Last night I caught the damned raccoon right up on my porch!! I made loud noises and scared him away, but he came back at some point. How do I know? There are muddy footprints all over the deck and the nest of baby spiders I was trying hard not to step on is gone. And that soft spot in the garden is dug up again.
I'm _this_ close to loading the shotgun and sitting in the window waiting for him. I wonder if spraying him with water would work. (My aunt used to shoot the bears getting into her bird feeder in the Adirondacks with a water gun!)
The fact that they are known to carry diseases means I should be out there mopping the deck with bleach water every day- because I don't have enough to do around the house already! Uch!!
6/15/16- We borrowed a live trap from a friend who, for his own reasons, doesn't mind having more raccoons on his land. So far, we have relocated 7 of the little beasties. Let's hope this family is the only group who thinks my gardens are their personal playground!
Meanwhile, on my way home from a doctor's appointment yesterday, I stopped to look for more sparkly stuff for my Opulent Ornaments. Look what AC Moore had!!!
I can't wait to find places for them!!
This is not the nest of babies I found on my deck, obviously. I weeded around these guys a couple of days ago in the perennial bed. I just thought I'd share what a nest of babies looks like. They are already weaving tiny webs, and will be gone in a few days, especially if it gets windy. They aren't hurting me, and may even remove pests from my garden!! Plus, on dewy mornings, their webs are beautiful!
I used to hate spiders- like most girls do- but I have learned to appreciate them.
I am grateful for:
A few days of solitude
Grilled cheese on a croissant
Taking the first step
The self-study is finished and submitted
The kittens are doing better!!!