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a squirrel in winter

January 7, 2009

We have a hot tub. It was here when I arrived. A soak is nice on a chilly night, but the tub’s been defunct all season and empty. Someone has been fiddling with the innards for a while, leaving the side panel propped open all this time. Someone Else has said, “you should close that; squirrels and chipmunks are going to build a house for the winter,” to which Someone said, “pooh!”

“But the Beagle nose points to varmints in there,” said Someone Else.

“Nah!” said Someone.


We had a thaw, and Someone went to fiddle with the innards and measure for a part.
Instead, he pulled out a winter’s worth of stored pinecones, fresh and dry!

I’m going to dump them in the brush pile so the critters don’t starve, even though they dive bombed us with green pinecones one day last fall, sending hundreds to the ground in a single day.
We got rid of that yucky pink crap; don’t worry.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2009 8:37 pm

    Our squirrels made big piles under the spruce trees. (Those look like Norway spruce cones you’ve got there.) When we lived in Cortland, one fall I couldn’t get the pickup started. Had it towed to the mechanic. They found the muffler and tailpipe stuffed with acorns.

  2. January 7, 2009 8:51 pm

    haha! Acorns! That had to be a pile of acorns. I think they ARE Norway Spruce (will check the needles against the ID page I found tomorrow. They have the hanging-down foliage). Thank you–I have wanted to know the name of this pair of enormous, beautiful trees right outside the house. According to, at their height, they could be about 100 years old! Home to many-a-critter.

  3. Judy permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:40 am

    Do I recognize the “someone’s” hands and I think I hear the familiar “Nah!” You might remind “someone” what happened 12 1/2 yrs. ago when some rodent (probably a squirrel according to the local fire chief) chewed on our electrical wiring coming into the house. Not a recommended way to spend 4 months rebuilding and redecorating a house! With all the know-it-all “nahhing” going on, be sure your fire insurance is up to date. :-)

  4. Leigh permalink
    January 11, 2009 6:12 pm

    some people never listen ;)

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