No, we didn't finally buy a gun and shoot the bunnies. Instead, we put a fence around the garden. And for the first time in a really long time, I now have lettuce, chard, beets, fennel, and broccoli growing in my garden. It has been so very long since I've had the positive reinforcement of planting something and have it grow that I keep staring at these very small and common seedlings and feeling quite proud of myself.
It took two days of hot, sweaty work but I think I might actually have my garden back.
Of course, there were some nibbles off of two of the broccoli plants and we suspect a rat. Indeed, Dave set several traps and this morning, the leaves were all still on the broccoli, but there was one less rat.
We are also quite pleased now that should we choose, we could put rat poison in one secure corner of the garden and Patches would be safe. We could also electrify the fence (with a very, very low voltage--static to us, big zap to bunny/rat). But at this point, we're sticking with the regular fence and the rat traps.
And we are greenly happy.
I'm not sure if anyone has noticed the Twitter on the side of my blog. I am finding that it is a lot easier to post a quick tweet than a full on post. Feel free to check back in to the blog or even follow me, if you'd like. I am fully aware that my life is not *that* interesting, but the mother thing does have more to say than she has time to in the blog.
And for those other academics out there who may be reading, let me share that this first semester after tenure is crazy busy. I thought I'd be all sunshine and butterflies, but lord, stuff is going on and it feels crazier now than it ever did. The good news is that it's just a boat load less stressful.