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To Pay the Rent, Now

The raccoons are back. On Canada Day evening, when the fireworks were going on, they were out in the back, washing themselves in the water, messing about with everything. It's the two kits. Mother isn't there with them, and they seem to haunt our back yard and a few in this block together. I've heard them get separated from each other and then strike up a caterwaul for a half hour or so, trying to find how to get to each other through the fences and the hedges.

Anyway, we went to the window to see if we could catch any of the fireworks. We'd been too tired to make it downtown, since we had an air mattress spring a leak while camping the night before and hadn't gotten much sleep. By the red and green sparkles, we watched them walk around the pool, fall in, get themselves out, grab stuff to eat. Clean it, mess around with the tomato plants.

When I actually went into the back a couple of days later, I saw that they had raided the grackle nest in the honeysuckle vine. The one that was being built when the mallards were causing the grackles worry. There were grackle eggshells all down the walk, all licked clean by the raccoons.

I expect they'll be on their rounds through here more often, now. I'll have to find some way of keeping them off the tomatoes. I've heard bloodmeal helps chase away most critters—we hadn't been able to use it because Dalen would try to eat it. But then again, these are raccoons. Blood meal might even attract them.

In other news, I had a bit of a scare this morning when I checked and realized my U.S. Passport was expired. No worries, though, it seems. I only need my birth certificate for entry, and can travel on my Canadian one. So Readercon is still on.


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Jul. 4th, 2013 09:11 am (UTC)
Oh wow! So I'll get to meet you at Readercon! Please drop me an email and share a cell phone number if you have one. (I actually currently do not, though I guess Wakanomori won't mind if I borrow his.)

I keep a very low profile. I'm on just one panel ("Welcome to Readercon") which I'm not particularly encouraging people to visit--there are many more interesting panels around, and I'll be going to listen to them when I have a chance. My mealtimes I generally spend with my dad, but I think you might well like my dad, so perhaps you could join us at one. Then again, informal conversation in stairwells and lobbies is also quite fine!

ETA: My dad and I wont' arrive until early on Friday afternoon, probably....

Edited at 2013-07-04 01:11 pm (UTC)
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Cara Sposa will be with me. Not sure when we're arriving, but I hope to be there for Thursday evening; there's a couple of panels I'd like to see. Mostly I'm there to see the rest of the crowd that I seem to be trading stories, workshopping, or running into online all the time. There's a Toronto Nexus and a Megalopolis Nexus that seems to have evolved, so it's good to be able to meet in person or at least come listen to.

But Good! I was hoping we'd meet up somewhere. We're driving through Mass, so if you weren't there, we'd have stopped by on the way to say hello. I'd love to meet your dad, too. He sounds like a proper yellow-dog scoundrel.
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
Excellent! I would love to meet her too! The invitation--whether for a meal or lobby chats--holds for the both of you.
Jul. 4th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
Sounds good. Let's play it by ear. I'll send you our cell numbers by email.
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