In the meantime we're all putting on weight around here. Mrs. Squirrel is complaining that she has to do extra aerobics in the tree tops and she's having trouble jumping from one branch to another without them snapping in two, but I keep telling her that we need to be a little on the weightier side to be able to stay warm against the winter cold, that this will all stop and she will be able to get her girlish figure back when the raccoons start raiding the bird feeders when the warmer weather comes. That's the funny lady's signal to stop filling the bird feeders and letting her mister eat the peanuts instead of us, as this tells her that food will be plentiful in the natural world and she won't have to worry if we are getting enough food.
After the last snow it got real windy around here and our homes suffered because of it. We have all been carrying old leaves and twigs to make our houses strong again. We've also been tearing up tufts of grass, stuffing our mouths as much as we can to carry up to our nest because that really makes for great insulation. We repeated this several times and I saw that strange lady observing us. I think she is getting to know our habits pretty well, enough to write a book. I tell her that having a home takes a lot of work. There's always something to be done to keep it altogether. "Tell me about it!" says the strange lady. She's just told me to make sure our home is padded and anchored well, that she just heard there is a possible east coast storm heading our way in a couple of days. We've been lucky so far and the snow hasn't been that deep, but we wonder how bad it's going to be every time.
Uh oh, the door has opened again and she's trying to hit me with a shower of peanuts. I'm out of here! I'll be back down again in a few minutes, when I know she's safely behind that glass. She will be enjoying a cup of tea and reading one of her books. That won't stop me from keeping one eye on her, just like she will be keeping one eye on me with that goofy smile on her face. What a squirrelly woman but I don't think she's all that bad. She says she's friend to all animals and we will always be welcome here. Other people may think we are rats in fur coats but she says she thinks we're beautiful. Pssst......she thinks rats are beautiful too. This woman loves ALL things in nature. She really is squirrelly isn't she?