Thursday, August 11, 2011

A blooming hibiscus friendship

As you heard yesterday, the birds were a bit annoyed with me and sort of gave me a good thrashing for being a bit enamored with those Florida birds.  But things have settled a bit.

I filled up their feeders, cleaned out the hummers' feeders and the dead ants, and told everyone that I loved them more than the Florida birds.  (I'm not sure that is quite true but for the sake of harmony, let's pretend it is so.  And let's just keep that between us.  Otherwise there will be mutiny and I'll have nothing to blog about!)

The world is right again.

But I was a bit worried because I had not seen Darth Vader squirrel since returning.  (Another disclosure here:  I kind of favor him.)  But I hadn't seen him for a day or two.

Knowing my concern, my daughter surprised me with this ......

No, not a piece of abstract art ....


But a chair holder for an ear of corn .......



So they don't do this! 

Every time I gave them a corn cob treat, one of those rascal squirrels would run off with it and not share with his comrades. 

So not right and we were hopeful this would put a stop to it.

After several hours, I was delighted to see Darth Vader squirrel come about and investigate.

Darth Vader Squirrel:  Hey, House Lady, what the heck is this!

Me:  Just some treat for you and your buddies.  


Darth Vader Squirrel:  You mean I gotta eat it here as well as share?

Me:  Yes ... and be nice about it!


Carmen Chipmunk:  Does that mean they gotta share with me too?

Me:  Absolutely!


Carmen Chipmunk:  Okay squirrels, did you hear House Lady ... SHARE!


Carmen Chipmunk:  (approaching very cautiously) I don't eat much.


Carmen Chipmunk:  Just a few kernels or two and I'll be on my way.


Me: (after Rocky Squirrel rudely chases Carmen Chipmunk away)  Hey Rocky, that wasn't nice!

Rocky Squirrel:   House Lady, take a look at me!


Rocky Squirrel:  I've been a little under the weather and I'm down to skin and bones.  Look at me!  Look at me!  Look. at. me!   I need all the nourishment I can get!


Carmen Chipmunk:  Oh for goodness sakes squirrel, such a drama queen!

Me:  Sorry chipmunk ... I'll try to figure out some other way for you to get a share.


 Roxy Squirrel:  Hey chipmunk ... I'll share some of these hibiscus leaves with you.


Roxy Squirrel:  I'm almost done .... so come on up!


Carmen Chipmunk:  Why, thanks squirrel, that's mighty friendly of you  ... but I'm not sure House Lady is gonna be pleased with those broken branches you were lounging on.  Right House Lady?

Me:  Oh, no matter, chipmunk ... any day a squirrel is willing to share with you, is a day to be celebrated!  Knock your socks off and eat away! 


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On a side note, I wanted to let you know that I have loved loved loved
all your wonderful and funny comments!
I read every one of them.
And love visiting
your wonderful creative blogs as well.

I'm behind this week since I took a little trip up
to the Jersey Shore (not beach ~giggle~) to visit an old friend who's visiting her own
family on the East coast.
We had not seen each other for several years
and it is one of those friendships that seems to just pick up
where we left off.  Not skipping a beat.

Friendship.

Priceless.



50 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

How wonderful! That makes a fantastic children's story that we children of all ages just love! :)

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm getting to where I can't wait to see what the animals in your yard will do next. Hilarious.

Snappy Di said...

We enjoyed seeing black squirrels in our yard when we lived in Maryland... Just have boring gray ones here in Virginia. If they were black ones I would consider spoiling them with their very own ears of corn. :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm glad you have reassured the critters, I'd hate for them to start plotting against you--They do that you know!

Jazzi said...

That was sooo funny!!
Welcome back home!!

wags
Jazzi and Addy

Catherine said...

I love all of it! What a wonderful garden you have, enticing all the woodland creatures to your yard for a snack. I am liking the corn cob holder chair your daughter bought you. Very fun. Any day nature wants to take a little nibble at my garden is a good day to me too.

It makes me happy!
xo Catherine

Ann said...

Wonderful that all is right with the creatures of your yard again. What a cute little story. I'm not so sure I would be so forgiving about the hibiscus though

S. Etole said...

It looks like everyone is present and accounted for! And ... well fed.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is just so much fun! You should write a book...with your photos as illustrations! You've got enough characters for more than one book! ♥

Barbara Shallue said...

You are so sweet to let them eat your hibiscus leaves! And I love that little chair squirrel feeder!! Did your daughter make it or find it somewhere? Have fun at the Jersey Shore!

Jill said...

Welcome back! That corn holder/chair is really cute. You really need to write a children's book!

bon bon said...

when i first saw the corn cob on the chair, i thought i was seeing some trick photography like those old-fashioned postcards. ha!

Jennifer Richardson said...

do you know how AWESOME a children's
book this would make?!?!?
(they're my favorites...so much
vision and possiblilty in the
children's nook!)
thanks for the giggles:)
-Jennifer

Debi@7Gates said...

I am not a fan of the squirrel, even if they were pink. However, the critter dialogue along with the cute photos does make the corners of my mouth turn up and giggle just a little. I have seen a squirrel that dark color before; amazing.

Jim said...

Loved that first photo! And what a great story-teller you are.
I have a friend like that as well....just pick up where we left off....nice.

gina said...

Yes, I agree, this post in itself would make a great kids' book! And it has a happy ending!
So great to reconnect with old friends, isn't it?

TexWisGirl said...

the fat squirrel propped up in the hibiscus is hilarious!!! and even as you put a nice holder for them, i can't help but notice all the waste at their feet! criminals!

Deanna said...

Lovin' these animal tales, just pure delight!!

Ginny said...

This is wonderful! You entertain me to no end!!! And I love the way you give some of your pictures an aura. Kind of like Kirlian photography!! I don't know who to feel sorrier for; the skinny squirrel or the tiny chipmunk!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are hilarious. I really enjoy all of the critters that live in your yard!

What great fun to catch up with an old friend. I was away as well an it's hard to catch up with all the blogs!

holdingmoments said...

Fantastic post Reena.
Had me chuckling here before I have to go to work.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Ever since several families of squirrels took up residence in my garden shed and made it their personal mission to chew it down, I've had a hard time feeling the squirrel love! Chipmunks on the other hand are still on my good critter list!

Pat Tillett said...

A great post and amazing photos! I love those little guys!

Misty said...

I always get a kick out of your posts. You should right children's books or something. :)

forgetmenot said...

Quite the saga!!! You have plenty to entertain you in your yard. Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

ladyfi said...

What a great way of sharing that corn - and more importantly, a great way to take amazing shots of the squirrels!

biebkriebels said...

What a nice photo's of the squirrels and so many of them. The cornholder is very funny and a good way for sharing indeed.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Now if Rocky would actually sit in the chair and eat a few kernels... :) Cute! :)

urban muser said...

this is so well put together. a great story that put a smile on my face this morning. loved it!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Loved it Reena! You are a hoot! Isn't nature glorious!!! The best show in town and you have directed it so well!

Kerri said...

Cuuute post!

Dyche Designs said...

Trying to get all the birds, squirrels and racoons to share can be a little tough this end. Seems like you're new set up is working. You don't happen to know a way of getting rid of the ants from going for the hummingbird feeder do you? I'd thought about putting some ant powder down but they crawl into the feeder and I don't want harm the hummingbirds by them ingesting anything they shouldn't?

Kjell T. Evensen said...

This is to funny. :) Great shots.

Louise said...

Wow! I'm glad Darth Vader Squirrel is OK. He's such a dapper chap, in his dark clothes. He should learn to share, though, I can understand why he's a little leary of Carmen Chipmunk. Those little rascals can hide away a huge amount of food for the Winter, in their little underground homes.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Welcome back Reena!
I love squirrels, I was delighted to see these photos:)

oa.s

Daryl said...

Ah the shore .. catching up with friends like that is a perfect excuse for ignoring us ;-)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Reena, I love your squirrel and bird tales. You should do a children's book! I think Carmen Chipmunk is my favorite character. :)

lisa said...

Welcome back Darth Vader!!!!
So glad he came back to you Reena, and truly no surprise, as that corn holder is just wonderful. I have never seen anything like it.
Have a beautiful weekend my friend!

Evelyn S. said...

Maybe I need a corn feeder for my squirrel(s)! Yours definitely is Darth Vader....he is so dark! Wonderful shots again.

Judy said...

Welcome Back! I just love your animal posts...and...I really love that chair holder.

Sylvia K said...

I'm late getting here, but so glad I didn't miss this one!! Delightful! And such great shots! Love old Darth Vader! The dialogue is perfect and such fun! A great kids book indeed! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Reena! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena...what a treat and a pleasure it is to read the conversations you and your backyard critters have!! I'm wiping my eyes from laughter.
I must say I'm very partial to Darth Vader too. I've never seen a black squirrel. I have decided the squirrels and hummingbirds are related...at least the ones here.
Neither learned how to share and are hogs. This time of year I have 2 hummer feeders. They stand sentry over both running each other off which results in NO one getting nectar.

Happy Friday and I'm late a bit late to you post
Hugs C
PS Madi was hoping Kramer would do all the chasing while she snoopervised??!!

Munir said...

Yes indeed, friend ship is priceless. I love this entry and I would like to follow your blog. I am sure my grandkids will love this entry too. Thanks for taking the pains to take the photos and then sharing:)

Lynette Killam said...

I love these shots, Reena! I spend a fair bit of time watching these little guys myself, My favourite visitor this summer is jet black fellow with a fuzzy white flag on the end of his tail...have never seen one quite like it...

Caryn Caldwell said...

Fun series! The squirrels are so cute, and I love your commentary!

Kanelstrand said...

Reena, I love your photo stories! You keep on making me laugh.

Mama Zen said...

This is the cutest thing ever!

Mamta said...

very cute!!

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eileeninmd said...

Funny post, Reena! I've never seen a squirrel like your Dark Vadar. Wonderful photos.