Friday, March 6, 2015

Willy-nilly Random Stuff: Squirrels, Pugs and Other Things…

1.  Our bird feeders had been squirrel-free since November 25th of 2011.  On that date, I had finally figured out a way to keep those little devils from cleaning out our feeders.   I know it was that particular day because I wrote a blog-post about it.   Well, the day before yesterday our squirrel-free streak came to an end and the snow is to blame.  The evil geniuses finally figured out that they could climb up on that massive pile of snow in front of our house and take the foot-wide leap to the feeder.  I hate to rain on their parade, but it is going to be warming up here this weekend and that jump is going to get wider and wider and eventually they will have to go raid someone else’s feeders.  But, you know, it’s been a tough winter.  I guess I can’t begrudge them a little suet to tide them over until they can find their nuts.

Thinking, thinking..


Making the approach...


Success!


2.  We’ve gotten a nice variety of birds hanging around this winter.    My favorite so far has been this red-bellied woodpecker.


3.  I have been feeling pretty bad for Olive, the pug, in this weather, so today I let her out the front of the house to give her a little more room to find the proper spot for her very important business.  It took her 285 pug circles and three tries before she finally decided on a spot.  She looked so relieved when she was finished.

Where's the grass?



Ahhhhh....


4.  Who’s watching Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery?  I guess it's over for now.  I am sorry they’ve only made six episodes.  I am hooked on British mysteries.  I guess that’s because I fell hard for Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and P.D. James when I was younger and never let go.

5.  Looks like we’re in for a long stretch of snow-free weather and temps into the 40s coming up.  Yay!  I hope you all have a pleasant snow-free weekend.


Linking up to Willy-nilly Friday Five &

Random 5 Friday 

22 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

yay for warm-up! and melt-off! olive is too cute.

Nancy said...

Hope it does indeed warm up for u Jeanne! That is a lot of snow!

Ida said...

Oh my those little squirrels can be quite industrious and clever. I actually feed them myself.
That's a great shot of the woodpecker. Just loved seeing Olive the Pug, she's so cute but she does seem to be wondering where the grass went. Hope you get some nice weather to enjoy.

Barb said...

That squirrel doesn't look like it's missed too many meals! Olive is too cute. I once had a Golden puppy born in the winter who didn't know what grass looked like. When the snow finally melted, she was really confused about where to go to the bathroom.

Pamela Gordon said...

Squirrels are such a nuisance but I know they are hungry this winter with all the snow. I have 2 reds that feed on the droppings regularly. Nice pic of the red bellied woodpecker! I'm glad the warm up is coming, finally. We haven't had one thaw this winter! Enjoy.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You certainly got a good shot of that pesky squirrel and I almost expected to see him leaping in the air, Barbara. Yes, the snow is melting a bit here in Nashua as well, finally. I agree with you on Grantchester and enjoyed its limited Masterpiece Mystery run. And, yes I agree with you on British mysteries being such fun.

Debbie said...

awwwww, poor, sweet olive!!!

same boat here!!!!

Madge Bloom said...

My husband says squirrels are just rats with bushy tails, which may be true, but I do like them anyway! You got some great shots here!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Red-bellied Woodpeckers are one of my favorites! I've been battling the tree rats all winter.

The Furry Gnome said...

We're hooked on British mysteries too. And our dog goes back and forth forever til she's found just the right position (while I stand waiting for her in the -20 temps).

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your pug Olive is a cutie! I also love the Red-bellies and all the other woodpeckers. Great shots!

Rose said...

Tell me, did you watch Foyle's War? If not, you might give it a try. We have watched the mysteries for years, and love them all....we really liked Grantchester, too. And did you see Worrickers I think it was just this past year? It was different but good.

The reason I ask about Foyle's War is the name threw me off and I did not even check it out the first year or two...happened on it and didn't realize what I was watching...and it is one of our favorite mysteries we have ever watched.

Poor Olive....we had a dachshund and used to have to shovel her a spot or two---she was too short for anything.

I feed the squirrels, but honestly, there are only a couple or three that come regularly, unless it is bitter, bitter cold. What frustrates me is the cowbirds and starlings.

Tom said...

$1 All God's creatures need to eat.
#2 Great shot.
#3 Get Olive some shoe shoes, she will be fine.
#4 Not I.
#5 Thank goodness!
Tom The Backroads Traveller

Kerri Farley said...

Sweet squirrels! I LOVE Grantchester!!! Did you know that they were made from short stories?
I'm sending you an email about them.

Tanya Breese said...

ha, 285 pug circles :D poor girl! those squirrels are smart and i loved the photo series of them...pretty shot of the woodpecker...thank you for linking and enjoy your stretch of snow free weather!!

Sandra said...

hubby and i loved the story from 2011 and the one from today. smart squirrel.. great story and i love the snow pics of Olive.. hope her grass returns soon.

Deanna said...

Poor Olive, my kids are the same. When the grass returns they will probably not know what to do. Great shots of the squirrel and the woodpecker. Always wondered why they call it a red-bellied when the red is on his head?? We are looking at 50's for next week, so it will feel more like Spring will be arriving after all!!

EG CameraGirl said...

The squirrels will be so disappointed when the snow melts. :)) How nice the temperatures will soon be in the 40s!

Gail Dixon said...

Those squirrels are certainly persistent! And opportunistic. Poor Olive. Reminds me of the time it snowed in Dallas and our chihuahuas circled so many times it made ME dizzy! lol Yay for warmer temps. Loved your photos.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice pics in the snow. Cheers..

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post.
Warm regards:)

Mariusz from Nowy Sacz said...

I see that in winter leaves you too :)