Is it winter? Is it spring?

Tomorrow brings high winds and thunderstorms, and yet just a week ago we had snow. The squirrels are very wise and they have stayed dressed for winter. They still have their fur coats on. Actually, they leave them on all year, but they do wear layers until summer…(interesting side notes…squirrels are not comfortable in short sleeves, shorts or bathing suits. I have learned this through careful observation and a squirrel who likes to give away squirrel secrets.)DSC_1724 January squirrel 1

I feel the need to advise my fellow humans regarding this squirrel behavior because I know many humans get confused on the issue of seasonal changes.

Here is my advice to all of you who like to run around in shorts and flip-flops as soon as the outside temperature hits 45 degrees…don’t do it. I know, I know, it feels GOOD. The air feels warm and you can almost smell summer after our long winter. The facts are, it isn’t summer, you’ll probably get sick and make me sick and you’ll make me feel stupid for wearing my winter coat.

I’d like to make one more argument for keeping your clothes on…if the squirrels are smart enough to know it’s too early to be going around underdressed …don’t you want to be at LEAST as smart as a squirrel?

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It feels like a butterfly day.

WM Yellow and PurpleLooking through my images I found this butterfly from last summer.

I can’t wait to get back home and start putting my little garden back together. Of course I can’t plant anything much until next spring, but I can wait. I’ll have the birds all winter and that will be heaven.