Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Madcap Adventures of Sonic the Squirrel

She's called  Sonic because she moves at the speed of sound. She's so loaded with
 energy that you to want to get out of her way when she's coming at you!

Alphie's Evil Twin

Squirrels tend to come and go. They're often here today and gone tomorrow. It's always a mystery as to where they go, but it's also a mystery when they suddenly appear out of nowhere. There's a new squirrel on the block that looks like Alphie - same size and color, though not quite as pretty - but he looks enough like Alphie to be mistaken for him.

the evil twin

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Cookies

Merry Christmas to All! 
And to all a good bite

tell-tail signs of a recent skirmish

it's embarrasing for an alpha squirrel 
but it looks to be recovering nicely

Friday, December 21, 2012

Apocalypse Not Now

Well the good news is that we passed Winter Solstice today -- the deadline for the end of the world, according to some interpretations of the Mayan Calendar -- passed about 8 hours ago. Not only is the threat of Doomsday now behind us, but also  the darkest gloom of winter. Although it's officially the first day of winter today, its really more like mid-winter, since from now on the days will be growing longer and the nights shorter. Yay!

What, me worry?
I wasn't all that concerned.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Is Orange the New Black?

At The Edge of the Wood asks,
Is Cinnamon the New Gray?

The New York Times says,
Cinnamon is Now the New Black

So The New York Squirrel has to ask,
Is Orange the New Black?
Or is Cinnamon the New Orange?

We've had several generations of orange squirrels living in the "Orange Tree" over the years.

On the Orange Tree

As babies the squirrels are mostly orange, then as they grow up they turn mostly gray, while retaining touches of orange that distinguish them from the other grays.

Perhaps they should be called cinnamon squirrels. We apologize for the paucity of pics, but the babies move so fast that it's hard to get them still long enough to take a picture. When you feed them they usually take off  with the nut and run up the tree. Maybe they should be called cinnamon swirls.

Cute Cinnamon Squirrels

And here's the recipe:
The Cookie Cutter Project - Cinnamon Squirrels

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mittens & Muffs

As the weather grows colder, the squirrels are doing their own kind of growing: they now have heavy fur coats that will keep them warm through the winter.
So what if I look fat?!

I'm fully winterized

For extra warmth, many gray squirrels have fluffy white ear muffs and matching mittens for winter. So cute!  

Alphie's ear muffs are a chic tan that contrasts well with his auburn fur.
my tan ear muffs

Alphie used to be the color of caramel when he was younger, but recently went through a "black phase". Could it have signified adolescent rebellion? He did have a personality change as well, becoming something of a bully. Amazingly, this month he is sporting an all-new red-brown coat and tail. Squirrel colors can change dramatically and quickly. But why? Seems to ne more than just a fashion statement, perhaps having to do with camouflage.

As for me, I fit right in with my new sherpa "squirrel coat".  

I look like a big fuzzy brown squirrel!