This morning, I awoke at 8 am, went out at 8:30 am to let the chickens out. I put oats in their pen and left the door open. Halfway back to the other side of the house, I heard something and saw something. A raccoon was leaving my yard and scurrying up the fence on that side of the house. Later, I went out again and saw the same, I suppose, raccoon. Rushing back to their pen, I shut the door. The hens did not get let out until 12:30 when I heard rustling overhead in my house.
I doubt these raccoons are rabid or sick. They/it looks like a very young raccoon, most likely confused about daylight now that mama has let it out of her sight.
Last night, I still could not sleep. Coughing kept me awake. Sinus drainage made me cough. Ocean nasal spray made my sinuses drain. Vicks on my soles did not help. So, I am exhausted. It is difficult to take meds when several must be taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. So, thyroid med takes precedence.
I emailed my mystery shop director that I could do one shop today and another tomorrow. He wrote me back and said he rescheduled both for Nov. 9, Saturday. So, that relief will afford me a chance to sleep or rest, maybe just stay off the highway. Three hours a night is not good.
Sleeping with raccoons out in daylight makes me nervous. So, I will leave the house, go to pharmacy and grocery, return, and force myself to stay awake until I can settle them in for the night. Hopefully, the raccoons will sleep in the middle of the day.
Just now, I scored another mystery shop company.