Thursday, June 17, 2010

Not For the Birds HNT

Still working on catching up from not accomplishing anything from last week. Sitting on the side burner has been the music writing (almost done, though) and work on the OsShirt site. The big project to really fall behind was Operation Scrubdown. So I've been working on that to some degree and hope to really get a lot taken care of this weekend (I have to!). One of the first projects I took care of was my balcony.

For those who have followed me for awhile might remember that the birds around here like to fornicate outside of my bedroom window. Generally between the hours of 4:00 - 8:00 AM, but there's no time that isn't good for them. This year, I got proactive about curbing their procreation. There's a man-made hole in the ceiling of the balcony that serves no useful purpose, other than it makes a great nesting place. I duct taped that sucker shut in March, so that there was no access. The birds didn't like that at all, as you can tell that they've been pecking at it, trying to get in. When that failed, they started to build a nest in the corner of the awning just below that. I've torn that down twice, and I think they realize they've been defeated. I haven't seen any evidence that they've tried anything else.

However, the balcony was full of twigs, grass, leaves, bird poop, dead baby birds (you can read about them in the archives too), and whatever else the wind might have blown in. Making it totally gross to walk around barefoot. Even wearing shoes wouldn't help, as I'd end up tracking all that stuff inside. So I've reclaimed my balcony! I filled an entire big trash bag with the twigs, grass, leaves, bird poop, and dead baby birds. Then I took a vacuum to the really tacky astroturf carpet. And now, I can enjoy my balcony all day, if so desired! Half-nekkid in my bare feet! Enjoying a morning cup of coffee...


As a side note--I'm glad I took this on Monday, as we've had rain ever since, with days more to come. The good news is that it washes the bird poop off the ledges!
"You're written in her book
You're number 37, have a look
She's going to smile to make you frown, what a clown
Little boy, she's from the street
Before you start, you're already beat
She's gonna play you for a fool, yes it's true

'Cause everybody knows (She's a femme fatale)
The things she does to please (She's a femme fatale)
She's just a little tease (She's a femme fatale)
See the way she walks
Hear the way she talks"

excerpt from
"Femme Fatale"
- Lou Reed

This week's Mystery Guest isn't going to be revealed here. But if you do some looking around at this week's HNTs, you won't have much trouble finding out who it is. Think of it as a treasure hunt!


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48 comments:

SapioSlut said...

I'm up with an action shot...

Happy HNT!

Elle said...

Sounds like a lot of work and it must feel quite satisfying :)

I'm up!

Topaz said...

Congrats on your bird-victory! And I'm on the same vibe as you are with the feet this week ;-) so yeah, that means I'm up! HHNT!

southerngirl said...

Hello handsome!! Hope the birds and everything else is right with you...

I am up...in beater-white.

xx

The Muffin Fan said...

Yes. Happy HNT to all!

I'm up after bungling the click-through a few times. I needed some help. :-)

Vixen said...

Ha! So you have OUR weather now. Figures. Well, it's all 80's and sunny here now :) Just sayin....

I'm up!

Barefoot Dreamer said...

Hoping the rain is moving your way - but since it is calling for storms tomorrow.....

Love the clean balcony but not as much as the MG

I am up and showing of my back side for a come back

Anonymous said...

Sage is on the road trying to earn a buck again, but I noticed his post was up:

http://jsgotgame.blogspot.com

GrrlTragic said...

MG looks really really familiar, and amazing! This should be fun :-D

Coffee on the balcony... Mmmm.. magical, truly.

I remember 'old-old blogger, back in 2003-04 and such, yuck, and double yuck lol!

I'm up, licking DJs, kissing girls, drinking beer, and being overall bratty as heck :-P

Happy HNT y'all!

Ms Scarlett said...

I'm up and showing off my 'junk'...

Balcony looks great! That's a nice tan line at your ankle too.... ;-)

Goooooorrrgeous MG... wow.

XO ~ Scarlett!

Chickie said...

Congratulations on reclaiming your space!

the eternal list said...

i know who the MG is!

i'm up

Jobthingy said...

oh man. i am SO glad i dont have a bird problem here. the other side of the building does tho.. *bleck*

Im UP!

and off to bed ;)

HHNT

xoxo

Toby said...

Where can Vixen be found?

Emmy said...

I'm up!

Glad you reclaimed your space from the birds. Nothing I enjoy more than walking barefoot. :)

And a gorgeous MG :)
Happy HNT!
~Emmy

Mistress Kay said...

I'm up for this week!

Walking barefoot feels great. I miss doing it.

Happy HNT!

Westcoast Weirdo said...

Nice! I'm up like a geezer on Viagra!

Vixen said...

Roxy can never get her URL right, all those Vodka/Cranberry's and all....haha


http://westcoastweirdo.com/


;)

Sadie said...

Ahhh ... astroturf!

I have my Hubby up for HNT this week at my new, OWN DOMAIN!!! YAY!!

http://sadiesopenmarriage.com/

Noddy Blue said...

I am, as they say, up.

Richard, Shhh... said...

Glad to see I'm not the only Bachelor guy who likes a clean place but has a hard time getting it there (prob cuz I'm on the damn computer too much, LOL).

I'm finally caught up to the Happy 5th HNT Anniversary post--I think it's worth your seeing the 4-year evolution of my WingHouse "Regular" tattoo. (Had to kiss lots of WingHouse Girls to get it!) It's a work in progress & Thank God, He loves Old Fools! Anyone else who does should leave me a note, too! ILU XOXO HHNT

Midwestern City Boy said...

I love the perspective of the clean balcony photo.
I don't know who she is; but I like the mystery guest is even better.

We are up at Married In Ohio.

Happy HNT everyone!

13messages said...

I'm up. :)

Sexy Tigerx said...

I'm up.

That my sexy girl there. oh yeah, I know who that is....

xoxo, crystal

Margaret said...

Gotta love a clean space for your feet. :)

I am up.

peace...

Cheeky Minx said...

Love the pic of your feet on your balcony and congratulations on tackling your bird problem! I wake each morning to squawking birds that sound as if they’re auditioning for Hitchcock’s wretched film right outside my window. Urgghhh... ;)

I’m up!

Joanna Cake said...

I wish I had a balcony on which to drink morning coffee! Great MG! Im Up... and off to see if I can get a new client. Wish me luck! x

Petal said...

I am up for this week (finally)

http://secretlifeofaslummymummy.blogspot.com/

Cute tootsies O and very hot MG!

Scintillectual said...

I'm up with more Marilyn this week. :)

http://scintillectual.com/?p=556

Maggie said...

Is it weird that I'm jealous of your astroturf carpet? Enjoy your coffee or, um, diet coke with lime. ;)

I'm up.

reluctantprincess said...

I'm up

Congrats on foiling the birds. I've got them nesting in my gutters - which, being on the second floor are just a little too high for me to get up there and clean out. *sigh* Where's the big strong man when I need him? *g*

heelsnstocking said...

Im up and being naughty, the MG is smokin hot!

HyperSexualGirl said...

Your balcony sounds like it had become the avian equivalent of a drive-in movie.

I'm up.

Dana said...

This HNT put a BIG grin on my face - barefoot is always a good thing!

BTExpress said...

You did a good job of cleaning up. I hate cleaning.

I'm up with a photo of me and someone that could be my twin.

figleaf said...

It's been raining an awful lot here in the coastal Pacific Northwest as well -- I've got a lawn to mow and it's so wet (and the grass is so thick) that my push-mower just slides over it.

So I took an afternoon nap and took photos as I was waking up.

Happy HNT, Os.

figleaf

IveyLane said...

Hi Os! I'm glad you're able to wrestle the fauna and reclaim your space. We currently have a Cardinal (now named Louisa) nesting just outside our back door. It does wonders for ensuring we come and go in a peaceful state of mind since we don't want to disturb her! She's in a very delicate place right now! LOL

Oh, and I'm up!
Best,
Ivey

vanillaedge said...

I love nature. That's why we have zoos, right?

Anyway, a bit late, but I'm up, too.

The Kinky Pixie said...

The new blogger has its pluses and minuses LOL but its cool overall!!

Great legs and bare feet!! hehe

Im UP!! Happy HNT!!

http://thekinkypixie.blogspot.com/2010/06/hnt-scissor-clothes.html

Sexy Tigerx said...

We're up.

HNT post on Two Sexy Tigers. Go check it out! http://wp.me/pWEUW-1t

Kyle said...

My HNT .. a naughty picture, a dirty story..

http://www.butchtastic.net/?p=3811

voyeurondisplay said...

I'm UP!!! http://tiny.cc/h8vg0

Robyn said...

I'm up but I had to use an older pic. =) LUV the MG pic.

Essin' Em said...

I'm up and at 'em. Happy HNT to all :)

MinorityReport said...

I love that pic. It's really cute. :)

I'm up...late, but up.
::sigh::

Happy HNT!

Janie said...

I want a balcony - I'm so jealous! Not of the dead baby birds - but you know, now it's all clean!

I've been up for a while but only just getting here to say! I hope I'll get round to see everyone soon!

MG is super hot too!

xoxox

Mrs. Learning2swing said...

I'm up with a shot :)

SlipperyWhnWhet said...

Enjoy your barefoot coffee!

I am up.