Friday, April 25, 2008

put a lid on it

The Mountain and The Squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter
“Little prig.”
Bun replied,
“You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together
To make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I'm not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry:
I'll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track.
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) philosopher, poet, essayist

I'm feeling a little squirrelly today and a bit discombobulated in the quest to get some control over the chaos that has taken over the house - I ask where do all these piles of paper come from?

and I'm feeling a little like a squirrel - scurrying about, moving piles and shifting through the detritus that accumulates through our mere existence. but every pile has a silver lining, inside one was this delightful poem by emerson. the scrap of paper that had the poem scribbled on it has found a new home in the recycling bag - joining many other scraps, old periodicals, and catalogs. chaos is being reined in - at least for now...

did you know that there are over 300 species of squirrels in the world? in north america the red squirrel and the gray squirrel are the most common type of tree squirrels. I love these little gregarious characters, however, it seems that many of the men in my life (in particular my dear f & even my pa) are driven nuts by the thought of a squirrel raiding the birdfeeders or digging a hole to bury an acorn. can anyone explain to me why so many men are annoyed by brother (and sister) squirrel? I'd really like to know...

'put a lid on it' by squirrel nut zippers (1996)

photo: resident squirrel on avenue c ~ april 2008


Professor Montblanc said...

le rodent almost scare me at first glance--like he may JUMP! he looks excited.

Steve said...

That's an attack squirrel if I've ever seen one! :)

Anonymous said...

My own favorite male (my honey Jim)always makes it a point to feed both the birds and the squirrels in the back yard. Blessed squirrels, blessed me!

As for the Squirrel Nut Zippers, I liked the Sesame Street version the best!


Barbara said...

The squirrel always gets my vote as he dares to dangle or do whatever acrobatic feat is necessary to defeat the latest in squirrel prevention. At one point it was hanging a 33-1/3 record on the wire atop the bird-feeder. The squirrel always wins!

d. chedwick bryant said...

My male and female humans both feed the squirrels and like them--I knew one man who hated them--but he had squirrels in his attic.

e. said...

did i tell you dixie almost got one this morning. i'm pretty sure she had it, and i am pretty sure my squawk woke up any neighbors that might still have been sleeping.

Anonymous said...

I love your squirrel pic and poem. You know we enjoy our little outside pets. Unfortunately, we have one or more now in our attic. We have already had the trees trimmed back, but it was too late. Now we have a trap and release guy coming on Monday for everyday for a week to the tune of $300+! oxooxP

phd girl said...

squirrels do seem to be multi-taskers... but they could be faking us out--they are acrobats.

I did some research on solar portables and posted about my lack of findings. I think there must be something out there...something solar, something handheld... but I can't find it.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

pm & steve - ah this squirrel is a total cupcake - well maybe just a beggar. he'd be much chagrined to learn that he might have scared someone (I won't tell him!)

cindy - man, missed snz on sesame street!! I knew jim was a good guy!

barbara - me too! they are persistent and if only humans would realize resistance is futile!

ched - you have very evolved humans. I think my f is just jealous.....

e - that dixie! she better not go after the squirrels on avenue c when she's here - they are fat and happy - and I fear a bit slow since they are so spoiled!

p - you could save some bucks by letting the cats go up to the attic - I know my gwen would hunt them down - last summer while she was on her attic vacation she feasted on the attic wildlife! yeah, it wasn't pretty - but a predator has to do what a predator has to do....

ms phd - we rodents are quite adept at multitasking.... off to check out your research! thanks for investigating.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

my dad called squirrels rats with big tails - he didn't say it nicely either (just thought I'd mention at least one other squirrel hater to keep the books balanced) :-)

WAT said...

That many different types of squirrels? You're kidding! WHO KNEW?! They are certainly cute, but I try to avoid getting near them because don't they carry dem ticks that have bubonic plague?

I felt bad, just recently a baby one kept following me, and my co-worker said I should've trapped him and taken it to her so she could nurse it and release back it into the wild, but I dunno.