Sunday, October 26, 2008

Where are the squirrels?

We've worked hard on our yard the past five years. It isn't perfect but it is nice. We even laid sod in the back yard three years ago. That was a long and tiring process since we did everything by the book. You know: till, add topsoil, amend with lime, smooth out, then lay the sod. So, we try to maintain our hard work. In years past, we've had acorns to pick but not like this. For the last two Sundays, we have spent several hours, on our knees, picking acorns. I kid you not. The pile you see pictured is from just the front yard and collected in less than two hours. The bucket is what we used. That pile represents SIX full buckets! And we aren't even halfway through the back yard.

Which makes me wonder - where are the squirrels? For years, we have lamented the little holes the squirrels dug, hiding their food for the winter. Our cat would sit for hours at the front of the house, twitching his tail and making these weird noises. Not so this year. Really. In the last week, I've seen two. That's all two. Are we facing a harsh winter? Did the squirrels get scared away? Let me know what you think!

1 comment:

Major Mom said...

All the squirrels are in Bellevue, Nebraska, where Howie destroys our family room pawing at our windows trying to get to them. They're in our backyard eating all of our suet cakes.

In NC, we had that back porch that sorta blocked Howie's view of the squirrels. Not so here...Howie has 6 windows at his disposal.