When I let Java out last night, I saw something big jump off our bird feeder. I was thinking that either it was the biggest squirrel I’d ever seen or it wasn’t a squirrel. I ran up the steps to the deck with H’s super-duper bright flashlight and found a raccoon on the deck.
This explains what has happened to our birdfeeder. I had been thinking that we had some really strong squirrels. But no, that wasn’t it.
What a mess!
So now the birdfeeder is shot and I just bought a bunch of birdseed. I like having the birdfeeder on the deck because you can see the birds really well through our windows. And we’ve had some really beautiful yellow finches, bluebirds, cardinals, and what I think is a rose-breasted grosbeak.
I’m not sure what to do with the birdseed now. There aren’t a whole lot of choices of where to put a birdfeeder and still have it visible from the window. Another life challenge…
I didn’t get to the kayak demo I was planning on going to today. I looked up how far away the lake was and it’s 40 miles away or 80 miles round trip. I had so many other things I needed to get done so I decided maybe I’d go next time. They have another kayak demo on June 6th.
Instead, I took Luke trail riding again. I had a hard time getting him to go far enough forward to close the divider in the trailer. Once again, he didn’t ride very well on the way to the park and ended up with a couple scrapes, one on his hip and another down by his right front hoof. Nothing serious but I had to clean the scrapes up and put some salve on them when I got home to keep the flies away. I may need to put wraps on his lower legs next time to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
There were a couple other horse trailers at the park but I didn’t see the riders at all. It’s not a very big park, so that’s kind of surprising.
I did manage to take a few photos while riding. Luke was very well behaved.
I’d like to try going to a bigger park but I’m going to have to look up the rules. Some parks require that you have a trail pass that you keep on your saddle, plus a sticker to park your trailer.
After I got home and put Luke back out with Murphy, I moved some of the outdoor furniture out of the barn and washed it off. After all that hard work, I had to sit on the furniture and cool off with a beer. I really like Goose Island Nut Brown Ale.
Java kept herself busy by running in and out of the pool.
The water gets her revved up and she had to run through the long grass to work off some energy. Kind of helps her dry off a little too.