We had a visitor over the weekend that wouldn't leave. She saw the welcome mat and decided that she liked the accommodations and was going to just stay for the winter. Normally I would roll out the red carpet for guests at my house, I want them to feel comfortable and consider our home their home while they are here. If I know they are coming, I bake a cake or a pie and of course have fresh sheets on the bed. But this visitor came unannounced, just slithered right into the garage... yep, that black snake that wanted to stay last spring returned and she had her bags packed to stay the winter. Hubby told her the inn was full though and encouraged her to leave.
I put this mat out, hoping to deter any others who are looking for a vacation home for the winter. That and keeping the garage doors shut are probably good ideas until after a hard freeze!