A Dirty Duck Story

So, I live in southern California and I have a pool in my backyard.  We swim in the pool most of the year. But, being in Southern California we are rather used to the warm weather and don’t use it much in the winter.  For some reason this year a family of ducks seemed make our pool their new home.  It looks nothing like the duck ponds I grew up next to in the midwest.  However, they didn’t seem to care.

It first started out with just one or two ducks.  My kids and I fed them and named them and it was kind of cute…until they informed all of their friends about the pool and free food.  Suddenly, we had several ducks.  We ran out of old bread, but that didn’t stop them. And soon, there were babies.

As you can imagine, with ducks and food came well…duck poop.  It was in our pool, on our patio and somehow got tracked into the house onto our brand new carpets.  I was fit to be tied.  First plan of attack was to get the “stuff” cleaned up from the patio and pool.  It left stains so that was not fun trying to get out.  Then, my carpets.  Thank goodness I found San Clemente Carpet Cleaning!  They got everything out.

Next, how to get rid of the ducks… still working on that one. I am hoping that with warmer weather and migration patterns the ducks will kindly remove themselves.

During May and June and for a couple of weeks there will be tons of other birds visiting Southern California. I think some will stay for the summer months, but most of them will pass through.  Maybe the ducks will follow the the ones passing through.  All I know is that we will not be feeding any of the cute “ducks” next year.  We will save that for the duck ponds at the park.

Ducks and Stanley Cup

I promise the blog won’t always be about the Anaheim Ducks.  However, I am not sure how else to work through my disappointment at them not making the finals.  I was too depressed to even write about it until now. Time to blog.

The series is 1-1 Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.  I find myself spitefully cheering for Tampa Bay because I’m still mad at the Blackhawks for beating MY (yes MY) Ducks.  So, last nights win was the highlight of my week.

If you didn’t see the game it was a great one.  4-3 Tampa Bay.  In the 3rd period, Vasilevskiy, the 20 year old rookie from Russia stepped in for Bishop. No warm up, no warning, and the game was tied. That kid played like a veteran.  5 saves!

Check out more detail here: Tampa Bay uses 2 goalies, beats Chicago 4-3 to even Final.

We still don’t know what Bishop’s injury is or why he left the ice.  Maybe it was meant to be and a way to let Vasilevskiy’s light shine. He earned his first career playoff victory.  In an interview, he said he a little nervous, but that he always keeps his head in the game and is always ready.  I guess so!  He was ready last night for sure.

The Stanley Cup Final’s first two games were split for only the second time since 2004. As game 3 approaches, I am surprised at how  much of a Tampa Bay fan I am becoming.  Honestly, I didn’t even know the name of the team, Lightning, until a couple of weeks ago.  I am laughing at myself right now.  Wonder if there are other sore looser Tampa Bay Lightning fans out there.  Oh, to understand the behavior of humans.

I am sure I will be posting about the winner of the Stanley Cup, and I hope it is Tampa Bay.  Sorry Blackhawks fans. I am just being real.

My Favorite Duck

You probably thought you were going to see a duck hunting blog or a blog about Chesapeake ducks … ya I’ll add some info about that.  But right now I want to talk about  my favorite Ducks.  That would be the Anaheim Ducks. Can you say PLAYOFFS?! For those of you who are not ice hockey fans – the Anaheim Ducks are a professional hockey team located in California and part of the Western Division.




Welcome to my All Things Ducks blog.  This is my first blog so I am not sure exactly what is going to become of it.  I hope to make this about everything ducks.   I will also be giving a shout out to some of my favorite places and businesses. Hope you find this entertaining and informative!

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