We've had an interesting thing going on in the neighborhood lately. The Guy who's married to Mom had noticed a raccoon climbing down the downspout of the house across the street. Every day around the same time, this raccoon would be up on the roof, then climb down and head down the street towards the river. Mom wondered if she had babies up on that roof.
Looks like they're getting old enough to be weaned and she's trying to entice them to climb down the downspout as she does, but it looks like they're having nothing to do with that idea. They're busy running up and down the gutter trying to figure out where their mom went. If you look, you can see her under the roof overhang hanging on to the top of the downspout.
Mom says things haven't been quite so entertaining around here in a long while, but she does hope the babies figure out how to climb down the spout like their mom. The Guy who's married to Mom says if the mom can't get them to climb down, they could starve up there because she can only nurse them for so long. Mom hopes that things don't come to that. Mom suggested to the guy who lives in the house to put a 2x4 between the top roof and the porch roof just below it (which was the Guy who lives here's idea) that they might have an easier time climbing down that way. The guy who lives in the house just said he should get a shotgun. (Mom was a bit horrified at that thought!)
Mom says she just hope it all works out and the babies get down on the ground with their mom.