Friday, September 21, 2012

Houston, we have a problem

Today was a day of no tutees, so I've been checking things off of my built up to-do list.  I was making some pretty decent progress when I noticed something not quite right.

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, 
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 

Okay, not really a tapping and not really as rapping at my chamber door.  It was more a flapping.   A frantic flapping, flapping in my backyard.

Taking a closer look, I saw that it was a bird near the trampoline.  Flying, but not flying.  It was near the safety net of the trampoline.  It was IN the safety net of the trampoline.

"Oh geesh...."

I went out to investigate, thinking to grab some gloves on the way.  Sure enough, the robin had somehow gotten all tangled up in the safety netting.

"This is SO embarrassing.  Please don't post it on your blog!"
He was dangling between two of the trampoline springs, flapping futily between breathers.  I pulled on the netting and placed him on the trampoline, then began to meticulously figure out how to untangle him.

Well, actually, I never quite figured that out.  He was in there, but good.  I eventually just took the yard shears to the netting and cut him out.  He plopped to the ground and I hoped he would flap out of the netting that remained between his feathers.

Didn't happen.

He made a pretty decent run for it though, ending up under the safety of our utility trailer.  I left to go run a couple of errands.  When I came back, he was gone.  I did see another robin, though, that COULD have been the tramp robin with no netting accessories.  He had that what-a-hell-of-a-day-I've-had look about him.

There are some that say that the sight of an animal in an atypical situation is a sign of  something different on the horizon.

Robin in a net?  What might that signify?


  1. Robin in a net? Hmmm... well the obvious comes to mind... loss of freedom. Maybe you're going to be so tied up you won't have time to do the things you enjoy? If so, I hope this is just a warning sign, not an irreversible sign!

  2. Robin in the net could simply mean since you took the yard shears to the net that you will be getting a new safety net for the trampoline.

    Or whatever happens, your family will be protected because of the safety net you have provided for you.

  3. Only the Shadow Knows.

    It'll be a 'good' something different.

    Thanks for being a good samaritan. :)

  4. I'm thinkin' Robin IN a net can't be good. Robin under a net, or Robin over a net - now that sounds like fun could be heading your way.
    Just remember, "whatever comes, around goes around." You set free a helpless little robin, so good things should come your way. Yet you also posted an embarrassing picture of him caught in a net.....

  5. It means you will end up in an embarrassing situation and, instead of HELPING you, your rescuer will take photos and post them on facebook. Feel better now?

  6. So the robin was playing on your tramp? And got caught in the safety net? Sounds like that's what the net was for, eh?