We All Scream For Ice Cream

27 May

A week or so back I found a freezer-burned carton of ice cream on the bottom shelf – Pumpkin Pie flavor, if that gives you any idea how old the stuff was.

I took it out back and left it beside the dish we use to feed the foxes. The carton was gone the next day;  not surprising, as they will frequently carry off plastic carry-out trays or the like to eat at their leisure. Today I had a bunch of stale bread to toss out to the critters – deer will eat bread, as do the birds and squirrels – and as I was coming back I noticed a flash of orange in one of the trees.

Apparently the raccoons had taken the carton away and climbed the tree to eat the ice cream in peace and quiet. The tree is about thirty feet from the dish so I wasn’t likely to see it there, and it was also on the back side of the tree. The carton was in the mulberry tree on the far right of the photo, about four feet off the ground. (We feed the foxes in an old angel food pan, dropped over a stake pounded into the ground. Food dishes are among the things they have carted off, and we got tired of searching for their dish.)

Can’t blame them.  I feel the same way about ice cream. Keep your paws off!

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3 Responses to “We All Scream For Ice Cream”

  1. Garfield Hug May 28, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    I have never heard of pumpkin ice cream. Interesting! All the natural critters in your backyard enjoy your scraps and you are kind to think of them.

    • thisendoftheswamp May 30, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

      It’s a “thing” between Halloween and Christmas. I don’t particularly care for it, but somehow we’d ended up with a carton of the stuff. Some things aren’t meant to be “fiddled with”. Pumpkin pie is served warm. (Maybe with whipped cream?) Coffee should be HOT and preferably black. Neither is suitable for ice cream. Your mileage may vary.

      • Garfield Hug May 31, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

        I love pumpkie pie and pumpkin with spinach as a salad with nuts😀. Have never tried pumpkin ice cream and if it is laden with cinammon or other Halloween Christmassy spices then yukk!!🤣

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