i did get a little time to chill outside today, and i relaxed, started reading Divergent (again), and took some photos of one of my favorite neighbors. Shirley. Shirley the squirrel.
i know some people think they're tree rats, but i happen to love squirrels. with their fuzzy little flicking tails, pouncing in the grass. they're just so cute! growing up in so cal, i didn't see a lot of squirrels. actually, i don't think i saw any. when i visited mark here for the first time in 2000, i couldn't get enough of them; i'd literally squee every time i saw them hopping around in his backyard. one time i saw one running along a telephone wire and could hear a little cartoon "dinka dinka dink" in my head.
i've gotten pretty used to squirrels in my almost 8 years of living here, but i do enjoy my yard squirrels. since they all look identical i've nicknamed them all Shirley, and will call them as such as i walk to and from my car. they like it, i can tell. so here's some photos of Shirley for your enjoyment.
|i might have thrown her some granola bits i had in my car.|
|i'm thinking those teats mean she has babies? cute squirrel babies?|
|at one point she chased another squirrel up the tree and onto and over my roof. |
i am assuming the one that came back is the same Shirley.
|Shirley checks out my porch. Nothin much there, Shirley.|
also, and i cannot stress this enough, these are excellent: