Archive for June, 2008

Snakes On A Balcony!!!

Posted in meow meow with tags , , , , on June 21, 2008 by Mitsu

No, it’s not the name of a new movie, but it’s something even better for all you city people out there. New Yorkers, pay special attention, as this will help you greatly.

Tired of pigeons on your balcony, and have you tried just about anything? I have. We’ve installed a fake owl, which is no more than a decoration now, and we’ve pretty much stopped short of installing pie tins on strings, pinwheels, and any other thing that blows in the wind, and looks damn tacky. (Lots of people in my complex have done this) We were constantly finding nests, and the occasional pigeon egg. By talking to another tenant, I have discovered the cheap and easy solution: Plastic snakes!

We put the gray snake into the pot that they were nesting in (all those cables are for our satellite), and the yellow one on the edge of one of our flower trays. So far, we have not seen one pigeon attempt to land on the balcony! I have not heard them cooing loudly in the morning, either. I was watching the pigeons today, and they would try to land on the satellite dish, but as soon as they saw the snake, they would “reverse” in mid-air, and get the hell away! Pretty funny actually. I think this might even work for starlings, and other nuisance birds.

The best part is that the snakes are dirt cheap! We got these 2 in a pack, at the dollar store, for a buck! Just look in the toy section, most dollar stores have fake snakes. This is also humane, as it doesn’t harm the birds in any way, it only discourages them from landing/nesting/crapping all over your balcony.

Try it out, and let me know if it works! 


The mews

Posted in meow meow on June 9, 2008 by Mitsu

Geocaching has been going well lately, although I haven’t been out caching this weekend, as it’s been unseasonably hot and humid. This weather’s fine in the summer, but now, our complex pool isn’t even open! I think I had a bit of a heatstroke yesterday, as I was feeling really tired, and then I came home and slept. I wasn’t sweating either, I was really warm and dry…how strange. What a way to spend my b-day…sleeping with ice packs on me, until 6:30 pm. I’m glad I booked today off, as yesterday was wasted.

Next Saturday, I have a bunch of exams to write, for some job I applied to, a while back. At least I’ll have them done, so that in the future, I won’t have to redo them. It’s supposed to be from 7:30 – 6, so that’s my whole day gone…oh well.

I’ve also started making little clay mushroom earrings, and beaded necklaces, that I plan on trying to sell. Everyone seems to be getting into selling handmade crafts, so I might as well do it too. I’ll make jewelry, amigurumi, and paintings…That will be cool, now it’s just a matter of getting some exposure. I know that this blog doesn’t generate much traffic, so I’ll have to set up elsewhere…