Thursday, October 06, 2022

The Finicky Raccoon Weekly Link Round-Up


I've been racking my brain, trying to come up with a solution to my problem. I knew there had to be some way to feed JR the raccoon the cat treats that he loves without also feeding the feral cats. Those cats and I have had a silent feud for years. They've destroyed more than their share of fountains and are currently using my favorite patio chair as a scratching post, but the one thing that's had me simmering in my own juices is how many birds they've killed. That's the unforgivable thing in my book. (Well... one unforgivable thing; the first is the poor excuses for human beings who turned them loose in the first place.) There's no way to keep them out of the back garden, and I'll be darned if I feed them treats that will only encourage them to spend even more time on the property.

Inspiration struck the other night at midnight, and I immediately went out to put my plan in action. It was a success. All the cats but one were oblivious to the treats, and the one that could smell them couldn't get to them. 
But JR could!

Here he is, figuring out how to open the container. (Once he'd finished his snack, he went over to the pool and washed his paws.)

He kept coming back to check the container, and I thought that he'd emptied it and was hoping that more had miraculously appeared. When I went out the next morning, I saw the truth of the matter: to make sure that the container would sit in the birdbath and not float around, I had poured in a different flavor of cat treats on top of what was already in there. JR loves the "Backyard Cookout" flavor and turns his nose up at "Seafood Medley." Leave it to me to befriend a finicky raccoon!

While I'm adjusting my grocery list, enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►The Wanderer◄
  • Due to prolonged drought, Glen Canyon is revealing its breathtaking secrets. (Opponents to Glen Canyon Dam have said that Glen Canyon was more awe-inspiring than the Grand Canyon.)
  • A volcanic eruption has created a new island in the South Pacific
  • Starrett House, one of the many reasons why I love Port Townsend, Washington. 
►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. I love it that you found a way to feed JR without getting the cats involved, Cathy. And trust me. I know exactly what you mean about people who let feral cats loose. Don't get me started! At any rate, thanks as always for the links. I'm heading for that Egyptian sarcophagus now, but I'll be back.

    1. I thought you might find that sarcophagus too tempting to resist!

  2. I vote JR smartest (and cutest!) racoon ever.

    1. A stick got blown into one of the birdbaths during a recent storm. I used the hose to blast it out of the birdbath, but neglected to pick it up and throw it away. JR put it back in the birdbath. I guess I've been told! LOL

  3. I love that story! But you'll have to excuse me, because there are so many links to follow, starting with those books translated from Arabic ...

  4. That was a clever way to keep the cats out of the treats! That JR sounds like a finicky fellow, but so fun to watch.


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