Monday, August 20, 2012

The Crime Scene


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 :)

16 comments:

  1. LOL! very dull! Now you have a time to have fun, cleaning your little nook. I'm sorry, Rosemary!

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    1. Thanks Nadezda, they are like my backyard teenagers :)

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  2. I was guessing raccoon at the first picture, good to know my varmint suspicions are usually right. I am surprised that the little bandits didn't eat all the berries, I wonder why?

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    1. I'm surprised he didn't throw up everything he ate on the sofa, because that would have been classic!

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  3. What a naughty raccoon, and you are so forgiving.

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    1. We get to see the pups every year and that's the image that's in my mind whenever I come across one of their crime sprees. They are the cutest masked bandits you'll ever meet :)

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  4. Haha, very suspenseful & entertaining post! Those raccoons! They are always up to no good around my yard!

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    1. One of these days I'm going to set up a video camera to tape them overnight, they are so curious and definitely up to no good :)

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  5. I love this. This is really lots of fun Rosemary. I know we have Racoons here in midtown somewhere. There are several colonies in a couple neighborhoods and their antics always make me laugh. I think I'd get one of those night time cameras to watch all the action at night. These pics were lots of fun. I enjoy wildlife so much and it's nice to see that you're okay with the family underneath the porch;) They gotta sleep somewhere:)

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    1. It really did make me laugh to see the party they had at my place overnight and one of these days I will try to film them :)

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  6. Love your sense of humour! We don't have raccoons but several other mess-capable critters. Hope your visitor has better manners next time.

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    1. Well, they didn't eat all the berries... Maybe they were politely leaving some for me :)

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  7. who leaves ripe lucious berries on an easily accessible porch to drive animals wild? hahaha....photoshop creativity! fun ! I enjoyed it thoroughly! Little did he know he would be on Gardners most wanted!!! lol

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    1. You're so funny Sharon, love the "Gardeners most wanted" and you're right, of course, I completely blame myself for leaving the berries out. They were absolutely entitled to help themselves :)

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  8. Love this post!
    We don't have racoons here.

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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