Monday, November 15, 2021

Our Furry Neighbors Are Back

  It had been a while since we'd seen any sign of our furry neighbors. We assumed they were still around, but couldn't really be sure. 

Saturday morning I opened the shade in the kitchen before sunrise and was greeted by this view of our derelict neighbor's roof.




It was still pretty dark out there, but I could see one of those raccoon looking in at me. I waved. I called for Roger to come and take a look. We said our hellos and wished them a good day. I went back to making the tea and toast for morning. When I looked again they were back inside the attic for the rest of the day. I'm hoping we'll see them again. I'm sure they're hoping for the same. We're their very friendly not-so-furry neighbors.

18 comments:

  1. I don't know much about racoons. ( actually I don't know anything!) Are they friendly/do they bite given the chance/do they smell/do they live in pairs/do they lay eggs ( only joking!!) How many young do they have at a time. Are they good parents? They certainly look cute.

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    1. Frances-- You ask such interesting questions. I know very little about their behaviors. They are mostly nocturnal and do their scavenging and hunting at night. They are quite opportunistic about finding spaces to sleep. I think they are probably good parents, and they are pretty cute.

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  2. Amazing photos. What little scoundrels!

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    1. Ally Bean-- They are little scoundrels. Roger and I spoke with the owner (who lives out of town and whom we've never met) today and asked if we should go in and inspect the place. Years ago she had a relative give me a key to the house. We've only been in once. We went in today and OMG the damage is unbelievable. What's happened in the past two years is remarkable. I am going to do a post about it tomorrow.

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  3. That house must really be a mess inside. Doesn't the city worry about derelict houses?

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    1. EllenD-- We went inside today. First time in two years. The damage is pretty extensive. I'm going to do a post about it tomorrow.

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  4. A home for a raccoon family- that house will be rubble soon. Feral furry neighbors. They are clever little animals. I feel so lucky that the little family still comes to the deck door, looking for love ( kibbles , nuts and eggs)

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    1. Linda Sue-- We went inside the house today for the first time in two years (I called the owner and asked for permission.) It is definitely getting to be a rubble mess. Tomorrow's post will have photos.

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  5. They are cute but can do a tremendous amount of damage.

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    1. Red-- Oh yes, cute and very damaging. Tomorrow there will be photos.

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  6. If we humans weren't so intent on destroying habitat for other creatures they'd probably have a nest in the woods. So let them have the derelict house I say. They are smart clever little creatures with hands.

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    1. ellen abbott-- We humans have really wrecked things on our beautiful planet in every way. These raccoons are teaching us a lesson. Tomorrow there will be photos of that lesson.

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  7. They sure are cute but I am really glad that isn't my house. That feeble attempt to plug the hole sure didn't work.

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    1. Patti-- You nailed it "that feeble attempt." That's exactly what it was. We went in the house today. The damage was pretty shocking. Photos tomorrow!

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  8. Is that an open hole in the roof? They're eventually going to have to tear that house down if they don't secure it better than that! (It might be past saving already.)

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    1. Steve-- Oh yes, that's an open hole in the roof. Roger and I went inside the house today for the first time in two years, after I called the owner to ask if it would be okay. The damage is pretty extensive. I'll be posting photos tomorrow. Oy.

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  9. Wow! I didn't realize that two years had gone by since you went inside. It's sad to hear that there is so much damage to a once-loved house. I'm sure the raccoons appreciate having that whole house to themselves or maybe they aren't the only occupants! Interesting how they look over at you.

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    1. am-- You're right! It's only been 11 months since we went into the house. As I type this we're waiting for a contractor to knock on our door so we can let him and take a look around. It's really a mess, and it's starting to rain. So we'll get the whole perspective. The raccoons responded to me opening the shade. They looked at me; I looked at them. It was a shared moment. LOL!

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