Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Members of my family shout "squirrel!" every time they see a squirrel. Why? Because we have watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation countless times and are particularly fond of the squirrel chase scene when Grandpa Griswold shouts "Squirrel!" as though he had spotted a bunch of blood-thirsty savages coming his way.
I found these lovely fellows scurrying about this morning when I took the dog out. There were six squirrels playing in the walnut tree next door but I didn't have my camera at that moment. I love watching them chase and jump and scurry and romp without a care in the world. In reality, these squirrels don't have a care in the world: they are well provided for with an abundance of walnuts, acorns and buckeyes in our block; plenty of old trees for shelter and lots of wires for acrobatic play.