“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”

Today is another glorious day with temperatures in the low 80’s, a brilliant sun, a sky filled with that blue color even Crayola can’t replicate and a small breeze just enough to keep the heat at bay. For all intents and purposes this is a summer day. Next week is the official opening of fall, and the temperatures will be in the 60’s, perfect weather for the close of one season and the opening of another.

Today is dump day, and I want to go to Agway to buy some flowers to plant as the perennials are marked way down, and my landscaper said planting now will still guarantee they’ll come back next spring. In the bed right in front of the house is a plant with stall stalks and beautiful white flowers blooming for the first time, a perfect time to bloom as most of the other flowers have already had their days in the sun. The plant has spread and almost covers the whole bed. I don’t remember what the flowers are. I bought a couple at a flower site on the internet. My landscaper keeps calling them the internet flowers and is amazed that they’ve thrived and multiplied. I bought them on the recommendation of Christer, the Swedish plant whiz ( The Cottage by the Crane Lake, life goes on). He might remember what they are.

The whole neighborhood smelled like skunk the other night. Gracie was outside at the time. I don’t think a skunk can get into my yard because of the fence, but I was careful anyway. I called Gracie to the deck and gave her neck a sniff. She smelled the way Gracie should so we both went into the house. Today, though, I’ll buy Nature’s Miracle skunk smell remover. It is one of those things I like to keep around the house. Before the fence, Gracie got skunked, and Nature’s Miracle worked wonders. The smell disappeared. In the old days, we thought to use tomato juice but the juice really doesn’t work. It is best fit for bloody Mary’s, not for skunk.

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8 Comments on ““What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Somewhat rainy anbd cloudy here but in the upper 60’s so that’s nice. Normally we’re having much lower temperatures here at this time of year so I really can’t complain too much. Nature is changing colors now though, lots of yellows and red in the trees now.

    I have a vague memory of recommending Japanese anemone, could it be that who flowers in Your garden now? If they like it they can spread very happily 🙂

    Yes this is a good time to plant perennials but not all like to be planted in the autumn, some must be planted in early spring to get a good root system before winter, like the Japanese anemone. But they’ll know that at the garden center.

    Even though I think skunks are enormously cute I’m so glad we don’t have them here 🙂 So far skunks seemns to be an animal no one ever moved from America to any other continent 🙂 🙂 but I’m pretty sure it won’t take long now until we have raccoons here, they’ll have plenty of forest to thrive in until we realise we have them here for good, like the raccoon dog we have plenty of now days.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It was humid enough today that I put on the AC. Right now, though, the air is much drier and cooler. WE are far away from the colors changing. Te cape is usually the last place in New England.

      You have a great memory. I googled images and that’s exactly what they are, Japanese anemones. They are spreading throughout the whole front bed.

      I’ll ask at the garden center. I was going to stop today but it was hot and the dog was with me so I took her home rather than have her in the car.

      Baby skunks are pretty darn cute and you can have them de-scented. Many people do and keep them as pets. Raccoons can be pretty funny animals but they can also be quite defensive and do some damage to another animal. Gracie had one cornered once, and I grabbed Gracie. She wasn’t happy, but I was afraid the raccoon would go after her.

      Have a great Friday!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve smelled skunk lately, too. Haven’t had any skunks, raccoons or woodchucks around for the last few years. The coyote population must be down this year. There’s a ton of bunnies and a new resident woodchuck in the yard. Practically every lawn has at least two bunnies on it every evening.

    One of my kittens got sprayed by a skunk one night. Odd thing was that if I picked him up and sniffed him, I couldn’t smell skunk but as soon as I got a certain distance away the odor was very pungent. I did use tomato juice to clean him. Outside, on a sleety February night. Afterwards, I shampooed him. Then, because cats are susceptible to upper respiratory diseases when they’re wet and chilled, I tied him up in the bonnet of my mother’s hairdryer and set it on low until he dried. He came out exceedingly fluffy and extremely displeased with me. And I laughed. 😀

    Today is lovely and warm with blue skies, sun and a slight breeze.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      I too didn’t have any bunnies around either, but they’ve been back this year sitting on the grass and bothering Gracie. She barks as if that makes a difference.

      I looked up tomato juice again, and everywhere said it is ineffective. I found this, “The reason that people think skunk spray and tomato juice cancel each other out is due to something known as olfactory fatigue, which is just another way of saying that your nose gets accustomed to a scent after a period of time. When your nose stops detecting the skunk spray, the strong smell of tomato juice tricks you into thinking it must have taken care of the problem. However, if another person were to enter the room, he or she wouldn’t be so easily fooled.” I bought skunk spray today just in case.

      Kittens are darn cute!

      It was humid enough down here that I turned on the AC, but it is off now and the air is cool and dry, a great evening.

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        Possibly in my case icy sleet fatigue kicked in long before olfactory fatigue. 🙂 In any case, after the sleety tomato juice Prell and hair bonnet dryer treatment, no more skunk odor was smelled by my father who was particularly sensitive to smelly kittens.
        Nowadays, I would make an emergency visit to the groomer who has the good stuff. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Gracie got it in the face which was a smaller area to clean. I went yesterday and bought more Skunk cleaner just in case!

  3. Bob Says:

    Skunks can stink up the entire neighborhood when they become road kill. Luckily none of my dogs have ever had an encounter with a skunk. Some people like them as pets after their odor glands have been removed. Not my cup of tea. Tomato juice is an old wives tail but it’s better than anything available free.

    Today was sunny and warm. After bring in Phoenix in August 93 degrees seems balmy.

    • katry Says:

      Two of my dogs were skunked. On the first the tomato juice didn’t work. I have since found out it never works, merely disguises the smell for your nose. I washed that dog so many times, and it took forever for the smell to go away. With Gracie’s skunk encounter it took only a couple of washes with Nature’s Miracle, and the smell was totally gone.

      Today was humid, but tonight is lovely.

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