Well, yesterday was awfully exciting around here!! I told you about a month ago that we have a family of raccoons living in our chimney. So weird. We assumed that they'd eventually leave, but it became pretty clear they weren't going anywhere. We figured we could just get animal control to come remove them, but it turns out you have to hire a private company, and they're ridiculously expensive. So we started trying "home remedies" for this critter problem of ours. We scared the mom away with a blacklight in the chimney, but the two babies wouldn't budge. We've been working on them for the past week or so, and of COURSE, the day the Geologist leaves me on my own, they come down into the fireplace. I tried making them a food trail to the door, but they weren't interested. They explored the basement for a while before I got them barricaded into one room. Tried bright lights, Bracken, and loud music, but they wouldn't budge. Bracken would get nose to nose with them but they just stared her down. Or pretended they were invisible. Finally, some friends came to my rescue and we got them out with a laundry hamper a a piece of rope through a pipe. No harm done! Only took five hours of my day... But we are now raccoon free! Hooray!
Sorry friends, I don't much feel like being creative and newsy and entertaining today. We bought Bracken some new booties today, to protect her fragile nails and keep her from licking her feet, and as I was putting them on I found that every nail on her two front paws is cracking, separating, oozing, and crusted. The poor girl has infections in every nail bed (and inside the separated nails), and my heart is just breaking for her. No wonder she can't leave her feet alone, and I've been scolding her every time she licks them. She's such a good sport, so cheerful (well, except with her old booties, she totally pouted with those on) and loving and snuggly and playful, but she's in constant pain. She's my baby and my therapy; her goal in life is to make me feel better, and I can't fix her. I can only hope that in a month or two, she'll feel better. Months. It's just very, very hard on my heart right now.
One more week till September!!! I can't wait!! For multiple reasons! LOTS of Colorado's best produce comes into season in September: blackberries, pears, plums, apples, raspberries, late crop strawberries, ALL of which I am just dying to turn into gorgeous jars of scrumptious preserves! Not to mention the weather is cooling down and I think it's going to actually start feeling like Fall in a matter of weeks... I'm Fall-crazy already, I'm itching for long sleeves and crisp mornings! Until all that gorgeous fruit is ready for me, I have to work with what I can find, because I am seriously addicted to this jamming thing. So when I was making a quick grocery run and saw these beautiful yellow plums on sale, and actually ripe instead of rock hard, the wheels of inspiration started spinning. I just had to make them into jam! I can't ever leave well enough alone though, so it had to be more than just plum jam, right?? I thought ginger immediately, but was a bit wary so I only made half of the batch with ginger, just in case it turned out awful. The plums were plenty sweet, but I wanted a bit more tang to them, so I threw in a few peaches to brighten things up, and it turned out fabulous. A perfect late-Summer treat!