Thompson went to the groomers and now looks very handsome, not to mention that the choice of finishing spray cologne was Pumpkin Spice or Sugar Cookie. Thompson decided he wanted Pumpkin Spice. Sugar Cookie was just a little too feminine for him.
The raccoons have finally discovered the plums that are left in the top of our tree. They have been visiting us every night for the past four nights. On the first night Retired Mountain Man decided he was going to do something about it.
I was the trustworthy assistant whose job was to hold the flashlight and take pictures.
As you can see in the photo, we have a very long stick that we are going to use to prod the raccoons to come down out of the tree.
The raccoons are four very young ones who are totally terrified of the two dogs and the guy with the stick. They are not about to come down out of the tree.
It wasn't too long before we gave up and went back to the house. The dogs have not given up though. They have been barking at them every night. How could there even be any plums left in the tree? Four nights and they haven't eaten all of the plums that are left? These are not very skilled raccoons.
On a happier note, my hanging baskets on the front porch have no idea that it's the middle of October and they should be done blooming.
Two dogs waiting for someone to puh leez - throw the ball!
Maggie went to the groomers and came home with two goofy pink bows on her head..... I haven't told Thompson that he is next. I think the boys get blue bows but I'm not sure.
We picked more grapes and it looks like we have enough green grapes for a carboy of white wine this year.
Finally, the bad news. It's only a matter of time before the raccoon clan finds the last of the grapes in the arbor. Oh boy.
There's actually no stomping here as I have found that using my steamer/juicer works really well to get every drop of juice out of the grapes. I now have five gallons of grape juice for wine and jelly.
Yes, I'm still working on putting all of my gardens to bed and storing everything for the winter. It's difficult this year because it's still summer on Oct. 8th. There were more ripe tomatoes. How many tomatoes do I have? Multiply this bowl times 15 and you'll have an idea.
This is my final harvest from the garden except for a few clusters of leaf lettuce that I left in my raised beds. It's a 2nd planting of carrots which actually did pretty well considering the amount of time they had to grow.
I loved hanging up my prayer flags for Ann. They look very pretty and are sending love and healing her way.
Today is grape picking day. The Concord grapes are ripe and very sweet. It has been so warm that even our green grapes are getting sweet. I think I may have enough for a carboy of white wine.
It was a great year for the garden and it's going to be another beautiful day.