Just a quick "awwwwwww" moment here...
A squirrel has made a nest in one of my owl boxes at the back of the yard. I peeked inside and here are a couple of the kids.
We haven't had a squirrel nest here in 3 years now so this will be fun. I hope Angie and I are home to witness them come out of the box as we were the last time. It's an endearing moment. One of those kids is still around, who is named Frodo.
Squirrels often make me think of my grandmother. She always looked after her backyard squirrel friends especially during the winter months. Nuts and peanut butter sandwich squares for all. I remember sitting at the kitchen table eating my cream of wheat in the early morning hours, feeling that cold draft from the kitchen door as she opened it to give the little guys a handout. A couple would even step into the kitchen to grab their share.
I know not everyone is a fan of squirrels. They can drive me bonkers in the summer, often digging up my newly planted plants but we share the backyard with them. We defeat them at times with the digging, other times they defeat us and we try again. It can be a challenge. But I cannot imagine our yard being without them.
We are in for some real trying times again due to this pandemic and the rise in the cases, now with the variants. We stay home or very close to it with our occasional nature walks. As I have said before, now more so than ever before, we are very grateful for our backyard and the creatures we share it with.
Stay safe friends.