Although I don't recall ever seeing a black squirrel, I'm sure I have but just don't remember. I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window and saw a man with 2 dogs go by. It looked like a black kitten or some other small animal curled up in the limbs of the tree, but when he started moving around I realized it was a squirrel. I watched him for quite a while and he was quite an interesting sight. He did the squirrel tail-waving thing until the dogs were well out of sight and then came down from the tree. Later I saw him romping across the street, so maybe he lives around here.
Squirrels have never been one of my favorite animals to watch as they constantly stole the bird seed out of the feeders on my trees in North Carolina. They were really bold and I realized I could never defeat one when he set his mind to something. It was constant war during the time I lived there. But I apologize to cat lovers, and will say I really never did like cats either. I think one has somehow found a way into the crawl space under the house as I saw him go in there yesterday. If he is making a home in there I would like to get rid of him but don't really know how to go about it. Another job for son Steve the next time he comes over.
My trip out into the world this morning was to Costco, and I spent enough to keep me out of the store for the next two weeks!
My granddaughter Ara moved back to Pennsylvania about two months ago - she took over for a person who was on maternity leave and I knew the organization would offer her a good permanent job to keep her there. Well, they did and she is going to make a very fine salary as well as be in an administrative position. I am really looking forward to seeing her - it didn't take long to get used to having her around when she first moved back to Sacramento. I think it's very difficult to choose between being close to family and developing a career that has great satisfaction and future, and I'm glad she has made the decision. She has to work too many years ahead to not get the best job she can, and she has always loved working there and living in the vicinity of Philadelphia.
I took a break from cleaning my kitchen so I'd better get back to finishing the job before I just say "the heck with it". It's another Friday, so I wish everyone a great weekend!
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When I lived, camped, and hunted in western Pennsylvania, I saw a lot of black squirrels, grey squirrels, red squirrels, and fox squirrels. I have a lot of squirrels here and, yes, they raid my bird feeder, but they are the regular grey squirrels. They keep me busy refilling that feeder. (grin)ReplyDelete
As upset as I used to get with them, I have to admit they are intelligent and resourceful, and very interesting to watch.ReplyDelete
I had a pet squirrel for 8.5 years, and he confided in me that there was a rumor amongst squirrels that their feeders were constantly be attacked and emptied by birds!ReplyDelete
Now that's a clever squirrel. I tried to fix the situation in my human being sort of way; I put shucked corn in a box for the squirrels on one side of my front yard, and had the bird feeder for the birds on the other side. Darned if the birds didn't start going for the corn while the squirrels enjoyed the bird seed. It's quite possible that squirrels are smarter than people.Delete
I must admit that I have never seen a black squirrel either. However, I am a cat lover :)ReplyDelete
I was wondering why you had not mentioned Ara lately as I know you all did a lot of things together after she moved back to Sacramento. While I know you and Jeannie are sad to see her go, I am glad she finally has her dream job and in the city she has always loved. Kudos to you both for being so supportive.
She will be back in Sac to see everyone for a week or so in the near future, and we're all anxious to see her.Delete
I saw many black squirrels on the campus of Haverford University near Philadelphia. Maybe Ara will visit them and send you pictures. I always think it is sad when one has to choose job over family.ReplyDelete
Ara wouldn't have moved back east for a job - this is an actual career move. She works in a community that provides housing and assistance in general living skills to adults with disabilities such as autism, etc. It is a shame to be so far from family, but her uncle Mike (my oldest son) is a few hours' drive away. I think she will have the overall management of several houses of adult women.Delete
Just a thought, but, maybe the cat going underReplyDelete
your house is in fact mouse hunting, even pack rat hunting.
This is the time of year that rodents are looking to make nests.
Sorry, it is a nasty thought!