My Scary Squirrel Story

My client loves squirrels.  In fact, squirrels knock on her door looking for walnuts and peanuts. I am not kidding!!  Chipmunks too!   However, I don’t think she wants them inside her house, or does she? 

So, I am sitting with my client and we are chatting as we usually do before we get down to some work.  I am sitting on her sofa and she is on a rocking chair.  As we are talking, I keep hearing this squeaking sound.    It sounded like an animal crying and in some kind of distress and it sounded like it was coming from under the couch.   I thought that I would try to be brave (my family would be so proud) and just ignore it and seriously I did think it might be just the creaking of the rocking chair or I was hoping it was.  So then, my client says “what is that noise?”  I said, “I really don’t know, but I have been hearing it now for awhile”.

 My client gets out a flashlight and I am thinking that I need to move off of this couch right now.   She said she saw something under there but did not know what it was?   It sounded like a baby squirrel or something that was very scared.   So I move and my client makes a phone call to Wild Things, a company that works with wildlife issues.  My client leaves a message stating it is an emergency and I call my friend Tom, who grew up on a farm and who said, “well, what you need is a trap”.  Okay, well that is a great idea, but we don’t have a trap but maybe we could make a trap with some walnuts, and lead him to the door.  Okay, how crazy is that but hey I was starting to feel desperate.

So, we look around the house, trying to figure out how a small animal might get in and it didn’t seem like there were any openings.   We checked to make sure both gerbils were in their cage and they were.   Then, we decided to really look towards the noise and we looked outside.  There was this very big vine being blown by the wind and scratching on the window every few minutes.  What a huge relief that was, we were safe, there was no animal in distress and we were then able to get working on the other tasks at hand.    Thank goodness, this happened in the light of day because if this noise was heard at night, it would have been very scary. 

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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