Friday, December 19, 2008

que sera, sera

The gathering power of Squirrel is a great gift.
It teaches us balance within the circle of gathering and giving out.
They remind us that in our quest for our goals,
it is vital to make time for play and socializing.

Squirrel teaches us to conserve our energy for times of need.
If your totem is Squirrel or Squirrel has recently entered your life,
lighten your load of things that are unnecessary –
things that you have gathered in the past and may be cluttering your life –
thoughts, worries, and stresses.

Squirrel is also the totem of action.
Ask yourself are you too active, not active enough, afraid of enough,
hung up on accumulating and collecting.
Squirrel people tend to be a little erratic – trying to do many things at once.
Take the time to stop and listen to your inner self – and don’t forget to play!

this year the squirrels in my hood are incredibly fat and active. according to some this is a sign that we are going to have one hell of a cold winter. the other day I stopped to watch six squirrels in a neighbor's side yard - boy were they ever packing in the bird food. this house has a very extensive feeding station with at least a half dozen different feeders and a birdbath set up which keeps the water fluid - unlike the frozen birdbath at my house. along with the squirrels there was a tremendous assortment of birds at this house. I wonder what these folks spend a month on animal food!

two days ago I had a call from a friend in olympia, washington, she was quite distressed about a rat that has been at her bird feeder - during the day. as the guru on all things rodent among my friends, she called me to ask whassup. I told her that it is very unusual for a rat to be out foraging during the day unless it was ill. however, now I don't know maybe it wasn't sick after all but just knew that in a day's time they were going to get hit with a freak winter storm. perhaps, it was simply planning ahead and stocking up. animals have a sixth sense about these things.

I've been trying to encourage our local science café to devote one of their monthly meetings to animal esp - so far they haven't followed up on my suggestion. f said I need to supply the name of an 'expert' on animal extrasensory perception and then maybe they'll devote an evening to the topic. anyone know of the names of animal behaviorist who could fit the bill?

doris day singing que sera, sera

photo: one of the three regulars who visit my back yard


Merle Sneed said...

Technology has led us to the mistaken belief that we don't have to save up for our future.

R.L. Bourges said...

petite souris: I don't know about esp, but my canine friend Cybèle introduced me to grey parrots recently. You might want to check this site

Another really interesting site - on primates, this time - is this one

I know Duke University also did research on this topic but I don't know any of the details. Maybe google could help?


R.L. Bourges said...

army report on animal esp here

(haven't had time to read it, no idea if it's any good)

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Reya Mellicker said...

Rats are very intelligent animals. I have no doubt you're right.

Whassup with your local science cafe? Animal ESP is fascinating. I think of the way the animals migrated uphill on the islands that were hit by the tsunami - days BEFORE the tsunami. They get it, they do.

Megan said...

I remember in the Little House book, Pa knew the winter was going to be a bad one because the muskrats built an extra thick mud house!

How did they know, hmm?

tut-tut said...

In episode 4 of Escape to River Cottage, Hugh has a problem with indoor mice, and he enlists a couple to help him lead them away. And they really do. Let me know, and I'll e-mail the link.

Squirrel said...

Hey, I remember that same story Megan mentioned. I was always taught that animals know a lot more than we think they do.

WAT said...

The complex I live in has tons and tons of squirrels roaming around, especially in the mornings. I oughtta get a pic, but I'm not a morning person! LOL!

Barbara said...

I wonder if animals have obsessive thoughts. Jake obsesses over his Kong, but he may not be typical. I think animal behavior is fascinating. I love the picture of the squirrel. Of course it reminded me of the one I ran over last week.

Salty Miss Jill said...

What a handsome redhead!
I love the squirrels who come to visit. Makes for greast entertainment-especailly when the cats chatter at them.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Your squirrels really are storing up for winter, aren't they. Ours did the same thing this year - and boy was it a cold one. Likewise, we also saw rats out foraging in the day - so I do think it's about as gathering as much as possible before the cold really hits.

Coffee Messiah said...

F knows the score. Sounds like out here, you have to lead the locals to an expansion of the mind ; )


mouse (aka kimy) said...

merle - is it techonology that led us down that path, or 'madison avenue' creating the mystique that everything will so be obsolete and we must get something BRAND NEW and IMPROVED?

rlb - thanks for the links. will be following up

reya - I have always praised rats intelligence. my experience as someone who have had had a couple pet rats only has reinforced that...but like with humans, intelligence is not also equally distributed among members of the group! I think the tsunami example might be one I can use to help with my case before the science cafe - thanks!!

megan - as members of the rat family, muskrats must be smart! well, that and they have animal esp when it comes to weather! that pa was a smart guy to look towards the animals for signs.

tut - this show sounds great I can't wait to work my way through the series on
thanks for the heads up!!!

wat - our squirrels are active all day long! I do hope you snap a shot of those california squirrels - I like to see the variation place to place....there's a lot of it!

barbara - I do think dogs are particularly prone to obsessive thoughts.... others must feel that way too, considering we have that oft used expression 'he/she's like a dog with a bone' .....hugs to you re you ill-fated encounter, hope it doesn't haunt you for too long....

salty - our cats too enjoy watching the squirrels although they do have their own cat tv with the pet mice in the house!

av- thanks for the additional example of odd rat behavior and it being linked to the cold winter. will pass that on to ali

coffee - he's a smart one that f - part of the charm!