton of predators roaming as well, such as foxes and owls.

Up here in the mountains, it seldom gets really REALLY hot during the summer. So there's no need for central air-conditioning. We just leave our windows and enclosed deck doors open and have fans. At night everything usually cools off considerably.

Almost once a week or every other week this summer, we've all awoken choking on heavy, oily skunk stank in the wee hours of the early morning. Once I even threw up. We wake up and race to close every window and door before it permeates the whole house.

So here lies the dilemma. Do we close everything up every night (and be hot and stifled) or keep everything open and hope for the best?

Thursday was our wedding anniversary. Hubby and I waited an appropriate time for the boys to fall into heavy sleep and got down to getting romantical.

Much to my delight, Hubby was kissing his way up my arm, ala Gomez Adams, when suddenly he stopped.

His nose quivered.

"Did you fart?" he asked bluntly.

It was those freaking skunks again! We ran around and closed everything up. What a way to ruin a mood!

It's hard to feel sexy when everything smells like a cross between dirty socks and ass.

I curse you, Pepe! I curse you!

18 comments:

Mommy off the Record said...

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and for your comment!

This post cracked me up. At least you got a kiss on the arm on your anniversary. That's more than I got!

Erin said...

The Curse of Le Peu!

What a hilarious post, although I'm sure it wasn't so funny in real life. I'm glad we don't have skunks here.

carmachu said...

Ahahahaha, thats funny.

W ehave families of stray cats in OUR neighbors garage. We're trying to figure out a way to get animal control out here without it coming back to us.

St Jude said...

Great post. It could have been worse... hubby could have been right!

I spent this years anniversary at the other end of the country to his lordship.

KL said...

At least you got the arm kissed....I haven't been kissed in....oh heck I really DO need to get out more.

Anyone know a good single man??

Brenda said...

Ha! I reckon that would cure any ideas of romance in a heart beat for sure. The skunks don't venture near here very often because of the dogs, but I don't appreciate it much when they do.

Mia said...

Perhaps the skunk is mistaking one of your yorkies for a potential lover like Pepe did with that poor little cat. Maybe you should quit getting them groomed. That frightening sight might scare him away!

Annie Drogynous said...

Happy belated Anniversary! Sorry it was such a stinker. Better luck next year!

Anna said...

I've never seen/smelt a skunk.

Are they really that bad?? I assume so!

Tracie said...

Man, that sucks!! I have never, personally, had a run in with a skunk, but I am sure it is bad. Is is possible to call some type of pest control service to come remove them?....even if it isn't your property, maybe you and the new neighbors could split the cost-it would be a good deal for everyone!

Jod{i} said...

Damn him!!
Our dog gutted one once..yea that as lovely for like a month later...ugh...

Nightmare said...

Dirty socks and ass? Sounds like prison sex.

Kate said...

I'm also glad we don't have skunks here. It's bad enough when the dog farts, I gather skunks are a lot worse.

"We used to have next door neighbors who my husband called The Clampetts"

LOL Us too!

KL said...

OH yeah...I forgot to say that I bet those skunks have nothing on our dog when she comes in from the heat. Her vet assures me it's just cause she has overactive sweat glands. All I know is she could knock out a skunk!!!

parnellpr said...

skunks:not really a problem in my part of the world. Am I exempt from pests though? No, currently we have the lovely big moths that seem to like nothing more than dive bombing your face, and fruit flies. Not stinky but still massive pains in the derriere. Pippa

Mr. Fabulous said...

The smell of skink doesn't turn you on?

Hmm...

So it's just me?

AMYADOPTEE said...

My yorkie loves to chase skunks. Fortunately we don't get too many out where we live. Too many cats and dogs to keep them away. My husband said that you have a sick sense of humor but he loves it as much as I do. By the way febreze does work on that skunk smell with dogs.

RC said...

how funny, i love your story telling, it always makes me laugh...

and thinks for not investing in a scratch and sniff blog.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com