Slice of Life : quilting, gardening, and SOMETHING is in the wall

My DIL went away for the weekend on a church mission trip. No sooner had she returned than my son had to leave for a work training program in another state.

Of course when the guy was home with the kids, nothing happened.

When she was home alone with the kids ? On Tuesday she told me that Something is in the Wall!

Oh my and it sounded bigger than a mouse. It was in the corner of the kitchen, towards the floor and very noisy.

We kept imagining a rat….scratching and making so much noise. The pest control company did not return her call by the next day around noon, so I started making calls.

Most pest companies do not deal with wildlife…the ones that might do so  were not local, or couldn’t come until next week. I was just going down through the phone book ads. And I was upset about this poor animal stuck in the wall.

Fortunately one company recommended another and he came out on Wednesday afternoon. He had to cut a small hole in the wall..slide a trap in and he came out with a European starling just about dead.

He took it out and it flew a bit, landed. then walked over to hide under a hosta plant by the porch.

OH MY how much bad luck did this poor bird have?? First to fall down through a pipe or chimney or something to be tortured stuck inside this wall for two days, and now to have the family cat under the porch staring at it and it was only protected by some lattice.

Another rescue for the bird….carrying it away to a neighbors’ hedges to rest and get some moisture ( a drizzling rain had been going off and on all day ) and recuperate and regain its strength.

Whew!  I am here to tell you that if you have never heard an animal or something trapped in your wall, not knowing what it is, it is very creepy :)

The good news is that Tallicas’ father is a roofer and he’s going down there with a very tall ladder to find and fix whatever let Sammy the Starling in :)

First there was one rose…

Then two, then more, some iris and foxglove coming into bloom…

Batchelor buttons,  then my one nod to purchased flowers…impations for a container, and across the street a neighbors’ pretty flowers in bloom:

Meanwhile the last few days have been cool and rainy which is just fine with me….I don’t appreciate the heatwaves that we’ve had so early in the season. My youngest sons dog appreciates them as well.

As to hand quilting on Scrappy Granny I took this photo on Wednesday, May 24th. At this point I have five blocks left to finish but I’ve been doing all of the sashing and border treatment as well so there are 5 blocks + those areas to complete.

I’ll work on hand quilting these three blocks and surrounding areas next.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone :)

You might also enjoy some older posts about recipes that I have made recently since they are tried and true :  Fruit Cobbler   or  Raspberry Coffee Cake : a Recipe Winner  or  Tiella 

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28 Responses to Slice of Life : quilting, gardening, and SOMETHING is in the wall

  1. Lorrie says:

    Something in the wall can be very unnerving. I’m so glad the little bird was rescued and seems to be okay. What a story she told when she met up with her friends! Your quilt is lovely.

  2. Karen says:

    the quilt is looking great! I know what you mean about the bird – we used to have a bird come down the chimney every now and then and would have to rescue it until i finally got the hubby to use common sense and put the cover thing over the top of the chimney – so much easier than trying to get one out. Have had what I knew was mice in the walls now and then and it drove me crazy listening to it one night.

  3. Carla says:

    I bet that bird was terrified. I finally got another top basted. Your stitches are inspiring me to get started

  4. barb says:

    beautiful flower photos!
    Your quilting is looking lovely.
    good luck with your critter! I had one in the house this week – a wet chipmunk.

  5. Eileen says:

    Hello, I am glad the bird was rescued. What a story! Love the cute pup! Your quilt is gorgeous. Enjoy your day and happy Memorial Day weekend!

  6. Margie Miller says:

    Your quilting is always lovely!

  7. Gretchen says:

    Your quilting looks so lovely on the quilt. Animals in the walls aren’t fun.

  8. How scary, that poor bird! I hope it survived? I heard something behind a bookcase one day, it completely freaked me out. I couldn’t see anything, but I put a trap under the bookcase just in case. Yup, got a couple of mice since, so obviously I wasn’t going crazy! None in ages, hopefully I got them all. That’s life in the country! Your quilts are beautiful, Deb!

  9. Joyce says:

    I am so glad the bird was rescued and apparently is fine. During the winter we have chipmunks living in our wall next to the front door! We have seen them dive right in, and know when they are “home” because the cats line up to stare at the wall! We have tried plugging up the small opening (when they’re out for the afternoon!) but they somehow manage to get right back in. I wonder what damage they’ve done in there – don’t want to look!

  10. Robin says:

    That would really make me nervous, not knowing what was in the wall. Glad it wasn’t a ferret or a skunk or something else that can make things smell in no time. Your quilt is coming along nicely. It looks so cozy.

  11. We live in an old farm house so I’ve heard a few noises myself but it always gives me the creeps. Glad you got the little guy out. The flowers are gorgeous as is the quilt.

  12. Lea says:

    That must have been upsetting not knowing what was in the wall especially when it sounded so big. I’m glad the little bird was rescued.

    Many years ago I had a new kitten who was probably 9 or so weeks old. When I got home from work he was afraid tried to run out the door. I heard a sound in the bathroom and discovered a bird had gotten inside somehow. I have no idea how but it was an old Victorian house. After my initial shock I opened a window to let the bird out. I kept the kitten in another room with the door closed and eventually the bird flew away.

    I love the dog photos, he is as cute as a button.

    Your quilt is going to be gorgeous.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      OH Lea I had something like that happen once too between my cat and a bird…lol I’d forgotten all about it until I read your comment! :)

  13. Judy Miller says:

    We once had a bird come down the sewer pipe. i lifted up the toilet lid and there, enjoy a bath, was a Robin. Scared him, so he flew around the house for awhile until we could get all the doors open and herd him out. Hubs installed mess screen over the pipe.

  14. Wow, what teamwork to rescue the little bird, I can just imagine your son coming home & saying to your DIL whatever did you do to the wall?!
    Anyway, what goes around comes around, and something nice will happen to you all and you will be able to say Little Wren said that’s because we rescued the bird !!!!
    Love to you all and hope you have a lovely weekend
    Wren x

  15. Kyle says:

    Glad the situation with the bird worked out. The flowers in your neighborhood are lovely. Hope you have some time this weekend to get some more done on your quilt.

  16. Jane says:

    Your quilts are so beautiful…where do you find the time?

    I would be upset about the little bird, too. I’ve heard of people getting anything from squirrels to bats in their walls.

    Are bachelor buttons a perennial? They are so pretty. And I love foxglove, may have to add them to the garden so.

    Glad your summer is going along well, Deb!

    Jane x

  17. What a story! I’m glad the bird was saved. I’ve come to realize that I like my wildlife in the wild, in the home not so much… ;-)

  18. Arti Mader says:

    I love reading your blog, and I think the photos are lovely—-especially the one of the dog on the pillow and quilt! He looks so content.

  19. Kim says:

    Your work is beautiful, Deb…and yes, we’ve had too many animals trapped in the house, the wall, the drop tile basement ceiling. Scary- I would imagine for all parties involved!!

  20. BillieBee says:

    Poor Birdie…:( Glad it’s safe.

  21. Susan Nixon says:

    Thank goodness you got the poor little thing rescued. Twice. =) All I’ve had is a young raccoon that managed to get through to my attic because I have a hipped roof – the only one in the entire neighborhood, I might add! If I ever buy another house, I won’t have one. =) The flowers, as always are beautiful. Your neighbors pink one? That grows so easily and spreads and looks beautiful everywhere. Someone visiting the RV park in AZ where we used to go dropped some seeds in a bed one year, and they have spread all over! Your quilt is coming along fast (to me, and I’m not doing it. LOL) and looks great. I would so love to come and applique with you!

  22. Scrappy granny is just so beautiful… I enjoy seeing your updates!

  23. rue says:

    That poor bird! I can’t imagine how scared it was and I hope it survived.

    Your roses are beautiful and so is your quilt :)


  24. Kaja says:

    I grew up in a house in Auckland where the noise in the walls was always bush rats, so this would have totally freaked me out! Scrappy granny is looking great – I think that’s what I would like to be next, a scrappy granny.

  25. Dewena says:

    I’m so glad you persisted to get the poor bird out. My grandson is a wildlife removal professional and has such a heart for the animals he rescues. They all get carried to Walden’s Puddle here for nursing if needed and a home.

    Koopa’s coat is really beautiful! As are your flowers and quilt, beauty all around you.

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