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cold squirrel

With a wind-chill below zero, a little squirrel who lives in one of my trees tries to stay warm by cuddling down into himself and facing the sun broadside:
brrrrr!
EDIT: OMG, he just got up, stretched really long, made the biggest yawn I've ever seen from a squirrel, and scampered off to eat (perhaps) some of my gingerbread house now sitting outside in the back yard.
EDIT2: Now he's hanging off the side of the fence getting warm with two buddies. The sun moved.

Best,
Chris

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weaselmom
Jan. 16th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Chris, this is an *excellent* squirrel pic! You should join photo_squirrel and post it there! Don't be put off by its Cyrillic-intensive nature. You know you want your daily ration of squirrel love.
mckitterick
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I'll go check it out....
clevermanka
Jan. 16th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
*ded* from cute. OMG. Perfect squirrelness!
mckitterick
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Isn't he though? All the squirrels are cuddling up today.
edichka2
Jan. 16th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Did you invite him in?

- Eddie
mckitterick
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but he just scampered off. Ungrateful bastard.
silverfae
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
You have entirely too hectic of a schedule today. For goodness sake, man, slow down!
mckitterick
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Well, I did venture out and attempt to chop through the ice on the sidewalk... to absolutely no avail. It's like two inches of, um, solid ice, and it just laughs at shovels. Also I skiid (skiied?) out to the garage to hook up a battery charger to the classic auto battery on account of the FUCKING COLD.
silverfae
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
I skiid (skiied?)

Skeedid?

Yah. Been doing that every time I go out. No fun.
We threw rock salt out on the drive and it just sort of bubbled up on the surface. Oh well, at least it's *sorta* traction.

My car is also doing that rr-rr noise before it starts. I clutch my skull rosary and make a quick promise to do good.

mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Golly gee, be sure to have some jumper cables available. Sounds like your battery is on the down-side of its life expectancy.
silverfae
Jan. 17th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Egh, I know. Got the cables in the back seat (in case the trunk freezes shut!) and hoping it'll last til payday.
mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I also recommend going to the auto-parts store and having them test your electrical stuff. They can help identify if it's the alternator or battery that's starting to go, saving you some buckies.
silverfae
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
ooh, thanks! I'll be putting it in the shop to have the windows done come the end of the month so I'll ask the guy to check those out too.
kijjohnson
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Did you leave nongingerbread food out for him? I always worry so much about the little guys in cold weather.
mckitterick
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah; I tossed out handfuls of sunflower seeds and a corn cob. Need to get a new cob when I'm able to get out of the house again.
mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
...and I just bought a new bag of "squirrel feed" from the hardware store, which consists of the sorts of things you'd find in the aftermath of a grain-elevator collapse. Who knew such things were available? When I was a kid, people shot them with airguns, the bastards.
kijjohnson
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
We'll just pretend you didn't say that about the airguns, for weaselmom's sake.
mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's all a fabrication. No one would ever do that, especially not grumpy old men with gardens and high-powered, pump-action, .22-cal. Sheridan air rifles.

PS: See my new squirrel post!
subplot2
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
You're the best squirrel parent ever.
mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!
nottygypsy
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Wow I do nothing for my squirrel neighbors, what do they like/need? Teach me Squirrel Master.
mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Heee! Well, they like nuts and grains; in fact, you can buy a ten-pound bag of "squirrel food" at your local hardware store for about five bucks. They get used to coming up to your house if you feed 'em regularly, and they provide hours of fun!
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