I said it…I warned you….I’m saying I’m sorry ahead of time….I may just flood your mailboxes with posts today..or this may be the only one….I don’t know…you know me….TOTALLY RANDOM……so ignore them all….or enjoy them all……or throw chocolate at the computer each time you see my “name”……(don’t throw your best chocolate..NEVER waste the good chocolate)..
The Bald-headed squirrel, the poop-da-loop squirrel, the ninja squirrel….I am
beginning to have trouble keeping them all straight…
I have decided to call these the “ZANNY-ROO’S”…….
Some of these you may have seen before….but this is an encore performance…
for your viewing pleasure….and without further ado….” THE ZANNY – ROO’S ” !!!!!!!
I’m trying to figure out what was going on outside “the window”….
I’ve not seen the ninja squirrel in some time..so I have the feeling that I
can stay out from under the bed and resume normal life…
This gathering had me wondering …”Dash” the deer seemed to have
a lot to say, but the raccoons really didn’t care to listen. Gathering kernels
of dried corn is a demanding job, and if you’re going to get more than
the raccoon next to you, you have to be FOCUSED!
I was amazed that the baby raccoons jumped right in and knew just what to
do…there is no “learning curve” involved with eating. I wish I had a photo
to show you, but later they all formed a “conga-line” and danced through
the backyard…..I thought they only did that at weddings.
Today I was walking quietly outside near “the window” and I saw something move…
I stopped and stood very still…and then I saw it….something I haven’t seen in a LONG
time……..a squirrel named BALDY!!
I was so surprised to see Baldy all dressed up for the 4th of July! I didn’t know that
squirrels celebrated the 4th…..I told him quietly that I admired his hat…
Something about that hat just felt really familiar…I don’t know why…
(Don’t get me started on the ” I don’t know why” thing again).
The haunting sensation stayed with me long after Baldy had scampered off
into the woods…
Oh well…..I guess I’ll never know why I liked it so much…
Sorry, another dust bunny “bites the dust”…I just swallowed it.
For those of you out there in the real world….I have PROOF….PROOF I SAY!,
of the sneakiness of the squirrels….
These Ninja warriors were practicing their approach….although
one member of the group was brazen enough to walk right up to
the door and try to chew his way in…..has he never heard of KNOCKING???
I have tried to imitate their acrobatics…(I still have my sparkly trapeeze outfit), but
alas, the branch failed inexplicably….Now that I have bandaged my wounds and
repaired my outfit, I am contemplating my next form of self defense….running
In the meantime, I am monitoring the movements of the squirrels, ninja
and non-ninja and although disturbing, I do not
think that an attack is imminent….
Besides, they’re too busy fighting with each other…
The squirrels are really in fighting mode today…but in between
monitoring the skirmishes, I did get to enjoy part of the “flight
It’s a different kind of deer season….
I got so concerned about the new babies last year
that I had my Mother design this for me to put by the
Am I a softy or what??
Life….Some days you’re the bird…
Some days you’re the bug…
(LOOK AT THE IMAGE CLOSELY)
O.K. class….our lesson today will be on dining with elegance and style.
How many of you out there are at this very moment, eating a snack
without using your hands? Class….is this acceptable??
How many of you out there feel that it is permissible to sit on the
table while dining? Do you think that it is permissible to invite your
dinner companion to sit on the table WITH you while dining?
If it is a first date, do you think you should at least wait until the second
date before eating from each other’s plates?
Well done so far class! Only four of you felt that climbing onto the
table was appropriate in a formal setting…(bulldogsturf , aFrankAngle, El Guapo
and photosfromtheloonybin…I’ll need to see you after class.)
And lastly, your final grade depends upon this answer…
so think carefully about your response before you raise your hand.
If you thought that no one would catch you….would you climb onto
the table, put your feet on someone else’s plate
and then walk on their food??
FIRST APPROACH……RAIN PRECIOUS RAIN !!!!!! THE FIRST FEW DROPS…
THE SECOND APPROACH….
This is one of four baby raccoons that have been visiting me…
not the best shot, but just a cute little guy…
Today was a day, just like oh so many days we’ve had this spring…HOT HOT HOT!!
We’re in a terrible drought…trees dropping their leaves like it’s fall, lakes
dropping to very low levels..
I don’t know what the temp was today,,somewhere in the nineties again….
so today it was time to take action…or as much as we can take action…some
areas of town have watering restrictions…we are on a well, so it’s our call.
I watched the squirrels this morning and the hotter it gets, the more they use
their tails as little sun umbrellas to keep cool….the hotter it gets, the lower
their tails get over their heads…
Late this afternoon I saw something that just broke my heart….
Two robins who were obviously over heated….the longer I watched them sit with
their beaks open…to help cool them….the more they started to lean over toward
the ground…they seemed to be really close to….I don’t know…collapse?, death?
They were holding back, watching the squirrels in the bird baths, not daring to
come too close to them…but you could tell they really wanted to get to the water..
I found any somewhat flat container that I could and filled it with water…then hubby
came home and turned on the lawn sprinkler…he’s my hero…within a short time, there
was a female cardinal simply sitting in the gentle spray and not too long after, the
robins found the water….tomorrow I buy ANOTHER bird bath !!
So here are a few images that did my heart good…even just the spray of the water
Luckily I have come to my senses and realized that the Squirrels, ninja and
non-ninja, are really not out to get me…it was all just one big misunderstanding.
Having said that, today I had a remarkable experience..I was hanging out of
my window into the woods, just having a look around when a little squirrel
I was unprepared when he called up to me and said, “Hey lady, do you
want to know the kind of day I’ve had?” Well you can imagine! It was a
feeling almost like the fellow who had the gorillas all over him!
( If you missed that video, you have NO idea what I’m talking about, but
it’s o.k.,,,I forgive you).
I was stunned beyond belief, STUNNED, I TELL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For some reason I felt like “Christopher Robin” to the little Squirrel’s
“Winnie the Pooh”. I was all ears…..I said “tell me your tale, (not tail),
little Squirrel of the Woods.
With no hesitation the little guy chattered away furiously…..
I was minding my own business when one of the larger squirrels started
calling softly to me…..”You are getting sleepy…you are getting sleepy…
your eyes are getting heavier and heavier…”
Right before I fell asleep I dragged myself up into the bird bath where I lay as if drugged….
After about five minutes I recovered and I gathered my immense Squirrel strength
and decided that I was NOT GOING TO BE ANOTHER VICTIM OF A SQUIRREL MUGGING!…..
I saw my enemy and impressed him first by leaping a tall building in a single bound…
I raced around the bird bath, up the tree limb and gave that sassy, smart- alecky Hypnotist Squirrel
a slap…..right in the “kisser”…..
Then I went home.
The little Squirrel of the Woods was out of breath and emotionally spent…so I gave him some
lemonade. There wasn’t much to say after that….he trotted off to the woods and I was left
hanging out of my window into the woods…wondering what had just happened.
Am I now the “Doctor Doolittle” of the woods?, able to talk to the animals, walk with the animals,
hang from the trees with the animals?….Hmmmmmmm… I’ll be back….I have a tree to climb.
Reporting in…..this is Zannyro……I can’t talk long….
They seem to have Superhuman hearing..and besides, there’s
not much air here under the bed…..
I wanted to advise on the status of the war…….my observations today
were alarming….also my reports received from
have caused me to heighten security…no one can be trusted…
except all of you.
OBSERVATION ….WHEN THEY THINK I’M NOT LOOKING….THEY ADVANCE….
OBSERVATION…..WHEN THEY FEEL MY TRAINED X-RAY EYES UPON THEM…..THEY PLAY DEAD
OBSERVATION….THEY ARE TRAINING THEMSELVES TO WALK ON TWO LEGS….IF THEY SUCCEED, IT WILL BE HARD TO TELL THEM APART FROM HUMANS.
OBSERVATION…..I’M IN TROUBLE NOW…THEY’VE BROUGHT IN THE HEAVY ARTILLERY…
OBSERVATION….THIS NINJA BEAST HAS SUPERIOR UPPER BODY STRENGTH….I’M KNITTING A SUIT OF ARMOR OUT OF OLD TUNA CANS…
OBSERVATION…HE TRAINED HIS BEADY EYES ON MY….AND MY BLOOD RAN COLD !!!!!
ZANNYRO SIGNING OFF…….I HAVE TO GO DIG A HOLE IN THE GROUND AND CLIMB IN…
I wanted to share this with all of you…I can’t imagine how incredible this must have felt…
It’s official,,,the ninja squirrel is a super squirrel…
First I got a closer look at those feet,,not a very good shot..but hey!, I
was completely hypnotized by those freaky looking feet…NOT normal
looking for a squirrel! He could probably kick me in the head and leave
a crater the size of a bagel.
And then there is his ability to leap with immense POWER!! He jumped
right over the house….once he was airborne in the amazing leap you see here,
he sailed over the house, past the neighbor’s sheepdog and landed
on one of their horses….after animal control brought the terrified horse
down with a tranquilizer dart they had to shoot the neighbor lady with a
dart too. The squirrel had run up to her and pulled on her
mustache so hard that it had come off in his paw… which caused her excruciating pain.
Yes, you read that right, I said “her” mustache….
Once the horse was down, the neighbor woman was mercifully out cold and
I had stopped the mailman from drinking a fifth of scotch..(the squirrel
had run into his truck and presented the mailman with the neighbor
lady’s mustache), I gave my statement to the police.
The last I saw of the squirrel, he was driving the police car
and singing some kind of rude “rap” song. I believe he also flipped
a rude hand gesture my way. I am going to bed.
I WILL NOT DRINK ALCOHOL…I WILL NOT EAT CHOCOLATE…
I WILL SLEEP WITH THE LIGHT ON…
BUT TOMORROW…..I WILL DESIGN MY OWN SUPER HERO OUTFIT
AND THE BATTLE IS ON !!!!! NINJA SQUIRREL….PREPARE FOR BATTLE.
TODAY IS A GREAT DAY!!
Just ignore me….I’m just happy because “Mama’s” (the three legged deer that my book is about),
daughter Dash showed up!!
Haven’t seen her in MONTHS and I was afraid she didn’t make it through the
winter…then this morning, THERE SHE WAS!! She was just hanging around down
by the sycamore tree, munching on leaves.
I was able to grab a little bucket of corn, open the door, and talk to her while I spread the corn.
It took her about a half an hour to wander up to get the corn, she’s forgotten me I think. She’s
more nervous than she was last year. She may be getting ready to have her baby though, so maybe
that’s why she’s more cautious.
The BEST news, while she was eating corn, up runs BALDY! They ate corn together
and here is the proof!
AND…IT’S RAINING! YAHOO!!!
And you thought this would be about some tropical destination,,filled
with images of fruity drinks,,fabulous people lounging on the beach,
tables heaped with GIANT bowls of guacamole…..NOPE!
Just more of my squirrel in paradise….
This little visitor was having a lovely day…
AND NOW IF YOU WILL ALL FORGIVE ME,
I WILL PROCEED TO TRASH AND MANGLE
POETRY AS WE KNOW IT….
(I mean no disrespect..I’m just no good at the technical bits)
THE EGRET IS A GRACEFUL BIRD,
CATCHING FOOD IN JUST A “BLINK”.
BUT YELLOW SOCKS CANNOT COMPARE,
TO “BOOTIES” THAT ARE PINK!
And now I will introduce you to a passion of mine….SHARK TOOTH HUNTING!!
Whenever I get the chance to go to Florida, there is never any doubt that I will spend
at least part of my visit, shark tooth hunting…
I’m still not sure why the area that I visit, Venice Florida, has so many shark’s
teeth…but there is a fossil bed that runs under this area of land.
After a shark dies, all that is left eventually are the teeth. They get buried under the sand and over
the eons of time, they become fossilized. As the tide washes in and recedes, these
teeth are uncovered, wash in, and then are swept back out to become covered
with sand once again.
There are parts of Florida that were not under water at one time and animal life
lived and died in this area…those areas,eventually were covered with water
and the bone from these animals became covered with sediment and eventaully
fossilized…So in addition to finding the teeth of sharks, you can also find fossilized
It’s pretty cool to think that you are the first human to touch these teeth
after millions of years have passed.
This is a sport where SPEED AND AGILITY are crucial…(Well, not always)..
But most of the time, these teeth wash in with the waves, and are pulled right
back out, so you’ve got to grab it fast…I use a “Florida snow shovel”, to scoop
along the edge of the water. You dredge up a bunch of sand, shake it up and down
in the water to wash out the little stuff, and yahoo!!!, if you’re lucky there will
be a shark’s tooth in amongst the shells .
Several years ago, I was thrilled to find a Megalodon shark tooth while wading
in the water…no scooping was involved, I just looked down and there it was!
The image you see on this post will show you the size of the tooth,
compared to what I normally find. This tooth is a “baby tooth” for this shark..The Megalodon
would grow to be up to 60 feet long and was the largest shark that ever lived.
I now have over 21,000 sharks teeth, tiger sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks,
mako sharks, etc. and I am going to start rehab any day now
to conquer my addiction. (heehee). I know you’ll think I’m kidding, but I’ve
actually had people ask me if I pulled the teeth out of a shark’s mouth…
This is my serious post of the day….Oh! And just to back up my story, here’s
a short video...http://youtu.be/hcFlDQozc6g
Also here are some facts…
MOM AND JIM…DO NOT READ THIS POST. THIS IS FOR EVERYONE ELSE’S EYES, BUT NOT YOURS….I MEAN IT, CLICK OFF!!!!!
Hello out there all of you fabulous bloggers….I’ll get straight to the point….
My lovely mother turns 80 in just a few weeks..you would think this woman is 29……..she gardens, has written two books about our family’s genealogy …makes jewelry that she sells at art fairs. She paints with oils, and is hired to paint portraits…there is more, but you get the idea…
My sister and I are having a party for her and I would like your helI with some fresh ideas!!! (that is supposed to say “help” but my iPad won’t let me change it.
I want to do something during the party for a fun surprise, but I am out of ideas…
This could be a game, or something that involves her getting prizes.
Keep your ideas suitable for a G rated audience please,,:)
I’m counting on you team!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ooooohhh, one last thought, anyone who wants to send her a birthday card could send it to……….
P.O. Box 10359
Fort Wayne, Indiana
It would be SO much fun for her to get cards from all over the world!!!
I’m still dreaming of the West…
Don’t wake me…
After the last episode of chipmunk madness, I figured he would retire…
I was wrong.