I opened the front door.
Our eyes locked,
Both of us surprised
to find ourselves
I've never seen you
Why are you stealing?
He made an awkward turn
smack into the garden pot.
Another half turn and
he leaped from the porch edge
and dropped to the ground.
I dashed to my desk.
Oh. Wrong way!
I dashed to my table,
Snagged my phone.
I ran out the back door.
I was armed,
Ready to fire.
Camera app activated!
Did I mention the four cats had him
surrounded on the porch
with their backs all arched?
Did I mention his eyes were masked?
I think he thought he was invisible
So easily he went on thieving
without a care
I searched the trees near the porch
But I came away without a shot.
So I need ideas.
How do I deal with a raccoon
Stealing the cats's food?
In other news ...
They started haying the fields around us today (5 days ago).
It's a good thing we put down posts next to our little viney plants.
The demarcation line is always considered "unclear" between our yard space and the field. He ran down my chicory plants this year. So far the sunflowers are still standing. He did avoid anything that had a post beside it :-D
The good part, we get to walk the hills for about 2 weeks. Then they will be impassable again.
Introductory thoughts regarding gossip sources.
Now. I'm slow with
curating gossiping mainly because I'm slow and distracted. We will just have to get around the fact that many / most posts are past their upvote period. I'll tell you how.
Any time I find a post that is past it's upvote season BUT I really like it, I leave a comment on the post. If the author replies, the author gets a decent upvote on the reply of at least 50%. This is especially useful if the author is not prolific and they haven't written another post in the last 7 days. Hey! It happens all the time. Doesn't mean they're dead. It just means they have another full-time life.
And I have a question. If you aren't already, why aren't you
curating collecting gossip? Gossiping isn't a talent reserved for the elite. Curating Gossiping is simply a matter of saying HEY LOOK! ISN'T THIS GREAT?! We all do that all the time. So, do your own gossiping. Make it more simple for yourself. Everyday, gossip about one or two posts that relate to the tags you are using. This is really the way I want to do it. But sometimes you will find yourself in gossip overload and well you'll just have to do a long post.
And to answer your question. How slow am I? This post has been in various stages since Thursday! FIVE Days. Reasons include: ADHD (for real omg there goes another fancy sock and it's pulling a shiny object for real!), Fatigue (we'll come back to that), More time in the yard (very nice for so many reasons), Shabbat (Yes, I take a one day brain sabbatical from Steemit every week!), and last but not least my hubby has been on vacation today :-) Well and he's usually my Sunday distraction, too. Most of these reasons are cause for celebration. Actually they all are because ADHD totally keeps me fascinated and the fatigue is even good right now.
So. All that to say, PLEASE, don't send your friends to me for all their gossip. You help out! You share some gossip around too. You just can't believe how much is out there to be gathered up!!
This amazing bit of news comes from my very own daughter, @violetjoy.
This is her second post on Steemit. It is pretty much her introduction. She made the first one the day before the wildfire burned the mountains along the Cascade River. She was kind of distracted by evacuation, etc.
I personally would appreciate it if you bookmark her blog and beg for weekly updates. Just say'n ;-)
While we're in the baby groove
Allow me to mention that @birdsinparadise, fellow @steemusa member,has a new grandson. The Birds have Arrived! Baby Journal Part 2 Some delicious baby arrival shots are in her post. So, if you're looking for portfolio ideas, there's more for you than just another pretty face ;-)
And Fellow SteemitMama's member @crosheille's little girl arrived last week. You can see some of her in Needlework Monday - Crochet Baby Photoshoot!!! you can also peruse @crosheille's blog for more news.
Beyond the Babies, there are other successes!!
Let this be a lesson to us all. It pays to coach people along after you bring them into Steemit.
Unlike many, I was very blessed to have someone tell me about Steemit in the first place. I showed up with some support here and a very kind hearted person showing me the way and helping me along. A very big thank you to @pitterpatter. Often times my biggest supporter in both engagement and just a fun person interact with. She is an amazing creator and she shows you through her editing of photos of just how wonderful the world is.
I highly recommend reading his entire post because he sites some very helpful stats, facts, and resources!
Many moons ago,
@ma1neevent announced in a group that he was looking for people to interview. I suggested @mariannewest and he and I tried to convince her. Well, Finally!! I present to you "Ma1ne & Snekky" Show Recap - @BigTom13, @Crystalpacheco30, and @Mariannewest
Have you checked into # ulogging?
@surpassinggoogle created the tag Ulogaround the concept that every person is a celebrity. One of his top goals is to take down barriers into Steem / Steemit. When people understand that they can talk about themselves and their world and be better received and better rewarded, there's no need for them to think they need to create "articles" around dredged up Internet info via copy, pasta.
And Oh how lovely are the stories! How riveting! And conversations do ensue. I would say it is also the most international and the most age diverse tag on steemit today.
... why I'm a fan of Ulog. As I've looked in on the tag several days here and there, it's so refreshing. It's blogging 2006 right before the corporate idiots came in and made it all stuffy and felt the need to smack down the mommy bloggers and parent bloggers and people who were just telling their stories bloggers.
Ulogs are a beautiful cacophony of life that blends into a breathtaking opera!
@surpassinggoogle is somehow getting people to understand that their very own life is fascinating to people all over the world -- fascinating to people who do not experience life in exactly the same way but yet share the human experience. That is what life is all about ... the telling of the stories.
Blogging that just disperses facts is as boring as hell and is not a blog. It's a research website for the myopic.
Hmm not that I have any opinions on this mind you.
Your day is a story, you should tell it. Use Ulog or use another tag, it matters not. Your story is worth recording on the blockchain because, as @macchiata once pointed out, in doing so you are recording the true history of the world (I don't have the link, sorry) -- in other words, live dangerously. Document your life and your history, do not let history be told by the propagandists!
OH OH OH Speaking of @macchiata.
We drift in and out of each other's lives and on one of the most recent passes she challenged me to the 7 Day Positivity Challenge by @conradt. When I went to look at her blog for examples, I discovered probably the most important post she has ever written: I Am Grateful I Was Adopted- Day 5.
She also wrote a post for a very special friend: When I heard the Ping
That's a very good note to close this round of gossip. So let's get into the run-on closure, shall we?
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