Nothing says Fall like squirrels gathering nuts for the long Winter ahead. It was just a mini walk for me this morning as it was blustery and cold and I had alot going on at work today. I just stayed in the neighborhood as it would have been way too wet at the Park after all that rain the past few days. Everywhere I walked, I saw squirrels scampering about with a nut tucked in their mouth as they quickly scrambled up the nearest tree once they saw me. I still had peanuts tucked in my pocket from my last Park visit, so a few benefitted from not running in the opposite direction as I passed them by. The above picture is “our” resident neighborhood squirrel. His nickname is “Sammy” and he’s a cutie pie who can spy a peanut 50 yards away. I used to feed him, or his ancestors, on a daily basis, and now, he will scurry over to my next-door neighbor Marge’s deck in record time when he sees her emerge from the door wall dispensing a few peanuts on the deck exclusively for him. She spoils him with cookies sometimes too. Really, this little guy is no different than your fur kid who begs for a treat by sitting on his haunches or running in circles around your feet, except he flicks his tail instead of wagging it, all the while balancing precariously on the deck rail. Yes, he feeds on your peanuts and your kindness, then finishes up and goes to the next household of suckers and goes through similar antics. Oh well … we have never owned him exclusively, thus our feelings are never hurt. He is just like the Park squirrels … one handout and they will return over and over again.
Tonight at 10:29 p.m., Fall – the real deal and not this imposter we have been dealing with all Summer, will officially arrive. Well, as that saying goes … “been there and done that”. It has felt like Fall since Summer arrived, with the occasional hot and steamy day thrown in for good measure, but you won’t hear a complaint at my end – I prefer the cooler weather. There is no calendar page to turn to signify Fall’s arrival, but we do that in our mind and by donning a few extra layers going forward. As of today, we have a mere 100 days left ‘til we exit 2014.