Kanga is amazed…
Every year it seems that some mother squirrel brings a baby or two and says “hang out here and you’ll most likely get some food. ”
For instance this little guy was hanging out mid-April, just dozing on the fence by the porch.
He was very tiny at the time and so slow about running off when I got close that at first I thought he was sick or something.
But daily he’d return for a few peanuts and soon enough, like all of the babies every year, he was bigger and stronger and performing gymnastics and asking Kanga if she was an exotic squirrel variety…he was literally sitting on the chair talking to her in squirrel language.
Once the porch is cleaned up for spring and summer, I don’t want to deal with peanut shells so I actually crack the peanuts first…do you think this baby is spoiled? A little too much so I got a bag of cracked corn and put a pile in two spots, since the other squirrels and birds might like some as well.
After eating cracked corn, he’d be back onto the top of the porch chair just sitting there, looking in. I am sure Mama taught him that this was the way to soften my heart and get peanuts. Here she is checking in on him and visiting as well :
I thought that I was done with squirrel pictures after that but on Saturday morning I saw him like this, and had to get the camera for just one more :) How adorable!
Moving on to the spring weather around here ( southwestern Pennsylvania ) we had a warm spell ( mid 80’s one day! ) then moved on to hot and humid one afternoon ( uncalled for here in April ) prior to some thunderstorms moving in. I remember saying to myself ” HUMIDITY is just WRONG in April! ” :)
Lily was out in the yard, happy as could be and at the first sound of distant thunder that all changed. This girl does not like thunderstorms. ( Just like yours truly does not like humidity! )
Thankfully our area has not had any of the terrible and extreme weather that some states have been suffering through. Here it just turned cooler and rainy for a few days.
I finished up the one set of diagonal lines on this quilt block and started on the second to create the crosshatch. If I quilted more and worked less on other projects this would have been finished long ago! I really need to get more disciplined about this.
Not a lot going on in my backyard in the way of spring….the crap apples are done blooming and the snowball bush and lilac are not ready yet. Keeping up with mowing the thick spring grass has been keeping me busy since March. There are dandelions and violets to enjoy prior to mowing and the strawberries have begun to produce blooms. ( this is a bit early for our area )
I posted awhile back about a neighbor offering some perennials…I took most of what I dug up down to my middle son’s house, but here are some miniature iris from her blooming at my place, and then a few shots of her ( neighbor’s ) garden right now : ( that pole that you see by the rocking chair is some concoction for the squirrels where they have to climb and bounce to get their food :)
Right now there are a lot of pretty pink trees in bloom around here to enjoy :
If Spring teaches us anything it is in regards to the notions of “fleeting” and “precious”. Trees in bloom like this are something to be treasured and savored for the beauty is fleeting, lasting only a week or so. Spring is certainly a time to savor the present moment when we can amidst the changeable weather that she brings to us :)
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