Saturday, June 9, 2007

It's Raining, It's Pouring, The Old Man Is Snoring

I was standing in my kitchen this morning at about 9am and I turned towards the front window just as a creature with a long stripped tail went walking by.  I couldn't believe my eyes...it was a huge raccoon.  In broad daylight, no less.  By the time I grabbed my camera and got outside it had gone into my neighbors carport.  I know they keep cat food out on the porch for their outdoor cat and I'm sure that was the attraction. 

Meanwhile I took some pictures of my beautiful "lump" of flowers.  They are just so pretty right now,  They border my neighbors driveway and he keeps telling everyone that they are his flowers.  He has rocks instead of grass in his front yard so you know he isn't going to be planting flowers.  They have their place for sale and my flowers showed up in the pictures that the realtor took for the Multiple Listing Service. I hate the thought of them moving, they are the best neighbors in the whole wide world.  Getting new neighbors can sometimes be a scary thing.

Anyway, I kept waiting for the raccoons to reappear and I was just about to give up and go back in the house when not one, but two appeared, coming out of the other neighbors carport.  They were moving along so fast, I had to run down my driveway to get a picture of them.  They headed for the school yard just outside the back gate of this mobile home park but then took a detour and climbed over a fence belonging to another house and disappeared in among their trees.   I've seen them at night around here and early one winter morning I opened my front door to go to work and there were two of them on my front porch, trapping me in my house for about 10 minutes until they sauntered off.  But to see them running down the road at 9 o'clock in the morning seems strange. 

We are finally getting some rain here in the Pacific Northwest today.  Unfortunately, unless it rains hard for about 3 days it won't do much good. Everything is very dry. I've set all  my hanging baskets out on the patio to get watered by Mother Nature.

My friend Joni, finally posted an entry this morning.  We were talking on the phone last night and she said she was going to.  It's been a long time, so why not stop by her journal and say hi. She's counting down the days until she retires...it won't be long now Joni, until you are free...free from going to work! 

Yesterday, Bob and I went to the travel agency and finalized our plans for the August 17th cruise to Alaska.  Last year, he didn't want to go until he took me to Seattle and saw that big ship sitting there at the dock.  Then with a very sad face he said "gee I wish I was going."  Well, he better not back out this year.  (He was asking the gal about trip cancellation insurance.)   I'm starting to get excited about it now that all the details are in place.  I'm also looking forward to finally meeting Lanny and his family, another AOL journaler who lives close by.  They are going on the same cruise on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas.  I asked the travel agent if there were still cabins available and in checking she found there were.  So if you think you might like to take this cruise, call your travel agent right away.  It's not too late to get a cabin on this ship.  August is a perfect month to go to Alaska, as it hasn't started getting cold and stormy there yet. 

Well, I'm going to close and get busy.  I've already been to Curves this morning and I feel energized, so I better get busy before that feeling goes away. 

Until next time.........Linda

15 comments:

sunnyside46 said...

I love those little bandits.
Isn't it wierd, they live in the storm drains here!
Your house is really cute.
oh good , you are going to be cruising so I'll get to hear all about it.
Love,
Marti

katie39041 said...

You have the best type of display, and its well and truely a good mix I just bought some sweet williams yesterday, and i love lavender, I bought a french lavender last week.Poppys self seed be careful they do not over run your other flowers. As it is at the moment is just like a clump of wild flowers the colour is fantastic.
love and hugs
Katie

sugarsweet056 said...

I think bandits are sooo cute, my step gma used to have a couple for pets.
Your flowers are beautiful!!! I'm so jealous.
Cruise to Alsaka, wish I could...but I have more pressing matters. Even if I didn't, there'd still be no money for a cruise. Hope you have LOTS of fun!
Hugs,
Sugar

jonibooks1991 said...

The flowers are really pretty, especially the lavendar and the sweet williams.
Be careful of the racoons so they don't get Gabi.  They're fun to watch but dangerous.  Have a good day, Joni

jeanno43 said...

Your flowers are so pretty.  Hope you get good neighbours.  Wish we had racoons over here.

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fasttrack58 said...

I love your flowers! that's the look I keep trying to get in my backyard... I plant seeds and then nothing or they only last one season and don't come back.... how fun seeing the raccoons...
Enjoy your day!
Linda :)

jlocorriere05 said...

I'd love to see racoons outside my door! Where I used to live I used to have badgers playing on the front lawn at daybreak and foxes at night. The cruise will creep up on you so fast, August isn't that long to wait, just a couple of months! Hope Bob doesn't back out, I know he'll love it! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

justplainbill said...

Linda, tell Bob for me, or is it Jim, that the trip to Alaska will be the best trip he has taken. I did it with my golfing buddy four ago, our wives would no go. We both said and say it was the greatest trip we ever had. Scenery, sea, land and air animals. Interesting history and sights. The boat and its amenities were as usual top notch. We were talking about just last week and we said it is a trip we would take again.
You will love it. I will have to look for my pictures but I don't think I had the digital camera back then.
If he won' go you should go alone. We met several ladies traveling alone and it was safe and not a problem for them.
Bill

rbrown6172 said...

your flowers are beautiful!!  how exciting that the alaskan cruise is so close!  hope bob doesn't back out!
gina

mariealicejoan said...

Beautiful flowers!  You will love the Alasken Cruise!  MY friend Eliza and her husband went on one for their 30th and they had a lovely time!
Marie
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ally123130585918 said...

Would those Racoon's attack you Linda I laughed at you being trapped in your house until they sauntered away ~ then I thought they may have attacked you ? ~ :o) Your "Lump" of flowers are beautiful ~
Hope you get some more Nice neighbours shame the ones there are moving away ~ August isn't far away and then you will be on your travels again that cruise to Alaska sounds lovely ~ hope Bob does go as I am sure he will enjoy it ~ Ally x

jeadie05 said...

Oh you have done such a good job with your flowers real old English garden blooms ,loved  the pics of the raccoons could they be nasty ? ...love Jan xx

kaydeejay5449 said...

Ohhhh,  my heart just aches when I think about that Alaskan cruise.  We went on Vision of the Seas last year and LOVED it.  Beautiful ship.  No Alaska this year for us.  I will have to see your pictures and share your adventure.
Hugs, Kathy

acoward15 said...

I've never seen a raccoon in the wild. Are they common where you live?
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queenb8261 said...

I think the only raccoons I've seen were unfortunately roadkill.  Your flowers are absolutely wonderful.  We don't have much in the way of a garden. We have a planter full of 4 o'clocks and a couple pots of hibiscus. Some rose bushes that bloom in the spring and late summer when it starts to cool off. They are covered with the oak tree, so they don't usually bloom in summer much. I hope you get nice new neighbors. One of our neighbors' house is for sale. I told my son he needs to buy it. LOL Take care.
Hugs, Barb