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Dilemna (I mean DILEMMA!)

We have ivy all over the front of the house, and lots of little birds live in it. They also crap all over our front entranceway. Eli and Nancy like to watch them out the window in my closet; it’s almost totally covered in ivy and you get an up-close view of the birds.

So we are having the house resided, partly because all the ivy has worked its way inside the siding, but it’s also pretty dingy and old. The siding will all be ripped out, including the ivy. The kids are crying and upset about the birds, but I don’t know what we can do about it. They are cute, and make pretty bird noises and flutter/fight around, but there are also bees and wasps living in there too (it’s a jungle). Sometimes the birds fight with the bees! I bet there are fairies living in there who will make all sorts of bad things happen to us.

Anyways, I wonder if there’s anyway to save the birds; E and N were crying so hard Jeanne told them the birds would move to the tree, but that ain’t happening. Oh well.

7 thoughts on “Dilemna (I mean DILEMMA!)

  1. I found you while surfing the web for Dunkle ancestors and cousins to add to my genealogy files.
    I found your site while surfing the web for Dunkle’s to add to my genealogy files.
    Do you know which Dunkle you descend from?

    About the birds, you are wise to get them off your house. Not only are they dirty but they carry diseases as well.
    Tell the kids you will make/buy some bird houses and feeders to put in the yard so their little feathered friends will still be close by.
    In fact I filled an old pizza pan with bird seed and dry bread, set in the back yard and have lots of birds in it.

    Nice meeting you!

  2. Aaming, I found you through the wordpress blog. How cool that you live in Buffalo. Even soler in Synder. We use to live upstairs at 245 Hamilton. What if you get a 4×8 sheet of lattice and use that for a place for the ivy to grow and the birds can live there?

  3. I don’t know, I’ll ask my dad-John Jacob Dunkle; I know we are centered around PA/NJ. My grandfather was Cyrus Grant Dunkle-he was big time, I think a major or something in WW2, my Grandmother was Mary Something McDonald.
    I know the birds are filthy and diseasy, I just can’t shake the vision of my son Eli staring at them through the ivy from his closet window going “Dad-the birdy’s looking at me!” Also I have this weird idea/vision of like fairies living in there. When I was a kid I always read that fairies book, with all the pictures, they also did Giants and Dwarves, and it seemed like when you destroyed nature you messed with the fairies, who would then tie your hair in knots and knock the milk over (lol) to get back at you. I may try the lattice thing. My wife, Jeanne, told the kids the birds would all move to the apple tree in front of the house-yeah right, just buying time…

  4. hi, Ben, I found your blog while conducting a pretty random search on Google for my uncle, Cyrus Dunkle, of New Jersey. I’m thinking we must be related–my dad’s sister was Mary McDonald and she was married to Cyrus Dunkle. Their three children were John, Michael, and Mary (she married Jim DiNardo). Uncle Cy worked in physical chemistry, I think, and I know that at least one of his sons worked for Dupont. Does any of this sound familiar? I’d be curious to know…

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