What's YOUR problem? A thread for griping.

I keep being hungry but nothing sounds appetizing. I may or may not be in some kind of severe depression. It’s been a hard few months and doesn’t really seem to be getting any better.

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I would have guessed raccoon. We woke up one night to what sounded like a battle royale going on in the backyard. It went on for several minutes then stopped. Checked the security camera the next day, found out a mother raccoon and her three young were confronted by another raccoon. Mama was not happy, the two adults got into it while the three young were trying to climb one of the trees. Mama chased off the interloper and wandered off with her kids.

Oh and this is not in the middle of nowhere. We live in a subdivision!

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We also live in a subdivision, but it’s just outside of town, so there are woods and fields nearby. I know what a raccoon sounds like. This was ungodly horror.

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Any idea what sort of owl it was? Not sure what part of the world you are in. I’ve got Great-horned owls here. I love listening to them chatter at each other at night. But they don’t yell so to speak. We’ve also got hawks and eagles around. I’ve spotted coyotes and foxes too. And yet my yard still manages to support three rabbits per year. LOL!

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You do know what part of the world I’m in. I’m not too far from you. I’m not sure what owl it was, I’ve been YouTubing and haven’t found the right one, but apparently they have alarm calls, so it was an angry one.

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First of all, fist bump, because you truly have had a rough ride these past few months. And secondly, I’ve been kicking around this idea for a minute and you’ve inspired me to go ahead and start a Mental Health thread, so come on over if you want to talk.

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Owls are stone killers.:rage:

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:thinking: Maybe there’s some post-partum depression happening…?

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I live in Los Angeles. We ended up with a batch of puppies ('cause we’re dumb) and they’re old enough to wander around now, and we decided we need to keep them inside at night. We have raccoons, possums (one wanted to move in with last year), skunks, coyotes (though not in the back yard at least), and assorted other vermin.

We actually lost a couple of turtles to late night predators.

I may not have followed the description perfectly but I don’t think the woman who had the tantrum was the one with the baby.

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Whatever squirrel or mouse or something is scratching inside or perhaps outside of my home office walls is very irritating.

There’s plenty of D-Con to eat! Stupid animals. Eat it!

Never mind the plentiful human food strewn about the floor of my office! Eat the D-Con! It’s delicious!

It’s a delicacy, dammit!

I connected the dots, and every time my SIL has had a meltdown, she’s been drinking for a bit. My BIL (not her husband, but her and my husband’s brother) said years ago he thought she was an alcoholic. My husband asked her kid’s father, and he brushed it off, likely because she’s extremely functional. That, plus last night, when my husband took the niece to the ballgame, she said at one point, “Drunk people are scary.” He asked her to elaborate, but she wouldn’t. It just made my husband and I wonder…

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Well, yeah. They are swift, mostly silent, and very accurate. I used to see them a few times a week during the dark winter months swooping across a highway at 0300-0500 local time. They know what they’re after.

Anti-gripe? I love coyotes and various owls. I’m very sorry if small humans or pets are captured, and I truly am sorry, since I’m aware it can be traumatic for persons involved, but I find them to be effective, magnificent specimens.

Next time one is in the woods in daylight, try to spot the owl resting upon a tree branch. Very difficult to spot, and yet, there they are.

I’m somewhat astonished @FlyingSquid dared venture out and not immediately have retreated. The dog as a sentry is good, but, there’s a few good reasons one doesn’t keep owls as pets, even as pretty birds.

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unredacted footage of Jimmy talking about owls

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They are not what they seem!

OK, fresh gripe, I sack out last “night” at about 1900, set alarm for 0330. Wake up at 0130.

Is that enough sleep for me? Hell no! But it will have to do, I suppose. I need my “beauty” sleep before a full day of commuting with Speedy tomorrow. He’s probably going to witness a bunch to me about his church and I’ve got to stay fresh and adept to deflect.

But I have coffee brewed and in the fridge for a delicious cold confection. Box of white wine, also in fridge. And some cooked pizza in the fridge.

Through the power of beverages and bachelor chow, I can withstand anything!

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Covid. There is my gripe. I haven’t been on here for a bit, or anywhere for that matter. I haven’t caught Covid (from what I know) but my girlfriend did. She is good. Test negative, for the first time in two weeks, this morning. Mentally, it just took a toll on her.

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Yeah it came into the house and went right around me, somehow. Recovery is an exhausting and stressful slog.

Now I’m told that I probably had it anyway, but I think they’re just jelly because of my saving throw bonuses.

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I’m an editor for a very well known international nonprofit, and I see that word all the time. You’ll be happy to know that I change it every time I see it.

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It could be worse …

A few years ago, I let my dog (now deceased) out in the back yard in the evening, and a few minutes later, we started noticing the smell. I went out to get her, and sure enough, she’d been sprayed by a skunk. This set off a scramble to get the right chemicals to wash the stench out, and was most unpleasant for everyone. The next morning, I was working in my family room that looks out over the backyard, and I looked up from my computer to spy a massive vulture perched on our fence. Turns out the dog had won the battle against the skunk. So I had a skunk carcass to bury as well.

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She didn’t win, but my dog has been sprayed twice. The second time, she was sprayed directly in the face, so I think she finally learned her lesson.

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The vulture didn’t take care of it? Too stinky even for it?

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