Territorial claim
Tuesday August 28th 2012, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Knit,Politics,Wildlife

I got tired of the squirrel scrums. So I changed the birdseed to safflower a few weeks ago and the suet cakes to ones with chili peppers as the second ingredient.

This means the juncos and towhees only stop by when a little suet hits the ground, but it’s so much more peaceful out there. With the coming of fall and the need to fatten up, the bushytails have finally started coming by, but never more than one at a time, they don’t eat much when they do come, and they’re certainly not about to make any effort to get at the stuff. It’s like offering a kid boiled brussels sprouts.

This also means my supersoaker got shelved. I wonder if that’s why the Cooper’s hawk has come back.

I looked up this evening in time to see–wait, was he trying to land on the birdfeeder?!  Or did he just brush it while trying to flush out a potential finch on the other side that he couldn’t see through the seed (only, there wasn’t one).


Then he flew to the barbecue grill and watched us for awhile and Richard got to see him too.  A bit late of a hunt; it was definitely dusk. Beautiful, beautiful bird. We communed, with his permission. And then he was off.

Meantime, in the political world, a cousin here said a cousin there was going to be speaking at the Republican convention–and so I sat with a project that had needed justthismuchmore for so long and finally finished it off while I listened. Okay, lady from Oklahoma, you forgot your ninth grade history, but whatever. The woman who yelled about too many regulations–she paused for applause and had to wait for it. Oh. Right. Clap. Not everybody did, and I wondered how many spills and polluting incidents had come to the audience’s minds: 14,000 people would not have gone to the hospital this month had the Chevron refinery that blew up in the East Bay here been better regulated. Fourteen. Thousand. It looks like it will be now.

About an hour into it, I went back and doublechecked the messages: oh. Today’s not the day. And then I looked at the list of speakers for the right day and did a doubletake–wait! That name from–! I *knitted* for her once!

If you see a red scarf…

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Good for watching! I can’t bring myself to do it. EITHER convention.


If I was looking for a red scarf…..

Comment by afton 08.29.12 @ 5:54 am

You have more ?? than I do, to listen to that claptrap.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 08.29.12 @ 7:04 am

How do you know when a politician is lying? When his (or her) lips are moving! I don’t believe a word any of them say anymore!

Comment by Jody 08.29.12 @ 7:35 am

love your addition of chili to the suet cakes — that ought to give the squirrels pause!

I think you know where I stand politically — I saw a clip of Mitt on the news — he just looks so wooden — and the idea of further deregulation scares me to death!!

Comment by Bev 08.29.12 @ 8:08 am

You have intelligent commenters. Today I agree with Jody.

Now you are too nice a person to feed ANYone boiled brussels sprouts.

Comment by Don Meyer 08.29.12 @ 9:09 am

Oh neat! I’m sorry you waited for a speaker who didn’t, but glad that you saw another name you knew…

Comment by Channon 08.29.12 @ 9:37 am

My parents are seekign a new, accessible home. The one in the front running has a big deck facing three acres of wilderness.. and is close to town. I got my love of nature from Dad, I think he could be happy there :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 08.30.12 @ 11:40 am

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