Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo has been puzzled of late as to why clumps of insulation have been turning up on and around his back patio. Today, I discovered the answer. A party of young squirrels has discovered a gap under the roof of Port Swiller Manor and are taking up residence in the attic. The deposits of insulation seem to be the by-product of their back and forth up the drainpipe and through the gap between the roof and the fascia. (I saw them myself this afternoon nosing in and out of the crack.)


Part of me says this is one of those homeowner problems to which prudence (and the jolly old wallet) would suggest turning a blind eye. I mean, propriety says get the infestation out instanter, but really, what harm can they do? Another part of me regrets that I don’t own a BB-gun. We used to pot squirrels and unauthorized birds at my parents’ bird-feeder back in the day. Great fun.

The other thing that I notice is that the stink bugs are back in force. Seemingly overnight they are swarming on the screens in and out of the house. They haven’t been around long enough for Farmers’ Almanac-type wisdom to kick in, so I’ve no idea what such an infestation may mean this early and with the weather still this warm, but I’d like to think it’s a portent of a cold, snowy winter, of which we’ve not had in the neighborhood in several years and which we’re about due.

(If said prognostication proves true and Ol’ Robbo starts griping here about having to deal with it, feel free to refer back to this post and mock me with it.)

***I won’t play “spot the reference” here because the name was only a meangingless innerwebze meme without background to me until I looked it up myself.