Squirrels…ugh!

Well I successfully made it through another birthday. I loved being with friends on my birthday but am not crazy about being 68.  I’m now camped with my 3 best camping buddies at Twin Lakes CG near Clemson, SC. It’s one of our favorite places; an Army Corps of Engineers campground with nearly all sites lakefront, with water & electric for $13 a night with the Federal geezer pass. I believe it will be one of the very few times I’ll be paying for campsites in the coming year! Due to the drought, the lake is WAY far away from the campsites now, with a huge beach.

On Tuesday, a stupid squirrel chewed through my less-than-a-month-old propane pigtail; the hose that goes from the regulator to the tank. And naturally, the one on my camper is an odd size; it’s got a 3/8″ connection. I ran all over town Tuesday afternoon searching for the right sized pigtail and/or an adapter to get it from the (apparently) standard 1/4″ to 3/8″, with no success. I even thought of replacing the regulator, but it’s a non-standard size too! The outlet on mine is 1/2″ and the standard size now is 3/8″. I guess that’s the penalty for having a 13 year old camper.

On Wednesday morning I called 13 different places in Anderson, about 1/2 hour away, and nobody had one, but finally a mobile home parts place had an adapter. We went to lunch at the Red Lobster in Anderson for my birthday (very yumm!) and got the $3 part. I got it all put back together yesterday afternoon and it works! So that squirrel’s little snack cost me around $40….$27 for a new pigtail, $3 for the adapter and around $10 worth of propane that escaped. I hope the blast of propane in his face taught him a lesson! I did read that squirrels are attracted to rubber hoses, etc. But I kept wondering, WHY ME??  Why not the people on either side of me who also have exposed propane hoses that are the standard size & easily replaceable, and who have way more money than I do???   My chronic bad luck continues to stalk me. I wrapped the new hose with aluminum foil; that’s supposed to make it unattractive to squirrels. There’s also a coil thingie that I’ll get to cover the hose, for around $11.

I got new internet-ordered glasses! I got them from a place called EyeBuyDirect.com.  They have a no-questions-asked return policy, and many of the others don’t. But thankfully, the new glasses are amazing. I put them on and said “WOW!” two or three times. So nice to be able to see again.

I leave this morning to head west to Arizona! Eventually. First I’m stopping off at Big Bend and Guadalupe National Parks in Texas. I dread that long long drive.

Sorry no photos; I’ve misplaced the little adapter that allows me to get photos off the camera disc and into the laptop! I was going to buy another one but I decided it was too expensive. I know mine is in here somewhere; it must have fallen out of the camera case.

 

 

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10 Responses to Squirrels…ugh!

  1. daniaflorida says:

    I am waiting to see your entries on Big Bend. I hope you stay there for many days and have several activity recommendations. Be safe and enjoy your ride.

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  2. chefferan says:

    So sorry. Hang in there

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  3. Ugh, sorry about that destructive squirrel. Could you maybe spray the rubber parts with Bitter Apple (the stuff that keeps dogs and cats from going near stuff)? Of course, if you do, you won’t want to touch it with bare hands!!! Trust me, the stuff is really nasty tasting!
    Parker

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    • janispaqu says:

      Yeah…I thought about hot sauce, as I know you can keep squirrels away from the birdseed with hot peppers. But I’d be afraid I’d get it on my hands…and probably in my eyes……also I don’t know how long it would last.

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  4. janispaqu says:

    That’d be fun to watch! They make a spiral thingie that you wind on the hose; I’ll get some of that when I settle somewhere for a bit.

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  5. Tom & Deb says:

    Hi, as always I am behind on my reading of blogs and writing but I am trying. So happy to read you are on your way West. When we talked in the UP you did not think you would be able to; so yeah to whatever changed. Hopefully we will run into out there in 2017. Presently we are in Florida but the plan is to head west in January.
    Safe and Happy Travels.

    Deb and Tom
    Celebrating the Dance

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