Thursday, January 10, 2008

Squirrel Obsession.

So, speaking of squirrels … Isaac and I have had quite the obsession with them lately. The recent warm weather in Maine (yesterday was 45 degrees) has caused many a critter to venture out of their warm nests to scout for food. And the best location to watch these funny little guys is at my neighbor’s side porch … where she keeps about five loaded bird feeders.

We sort of invited ourselves over to her porch yesterday while she was away from home. And we sat there for nearly an hour – watching and laughing while ten or more squirrels battled for the best feeder locations. We enjoyed some silly birds too.

And the whole while my son giggled and proclaimed, “This is fun, huh Mama?” as he swung his dangling legs from the side of the porch. So darn cute.

Before we left the feeders to make our way back home, I thought I would be a “cool” Mom and try to pat one of the squirrels to show Isaac another one of my many talents. To my delight, I was able to tickle the haunches of one very preoccupied squirrel. However, Isaac wasn’t so sure how cool that was … and it only made him quite concerned about whether or not squirrels bite (something he never mentioned before). Oh, the many unintentional ways in which we traumatize our children.

Anyway, we are thankful for squirrels and for the neighbor’s who attract them.

May you enjoy your squirrels as well …


Day 3 of “30 Days of the Everyday”.


CelticMommy said...

What a wonderful "everyday" day. With a dog guarding the backyard, we only get to see squirrels when he is in his doghouse sleeping! It cracks me up that all the squirrels get the food.

45 is warm for this time of year up there isn't it?!!? I think my mom said it was 60 and rainy yesterday? Or was that Wednesday?
:-) Happy Friday!

Cousin Nicole said...

Great pictures, Jodi! I share your love of squirrels (and the ordinary!) It's amazing to me how alike we are because before reading your latest blogs, I had decided to embark on a similar photography adventure called "Project 365" which involves taking a picture a day for one year. I haven't started yet and didn't know about the concept in time to start on January 1, but I'm still going to do it. Maybe I'll just start in time for the Chinese New Year in February - - I can procrastinate with the best of them, right?

Missy said...

hi jodi :) what cute pictures. i adore wildlife. we don't get too many critters in the city. my mom has feed and name all her squirrel friends :)

have a great weekend!