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Be vewwy vewwy quiet…

Hunting raccoons

We’re huntin’ wabbits!

Actually, not rabbits. We were looking for a raccoon. We’d seen him sitting in the driveway, watching us walk down the path towards him on our way to the garage. As we got closer carrying our bags of garbage and recycling, he toddled off towards the back yard. I put the bags in the cans in the garage, ran inside to get my camera, gave Eamonn a little direction regarding appropriate behavior around wild raccoons, and set off to see if we could snap a picture of the big guy.

We couldn’t. Never did find him again. But I got this lovely shot of the back of Eamonn’s head, and his nibble-worthy little neck, as we made our way back to the front door.

Packing the orders

It’s been a busy day so far of observing a flock of migrating blackbirds, dropping Aidan off at school, locating a napkin basket, finally changing a hard-to-reach light bulb, cleaning the kitchen, raccoon hunting, cleaning the living room, picking items to be shipped, sitting in on one of Aidan’s classes for American Education Week, sharing lunch with Mom & Eamonn, and picking the rest of the items to be shipped. Were it not for the school-related distraction in the middle of the day, I’d probably have gotten at least the Priority Mail packages on their way today. Unfortunately, though, I’ve missed the mail pickup at this point. Which is why I have time to be blogging right now. If there still existed a chance of getting these packages in the mail today, I’d be hunkering down, stuffing envelopes and boxes with wild abandon. I get a momentary reprieve, but I guess I know how I’ll be spending my night!

Today I am thankful that I have a mother who is willing and able to come over and watch Stuart Little with Eamonn when I have “no younger siblings allowed” events to attend for Aidan. Thanks, Mom 🙂

[Edited to add: I forgot to mention what I did here last night. I enabled gravatars in the comments. If you don’t have one, you are represented by a big pink dot. If you don’t want to be a dot, get yourself a gravatar. They’ll work on any site that uses them.]

2 thoughts on “Be vewwy vewwy quiet…

  1. Raccoons are cute – from a distance. Living in your house or eating from your fish pond, they’re not so cute. Mating in your driveway at 4AM, definitely not so cute. Still, any opportunity kids get to learn about wildlife in the wild is good.

    I haven’t seen any (alive) down here, nor have I seen possums, but I know they’re around. Maybe they’re scared of the Great Blue Heron. Or the pair or red-tailed hawks. Or the forty bazillion turkey vultures. What we lack in mammals, we make up for in birds.

    1. We have no shortage of birds around here either – we’re right down the road from the Raptor Trust. And yeah, I prefer my wildlife at a healthy distance, too.

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