Thursday, November 10, 2011

Critter complaints ...



Rocky Squirrel:  Hey, House Lady, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!!!???

Me:  Whoa ... squirrel, what is all the yellin' about?






Ricky Squirrel:  You want to know what all the yellin' is about?  Some other YOCAL has been feeding us, or rather, FORGETTING to feed us!


Rocky Squirrel:  Yeh, that's right.  We've been having to find other food.


Rocky Squirrel:  Do you have any idea how hard these walnut shells are.





Rocky Squirrel:  I almost broke two teeth getting through this thing!


Me:  Doesn't seem that chipmunk has any complaints.  Do you chipmunk?

Carmen Chipmunk:  murrmrmrurrmrmru ....

Me:  Didn't quite get that chipmunk.  What's that you said?

Carmen Chipmunk:  murmrurmrmrurmrmru!!!!!!

Me:  Sorry chipmunk, but ... you need to empty your mouth when speaking.





Carmen Chipmunk:  Ok, is this better?  I said .... Unlike those squirrels, I'm storing my food instead of EATING like those buffoons!  So while we may have not been treated daily, my rations served me quite well.  But I could use some more sunflower seed.  I'm just not that fond of the corn. 

Me:  Well, chipmunk, I'll make sure there is more sunflower seeds in your future.  And as for you squirrels, I'll have a talk with that 'yocal' you have so affectionately identified.  I'm sure it wasn't as bad as you are all making it out to be.



Roxy Squirrel:  Oh, House Lady, those boys ... how they exaggerate!  You and I both know that there are acorns galore all around us.  So don't worry about those boys.  They've gotten a bit fat and spoiled.  It's good for them to go hunting and get a bit of exercise. 

Me:  Well, thank you squirrel, that makes me feel a bit better.  It looks like it might be a rough winter though, so you might advise them to start storing up!  Between you and me though, I'll be here just in case.

Roxy Squirrel:  Thank you House Lady.  We do appreciate you, no matter what those boys say!

Me:  Best I don't know squirrel ....

Roxy Squirrel:  Understood ....

: : :



I always have fun doing these little made up chats with my critters.

I'm loving my little chipmunk lately.  It seems I have only one but who knows!  He's so funny since I've been putting out the sunflower seed on the stone wall.  He's out there every morning around 8am checking it out if there is anything there yet.  Once I do put it out, it only takes him about 5 minutes and three trips to gather up the handful I've placed there.  Then he spends the whole day coming back and checking.  Sometimes he just sits on the edge looking towards the house.

Such a hard working little guy.  Wish I had one-tenth of his energy!





Fall is fleeting by so quickly.  
I'm always amazed at these last few blooms that my Clematis produces. 
Refusing to accept the inevitable.

So, what are your thoughts?
Do you think we are in for a rough winter?




61 comments:

Judy said...

Just look at those fat cheeks! That one is my favorite shot.

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful!
Ciao

Jill said...

So adorable! I really love the picture of Roxy taking time to smell the flowers. :)

Sandra said...

sweet little guys and beautiful shots of them. our little Southern cousins of your squirrel finished ruining our avocado crop and now have started on taking one bite out of each grapefruit.

Ms. Becky said...

oh I think we're in for a beautiful winter. it's my favorite season so I can say that. don't hit me! I love the conversations you imagine going on between your critters. I especially like the 4th and 5th photos - showing the beauty of that furry gray tail. and that looks like a holly bush in the first chipmunk shot - it's gorgeous as background. and come December I'll bet it's a bright spot in the garden. great shots Reena. thanks for the entertainment. happy day to you.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

What a cute story. I am smiling here:-) That last photo is gorgeous.

grammie g said...

Hi renna...lol...hahaha!!
What a funny set of photo's so darn cute..I especially like the Chipmunks cheeks and Roxy Squirrel..great imagination you have lol !!
Grace

TexWisGirl said...

i love your critter chats, too! your varmints are so darn adorable!

Sylvia K said...

I do love your Critter Conversations and pics, and your imagination, Reena! Great smiles and giggles to kick start my day! The last shot is gorgeous! Hope your week has gone well!

Sylvia

Woody said...

Chipmunks are so much more social and squirrels, it's neat your friend keeps checking back to see if you've left it goodies.

This has been a bizarre year, just yesterday, I found a Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on our parsley plants. I rescued it, but I doubt it will make it to a butterfly.

Friko said...

In sincerely hope not. The last two were enough to last me a long time.

You really spoil those critters, they'll be bringing all their friends soon.

grammie g said...

Hi Renna...wanted to say according to the extreme amount of nuts, berries,apples and other wild feed I have noticed I think it might be going to be a tough winter eeeeek!! Sorry!

Grace

bon bon said...

oh, the little squirrel smelling a flower looks like he could be a cast member in bambi! :o)

bill lisleman said...

I also wonder what they are thinking as they stare at you. Probably real simple like, are they going to eat me or feed me.

Evelyn S. said...

I am very familiar with chipmunks...although around here, they are out in the country or in the woods. But I've never seen a full-cheeked one! How funny.

Ginny said...

I love it when you do this kind of post, and I always scroll through twice. My favorite is always the chipmunk. But I also love the last picture of the leaves and clematis. Life thriving among the dead leaves. This one is worth framing and hanging. I would call it "Hanging On." Around here, people are split between an awful winter and a mild one. We don't have many nuts, and that's the sign of a mild winter.

Madi and Mom said...

MOL Ms. Reena
You are an animal whisperer. I do so enjoy your chats!!
Great photos too.
Hugs to Kramer,
Madi

Kathy said...

Yes, I think it will be a rough winter. I predict snow in East Texas!

Love the pic of the squirrel amidst all those little flowers.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Great pics, when we lived in CT we had a chipmunk that would regularly come onto our deck and eat the bird seed. I was always amazed at his athletic abilities and he would stuff his face so full that I thought it would burst.

I'm really hoping that we don't have a rough winter this year but with the way things have been going weather wise it's anyone's guess.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Oh I love these lil skits... just too cute & they always put great big smiles on my face! =)))

According to Betsy over at Joyful Reflections it's going to be a pretty bad winter where you are in Pa - check it out here... http://betsyfromtennessee.blogspot.com/2011/11/winter-forecast-2011-12.html

My Journey With Candida said...

That chipmonk sure has his mouth full to the gills. Thats a saying my mother used to say.

Great pictures!

Jazzi said...

That was cute!! Love the chipmunk too!!

wags
Jazzi

Daryl said...

I sure hope its not a bad winter, I am so not up for a lot of icy temps and snow .. shudder.. but I take comfort from that sweet squirrel sniffing/nibbling the flowers

Michael Offutt said...

Rodents. They climb up rose bushes and knock off the flowers (I've seen em do it). I hate squirrels. My old neighborhood was overrun with them and one dude used to shoot them with a pellet gun, cut the tails off, and make fishing flies from the fur. Good riddance to the rats with furry tails I say (that's all they are...rats with furry tails).

latebloomerbuds said...

Oh Reena, so cute. My favorite photo is the one of the chipmunk that looks like he is holding the daisy. Perfect composition all the way around. LOVE it! XO, Margie

Dianne said...

Ah! I just love your blog Reena - those podgey cheeks make me smile.
Have a lovely and safe weekend,xx

Mental P Mama said...

I love these! Mrs. Squirrel is gorgeous in her flower garden!

Andrew said...

Brilliant Reena.. I have had a really crap day at work and was so grumpy... I view this post and now have a big smile on my face..xxx Thanks for that.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your critter convos are the highlight of my day! The photo of the squirrel in the patch of flowers is my favorite. Thank you for the entertainment!

Tamar SB said...

Oh these are so great!! I love how you can see the stuffed cheeks!! You got some amazing shots!

Debi@7Gates said...

If there was a child in my house, I would read him this story and show him/her the pictures. Those darn little critters. Its a busy time for them gathering their winter food.

Patricia said...

Had to laugh at the chipmunk cheeks. I think he/she's my favorite.

hannah said...

Hello Deb,
The way the squirrels around here are burying our acorns and walnuts, points to a severe winter. Never seen so many holes. Trouble is, they leave half of them, so we will have an oak forest before long :-)

NatureFootstep said...

made me smile a lot. :)

Ann said...

I love reading your conversations with the little critters and the chipmunk is so adorable.
I've been hearing a lot lately about winter and it hasn't been good.
We actually have a snow advisory in effect for tonight through noon tomorrow. I hope they are wrong

CherryPie said...

That chipmunk is really cute :-)

Debbie said...

hahaha...this is just so fun!!

and the squirrel with the dasies, talk about priceless!!

Hilary said...

You have chats with some of my favourite critters. ;) Love the background colours on some of these photos.. the greens and the yellows.. so beautiful.

Sharkbytes said...

Great story! Your little friends seem quite tame.

deb duty said...

Your critters are too cute! I especially love the one amongst the pretty flowers!

Michaele said...

Simply wonderful photos as always. You need to make and sell cards or something. These are just too good for one blog. And...no, I don't think it will be a very harsh winter.

Nadege, said...

So cute. Love the one with its mouth full of nuts, made me smile.
Lovely shots.

Catherine said...

It looks like all your critters are very happy to have you home! :)

Fall??? We are well into winter here.... it makes me sad. :(

xo Catherine

S. Etole said...

It looks as though they are very well fed.

Serendipity is Sweet said...

This surely made me smile! You are one talented lady ;)

ds said...

Love that chipmunk! You really seem to understand him, and the squirrels,too ; )
Winter? I'm not ready for winter. Still trying to get used to Fall (now that we're actually having one).

ladyfi said...

What cute critters. That last close-up is a delight!

Linda R. said...

Thanks so much for the making me smile, I really needed that!!! And yes I think we are in for a tough winter.. I live in the desert and I am already freezing..

Hugs, Linda

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that chipmunk looks like a kid at a party who has just been told all the food will be cleared away in two minutes!

Fill up those cheek pouches. Splendid pictures.

Stewart M - Australia

alp said...

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Lauri said...

A great tale, with some lovely characters. Lots of fun. Thank You.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

You are such a story-teller. You need to write a children's book -- seriously!

Love the clematis amidst the autumn leaves. What an oxymoron! Or is that oximoron? Whatever! :)

holdingmoments said...

Great fun post Reena.
I hope the winter isn't a bad one again.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

So, so lovely!!!

kisses
oa.s

Suldog said...

Excellent post. I'm quite fond of squirrels, and I have named one "Fred" (who always stands by on a fencepost for my viewing pleasure from the kitchen window.) I feed him the odd bit here and there. On Thanksgiving, always a handful of the nuts I put out for orderves!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are my favorite posts! I know this little critters missed you while you were gone...and how nice of them to pose for you when you got back! Sending this post to hubby's computer! He'll love it! Hugs! ♥

Midmarsh John said...

Brilliant. Beautiful photography and your imaginary conversations made me laugh out loud.

beth said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE chipmunks and am jealous of your little friend.....will someone feed him while you're gone?

Oliag said...

It has been a very good year for chipmunks and squirrels around here and there are so many of them they are hard to avoid on the road at times! I do wish they would stay off my bird feeders...the chipmunks have been eating EVERYTHING!

Misty said...

I love you critter chats too. It's no wonder you have 60 comments. :)

Celestial Charms said...

Adorable! Both photographs and prose. :)
Maureen