Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Case of the Missing Suet Feeder

It began the way all good mysteries do...with a bump in the night.

"Did you hear that?" I asked my husband as we lay reading in bed.

"Yeah. It sounded like it came from the deck."

I didn't give it a lot of thought. But when I woke up the next morning, here's what I'd found:

The shepherd's hook had been turned into the deck and the suet feeder was gone.

The hook that the suet feeder had hung from was laying on the deck, but the suet and it's cage were nowhere to be found. I searched the yard and peered into the woods, but could not find that suet feeder anywhere.

I did find some very suspicious looking paw prints, though. It appears that my late-night masked suet robber is indeed a masked critter of the raccoon variety.

I bought a new suet cage and more suet the next week. This week, I looked out on my deck and guess what?

The masked bandit has struck again!

I love feeding my birds. In the winter, they need a steady source of food, and the suet is a real treat. It attracts red-headed woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, tufted titmouse, black-capped chickadees and nuthatches. And apparently, it attracts raccoons, also. Sigh!

I made a card today using the new SAB set from Stampin' Up called Bliss. It has a sweet little bird stamp that I knew I had to have! This card is done the old-fashioned way: no patterned paper. I stamped my patterned paper instead!

{recipe: Bliss (SU), very vanilla card stock, daffodil delight card stock and ink, cajun craze cardstock and ink, not quite navy card stock and ink, scallop oval punch, oval punch, polka ribbon, pearls, square lattice embossing folder}

Stay warm, friends!


  1. Sweet, sweet card. And funny story. Well, funny to me who isn't replacing the suet and cage anyway! Glad you are seeing some sort of wildlife...quiet and snow-covered here. Sigh...spring will come someday, right? ;) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your story put a smile on my face. I know it is not funny to you but it really is a sweet story. Thanks for sharing.