Friday, September 30, 2011

Under Dappled Shadows will be in my store soon

I put the finishing touches on my kit in the wee hours this morning and sent it off to my Creative Team. This weekend I will work on my ads, take feedback from my CT, finish my wordart, and it should be in my store sometime Monday or Tuesday.
 Thank you for your patience. oxoxxo Lorie

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Racoon Wars

We woke up last week to find, to our horrifying chagrin, that all of the grapes in our garden arbor were gone. In one night the local raccoon family (Growler, Gerdie, Gilbert, and their Mom) had eaten every last grape. We were hoppin mad (cursing them with tummy aches) and immediately instituted the Racoon Relocation Program.

We bought a big live trap.

The first thing we learned: Don’t bait a live trap with anything your cat likes. The first night using cat food for bait we caught (duh) Marla Mayhem the cat. We tried marshmallows next. (Racoon Kryptonite we were told.) These raccoons obviously are immune to regular marshmallows – until we pushed peanut butter inside the marshmallows and threw in a fish head for a bonus. (Marla hates fish) That caught Growler.

Growler did not take well to captivity. When we moved him to the truck he growled, hissed, and chomped his teeth like an angry alligator. We dropped him off about 20 miles from here in the wilderness.
Growler
We baited the trap again with a peanut butter marshmallows and a fish head. We caught Gerdie and Gilbert in the same trap. This is a door-at-each-end trap that closes as soon as somebody touches the bait. So they must have run in from both sides at exactly the same time – probably yelling in raccoon language: “Dibs on the fish head!” When we found them this morning they were just sitting there calmly like “Hey what’s up dudes?” They acted like they enjoyed the drive in the truck. We dropped them off at the same place in the mountains as their brother and they immediately climbed up the same tree Growler did. Hopefully tonight we’ll catch Mom and they will have a family reunion in a much more raccoon-friendly neck-of-the-woods.
Gilbert & Gerdie 

By the way, sorry again about telling everyone my kit was going to come out last week. Obviously I can never accurately predict when a kit is going to be done. I am not going to predict when it will be ready but, er, it feels like really soon. I really love this one and want it to be perfect. I guess that’s why it’s taking so long.  …….