Lately I have been asking myself that question ad nauseam. Surely there are a plethora of answers to this age-old question but in my case the punchline is “to take up residence at my neighbor’s house and cover my little slice of heaven with a large grey cloud”.
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My house is my oasis. It shields me from the reality of living in a tourist town by being perfectly located on a road that is five minutes outside of our bustling summer metropolis. I live on a residential street that has only three houses and during the summer I can see neither of my neighbors through the seasonal foliage. My home offers seclusion, it embodies peace and it epitomizes tranquility.
Until recently that trifecta of relaxation was a normal daily occurrence – and then things went completely fowl. The neighbors decided to add six chickens and one rooster to their family. The rooster, although inept at figuring out that he should only crow in the morning, was not a problem in the beginning. Until I heard his chatter when I was leaving for work and again when I was coming home, I could not hear his incessant noise when I was safe in the confines of my home. But the winds of change began blowing. And by that I mean that the North-West wind pushed the scent of the coop right into my living room.
My dog seems to enjoy the pungent stench of bird but I prefer the oven-roasted-to-perfection variety. There is a noticeable level of odor when dealing with fecal matter and chicken poop ranks high on the list of loathsome smells. There have been many occasions when my dear, sweet pooch has come home with the lingering funk of Raccoon poop, or as my dad used to call it “Coon Coloogne”. But even Raccoon poop can’t hold a candle to chicken shit. Callaway found the mother load this morning and proceeded to baste herself in what she thought was a wonderful perfume and she was so happy to come home and share it with me.
I bathed her once before I went to work. I bathed her again when I got home and the scent still permeates my home and my nostrils. It is the smell that will not die, yet smells like death. I have sprayed my living room screen with Lysol deodorizer and thankfully the direction of the wind has changed slightly.
If you receive an invitation for a sumptuous roasted chicken dinner, please remember to thank the neighbors on your way home!