What to do when unexpected houseguests arrive . . .

(Answer: Scream?)

Normally JT gets home from work before I do but yesterday I had to travel for work and arrived home a little earlier (since I also left the house a little earlier at 5:00 am).  When I got home, there was an unexpected houseguest waiting for me.

BIRD

A bird!  We think it must have come down the chimney somehow. (In my grainy iPhone picture it almost looks like an Eames House Bird.  Don’t I wish.  It was real.  And really terrified.)

Picture this frantic phone call: Me: “There’s a BIRD IN THE HOUSE {SCREEEEEAM}.  JT: “There’s a burglar?  Calm down, what is happening?”  Me: “No, there’s a BIRD IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”.  Cue hysterical laughing on husband’s end of phone as all his co-workers within a four cubicle radius hear my screeching through the phone.

I finally got it together, opened an umbrella over my head and got the doors open to shoo the bird out.  He left his mess behind.

WHAT THE BIRD DID

The irony is that while I like most animals, I do not like birds so coming home to a freaked out one in my kitchen almost put me over the edge.  They’re like little feathered dinosaurs.  However I do have bird decor items, like this little tealight holder from CB2 that is right now living on the new lamp/table.

FAKE BIRD

Why is it that I think something is cute in the ceramic form but not the real life form?

Have a great weekend everyone!  I’m going to try to make the most of the daylight this weekend by taking a lot of pictures of things we have going on around the house. . . . more to come (hopefully no more birds though!)  Cheers – CT

6 responses to “What to do when unexpected houseguests arrive . . .

  1. Glad you got it out quickly! This happened once when I was a kid and home sick from school. I remember it flying all over the house! Then, a few years ago, I had a bat in one of my apartments. THAT was scary. I called the landlord, and he did nothing but laugh at me. I would definitely rather have a bird than a bat, but obviously neither is my ultimate preference.

    • I agree about the bird over bat — my sister had a bat in her apartment and they can get into little places and hide. Not so much with a bird. Although that’s too bad about your landlord — he should have sent some one over to get it out for you.

  2. I’ve had that happen before too, and it really is disconcerting, even if you don’t hate birds. I think their panic rubs off, and pretty soon, you have a frantic bird flapping around and a frantic homeowner just making it worse…LOL

    • I was pretty frantic but the umbrella actually helped. It felt like I had a “shield” between myself and the bird because I was pretty sure when I opened the door, he might make a go at it before I could get out of the way. So despite whatever old wives sayings about opening an umbrella indoors, it’s worth it when you have a live bird in your living room!

  3. Gross and yuch. I am not a fan of birds in general. One unfortunate bird also flew down our chimney. I cam out to the living room and found everything sort of a-skew and a-kilter. Then I saw the feathers. Then I noticed the happy cats. I cannot imagine how freaked out that bird was or how ecstatic the cats were. They are indoors cats and are tormented by all the birds in the garden. A sad fate indeed.

    • Our dogs were scared of the bird so the only things left askew were by the bird itself. I think it would have been much more disturbing to come home to a murdered bird than a live bird. Yikes!

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