For Day 14 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Aubergine,” I sketched a little raccoon chomping on an eggplant. A few years ago, there was a raccoon we named Bob that would plop onto our roof from a nearby tree. That’s annoying enough when you have a flat roof and the landing spot is directly above your bed, but Bob would also poop in the same spot before leaving once more. We were thankful that Bob seemed to have stopped visiting us, however, recently we were visited by multiple raccoons once more. They would not simply plop, but also wrestle and play, usually in the wee hours of the night. Our neighbors have a rooftop garden and were not too happy to find that the raccoons had taken a liking to their eggplants. Since that night, we’ve enacted a host of deterrents that seem to be working, but I swore I heard just one little set of timid footprints last night. So, I imagined one determined little raccoon, performing some Mission Impossible stealth moves, before claiming his precious prize of just one more eggplant.
I’ve always thought raccoons were really cute. Once there was a family of them marching down the road outside my window and it was rather adorable to watch. That said, when they visit your home uninvited, their cuteness doesn’t really matter as much anymore, and I just want them to leave! I was so irritated with their WWE match they were having above my bed that I rushed to the roof with a flashlight to see what was happening. When I got there, they were already gone. Then, the next night, Philippe did the same and he spotted the two culprits. They didn’t seem to be very bothered by being discovered. As Philippe was descending the spiral staircase to come back inside, one of them peered over the edge to stare at him curiously. He had to admit that yeah, it was actually kind of cute.
We don’t have any plants on our side of the shared roof, so it was our neighbors who experienced the biggest issues. Thankfully, not all of the eggplants were destroyed, before we were able to get rid of them, and we’re actually going over to their place this weekend to enjoy a lovely dinner with food from their garden. I’m excited as fresh vegetables are one of the things I actually do like about summer. This morning the humidity was so high that the entire house was wet on the outside as though it had rained. It hadn’t. It’s funny to hear one of use walk outside and hear the usual, “Ugh! Gross!” That’s pretty much how we spend our summers here and Elliott doesn’t like to run to much when it’s that warm outside either. Tonight, we’re going to be enjoying pizza night, which we’re still doing every Friday even though we’ve changed the restaurant a few times now for variety. I’m hoping for a restful evening without any furry friends dropping by for a visit. But if I hear anything, I’ll definitely be rushing back to the roof to make sure those little bandits are caught in the act!
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Opus (Vivid Pink), Hansa Yellow Medium, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, Ultramarine (Green Shade), and Indigo. ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? SEND ME A NOTE HERE, and I’ll Add it To My Shop!