i had a friend...a friend that had a huge back yard that took hours and hours to mow....his persona was as sweet as St Francis of Assisi...and he called the birds in with his quiet open demeanor...and the mixed seed he picked up at the feed store once a week

large heavy bags...he didn't feed minimally.... oooohhhhhhnnnnooo

he fed them with a ferocious generosity...and they came day by day...to roost in the trees...eat from his feeder...and in every way delight him.....from the large Cardinals that march the yard... to the spritely Chickadee that gathered and refused to notice the larger Red birds who claimed guardianship and sentry privileges to the yard...they mugged at the prepossessed larger birds with their own brand of...nahnahnahnahnahnahnaaaaaaaaaaaaanah

this is not a common interaction...not just filling the feeders...and when they're empty....fill them again the next day....no this is a man who knows that many birds only eat on the ground...can't balance on tree limbs....so he walks his ground and spread seeds everywhere

i wondered aloud if there was so much the seeds left uneaten would they sprout and grow and turn the space into a green colorful birdling feast for later in the summer or fall

his property is backed by wilderness...the kind lovers walk into to salute nature with their passion....so beautiful and wild and that all questions are answered

~~do other seed loving creatures live there~~ fluffy tailed rodents scamper about do they too find the yard alluring and cross the wilderness barrier...to eat with the birds


the squirrels climb the trees...and chattered...bold heathens with no manners...the members of the "wedding party" uninvited...not properly trained or asked to be part of this daily festivity....they gather like interlopers at the edge of the yard..step into the circle like gatecrashers....too many....they are gluttons...and so St Francis must trudge to the feed store more often to make sure all are fed....til the "five loaves and fishes"....are multiplied and all are satisfied


sometimes my friend ordered some "fox urine" from LL Bean...the squirrels had become a gathering of such a number that instead of pretty scamperers the had become party dampeners...running thru his neighbors yards....and just making a terrible nuisance of themselves as their numbers grew and grew...

his intention was to doctor the yard with it...and knew the squirrels would smell it and stay out from a yard scented with their mortal enemy it worked of course...and soon no squirrel came to play...and bring their wee ones to stay and partake of the generous dining and he had an interesting reaction to the squirreless yard

he didn't like it

not at all

he liked having a few squirrels

but his solution for too many had driven them all away

a few weeks the "fox urine" scent would dissipate and the squirrels will find their way back...and first it will be a few...but soon droves will come again

this became the "horns of a dilemma" for my friend

as often is the case in living we find ourselves in a quandary of having all or nothing in any given situation

we can learn so much from this. lesson..do we want Black or White...or is it somewhere in the middle...which creates all the colors of the spectrum untidy but more desirable ??

messy maybe..hectic...noisy...just way more then any St Francis can stand...hahahahahahaha.....in a few weeks i hope to find out...when i asked the birdy benefactor what he'd decide to do this time next year

unfortunately for me and my bird lover there was no next year

~~ and so i say Namaste to all you tender souls~~willing lesson learners~~gentle avatars to the birds and beasts in each of your little corner of the world~~have a lovely if squirreless day today if you want one~~and know alway that our lives can be constantly altered to fit our needs~~but if the alterations change the wanted texture of our world~~we can remove those stitches~~and begin again and again~*~

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

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Dadler Nov. 6, 2011 @ 7:59 a.m.

We're squirrel crazy up here just south of SF. Got several of them that bury their nuts in the yard. Good thing the dog we have is a terrier, they don't go too crazy over little critters or anything. Oh no. All Buster does is dive into the shrubs to go after them, a scuffle ensuing that sounds like the Tasmanian Devil in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, followed by a squirrel leaping for its life (always a successful leap...so far) and our dog emerging from the foliage literally shaking from his wild animal buzz and covered in twigs and leaves and spider webs. Next time.


nan shartel Nov. 6, 2011 @ 11:12 a.m.

the squirrels come to eat the bird food here at the mobile...we try to feed them nuts but the blue jays steal them

we have wild land and a stream right behind us so critters of every kind except deer and mountain lions visit the bird feeding area...i saw a 40lb raccoon out there about 2 weeks ago...my terrier is old and blind now so he doesn't fuss about them...

but in Oregon he'd chase a deer every chance he got...which could be every night because they walked thru the town and grazed on the fruit trees each fall and early winter


richzombie Nov. 6, 2011 @ 10:22 a.m.

nice story - enjoyed it even though as a youngster i got too close to one and it leapt off a fence onto my face - true story and luckily i was wearing glasses - i actually had to pull it off my face- haha ...i can laugh now . someone said to me that the squirrel must have thought i was a nut !


nan shartel Nov. 6, 2011 @ 11:04 a.m.

that squirrel might have been right RZ...

a poetic nut...that has a nice ring to it...member when Rosie O Donnell used to call them flying rodents...lol

i had a deer run right into my car in Oregon...i had been told it happened but thought it was just the wry Scots tryin' to get one over on the ditsy Californian...hahahahahahahahahaha

but it was true...i guess from what u say squirrels do it 2 ;-D


Ruth Newell Nov. 7, 2011 @ 7:54 a.m.

I'm rolling on the floor here imagining a frantic squirrel spread eagle across pre-coffee crazed RZ. This may explain a thing or two. hehehe


nan shartel Nov. 7, 2011 @ 2:47 p.m.

hope he was wearing safety glasses...hmmmmmmmmmm...it could have been Rocky the Flying Squirrel


richzombie Nov. 9, 2011 @ 6:13 p.m.

i did wear very thick prescription glasses as a kid - which were scratched after this encounter . and no way it was rocky - haha


richzombie Nov. 9, 2011 @ 6:11 p.m.

the squirrel wasn't frantic - i was ! and as i dislodged him from my face and tossed her ? to the ground it chased me aways down the country road we were on ...and what it may explain? well i am holding to the nut thing - explains alot !


nan shartel Nov. 10, 2011 @ 3:18 a.m.

HMMOG RZ...that was some outrageously rabid squirrel

oh that rabid is just a play on words...hahahahahaha


richzombie Nov. 10, 2011 @ 8:39 a.m.

a car pulled up as i was walking down the road too startled to get my 3 speed bike which was leaning on a fence up the road / blood had pooled at the base of my neck and looked worse than what it was and i was taken to the only doc in the town and YES i did get a tetanus shot !


nan shartel Nov. 10, 2011 @ 5:26 p.m.

my gawd Rz...u had some serious squirrel encounter...


Ruth Newell Nov. 10, 2011 @ 6:47 p.m.

:) ...not to laugh at your misfortune rz ...bur it is quite outragous and comical to the outsider.


nan shartel Nov. 10, 2011 @ 10:06 p.m.

but a big ouchie 4 the one bit...hey r u back from hiking Catalina already?

or on wifi on the little island??


Ruth Newell Nov. 11, 2011 @ 6:13 a.m.

Still on island. Not so little when walking it.

And that's true. About the bit one. They have squirrels here that "chit" all day and night and its shrill and echoes everywhere. Took me a while to figure out what that bloody noise was. Thought of you guys when finally spied the rodent.


nan shartel Nov. 12, 2011 @ 12:16 p.m.

hope ur having 100 kinds of fun...i'm imagining u there....what fine deep breaths u must be taking ;-D)


nan shartel Nov. 7, 2011 @ 2:48 p.m.

thx loads Roody and congrats on ur 1st place October blog win


quillpena Nov. 10, 2011 @ 8:07 p.m.

Cute picture of fox mom and her pups, nan, and, yes, congrats, Roody--you go, girl.


nan shartel Nov. 10, 2011 @ 10:04 p.m.

thx Quill...yes living so close to nature was a thrill 4 my bird feeder ;-D)


richzombie Nov. 11, 2011 @ 10:09 a.m.

it was very comical ...i can say that now . doesn't bother me much to recall it but do get a little squirrelly from time to time .


nan shartel Nov. 12, 2011 @ 12:18 p.m.

a poetic squirrel...maybe i should watch my squirrel more carefully...sometimes i need nutty inspiration


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