Living with Raccoons
 
Since Amy and I moved to the cabin property we have been living in the thick of nature. We couldn't be happier with the wilds and harmony that nature provides. However, if I have to single somebody out, maybe a little improvement from our neighborhood raccoon population is in order. Now, I understand that these guys are pretty hungry and can be determined little buggers in their quest for easy sustenance. I thought it was rude that they engineered through the cabins’ raccoon proof trash bins and left me the mess to clean up. In response to this I built large cedar trash receptacles that no raccoon could ever breach. They would have to go to the dumpster to get their meals for now on, which is perfectly fine with me because it doesn’t matter how messy they make the dumpster.
I really don’t mind when they eat the bird food, but please don’t destroy the feeder, or worse yet, steal them entirely. I am missing two complete bird feeders.
Raccoons are very clean animals and prefer to wash their food before eating it. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out who was knocking over the vase I had outside filled with fresh cuttings. Raccoons…
My current situation involves a new, mammoth raccoon. A marauding, pirate, Viking raccoon that destroys impenetrable cedar trash receptacles and laughs out loud at me.

I am currently contemplating my next move. This faceless raccoon obviously has me in his sights. We even saved a baby raccoon last summer that got left behind in our dumpster. You would think that would buy me some favor with the raccoons.
It seems that living with raccoons is going to be an evolution of sorts. We are happy to live with them and they really provide endless entertainment for us up here in the mountains. In the meantime, I think some kind of lock on those cedar lids may do the trick…

-Art
 



A Place of Healing
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, founded in 1879, was renowned for the healing properties of its many mineral springs. In its heyday, people flocked to the city for the spring's medicinal qualities and therapeutic value as well as other natural remedies that were available at the time. The twentieth century brought a decline to the resort area as modern medicine gained popularity. Today, Eureka Springs is a tourist destination, but no less a healing environment than in years past. Amy and I have been blessed as the owners of Arkansas White River Cabins and we were impressed with the number of our guests that come to our cabins to heal. Some folks come to physically heal from a surgical procedure while others come to nourish their souls in the stillness and splendor that only God offers in nature's beauty. Whether in celebration or grief, all will benefit from a healing experience.


 
On a personal note, while here we have changed our diet to fresh, organic, healthy foods and have both quit smoking cigarettes. We treat our property with respect and always strive to maintain it with natural products as much as possible. It is our privilege to live in this majestic landscape and our honor to offer it to you as a place to heal what ails you. So, next time you visit Eureka Springs consider staying with us, and don't forget to drink the water.

-Art