A thief ransacked our little Nook Saturday night and this was what I found the next morning. I had my suspicions about the identity of the culprit immediately. Let me present the evidence and see if you jump to the same conclusion.
Unfortunately, I was the one who forgot the bowl of tantalizing, juicy berries on the lower shelf of the etagere and I know exactly who would find them impossible to resist. Note the 5-fingered handprint midpoint, on the left hand side of the photo.
The cushion is pulled down and tufts of white and dark-brown fur are everywhere. The curtain lies crumpled on the floor (Exhibit-F) probably yanked from its place in an attempt to climb it. This led me to a hanging ornament notably missing its shiny jewel. I eventually found the jewel in the center of the cushion. I know of only one suspect with the manual dexterity capable of removing it.
Berry-stained prints leave a trail of his progress across the room where he knocked the cushions off the sofa and tipped over the candle on the small table (Exhibit-G).
One last bit of vandalism. Really? Why the sudden urge to destroy my clothespin?
Have you guessed the identity of the culprit by now?
Yes, it was a member of the five-fingered, berry-loving, white and dark-brown furred, climbing, jewel collecting, love-to-chew and knock things over, raccoon family that live under one of our decks all summer long.
Life would be very dull without them :)