Oh, possum!

Oh, possum!

Possum, 6X8, oil on archival canvasboard, $435 contains transport in continental US.

On Wednesday, I stated our late Jack Russell Terrier (or Terror, depending on the working day). Previously mentioned all, Max was a fearless hunter, a talent that normally got him in difficulties. He was capable of snatching a songbird in midflight, and squirrels and chipmunks stayed away when he was outdoor.

Regrettably, he rarely obtained an chance to work out that talent in a constructive way. Nonetheless, he&#8217d periodically grow restive, whining and pointing at some blank section of wall. I realized to realize that as a indicator we experienced invaders in the home. Most frequently they were being mice, which are easily dispatched. Memorably there was at the time a rat guiding the dishwasher.

It was an previous dwelling with almost a century&#8217s worth of paint on the moulding. Just one working day I discovered that a chilly air return was shining silver. It had been licked and chewed clean. &#8220Oh, expensive, it&#8217s lead paint,&#8221 I assumed. &#8220Max is heading to get rid of no matter what little sense he started off with.&#8221 I viewed him carefully and realized he expended his full working day hanging all over that duct.

When Mr. Opossum realized he&#8217d been captured, he was not a joyful camper.

Then I opened the basement doorway. Max flew down in advance of me. There was an opossum on the top rated of a shelving device where by we stored excess glassware, appliances and other points that no longer introduced us pleasure. Max went berserk hoping to climb the shelf. The opossum retaliated by throwing issues down on Max. Together they built a horrible mess. The excellent news was, I had heaps fewer to get rid of when it came time to KonMari my life.

At the time, we had a youthful lady named Abi dwelling with us. Abi seriously, definitely required to maintain the opossum. &#8220They make superior animals,&#8221 she insisted. I could have tried out had Max and Mr. Opossum not been sworn enemies. Additionally, he had really sharp-looking teeth, and opossums have opposable thumbs on their hind legs. That could only guide to difficulty.

Abi with her consolation opossum.

For a even though, it was a stalemate. We place delicacies in a entice he ignored them, or worse, fished them out. It was virtually Thanksgiving and I kept my pie plates in the basement. That&#8217s how I at last gained. Mr. Possum uncovered my piecrust irresistible. (The recipe is in this article.)

Our fantastic pal did not go carefully back to mother nature. We drove him to a county park on the other side of the Genesee River, which is huge, deep and speedy as it enters Rochester. He didn&#8217t like the idea and hissed all the way. With a single final scowl in my route, he ambled off into the shrubberies. I&#8217m not absolutely sure Abi has at any time forgiven me.

My 2024 workshops:

  • Painting in Paradise: Rockport, ME, July 8-12, 2024.
  • Sea & Sky at Schoodic, August 4-9, 2024.
  • Find your authentic voice in plein air: Berkshires, August 12-16, 2024.
  • Art and Experience at Sea: Paint Aboard Schooner American Eagle, September 15-19, 2024.
  • Immersive In-Human being Workshop: Rockport, ME, October 7-11, 2024.

The put up Oh, possum! appeared to start with on Carol L. Douglas.