Storey’s production director undertakes a home improvement project that satisfies the neighbors.

Before: a neat stone path

For the past two years the stone walkway going into my garden shed was only half finished. Last Sunday I decided to complete the job. Two hours later, after setting in the final stones, weeding around all the existing stones, and spreading down mulch, I stepped back to admire my work. Fortunately, I also thought to take the picture above.

Little did I know that two days later, I would go out in the morning to find it looking like this.

After

It soon became evident (by the path of destruction and faint odor) that an opportunistic skunk was on a nocturnal mission to find grubs, worms, and other tasty morsels in the newly disturbed dirt. The skunk also completely uprooted a newly planted boxwood shrub, tossing it unceremoniously aside while investigating the hole. I imagine it had been watching the whole earth-moving operation from afar, gleefully rubbing its little paws together in anticipation of a nighttime feast.

When I told our creative director, Alethea Morrison, about the skunk’s destructive shenanigans, she appropriately responded, “That stinks.”

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