In September I attended a Paint and Pour at the Freeport Art Musuem. When I returned to the Kent Emporium, Merlin (the cat) wanted to go outside. As I opened the south glass door, both Merlin and I stopped in our tracks. A baby raccoon popped his head into the door and wanted to come in. I quickly closed the door and suddenly there were 3 baby racoons on the deck beating their paws against the glass door. If they could talk it would have been..."LET US IN...WE ARE CUTE KITTENS...HONEST!!!" I texted my friend Nancy (who also attended the Paint and Pour) and told her...
There is a Raccoon Apocalypse at the Kent Emporium!
Fast forward to last Sunday at breakfast. I was sitting at the bar (on the first floor), sipping my latte and watching CBS Sunday Morning news when I suddenly heard a scratching sound underneath my feet as my feet rested on the enclosed wooden foot rail. I slowly knocked over the Cow Doorstop with my foot and let the footrail endcap fall to the floor (red arrow in the picture).
Before I move forward with the Sunday story - I'm sure you are wondering why there is a Cow Doorstop holding up a footrail endcap. In January, I was on a business trip and when I returned home, Merlin was missing. I found Merlin inside the wooden footrail at 1:30am in the morning, after I heard some noises coming from the first floor. I heard Merlin meowing from inside he wooden footrail. I didn't realize that the end cap was missing from the other end of the bar and for whatever reason, Merlin decided to crawl into the wooden footrail and proceeded to the other end (22.5 feet), where he got stuck and couldn't get out. I ended up using a screwdriver at 1:30am in the morning to pry open the end cap in order for him to get out. Since that incident, replacing the end caps has been on the to-do list, I just hadn't gotten around to it. So, in the meantime, I have placed a Cow Doorstop in front of the foot railing end cap to prevent the cats from crawling into the footrest.
MERLIN THE CAT
Now back to Sunday morning at breakfast...where I heard a scratching sound underneath my feet as my feet rested on the enclosed wooden foot rail. I slowly knocked over the Cow Doorstop with my foot and let the footrail endcap fall to the floor. As I sipped my latte, I contemplated what would appear. Would it be a raccoon? A possum? A mouse? I suddenly saw a shadow go towards the south glass door. It slammed into the door, I screamed (like a girl), and this it started to fly....
Darn it Amelia (calico cat)!!!
You lost another sparrow in the Kent Emporium!!!
Of course, Amelia instantly reappeared when she heard the sound of flapping wings. So, I opened up the doors and the windows to the first floor, locked Amelia on the 2nd floor, and after about 1 hour the bird figured out how to get out.
On Monday night, again Merlin wanted to go outside. So, I opened the north door and both Merlin and I stopped in our tracks. I slowly closed the door as there was a skunk sitting on the backstep eating cat food as Amelia watched.
Let's face it, the Kent Emporium is...
Filled With Everyday Animal Magic!
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SHAMANIC REIKI - LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 COMBINED
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Shamanic Reiki 1 & 2 is an experiential workshop held on November 5th and December 3rd, 2022 in Kent Illinois. This workshop is limited to 8 people.
This experiential workshop is about gathering tools to support you on your personal healing journey, your work with others, and with nature. We will explore Reiki and Shamanism and how they work together. We will discover how we can connect to the healing properties of nature and the elements (earth, air, water, fire, space). We will learn shamanic tools and techniques that you can use every day, with yourself with your work with others and with nature.
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