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I Hate Racoons

October 29th, 2012 at 01:02 pm

I utterly hate them. They are savage, evil animals in a deceptively cute package. Early this morning a raccon killed two of our female ducks. Did it bother to fully consume either of them? No. It ate half of one and killed the other without eating it. I understand nature, but you know, take what you need, don't kill more than necessary. I swear those racoons are having a good time with it.

So Noisy and Len Tao are gone, laid to rest, leaving us with only Patches and Lady Henry Inigo Montoya. We won't be letting them out until at least 9 a.m. from now on. At least by then we can be sure the predators are gone. At least the chickens are fine. Times like this, I wish we had a dog.

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Last night I transferred the money from ING to pay the property taxes on Wednesday. Since I set aside $100 a month and property tax is $518.17, I had some surplus money in that category, so I took $1.61 to even out my Emergency Fund, which now sits at $1000 exactly, and then the rest of it I dumped into the Freezer Fund. Along with another $10 I shifted, the Freezer Fund now sits at $851.03.

That's basically it, I'm just saving up for the sales tax now. My usual $100 per month will be added next month, plus whatever coin jar scrapings there are and it will be done. I think an even $1000 is a good place to stop. So nice to see a goal within sight. Once I hit it, I'll resume adding money to my emergency fund to build it back up.

I'm not exactly sure when we will purchase the freezer. I guess it will depend on how fast our house sells. If I know we are going to move away from here shortly after it sells, it feels kind of senseless to have it here and then have to move it again. Seems like it would be easier to just have it delivered to our new place when we buy it than to have to move it later and risk the damages that always seem to happen during moving. Well, it won't hurt the money to sit there collecting interest until we know what we are doing.

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This morning when I took DD to school the rain was pretty fierce. The street was flooded about six inches, because leaves were clogging the drain. Our basement is flooding too, but we turned on the sump pump early so it's not too bad. We're actually having a clear patch right now with more rain due tonight. But a little sun is better than no sun. And a little rain is better than what they are getting over on the East coast.

5 Responses to “I Hate Racoons”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Frown I'm sorry to hear about your ducks. Frown

  2. snafu Says:

    Racoons are nocturnal smart, determined and tenacious. If they have figured out their are edibles on your property they move in. They are difficult to get rid of other than by traps. They can kill dogs. I suggest you call animal control and ask for help. It takes several calls to get animal control to come out. They often loan traps but you will need to release trapped racoons in the wilderness. We had them in the attic, they ripped out roofing.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Animal control won't come out for racoons, possums, coyotes or skunks. They basically will only come out for wild dogs or feral cats and only if you catch them first.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    raccoons ate most of dh's corn that he planted. He is not too fond of them either.

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    I am sorry to hear about your duckie-girls. Frown

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