We were all well into our appetizers and wine, the conversation was heating up when suddenly a loud bang stopped us all dead in our tracks. A loud crash brought our attention to the brick wall behind us that used to house a wood stove. I took the wood stove out during our remodel because I didn't like the location of it and in it's place put a large, bamboo cabinet that acts as a bar. Behind the cabinet is a cover that fits into the vent pipe. Suddenly the cover comes unhinged and out pops a squirrel! I am sure he was as astonished to see us as we were to see him.
It's mayhem! Leaping into the air the squirrel lands on the liquor bottles below, my husband lunges for it only to be left in the dust as the rattled squirrel runs into my library, backtracks and scurries down the hallway. As luck would have it my husband leaps, grabs the tail only to find nothing in his grip but a wad of hair. At this point we are all laughing and screaming. We chase him down the hall into the guest bedroom for a quick about face back down the hall, with luck and timing, I had the front door wide open and we hazed him out the door at warp speed into the snow beyond, nary a look back did he give us!
An exciting beginning to a great evening with friends...next time I'll set an extra plate!