I took inventory of what was in every freezer and larder.
Shown below is the end of my inventory. (Those two scrawled lines are “HUNKS CHEES(E)” and “BLUE BERRIE(S)” specifically.) So, here is some of what we will be eating if we are confined for, say, two months.
Do not scoff. I will eat or sell or barter the raccoons. I look at them now and I see fat, peanut-fed raccoon steaks.
I suppose I should have added opossums to the list as well, but they are muscular and I may want to keep them to pull the miniature plows in the backyard cabbage farm we will soon establish.
The skunks, however, will not be eaten or put to work: they will be bred. Remember GlamourSkunk, with her all-white tail and sporty banded legs? She has brought along her brothers and sisters. Their all-white tails are a little thinner, the bands a little spottier, but still miles more attractive than your standard skunk. Gary and I were debating if they were a separate breed of skunk, or mutants, or if we were just seeing recessive genes, and then we started making Mendel charts, and clearly skunk-breeding will be our new hobby.