Monday, March 2, 2009

put a lid on it!

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss (2 March 1904-1991) writer & cartoonist

after reading all the comments on yesterday's squirrel portrait I feel compelled to add a picture I took yesterday of a black squirrel. this squirrel, as the squirrel in yesterday's picture, is an eastern gray squirrel! gray squirrels, despite their name, come in a variety of colors and can range from pure white to black. some gray squirrels have a lovely red tint to their coats - like the ones in my yard.

yesterday I was visiting friends who live in one of the eastern suburbs of cleveland, most of the squirrels in their neighborhood are very dark. the photo on the right shows two squirrels playing; on a left front tree, check out the tail on one of these squirrels it is red!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! it terms of weather for those of us living in the eastern half of the u.s. it was a wild weekend. it was bitter cold around here, but we were spared the big snow that blanketed the south. it was crazy this morning hearing reports of snow in alabama, georgia, and the carolinas. it sounds as if the northeast is still experiencing some heavy snow and it's causing all sorts of chaos. in terms of crazy weather, I've long felt that march is the most mercurial of months.

it's really cold in the cleveland area this morning, but according to the forecast, by wednesday the temperatures should get above freezing. until then I better double up on feeding the critters outdoors. after all early spring (which 'technically' starts in 18 days) is when squirrels tend to have their first litters of babies for the year. it would probably be nice to make sure all those mama squirrels are well fed! speaking of which, I think I hear the squirrels calling, gotta run!


R.L. Bourges said...

that two-tone squirrel is one jazzy little number. Is that what they're chattering? "Put a lid on it" ? (So long as they provide an escape for the steam in the pressure cooker!)

Bet the folks down South are singing the same thing - as in, enuff, enuff of the white stuff.

Stay warm, and keep those mama squirrels nice and plump, petite souris.

(put a lid on it, bapda bada, put an id on it, sorry, sorry lid on it - catchy, I like it!)

e said...

Those Mama Squirrels will be so grateful to you in weather like that!

I love the Squirrel Nut Zippers, too!

Have a fabulous day, Mouse!

Roy said...

Ayuh, we have snow over here. But it's snow that was mixed with sleet and freezing rain, so it's granular and doesn't stick together. Not fun snow - you can't make snowmen and snowballs with it, and it's not that great for sledding, either. Heavy shoveling, too. We got gypped! Looks pretty, though.

Black squirrels are a new one on me.

Not having heard from the Zippers in a while, I thought they were gone. But they have a website on MySpace with a tour schedule and all. Huh! it seems they broke up for a while and then got back together 2 years ago. Wheee!!!

Barbara said...

It turns out that squirrels, like people, come in all sizes and colors! I've always been intrigued with black squirrels.

I want to see some baby squirrel pics in a few weeks!

Candie Bracci said...

Poor little squirrels,they are so cute,hope they will be well.

Coffee Messiah said...

Yep, damn cold still but some rain and 50s later in the week ; )

Last week I scanned a "White House Cookbook" in really bad condition from the early 1900s.

There was more than 1 squirrel recipe I ran across ; (

Doublebanker said...

Figured it be a variation of "Put a ring on it" "Put a lid on it"

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Reya Mellicker said...

The squirrel portrait yesterday was FABULOUS ... though I like the squirrel yoga in today's pic, too.

DC squirrels are very busy these days, rushing around in an even more crazy way than usual. Wonder what they're up to?

ALEX ZHANG said...

Squirrels are really lovely and I believe with all of these lovely animals our life and our planet will be more and more beautiful. I really hope that everybody can do what we can to protect our planet from being polluted and destroyed.\
Come on and protect the only earth for ourselves and for our descendants.

Lover of Life said...

How sweet of you to feed the mama squirrels. I like to do that, too. And I agree - is time speeding up???

John Hayes said...

Cool-- we had lots of squirrels in Vermont, but I never saw one as dark as the guy in the first pic-- which is also a very fun photo in addition to the unusual squirrel

Anonymous said...

we have grey, black and red squirrels in our region, but the greys are the huge population. whenever a black or red squirrel is in the yard I make sure to put out extra extra treats.

squirrel in Nyack

the "huge Snowstorm" was almost 3 inches of snow (gasp!) and the winds blew most of it off my driveway--the winds were major.

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ArtSparker said...

I have that Squirrel Nit Zippers cd.

I have a squirrel voyeur, keeps peering in the windows.