Told Off by a Squirrel

Have you ever been told off by a squirrel? They’re not shy about letting you know how they feel.  They stand their ground, swishing their ample tails in a circular motion, while building a vocal crescendo. It starts with short, shrill bursts, almost a scream, then progresses to a long bark.  I’ve heard them telling each other off many a time, but today they directed it at me.  The only thing I wanted to take was a picture, but clearly he perceived a threat.

squirrel crossing

Telling me off

When I stepped outside there were three gray squirrels on the lawn, alternately burying peanuts and chasing each other away from their private stash. They scattered into the trees, then raced around and around the pine tree in what looked like a frenzied game of  chase.  Eventually they peeled off, one by one.  I thought they were gone.

squirrel in the pine tree

Squirrel in the Pine Tree

One reappeared on the fence, with another peanut in his mouth and began his vocal tirade. I don’t know how he managed to make so much noise with his teeth clamped down around the peanut.

Our neighbors to the left feed the squirrels fistfuls of peanuts every day. The little rodents are so brazen, they’ll come in her back door and help themselves.

The gray squirrels in our area don’t hibernate due to the mild climate. But with the cooler weather, they ramp up their activity, squirreling away nuts and seeds all over our back yard. Clearly I was an impediment to that progress.

squirrel in the tree

Squirrel Crossing

During the summer months, I found shells on the patio table and on the seat of one of our chairs. I rarely saw the squirrel in action, but apparently he stuffed his cheeks with the nuts, then sat down at my table to eat them. He left without bothering to clean up.

I think it’s time I shake my own ample tail to let him know what I think of his manners.

Halloween Countdown

tower 'o pumpkins

Tower ‘O Pumpkins

Smiling in the Garden

Smiling is good for you. It reduces tension, helps you relax and promotes overall good health. There is always something to smile about in the garden; sometimes I’m lucky enough to catch it with my camera.

I hope these photos put a smile on your face, too.

Kitty in the garden bed

Sure, the pumpkin is nice, but will you look at that cat I grew!?

squirrel closeup

He’s a cheeky little fella

hummingbird at feeder

Look, Ma!!! I can fly with one wing!

dog like flowers

I think there’s a pooch hiding in the tree. Dogwood???

bottoms up

Bottoms up!

Are you smiling yet?

Eastwooding: An Empty Chair with Flare


Boomdeeada got me rolling this week, when she shared this clever (empty) chair from Pinterest with the term Eastwooding.

Cactus Chair Made by Valentina Gonzales Wohlers

Cactus Chair Made by Valentina Gonzales Wohlers
(Thanks Boomdee)


Someone coined the term “Eastwooding” after actor Clint Eastwood addressed an empty chair at the  Republican National Convention. He was pretending to address President Obama.   Memes are spreading across the web, parodying the awkward, at times rambling, unscripted speech.

A meme is a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

In his book The Selfish Gene (2 ed.) Richard Dawkins states “We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like ‘gene’. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to ‘memory’, or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘cream’.”

I will leave the clever memes to the talented folks that create them, but thought it would be fun to share empty chairs with a gardening flare.  Be sure to let me know if you have a favorite in the comments below.

Garden Chairs with Flare

Artistic garden chairs by De Castelli

Artistic garden chairs by De Castelli
(This chair is really growing on me)

Debra Prinzing Planted Chair

Debra Prinzing Planted Chair
(What a ferny arm)

Dragonfly Garden Bench

Dragonfly Garden Bench
(Heavy duty bench won’t fly off in the wind)

Leaf Chair and Bench

Leaf Chair and Bench
(It might be best to just leaf this one alone)

Artscapes Garden Furniture

Artscapes Garden Furniture
(Is it your turn to mow the lawn?)

Of possible interest:


Planting Tomatoes: A Little Humor

My sister forwarded the following story. It made me smile.

An older gentleman living alone in New Jersey looked forward to planting his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work. The ground was simply too hard. His only son Vincent would usually help him but he was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son describing his predicament.

Dear Vincent,

It looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig it for me, like in the old days. I’m feeling a little sad. I hope you are well.

Love, Papa

A Handful of Goodness

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.

Love, Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you, Vinnie

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” – Laurie Colwin