Making progress
Friday September 30th 2011, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Knit,Wildlife

If you can’t be a good tree squirrel, be a good ground squirrel. That seemed to be today’s thinking.

We had a weed tree spring up that had pretty branches and we let it be although it was right next to the patio. Canopy is a good thing, right? While I was in and out of the hospital two years ago, it was the last thing anyone was paying attention to.

One day in this Spring’s early growth, though, I happened to walk outside and do a doubletake: when had the edge of the patio gotten lifted up like this! What would it do to the house, and soon, if this kept up. It was a non-native species that offered no support to the wildlife anyway, the birds didn’t even deign to land in it nor did the squirrels touch more than the trunk, much less did any of them gain any sustenance from it; it had to go.

My little black squirrel showed up in the late morning today, daring to come out even earlier this time. A walnut for you, m’dear. She was a little more skittish, a good sign of increasing health. Even her tail was groomed now.

And again, as she munched the second walnut quietly on her forearms, a large gray squirrel approached to challenge her for it.

She ducked under that patio square. I did not know she could. But she’s a tiny thing and she had it all figured out and completely disappeared in a space I thought impossible.

The challenger, after she left awhile later, came over and sniffed around there but would not could not climb in there himself. Nuts. He’d missed out again.

Meantime, one shawlette in one skein of Sea Silk, half done, practically knitting itself. It’s amazing to my fingers how thick it feels after baby alpaca laceweight!

(Ed. to add: the tree is gone, thanks!)

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It is funny how she went from being a pest to
“my little black squirrel”.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.01.11 @ 6:53 am

Nuts. He missed out again. That entertained me quite a bit.

I’m knitting with Kid Seta. Oh my. Remind me to listen to you more often!!

Comment by Channon 10.01.11 @ 7:45 am

I hope that ‘weed tree’ doesn’t upend your house.

It’s amazing how resourceful creatures can be when they must.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.01.11 @ 9:49 am

You’ve got to get rid of that tree before it does any damage–but maybe next week, after she’s a little more mobile.

Comment by LauraN 10.01.11 @ 12:08 pm

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