We have about five or six chipmunks that live in and around our backyard. They are cute, but can be little stinkers. A few weeks ago I left a ripening tomato on the vine just a day too long, and one of them decided to save me the task of picking it by having it for breakfast! For those of you facing a similar dilemma, deer and rabbit repellent seem to be dissuading them from a repeat performance. However reader be warned, this stuff stinks! The active ingredients are garlic and putrescent eggs, so don’t plan on hanging around your garden for a few hours  after applying – especially if you spray on a hot day!

And if all else fails, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So I’ve been feeding the little fur-balls bits of nuts and crackers. I guess I’m just a sucker for critters. Well to my amazement, and my husband’s exasperation, here’s what happening on a daily basis…


…and I started giving them names. This one is Muffin.