I recommend you try out Lightening's Smiley Saturday post today....I definitely got a laugh out of this one.
My smiles this week are because I finally got my freezer. Now I can store the excess vegetables I produce instead of boring the children to death with the same vegetable, again, again, and again. There are only so many ways you can hide green beans in a meal before they get wise to you, and only so much green tomato chutney you can make. ( BTW adding blue food colouring to carrots and calling them something else doesn't work, and looks awful, and the pan's looking a bit ropey.)
The box the freezer came in gave #4 a whole new project in the back yard. He always used to wear red t-shirts. Only red, only ever red. I was quite happy about this. From the corner of my eye I could always be aware of where he was without concentrating too hard on the gory details.
Recently he has taken to wearing camouflage, only camouflage. Now I can't be entirely sure of where he is when he's in the garden. I have considered buying him a red bandanna to overcome this. (It's no problem in the house....he'd have to camouflage himself with dust bunnies and old newspaper.)
Anyway the point of the story. Camouflage boy and his big cardboard box went into the back yard. He set up a trap. The trap is big enough to catch a man, I got a freezer in it. (Lets not picture an eight year old boy manhandling it into the backyard.) #4 and the cat lay in wait in to see what they would catch. I didn't like to spoil his creativity by pointing out that he was in camouflage, but the box wasn't. I might have lost part of the vegetable patch to his renewed efforts on the box.
I thought he had little chance of success, but he was quiet and not damaging anything, always a bonus.
So far he has caught all the chickens, individually and in a group, next doors blind shitzu, several dopey Minah birds (much to the cats joy, I intervened there)and of course his brother. The blind shitzu only fell for it once but his older brother has been trapped several times. I think when #1 comes home from work I'll send him into the garden and see if he falls for it.