Every morning at ten o’clock, I routinely fill the birdfeeder outside my dining room window. Then I sit down with my camera and wait. Contrary to what many people believe, wild animals have an uncanny sense of time. Usually the first creature to appear will be a chickadee, often before I finish filling the feeder. She will perch herself on the lilac bush a couple of feet away from the window and chirp an impatient good morning, then rush to the feeder as soon as the window is closed. She’s followed by the nuthatches, titmice, and juncos. They grab seeds in a rush of feathers, because they know their time to feed is short. She is coming, and they will have to wait until she has had her fill before they can return to the feeder.

Three minutes pass, maybe four and a small gray shape appears at the edge of the forest line. Her eyes are wide and her long tail fluffed with excitement. She scampers over the wooden bridge that crosses the creek, and within moments, she is up the side of the house and onto the windowsill. Sending angry songbirds a flutter in all directions, my gray squirrel climbs into the feeder to see what goodies I’ve supplied for her today, then she settles down to eat.

The two of us have forged an acceptable relationship. I feed her. She eats. I take photos. She doesn’t bite me. (She does stick her nose so close to the camera’s lens that she blurs my photos!)

At one time, she was skittish, but she has learned many things since the first time I saw her. She now knows that I mean her no harm, and that it’s safe to take food from my hand. She’s learned that I’m a pushover, and when the pumpkin seeds and peanuts run out, she can hop onto the sill, cock her head to the side, and know without a doubt that I will give her more. She has also determined that my cats can’t get through the glass. Through time, I have learned much from her as well. The most important lesson she has taught me is the inspiration for this site. Don’t waste, be cautious and save; squirrel it away in the summer, so your family can eat in the winter


16 responses to “About

  1. Aww, so cute your little friend!
    Thank you for stopping in and all the best in 2012! 🙂

  2. Seeing a squirrel’s fuzzy face in the window always seems to make the day less stressful.

  3. jonesingafter40

    I really like your perspective and the variety of posts on your blog! The “Nemesis” post was too cute. I almost feel bad that he got banished to the barn! Thank you for visiting me today!

  4. You’re welcome!
    I find myself strangely drawn to the idea of leaving a Hershey’s kiss in the barn for Nemesis on Christmas morning. I think she’s experimenting with mind control.

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  10. Squirrels are cute on my hot pink socks but not when they are taunting me as they gnaw through my air conditioner’s insulation! You do have a good way of making them look really cute, though 🙂

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  12. Yur squirrel iss berry cute!! Mee has a Chickmunk furend named Cheekss!! Hee has been here fur a few yeerss LadyMum tells mee an mee Aunty Nylablue befur me an Cheekss were good furendss…
    If you pop over to mee bloggie today there iss a purrty foto mee took of Cheekss fur Selfie Sunday!
    Yurss sinseerlee, Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

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