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Payday and the Evil that is Racoons

April 22nd, 2011 at 08:25 pm

DH put his airline ticket on the wrong credit card. I went to go pay off the interest that always comes through after you pay off a credit card, which was $40 and some change and noticed he'd put it on the paid off Master Card instead of the air miles reward VISA. The two cards look very similar, both black, both from BoA.

It's an easy mistake to make. *sighs* But now it's got $355 on it, so I can't pay it off again until May 13th. Frown It's not the end of the world, I was just looking forward to seeing it zero out again, and at least it means that the VISA is still under $20,000 which it wouldn't have been if he'd put it on the air miles card. He's going to take it out of his wallet and stop carrying it altogether.

I made a payment of $1000 on the interest free medical debt loan I owe my mother, which brings our balance to $89,000, with seven years and six months and 89 payments to go, $21,000 paid off so far.

This was the little payday, it only has two days wages on it, so the rest of the money, plus what I've put aside, is going to stretch over the next two weeks of no paychecks.

I didn't take any cash out of the bank as I still have $52 in my wallet. I think I can get by on that for the next week.

A racoon got into Mom's chicken coop last night as she forgot to do the locks. Racoons are very capable of opening simple doors and it did. It killed 4 chickens. What really gets me is that it only ate one of them. It killed the other three just for sport, I think. Racoons are just such nasty creatures. So we are down to zero ducks and two chickens.

I kind of wish she'd give the chickens to this lady she knows on a farm. I think it's just too much work for her and that's why she's gotten so lazy about things. But her laziness has lost her one duck three days ago and now four more chickens. She started with 10 chickens and 4 ducks. Only one animal death was not due to her being careless about something. I'd rather see the chickens go than have to listen to that inhumane screaming in the middle of the night as a racoon kills a chicken. It's one of the most awful sounds in the world.

2 Responses to “Payday and the Evil that is Racoons”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    I agree. If your mom can't take care of them it would be better to give them to someone who can. My sister has always kept chickens and ducks and this has also happened to her a few times, though not necessarily with raccoons. Roaming dogs, hawks, you name it.

  2. baselle Says:

    My Duvall friends are in the same situation - it takes a lot of energy defending poultry against raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and cougars. Coops, then fencing around the coops, then a trained dog and or llama who takes her job seriously as a defender. Its a lot of work for the whole crew because the raccoons especially just know when everyone's guard is down. Much better for the poultry if you know your limitations - that includes giving them up if guarding them is too much.

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