Monday, September 28, 2020
September 28, 2020 Monday 1:30pm
I know it's hard to tell but the tree on the right is starting to turn.
I am always curious to see if they change right to left every year. Has begun no differently this year...despite it being such a strange and backward year--LOL!
Since I last chatted with you--Caroline came to clean on Tuesday; Leah made an indoor bigger monthly trip to Costco and I made a pot of soup on Wednesday; Thursday I made up a batch of Annie food using liver and beef hearts; Friday I did laundry and that is when--besides the usual visitors...
...I had a new one!! Whoohoo!!
You know how much I LOVE my thirteen-striped ground squirrels!!
When I moved to the chair closer to the window it just shows the screen better--LOL!
Annie was absolutely thrilled to see the ground squirrel, too!
And it has been back every day since!
Annie has been spending a LOT of time by the patio door.
You can definitely tell Annie spent time hunting food when she lived on the street in her youth because watching our little friend makes her hungry.
Annie has to take regular breaks to the pantry to grab a few morsels from her food dish...which cracks me up. ;)
The ground squirrels and voles (which have disappeared this year) and small birds make her hungrier than the larger partridges.
Maybe she knows these are a bit to large for her to tackle successfully?
She watches their every move, regardless. But I notice she just isn't as compelled to make quick trips to snack on some kitty kibble when the bigger birds are here. Maybe she is too lost in planning and fantasy? Or she knows when they get scared and fly away they don't come back quickly like the small birds do? Annie does LOVE her CatTV!
I watched a compelling series on BritBox this past week called The Street. Caused these old eyes to well up more than once. Each episode is fly-on-the-wall type knowledge of some family on the street. Good actors. Only three seasons made and I didn't want it to end! Has anybody else seen it?
Still am tired and achy and dragging myself around. Added extra vitamin D and B12 to my daily pills a few days ago and am hoping that might help. Time will tell. Meanwhile, Annie and I have been spending these fibro flare days (many weeks now) quite nicely. The hint of Jack Frost in the air seems to lift out spirits, regardless. Annie has been racing about the apartment like a kitten and was even chasing her tail one day! That was even before the ground squirrel showed up. The cooler weather and Rita's Critter Cafe being reopened really has wound her up--LOL!
Anyways, I hope they don't trap or kill this sweet little ground squirrel. It has avoided the poison traps they put out along the outside walls for the voles...that are still out there...but the voles are not. I haven't seen a ground squirrel for soooo long! I can't remember for sure, but I don't think I saw any at all last summer. I thought they were gone for good. Well, it will only be coming to grab seed until hibernation time. It knows I have food here so will be less likely to try the poison traps. I will gladly help it stock up for the long winter. :) :)
This little critter has brought me great joy these past few days. Annie also--but in a different way--ROFL!! Me--I am having childhood memories of the tall prairie grass fields next to the lake when I was a kid...skinks, dragonflies, toads, frogs, salamanders, mallards, turtles, garter snakes, meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, crows, bats, flickers, monarch butterflies by the thousands on the milkweed...and thirteen-striped ground squirrels. Annie--she is salivating as she remembers the thrill of a successful kill and tearing through that fur to get to the warm meaty flesh. Very different memories, indeed, but a joy to both of us, nonetheless. ;)
In fact, as I peek up from the dining room table I see the little ground squirrel filling her pouches in the middle of many sparrows pecking away. Canadian geese just flew overhead. Their constant squawking conversation is a sure sign of spring and fall up here. I often wonder if they are discussing where to go, how far to travel, where to hold up for the night...or if they are just plain excited to be in formation on their journey? No matter how many geese in the formation it always sounds to me like 2 or 3 of them are calling back and forth. Maybe the current leader and the one in the back--checking to see everyone is okay--letting them know if they need to change up leaders? I read somewhere that they take turns being the one on point because it is the more exhausting position. I wonder if that is true and maybe why they need to talk back and forth all the time as they fly? I ponder things like that all the time--LOL!
Anyways, till next week, my friends...stay safe and be well. :)
"In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart."