I thought I’d dust off “Friday Frivolity” as it has been way too long and we need a smile. It’s been a few weeks of weather weirdness – we had Summer, Fall and Winter-like conditions cycling through and finally Fall seems to have won. During this time I needed to listen closely to the weather forecast before leaving on my walk because one time temps dropped some 33 degrees in one day alone!
It’s easy for us to deal with the weather eccentricities – we will just stick another log on the fire, or add a hat, scarf, gloves and a heavier coat before departing the house. My squirrel buddies at the Park are not so lucky because they can’t simply don or remove a layer. That’s why they’ve been foraging like crazy for months, tucking away treasures like acorns and begging shamelessly for peanuts. What they haven’t promptly buried, they’ve eaten as they’re bulking up for the long Winter months ahead. I may like to think I’m helping them fatten up for those lean days, but Mother Nature has done her part too – she’s given my peanut pals an extra layer of fat to keep them warm and their fur thickens too. Right now they look like roly polies and I’ve got a collection of pudgy peanut pals to share in an upcoming post. We’ll have a little mirth at their girth.
If you’ve followed this blog awhile, you’ve met Parker, the cute and precocious Fox Squirrel who has my heart.
He had my heart twice on this past Valentine’s Day – you can read the post by clicking here or just admire him below:
Meet Puff and Fluff.
The Park is full of gray and black squirrels too. They are much smaller than the Fox squirrels and timid by nature – sometimes even rattling the bag containing the peanuts causes them to split, right up the nearest tree. I try to sweet-talk them down, even tossing a few extra peanuts onto the path, or at the base of the tree as an incentive, to no avail. I sometimes think it’s a ploy on their part – “let’s see how many extra peanuts Linda will give us by staring at her from up here!” They’re not so dumb are they?
But two furry fellows in this crowd of petite squirrels are a little friendlier and have appeared in some of my recent photos taken at the Park. I’ve named them Puff and Fluff. They look cuddly and let me approach them without bolting … so far anyway.
This is Puff, a sweet, jet-black cloud of fur with a floofy tail.
I tried his name out and he turned and looked at me – he liked it!
Puff soon discovered that he got extra peanuts for being so attentive …
… a tasty reward which he promptly put to good use cramming two into his mouth.
This is Fluff, aptly named for his huge tail that he often swishes wildly, or in this case, is using to keep warm.
I think Fluff is pondering what pose would net the most peanuts – what an endearing, but shy boy here.
Well it worked … soft touch that I am, I gave him extra peanuts and even pointed them out as they were hard to find in those colorful leaves.
I walked away as he was happily munching, but the next time I passed by, I got this look … who could not smile and toss out a few more peanuts?
I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more of Puff and Fluff and their friends in the months ahead.