Paranoid? Or Just Plain Squirrelly?

When you're cute as I am, you get privileges!
When you're cute as I am, you get privileges!

A Scenario

What about squirrels? Small, super-active, furry rodents. Funny! Pests!

One day I was on my way out to bring the garbage barrel up from alongside the alley after it had been emptied and as I walked under the bois d’arc tree toward it, something thudded down onto the grass right beside where I’d set my foot.

Looking down, I see a small squirrel lying lifeless. Looking up, I see a high tree branch from which the little thing must have fallen. And there, looking down from that same branch was a bigger squirrel, obviously distraught and “talking” up a storm at me!

I didn’t know what to do. The one on the ground was motionless. Surely it couldn’t have survived that fall! Going through my mind was a motion picture of me getting some disposable plastic gloves, picking it up and depositing it in the trash barrel. Or maybe the neighbor’s barrel across the alley, since theirs hadn’t been emptied yet.

The adult up there is practically hysterical by now. Wonder if it’s reading my mind?

I proceed to push the trash barrel up from the alley curb to near the accident scene, still wondering what to do about the accident victim. It's early and I haven't had my morning coffee. This was certainly no routine dilemma to be called upon to face coffeeless!

A Rescue

When I get back to the spot where the baby is lying, the adult squirrel has shimmied down the trunk of another tree whose branches intertwine up there and she's all the more frantically fussing at me - perhaps cussing in squirrel talk! Quite vocal in either case and accelerating by the moment. She's perched on the tree trunk near the bottom, not too far from the little lifeless body on the ground. The noisy one in the tree is looking at me with intense meaningful expressions as though to say. “Lady, either do something to help my baby or get yourself out of my way so I can!” Not too hard to read HER mind!

Common sense prevailed and I decided to back off, well out of her way! That critter was in no mood to negotiate, I could plainly see that! Besides, I had no practical suggestions. Obviously she did! After I’d stepped back safely out of her way, momma squirrel quickly made a bee-line to the baby who seemed to be rallying upon hearing her voice. She picked that baby up in her teeth like a momma cat would a kitten and scampered off with it into the bushes. I've never witnessed that exact scenario before or since.

Now, I don't claim to be a squirrel expert and I had no idea squirrels were that maternal and resourceful! But my critter education was starting to progress as I began to find out more and more about squirrels; - more than I wanted or bargained for, in fact!

They are quite a vocal lot, determined, challenging and more than slightly sassy if need be!

Do you really think you can intimidate me?

They're extremely agile and clever, too!

One of the rascals' favorite feats is stealing bird seed out of bird feeders! They will stop at nothing! Such acrobatic feats! If the Cirque du Soleil only knew about this double-jointed rubbery acrobatic talent act!!

And practical, too. If they can't get at the seeds that way, they deliberately knock the feeder to the ground where it scatters - and there they clean it up! Selfish critters!

Sardonic Species ~ A Challenge!

Some of you who've known me awhile may recall the siege of squirrels in my attic and walls this past winter and spring. I know. It sounds seriously like a nut case, and I'm not referring to their preference for acorns, pecans and peanuts! I just didn't yet know how nutso they could make me, though.

I would soon find out how much and via more than one first-hand experience!

This is not my house, but it can happen this way!
This is not my house, but it can happen this way!

Ways They Can Access An Attic.

Once there, they can access insides of walls between the studs and who-knows-where else! And who but the Master Squirrel Himself knows what mischief they can wreak on a poor human and her lair, as we shall see! The tale unfolds. . .

Last fall I'd noticed some points of possible entry and mentioned them to my tree man, who also does minor repairs. But somehow it was addressed only slightly, if at all, at the time. Of course sealing points of entry must be done thoroughly BEFORE the season when they seek entry or else it only intensifies the problems. Access from inside to my attic is very limited for me, the homeowner, so prevention is the better approach to control for me. My options had dwindled by the time the odyssey unfolded.

Various Possible Invasion Points of Entry

Infiltration Agenda

The plethora of squirrels who appreciate our neighborhood's amenities love to gather and chatter most of our mild year around here. It's a squirrel paradise, with my bois d’arc trees (also known as osage orange) and my neighbor's giant oak trees and their abundance of acorns. Plus there are no resident cats to keep them at bay. When it does begin to get coldish the critters seek shelter in any possible warm dry place, such as spaces among the unusual gables and roomy wall studs of my house. There lurks the problem!

But fortunately, our winters are late arriving and short-lived normally. But we had unusual snows in mid-February which drove the critters scurrying for shelter! Of course, by then it was too late to patch all the entry points I’d noticed in the fall.. And once they’d moved in and set up housekeeping for the remainder of cold weather, it wouldn't do to close off the access anyway. One doesn't want them to die inside walls or attic. All for me to do was try to deal with it until hot weather when they'd move out and I'd get the repairs scheduled.

But I confess that the squirrel situation was giving me an education about their ways and means, and moving me closer to paranoia!

You're so mean! I'd welcome you to visit MY attic, honest!

Snarky Niceness ~ NOT!
Snarky Niceness ~ NOT!

An earlier situation had set up the stage for a more menacing squirrelly encounter, though it was a comedy of errors right from the beginning even before the furry critter made his appearance.

You see, there was a leak in the upstairs bathroom shower resulting in water dripping through the kitchen ceiling. No no - that's not the funny! But add old pipes and a complicated plumbing situation upstairs, including a T-shaped plumbing wall which has NO entrance, such as a door or removable covering anywhere into it to gain access to pipes and it takes on a somewhat tragi-comic aura. Surely the architect of this house had to have been a little squirrelly himself!

To make a long story shorter, the only solution to accessing pipes and leaks was to remove some of the ceramic tile off one side of the T-wall to get at them. Whoopee, great good fun - rip the tile off the wall! Every home owner's dream. Ugh.

Leak found. Fixed. Tile replaced. Seemed resolved. More leaking, more tiling, still more leaking. This time we were NOT going to tear out all that new tile.

But the only other access possible to get to the pipes in the floor was from the kitchen ceiling. Yep. Can you believe this? It's enough to make a gal paranoid! But there are even more reasons for that to follow! Oh woe is me!

By now we'd given the plumber not only enough funding for his island vacation but now we were giving him permission to make a hole in the kitchen ceiling large enough for him to get to the leak in the bathroom floor! A rather massive hole, in fact. Say, in the 3'x4' range.

So said hole was knocked out, of sufficient dimensioins for him to get his utility light and hefty upper body through to examine and fix and/or replace old faulty pipes.

So at last! The plumbing was fixed! Whoopee!

But now there was the hole in the ceiling. Our satiation was not conducive to scheduling more remodeling right then, plus needing to give any further leaks time to appear! So I did a temporary cover up of the hole with white poster boards, butt-taped together and tacked it up with push-pins. Not a thing of beauty but practical.

George held on to my legs as I stood on the kitchen ladder to arrange the patch and pin it into the ceiling from that awkward, virtually upside-down position. If I needed an excuse for being squirrelly - there you are!

Well, the angle of light doesn't flatter the patch!
Well, the angle of light doesn't flatter the patch!

If I do say so, it was effective for a temporary fix, compared to the gaping hole, at least. It would suffice long enough to make absolutely CERTAIN no more leaks would appear and to give me time to make a plan to proceed.

Time passed. More serious matters dominated attention. The patch became taken-for-granted and relatively unnoticeable so that even visitors said, "what patch?" when asked if they notice it. They may have been just being polite, but George’s declining health at the time far outweighed all of it in importance.

Some of the push pins occasionally gave way and fell to the floor, so routinely I re-pinned it,  which proved to be a challenge to single-handedly balance myself, keep the patch straight while getting it pinned securely enough! Made for great exercise,though; and it continued to provide my excuse for being - uh - a bit squirrelly, especially when a squirrel became involved!

Oh, yes! . . . Read on. . .

Undercover work is exhausting work!
Undercover work is exhausting work!

Squirrel Encounter of a Covert Kind

OK. Early one morning, sitting here in the den with my laptop, I heard a falling sound in the kitchen. It was dark in there so I thought I'd look into it when I got up to refill my coffee cup.

I didn't need to wait long to find out what had fallen! Suddenly there was a commotion in the high window on the left of the couch perpendicular to the bookshelf in the fireplace wall. I jumped up to see what in the world - - and quickly ascertained that it was a panicky squirrel - inside my house! He’d torn around in the bookshelf, knocking nick-knacks off and then he’d dashed behind the curtain onto the windowsill in hopes of escaping, I’m sure. Of course, we have window screens as well as glass sashes here in Texas. No exit for him there!

Anyway, the security alarm system was on so I couldn't just open a window or the patio door and chase him out without setting off the alarm and having the police on the way. So I started chasing him wherever he went, screaming at the top of my voice to keep him from hiding somewhere. He scampered into the breakfast room and tried to hide in a corner but I screamed him out of there, at which point he dashed back into the den and went behind the chairs in front of the patio door. Hoping I'd frightened him enough to stay “put” for a moment, I raced to shut off the security alarm, then tore back and opened the patio door, screaming the whole time, not in fright for myself, but to keep him terrorized and on the move. I was surprised a neighbor didn't come to see what was going on or call those police to investigate!

Well, I’m sure Mr. Squirrel was as happy to get out, as I was to have him out!

After I caught my breath I went to the kitchen to try to ascertain how he got in! Clearly, he'd fallen through my poster-board patch! Obviously he'd gotten into the floor joists up there among the plumbing & stepped on it, pushing out the pins on one side and falling to the floor. As I knew, squirrels take falls in stride!

I'd dreaded the day when the furry visitors found their way past the outer walls and gable spaces into an area like that! And of all things - to find their way to my temporary patch in the ceiling!

I was planning to go out of town for Christmas but thought there was no way I dared leave the house if there was a chance of another critter getting in during my absence! The trip was just days away. So what to do? No time to get major repair work done and too close to the day to get anyone anyway.

I wracked my brain to think of a material strong enough to prevent another invasion, something I could put up with fasteners firm enough to hold it. I'd become quite familiar with the ceiling area's structure and knew It would have to be another patch but a sturdier one.

I hit upon an idea to use window screening and professional staples but discovered I couldn't handle the heavy staple gun at that angle. Who should knock on my door right then but the tree-man who had put off plugging the holes last fall!! He offered to put up the screen wire - and he not only stapled up one layer of wire, but three, and then stapled my poster board back over it so the guts of the plumbing wouldn’t be visible from the kitchen in the interim!

I made the Christmas trip to Austin after all, but a wariness was born. Call it junior paranoia!

I hoped it would be both the first and last of my serious squirrelly encounters. It was not to be.

Another Surreptitious Encounter

A squirrel somehow got into the common wall between the attached garage and the dining room. Bad enough, but it fell down into the wall space and somehow found its way into the intake air vent at the bottom of the dining-room wall!

I’d realized after chasing the one that got in through the ceiling hole that squirrels are terrified of women’s screams. But incessant screaming is very hard on the vocal chords so I had started barking instead whenever I heard a squirrel noise in a wall or trying to get in anywhere. This usually intimidated them at least till they became accustomed to it. With this squirrel, though - it wasn't fazed.

This was bothersome but when I actually saw his fur sticking through the vent I almost fainted!

I know - disgusting!
I know - disgusting!

He'd been qiuite active while he was trying to extricate himself, but soon I realized that the fur protruding through the vent was no longer moving around and it didn't respond to probing.

I admit I didn't feel courageous. What if there had been more than one in there? With all the activity going on, there could have been! I certainly didn’t relish the idea of removing that vent cover and having a frantic live one burst out of there straight at me! I'd surely faint and who would recover MY lifeless body any time soon?

Fortunately, the tree man materialized later to see how the patch was holding up. I was so glad to see him at the door I blurted out the situation about the critter in the vent and asked him to help me get it out of there. I supplied the screwdriver and he got the vent off, picked up the carcass with a plastic bag and carried it outside to the trash barrel. Luckily it was due for regular pickup the next day and It was cold to deter the odor till then.

I look at that vent closely if I hear any noises in that direction. But older houses make their own noises and I don’t want to be too paranoid! eeel! You can imagine how easily my antenna go up!

Spurious Spy

The Final Straw

One of the culprits is especially sassy. I've run into him outside where he's rooting in the neighbors flower bed now that it's warmer weather. He just looks straight at me, flourishes his tail and gives me "what for", making it clear he knows I'm no threat to him whatsoever. Even though most of the critters are no longer invading since milder weather is upon us, this one has discovered a treasure-trove in the innards of the wall.right behind my couch in the den and he has pursued the sweet stuff in the cool of the mornings.

You see, once long before I lived here, that wall had been infested with bees and there’s undoubtedly still some well-preserved honey residue in there. Honey is, after all, one of nature's miracles needing no preservatives and lasting forever - or until it turns to amber, whichever comes first. Mine is still in the honey stage, it seems, much to the delight of clever critters who locate it. And when that one gets going after that honey, it must act like a drug or a tonic on him. No amount of noise or advancing summer heat seems to scare the rascal an iota. I have worried he might become so bloated he wouldn't be able to climb back out!

So when, on one late spring balmy morning I heard such a loud racket sounding exactly as if it were coming from that wall, naturally I assumed that Mr. Sassy-pants was at it again. But I promise you, I’ve NEVER heard squirrels make that much noise even at their sassiest. Yet it seemed so definitely to emanate from that honey-wall where the sassiest of the sassy loved to feast, I didn't question the origin of the racket. I simply jumped up and ran over closer to try barking toward it, hoping to cause at least a pause or a change in tempo of the cacophony to help me pinpoint the location. It was to no avail, I might add. Frustrating. Too much is too much.

So I went outside to examine the general area for any clues. If I'd known how to use my rifle, I might have taken it along, except that I'd surely have caused major damage to the house and possibly earned myself a night in the slammer. Instead I went unarmed, hoping to confront the furry bandido somehow. The remainder of my plan was fuzzy, I will admit to you. Paranoia does that to a person. Try to avoid it at all costs!

The honey wall faces a narrow strip of yard which is very close to the next neighbors' high wooden fence right beside their house. They also have a narrow strip of yard on their side of the fence between it and their house.

Mistaken Identity!

When I got out there I saw nothing amiss. But shortly I burst out laughing at myself, my paranoid self!

Seemed that my neighbor was having some work being done just inside their high fence over there. There was no honey-hungry squirrel in my wall.. I realized it when I heard a workman whistling between the noises of a tool he was using. He even raised the implement up high enough for me to see how paranoid I really was!

Sheepishly, I came back inside still chuckling and feeling foolish. Me - the brave lass who is seldom frightened or alarmed by things that go bump in the night! I'd surely have entertained the thought that a squirrel had assembled an A-team to attack my house, maybe with plans to export the honey to a cooler place for enjoyment with his squirl-friend over the summer – who knew?

It was crystal clear that it was high time to look for the repair team to make sure my house is squirrel-proof so that next winter the critters must seek other accommodations!



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SilverGenes 6 years ago

Oh my goodness, Nellieanna! I'm finding this far too funny and of course, the photos help that right along. My favorite is Super Squirrel! Love the photo of the Honey Wall & Neighbor's Fence, too! If it results in hubs like this, maybe you shouldn't fix a thing! Great hub!!! :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks SG! Glad the humor came through! I surely must have enough material stored up to write future hubs and still prevent the onslaught! (I'm concerned about their damaging wiring and other possible complications.) For sure - I NEVER want another one inside the house! lol

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Nellieann what a supersquirrely lady you are, no pun here but that Supersquirrel photo is fantastic, I gotta have it. hah. The pictures are so clear and precise, did you take some of them? The patchwork was ingenious and like you said hardly noticeable, after all how many of us look up at a ceiling when where visiting someones home? hah We have similar problems here around our old home, lots of squirrels everywhere, up and down the trees as well as racoons wandering around in the evening, now they to are also very bold and climbers. They will get inside a home just like a squirrel and find a way of making the hole big enough for them to wiggle their bodies through. Traps are set for them on the properties around ours. I loved this hub, you describe your plight in every detail, making it a very interesting read. Great hub Nell you should get a great response on this one as you do on all of your hubs. Thanks for the treat read, but I am also sorry to read of the squirrel problems at your home, may be time for a squirrel exorcism, call your local squirrely priest. lol

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I felt all along that we were sitting in your sitting room sipping coffee and chatting. A pleasant story casually and naturally told, bringing one right into the picture of what happened. The thought of that dead critter behind the grill after a few days though....:-)))

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank heaven it was in a place where it could be easily removed. For sure it made me think what a mess it would be in a wall with brick outside and pecan panelling inside! At least that wall was just plaster inside and garage drywall on the other side! But trapped inside a wall - IF one knew it was there - it would be necessary to get to it and remove it!

Thanks for your gracious comments, DG! Hope you smiled a bit too.

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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Nellieanna, what a fun story! I loved reading this and I know that this was not fun for you at the time but you should thank the squirrels for their inspiration in your writing - just kidding!

Lotte hates squirrels, chases them at the park. I know she would kill them if she could catch them but they are, as you know, sneaky devils and have a smugness about them whenever they get away. They always stop to look back like "haha, didn't catch me!"

The best bit is the image I now have of you barking at the squirrels! Well, a woman's gotta do what I woman's gotta do! And, if it works, more power to you!

Thank you for a lovely, entertaining story!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Ken. We've had several types of varmint infestations over the years. Had been a good while, though, and this is the first year since George passed away that they've been back.

The houses on the other side of my street back up to a creek. Of course wildlife thrives there. In fact, our part of Dallas has a network of creeks which feed into a 1000 acre lake not far from my house - all inside the city limits. I've often thought - we're the invaders. The animals were happily tending their lives and along we came with bulldozers, crushing down a lot of their habitat and now we think they're the invaders. LOL But it's not fun to share a house with 'em!!

Now I have to know: Do priests do exorcisms for non-Catholics, since I have no priest, squirrelly or otherwise???? If so, it surely does sound like a better idea than many I've heard about for ridding the place of the demonic rodents! haha.

Thanks for a some really nice and encouraging comments, Ken. Of course, I hope it's well received. It was fun writing it. After the incident of thinkiing a squirrel was making all the noise and finding out it was workers next door, I'd started jotting down pieces for a hub about it.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Margit, I'm really happy you came and liked the squirrelly story! Of course - at the time, it was no fun - but it is in retrospect. I've thought they were amusing fodder for a story for quite awhile but had to take a big gulp and swallow any traces of dignity I might ever have had. LOL. Nothing dignified about this stuff, especially the barking. The screaming wasn't much better - but then, if neighbors did overhear, probably better to sound like I had a new canine in here. No telling what bizarre implications my screaming - especially repeatedly over a period of time - might evoke. hahaha!

Yes - they have "attitude", no question about it. They have many emotions and can be playful or ornery. When they are invading one's home - it is ornery!! Tell Lotte to be glad the ones she's encountered are in the park, not the house! haha.

Thanks for the visit and comments!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

You want to be more careful in the future, Nellieanna.

You don't want the "See the Neighborhood" tour bus to drive up and down your street crammed with tourists hoping to see what the tour bus driver had promised them: "the squirrelly woman with the broom who BARKS at the poor little, pitiful, defenseless (?) squirrels.

If you can't stop the tours, maybe you can wheedle a cut of the profits.

Funny, funny story with marvelous squirrelly graphics.

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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

nellieanna~ What a great story my friend. The images are perfection. AS I read your hub I am thinking of the squirrells in my own back yard. How active and playful they seem...

I take pause at the thoguht of doing battle with such things...i believe they have already won inside my head.

Thank you for a wonderful read.

~always choose love~

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

drbj - hahaha! Now that's what I'd call potentially profiting from hubbing. Visual as I am, I can just see it all. I could get into it!

Certainly an authentic squirrelly woman can brandish her broom and bark at a mere tour company for her squirrelly major share of the profits. After all, where would the tours be without her? She'd organize her trained squirrels too, not to perform for them for free.

Gllad you came by and contributed with more fun, drbj! Thanks!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

K9 - At my house we've always enjoyed watching them too. Playing, running up and down the trees, jumping onto tops of fences and running down the tops which are no wider than about a half-inch, as if it were a sidewalk or strolling across a wire without a second thought. They are phenomenal creatures.

No, no battles - unless of wits, and they're not at the disadvantage! lol. The purposes are in their best interest, too. If they chew into the wiring, results for them could be agonizing. Or if a fire broke out, it would be disastrous with them trapped. Wild animals really do not belong in humans' houses equipped with multiple dangers.

I'm so glad you visited and read my hub. And I agree - love is the best choice always.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Very good hub rated up and beautiful. And so funny. I understand squirrels are a big problem but your story is also pretty funny, while I was reading it seemed to me to hear their noise. Probably you should begin to raise ferrets as pets and they will deal with squirrels. Great writing. :)

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I had to read this story as my s/o and I are in the habit of feeding the squirrels when we go to the park for our daily walk, we even have given them names, such as Sammy , Samantha, Sunny, LOL! Your story was funny and very well done, loved the photos. I could almost feel the anguish of the Momma squirrel in seeing her baby lifeless in the ground.

Rated up!

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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Gosh, who would have thought the little creatures could cause such havoc. They are cute, aren't they...and the pictures you've chosen are so delightfully appropriate. But hey, I should be sympathising with your plight too... :D

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hypnodude - Thank you for the ratings and especialy for your personal comments. I'm pleased that you saw the funny side. I admit that it's funnier looking back on it now that they're staying outside where they belong! What an admirable imagination to hear their sounds!. Or was it my admirable description? Surely it was the both!

I probably should not complicate the situation with yet another critter, though. Ferrets sound less appealing than squirrels, actually! I understand they can be trained to hunt smaller animals, but what about their off-duty activities? On the other hand - just think of the hub stories that would provide!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

VioletSun - I'll bet the park squirrels love you when you visit and feed them! They must eat constantly to produce the amount of nervous energy they have! They really do seem to have individual personalities, don't they? . Cute names you gave them, too. Good aliteration.;;-) Gender specific?

Honestly, VS - that momma and the baby was such a touching and memorable scene. I wish I'd had my video cam in hand, as well as for some of the other squirrelly scenes. .

I so appreciate your kind comments and rating of my story. :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, FP! Great to see you! Thanks you for visiting!

Right - who'd have thunk it? lol Goes to show what determination and industry can do. They really are the cutest little things. Can't help but sympathize with the little fellows in any contest! Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the fun comments!

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Aley Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

What a hoot this Hub is! And very two bird feeders are constantly being overtaken by these rascals!!! Your Hub is wonderful with all the professionally presented Nellieanna!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aley - thank you! They are bandits, no question about it! I've little doubt that the one who fell through my ceiling patch had sniffed something edible in the kitchen through it and was lured by the prospect of snatcing food! Thanks for the great comments!

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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

I've never encountered a squirrel in my life.. they look so adorable. Thank you for the wonderful photos Ms Nellieanna. Great great hub. Thank you for sharing.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh, Nellieanna, I haven't laughed so much for a long time. That all sounds something I would get into. These pictures are great and adding to it. Thank you for a wonderful hub.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi Alta! So pleased that you visited my site and read my hub. Your comments piqued my curiosity about just where on the earth squirrels are found and where they're not. They are in Japan and all the Asian island countries between the Chinese mainland & Australia, including the Philippines. So you may encounter one yet! :-) It's quite an experience!

There are hundreds of different species of them, by the way. They are cute little animals, for sure. Glad I could acquaint you to the little rascals.

Alta! By the way, I found a video about a rare endangered white squirrel species found in the Philippines, plus a site of a photographer there and some shots of squirrels. It's always exciting to learn new facts about things and animals are so interesting! You might enjoy taking a look:

There are only a few places they are not found. Australia, New Zealand, North Africa, Greenland, the tip of South America, Anarctica, and Madagasgar are places they're not found.

I visited your site too - very well done! I'll surely be back and read more!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello - ah - so we're kin! I do get into some bizarre stuff sometimes. I usually don't broadcast it so far and wide, though! But I felt the squirrels deserved the exposure and audience. hehe. So glad you enjoyed it. I hoped it would be a fun, light read. It was fun to write and I do enjoy the silly little critters - when they're not in my house!! lol

Thanks for stopping and for your comments!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

The first summer I was married, we lived in a tent. Squirrels woke us up every morning by throwing pine cones at us. It seems, they were waiting for the crumbs from breakfast!

Sorry they scared you so much.

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QuincyDaWonderDog 6 years ago

omgsh dis ams da greatest hub ever dis week! dose squirrels ams da cutest, and so funneee! i give dis hub five paws! 'k bai. ~Quincy

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this was a lovely funny story, and the pictures were gorgeous. I love squirrels they live in the tree just behind my house, I live one floor up and have a balcony, and last year I put an old mattress out there just for a couple of days until the rubbish man could come and pick it up. I came down one morning and there, on top of the mattress were two squirells pulling the stuffing out of the mattress! they were tugging and pulling, the purple stuffing was in their mouths and still attached to the mattress, I was laughing so much I was scared that I had frightened them, they eventually disapeared after about ten times collecting it, and I can still see the purple up the tree in their nests, or drays i think they are called. The only purple nest in my town! thanks again for the laugh. Nell

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Slainia 6 years ago from Goderich Ontario

Nellie I love this. Squirrels have always been one of myf avorite animals, and the way you brought out the interaction between them and you was - oh my it was adorable. lol Wonderful write.

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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

I absolutely loved that story Nelliana.. it was a real inside look at the squirrell/human relationship. You have to hand it too the squirrels for tenacity and chutzpah. Though you seem pretty tenacious yourself!

We don't have squirrels in Australia, but we do have possums and they too, manage to find their way through any available roof cavity to wreak havoc...though I have to say, I don't think even they are quite as feisty as those squirrels.

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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

I love squirrels and usually look out my window when they run up and down the branches of our drumstick tree. Now yours, Nellieanna, seem to be a breed apart. They're smart, they're organised, they're - er - scheming? ... and funny! It must, just must have something to do with you :D

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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

Hah! This is just a blast to read. And, the pictures... just wow. You have cobbled together a seriously hilarious visual experience, quite on top of the narrative itself. The "Undercover work is exhausting" one seriously threatened a beer expulsion into my keyboard. You are very lucky that I didn't, because we already have some debt issues we're working out on your credit card as it is.

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Nellieanna this was a great laugh about those little buggers that have made me say more than a few choice words over the years. They are so cute and innocent looking - and then the just run amok. Every year we have a a great crop of Pecans - how many do your think we get to eat? Little buggers.......

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

You had me CRYING, I was laughing so hard. Between the words and the photos and sketches, Aiyaiai! What a piece. You (as they say so affectionately in the south) are a mess!!! And, all the while it was the title that caught my eye, b/c I too, have squirrel stories of my own. LOL Thankyou so very much for this belly laugh. What a hoot!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ivorwen - that was so funny! (except when it was being experienced, I'm sure!) What a great story in itself! I've never lived in a tent - but I've camped in one. The stories about various wildlife are so funny in retrospect. We had our big cooler opened and the steaks we brought to grill were stolen by racoons on one campout. "Dumb" animals are not so dumb!

Thank you so much for visiting my site and commenting on my hub! I'm not easily scared, by the way - but the prospect of frantic wild things inside the house is pretty scary, even birds. They know it's not where they belong but they don't know how to analyze their escape. They just panic - and a panicky wild thing is a scary one!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh my gosh, Nell! That is so funny!! Those little guys are resourceful! Once racoons got into my parents' house when they were away and the crittters began to destroy the upholstery on Mother's antique sofa. As you describe - they'd pulled out the stuffing and probably carried it back up the chimney where they'd found entry - to build nests. They're nothing if not resourceful!

Thanks so much for visiitng and sharing your funny experience too!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Slainia - thank you! I love the silly little creatures too. They're certainly nature's comedians most of the times, though they have their serious sides too. I learned a lot about their natures from the incident of the mother and baby squirrel. One doesn't get many chances like that to see the sweet side of the wild animals, and to consider their challenges. That may not be an unusual accident for arboreal creatures. The babies are just learning and falling is surely part of the ordeal! just happened to see it.

I appreciate your comments. I'm so glad you came by!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Jane! I appreciate your comments! I guess I knew but had forgotten you're in Australia! No wonder you have such a great sense of humor!

I had occasion to research the distribution of squirrels for one of the comments & found that Australia is one of a small handful of spots on earth without them.

But - yeah - possums - ah. We once had possum visitors too, many years ago. As I've mentioned, our house is across the street from a row of homes which back up to a creek. That's an old habitat for a lot of animals, including possums and raccoons. No telling what else! It's a densely overgrown area with lots of cover for animals. As I mentioned, after all - they were here before we came & took their choice spots for ourselves! In the yards there is also ample supply of tall nut-bearing trees to help sustain and provide them access onto & into roofs and make themselves at home.

I so agree that possums are not as fiesty as squirrels - few animals are! And possums are languorous by comparison and definitely not nearly as cute. Raccoons are almost as cute and even more clever, but not as fiesty, either. They're more deliberate!

But all these species which can climb and knaw their ways through the smallest opening into cramped spaces are happy to adapt themselves to any part of our living arrangements they can access! Who knows how much damage they wreak on vulnerable homes every year!

Thanks again for coming by!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Haha Shalinii - yes - they can be fun to watch at play. Ours do that a lot too. I suspect they all have scheming in their DNA, though - I can't take credit for that! haha! Little rascals are just trying to make the best of things! And perhaps we have a bit colder weather at times, which brings out their resourcefulness! In any case, we are blessed with their handiwork as well as their entertaining ways! hehe

Thank you so much for coming by and treating me with your especially cute comments! Priceless! :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

OHMYGOSH. Shades - It's just as well I hadn't refilled my coffee cup because I, too, would have damaged my own keyboard reading your hilarious comments! Indeed, I need to be cautious now that you have access to that bogus credit card number!! No telling what-all kinds of debts I'm logging up! lol.

The little exhausted guy really touoched my heart and funnybone too! In fact you saw through my plan: I seriously was depending on the photos to carry the narrative & to break it up into more bearable bites to get folks through its exhaustive length! (As DG points out - I'm much too lengthy. It almost made him expel his beverage on his keyboard when I told him that this was cut back & condensed appreciably even before he read it!! hahaha. But he was just thinking of my best interests, fearing I'd lose my readers, the sweetheart. Maybe he just hadn't calculated how many of them really like picture books as much as or more than actual reading! haha! '-)

Anyhow, it's always an honor to have either one of you visit my humble hubs. Thanks a bunch!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, my - Billy - yes - pecans to them are like Godiva chocolates are to me! They'll eat acorns to survive, but when it comes to really yummy nuts, they go nuts!!


Pecans, huh? You surely must live in the South! They are even Texas' state tree. Wonderful thangs, aren't they?

Thank you so much for reading my hub and enjoying it - and special thanks for the great comments!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Denise! We're also southern birds of a feather, then! Yep, I'm a mess! My dear late husband also used to say "You're a caution." I think that may be from Oklahoma, though. hehe

I'm so pleased that you dropped by and "bit" onto my quirky title. It had been knawing at me ever since I mistook a drill or saw for a squirrel in the wall! LOL. Glad you had a good laugh! Please visit any time and often! I'm glad to have met you!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Quincy, Quincy - I just love your whole personality! You've gotta be the cutest, smartest pup in all the world! Smooches! May I rub your ears?

Thanks so much for the paws-up!!

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Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

When I was a kid, a squirrel deliberately hit me on the head with a hickory nut. When I looked up in the tree to see where it had come from, he did it again!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

OHMYGOD, Silver Poet. I am amazed. With all their loquacious & self-serving ways, I've never heard of an unprovoked deliberate attack on a human! That's simply mind-boggling. If the critter had a grudge, - say, if some other human had actually discarded a fallen baby without giving the momma a chance to save the little fellow - and IF squirrels had the kind of memory required to hold such a grudge and specify a species at fault, that would indeed to be one for Believe it or Not. Im just amazed. Other than some evil playfulness or pure accident, it's hard to imagine an explanation. And to repeat the action sort of rules out non-directed action - unless its stash of nuts wasn't well secured and they were just dropping out and off it's perch repeatedly just when you happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. . .

Surely there must be some plausible explanation though for the life of me, I can't begin to imagine what! Hope it didn't injure you! Looking up that way - what if it had hit your open eye? I shudder to think!

Thanks so much for visiting my hub and sharing your most unusual experience!

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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

Hey Nellie!

I remember when I lived in your walls. Surprisingly comfortable. Except when you barked at me.

Some funny adventures you've had with squirrel-kind. Squirrels didn't make my list of Top Ten Dispicable Animals, as you know, but I'm sure you'd like to put them there. Actually, squirrels are one of the animals I like. But I've never had one in my home. That might change my opinion pretty quickly.

In Ottawa, squirrels are black, actually. Comedians who come to Ottawa tend to joke that even the squirrels are ethnically diverse in Canada. Oh, and they enjoy tearing up cardboard boxes I leave on my balcony. I think for nesting material (which washes away whenever it rains, 'cause it's cardboard!). Sometimes I watch them, in the early morning, hoping to learn their secrets.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Oh, my. This was so fun to read. After spending the whole day as a slave to my husband! Don't believe anything he says, about me. LOL! I think these little critters are so cute. I loved the pictures. The playing card one was my favorite. I went to MEN'S WAREHOUSE today and bought Tom some suits for his new job. $1100.00. I thought he was going to die! LOL.

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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Hi Nellieanna,

I salute a fellow warrior, I too have had many a battle with what a local farmer in these parts refers to as tree rats.

I agree they look kinda cute to city folks but they can be extremely destructive pests not to mention noisey when they invade your home.

My only vicory over the little fur balls was when I invented an anti sqirrel guard for a bird feeder.

This type of feeder was the kind that screwed onto the top ot say an empty plartic drinks bottle. Fill the bottle with wild bird food and turn upside dow and hang from a tree branch.

No challenge at all for sir squirrel.

Take one Plastic litre coke bottle and cut the botton off. Now un twist and straiten a wire coat hanger. Insert it through the neck ot bottle and attach it to the bottle that contains the feed so that just the bottom of the feeder bottle protrudes from the bottom.

Hang it back up the tree, sit back and watch the fun as the tiny varmit trys to hang on for grim death as he slides down the shiny surface on his way to the ground...

Nice to see you retained your sense of humour throughout.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Nellieanna, I love your squirrel story with the mama squirrel saving her baby.

It is important to make sure your roof is sealed because not only squirrels can get in as I have heard of rats and raccoons. Raccoons did a lot of damage to my neighbors roof. Very good hub.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Arthur! I'd never bark at YOU, m'dear. Even as painful a it is to these poor ole vocal chords, I'd muster a good scream for you! (colon smile) I'll bet you're preconditioned for cramped living spaces, though - right? According to my - albeit - limited impression, those monks' rooms are anything but spacious & gracious living quarters!

But no - I'm not yet putting squirrels on any dispicable lists or recommending them for anyone else's, though invading my house did little to raise their priority status on my "spare this one" list. However, rats and mice belong on your most-10 list - but, no, not their cousins with the big plume-like tails which are so expressive and amusing. Not yet, anyway. You really mustn't so quickly assume to read my mind, at least not without becoming better acquainted with it! ;-) (and heaven help you when you do!) So meantime, just hang tight - I'll probably tell you what I think, at least if it bears vocalizing. Some stuff probably doesn't and just as well so.

I love that about the ethnic diversity in the squirrel population of your city! (or am I jumping to conclusions thinking Ottawa is necessarily your city? - It happens to the best of us, you see, especially when the context strongly suggests it.)

So why, she wonders, does he leave cardboard boxes on the balcony in the first place? Could it be hoping the rain will wash them away before either the squirrels get at them or the super insists he put them in the dumpster?

Do you suppose the squirrels have a better secret for box disposal? hahaha Well, one never knows what tricks they may have picked up in their fast and furious trek through neighborhoods and life!

Most amusing and endearing comments, Arthur. So pleased you came by and read my silly stuff.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

BJ! Oh my - well - I'm forewarned. I shall give him a wide berth and strenuously ignore anything he says about you, m'dear. But how he could possibly say anything but good things, I don't know.

However, I 'spose that being cooped up in a moving van and/or in vehicles pulling trailor-loads of personal belongings heading for a new location could strain even the best of relationships! LOL However I truly believe he's too much a gentleman to say a word. And you're always such an astute lady that the mere word or two about it you've judiciously inserted can only leave the reader to draw subtle conclusions! A "slave"? wow! That could have any of several interpretations! whoo hoo! ;-)

Yeah - those squirrels outsquirrelling each other playing poker was pretty good! I couldn't resist that one!

Well - now surely Tom can't be too critical of your shopping spree! What if you'd spent the $1100 on yourself and the kids' wardrobes? Then he'd have more reason to object, especially if he had to head off to work the first day and probably ever after in his jeans and Ts when there's a strict dress code in the office!! hehe

Thanks for the amazing comments and your most welcome visit!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela, you're absolutely right! And in the distant past we did have seiges of raccoons (horrid heavy-footed things and so dexterous, they can open anything they wish - and they wish to get into everything, often!)

There was once even a seige of "Dallas rats" all over the city and of course our commodious gables didn't escape their invasion. The method the pest controllers used on them was ingenious, though! They put some sort of tasty food in the area up there, laced with a chemical that created enormous thirst. We sat in the living room listening to the mass exodus down the tall sloped ceiling (on the inside of the structure, of course, not the inside of the living room!). Those beasties were racing as fast as they could toward out-of-there and to water somewhere. If I'm not mistaken the chemical also caused their lives to be shortened either before or after they got to the drink - outside where it wouldn't fumigate the house with horrid odors, was the advantage - and also to limit other future invasions for that particular group of rodents! Otherwise, by now I suppose the humans would have had to move out and turn every house in the city over to the rodents and their progeny! One may love animals, but we humans count, too!

Thanks for visiting and for your comments. I loved the part with the momma and baby squirrel too. Nature is so wonderful and delightful, especially outside where it belongs!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hahaha - merlin! Yes - the beasties can be destructive in various ways to city folks as well! I love your ingenious squirrel-proof bird-feeder-squirrel-defeater invention. You should probably patent that!

My problem in implementing it would be that I don't drink or use cokes in either the specific or the generic meaning of the term. Guess I could substitude a drinking water bottle, though.

Yup - had to hang on to the humour, or else the critters would have bested me completely. No mileage in taking them too seriously, I guess. Time will tell! If all the wiring in my house malfunctions due to their chewing on it trying to get its protective covering off to use as nest material, I may have to retract my humour totally!

Thanks for the visit and informative & useful comments!!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Ms. Nellieanna, You are NOT going to believe this, but I am currently LIVING in the south, BUT, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. It's true. I'm a northerner in southern country, but 'they like me anyhow', haha.

So, southern birds of a feather-not really. I just listen with a good ear to the particular cultural sayings and have been fascinated with phrases that I never grew up with, like: knee baby...and the use of the word 'ill' meaning badtempered. Ahh, but we are kindered souls, aren't we. :)

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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

Hi Nellie!

Oh, you're being sassy! You've been taking tips from your squirrels. Now I'll forever wonder what you're thinking about me that mustn't be vocalized. Well, my Catholic training has taught me some techniques for inquisition.

The rooms in the Abbey were alright, albeit cold. The building is over 800 years old. But the beds were truly dreadful. Slightly smaller than a hospital cot, low to the ground, it was literally a wooden frame strung with cloth bands with a mattress made of paper stuffed in a linen slip. Not only that, but the Novice Master told me these beds had been recovered from a now defunct monastery. So they're ancient. Makes me wonder what they could have possibly replaced.

About the boxes. Well, I had one box. Then a nosey woman asked about my box, so I needed another one, and on it went. hehe Just kidding. Groceries come in boxes here. So I store them on the balcony until the bi-weekly box-collectors come along. Ottawa (where I indeed live) has odd trash-collecting habits. But I often forget about them. The squirrels, though--they don't forget. I suspect they're making nuclear weaponry from my boxes, but I've yet to find proof.

Well, my sharp-witted friend, I hope you've enjoyed this peculiar insight into my life and psychology. hehe


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Denise, it's OK. Both my parents were northerners and never lived down the label "damnyankees". This was though they migrated to north Texas in 1919 and then ventured on to southwest Texas in about 1923, where they were actual pioneers on the land and lived out their long lives in the vicinity.

Someone at the Pumpville Church (Pumpville is a ghost town except on Sundays) asked how long does it take to be considered "naturalized" and the reply was "4 generatons!" I had to chuckle to myself because it seemed to me that the native generations being cited as examples had been more rapidly conceived and thus accummulated much faster! The person who provided that information was 4th generation with her own children and another generation after them coming along, though the grandparents she came from were pioneers who had arrived on the scene about the time my parents did! Meantime my parents only produced one generation to show for it and I was the only one of the 4 of us actually conceived on the ranch out there (born in the nearest town with a school, Del Rio - 100 miles away, though).

But my progeny were born up north! So I guess I'll never be fully accepted as a native west Texan, though I own a ranch among them that has been in my family as long as theirs has been in their family.

It's notable that in west Texas one doesn't hear "soft" southern accents. They "warsh & wrench" their laundry out there with gusto. haha

I thought I knew all the southern idioms, but "knee baby" is new to me. What on earth is it?? I have been known to be "fixing to" do something and "ya'll" is in my vocabulary. However I never use it for just one person. It's obviously plural in my judgmenet! "Bless your heart" is a handy lead-in for less blessed critical comments and "ya'll come back, now" works for me on occasion. Actually, though, I guess I have a slight Texas accent, but I'm pretty straightforward in my speech and use "precious few" idioms!

lol "I didn't just fall off the turnip truck" has earned me disapproval from Brits, but it's both expressive & accurate, I think! ;-) I may have problems at times, but not "pob'ums". I'm not fond of "ice-tea", but if I were, I'd refer to it as iced tea. which is what it is. But I prefer my tea hot and non-sweet!

Maybe mistakenly recognizing you as a southern bird of a feather was not quite so mistaken after all, since we are both tinged with "damnyankee" roots! I'm a native Texan and glad of it, but I lived many years in Southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, due to a marriage by which I was transplanted. But this chick came home to roost, as you see - since 1973!

We two have certainly written in similar fashion!

By the way, thank you for your correspondence and I am most pleased that you deemed it safe to come back and visit my hubs and "do come back"! :-) Thank you!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sassy, am I? I am shocked to hear you speak so to your elder, Arthur! hrmph! But sure enough, those sassy squirrels are a bad influence!

Nothing sinister, I'm sure, in what I fail to vocalize nor did it mean to imply it was necessarily about you. More generic, but perhaps not always politically correct, and frequently iconoclastic. I do hope that sets your mind at ease! (However, now that you've introduced the idea - - hm - - no telling what I could think that could concern you! - but I'd best stick with politically incorrect stuff! Besides, those inquisition methods sound a bit fierce!)

My word. That description of your Abbey-life indeed pictures it as harsh! Those cots sound like nearly torture equipment! They surely must have helped promote celibacy! It's no wonder that you saw fit to leave that life at some point!

I've been a Thomas Merton admirer and have visited Gethsemane Abbey near Bardstown, Kentucky, where he spent his monastic life. It looked pleasant enough. But of course, the visit didn't include any private quarters! I went with potter friends who had been commissioned to make vessels for some of the rituals and were delivering them. It was an impressive plant, that place, totally self-sufficient, with the monks producing all their own food and other needs, as well as having excess to sell and/or to donate to the needy. It was a silent order except for their singing, which was too beautiful to describe. BTW - though Merton never left the order, I think he personally held some iconoclastic views himself.

It's impossible to exaggerate about boxes to me, Arthur. I'm a boxaholic! But your boxes sound like more fun!

I have begun to dispose of a few of mine, but I literally saved every box, along with all its packing, including individual little plastic bags for the cables and manuals, in which every piece of electronic equipment I've collected over the past - oh - 22 years - since I've become an electronicsaholic came. (My first PC was a Zenith Supersport laptop which I still have in a closet in its original box! It was a DOS PC, operated by one DOS floppy and data was stored on another one)

Of course, it's impossible to "nest" boxes filled with foam braces, smaller boxes & paraphernalia, so the stacks in the garage are pretty gross! I'm well organized, though; they only grow upward like skyscrapers and occupy only a very limited floor space. I've also saved boxes from and other dispensers of books and other valuable items. Those, however, can be nested and are seldom of the massive proportions of electronic equipment cartons! ;-) I'm prepared to cut down on my box inventory - but there are other items needing weeding out, as well - and one needs boxes to pack those in for donating or other disposal, right? Would be a shame to have to travel all the way to Ottawa to get boxes for those projects!

Golly-Ned, I never thought about the squirrels in connection with my boxes, Arthur! What if they're in some of them working on nuclear stuff - or rocketry, even? With all that packing stuff in them, just think of the building materials they'd have at hand - er - paw. I guess the only hope of finding proof would be to - - gulp - - investigate! Or call in the X-team to. Would make for a funny hub, though!

Yes, I did enjoy and appreciate your sharing glimpses of your life and perspective. I try to not pry and snoop, but you're an intriguing, private person and I like you. So your volunteering a bit about yourself is bestowing honor, IMHO.

Thanks & also for the compliment! - Nellieanna

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia

This is hysterical! The way you told this entire story was like having a movie unfold before my eyes with the pictures. It's wonderful! Did your neighbors every hear you barking? lol! I'm rolling over the image of you barking at squirrels! But what a smart idea! The picture of the squirrel dressed like a bird is hysterical, and the squirrel A-team is a riot!! I LOVE this!!

Wonderful, fabulous read!! :)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehe, Pam -- - thanks! I don't know and can't really say I want to know if any of the neighbors heard me barking - or screaming, for that matter! Hopefully my barking was authentic enough to have passed for a real pooch if they heard it - and the neighborhood has its share of dogs, so that ought to have helped! My closet neighbors, though - on that side of the house who are on the other side of that fence in the one pic - do not happen to have a dog, though, and Bonnie (the wife) tends to try to watch out for me, knowing I am a single gal here - and knowing I have no dog! Surely they didn't hear it or they might have been very alarmed!

But faux pas was possible, so I acheived it over the course of the events. I was sitting on the couch talking with my broker and heard a squirrel stirring in the wall behind us and instinctively barked at it. Fortunately my broker is a fan who appreciates my idiosyncracies so he heartily approved of my method! Whew. But there could have been a much worse grouping! Now I just have to wonder about my broker! ;-)

I appreciate your noticing the squirrel masquerading as a bird. I thought it was clever and took pains creating the combination image of the feeder and that imposter. You're the only person who's mentioned noticing it.

One thing I can say - squirrels are easy to promote in pictures. They're funny little folks.

Thanks for the visit and the comments, Pam!

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suny51 6 years ago

Nellianna Mam-I never knew, the small little creatures known squirrels, who keep on doing lot of chasing around the whole day and yes would mention those fruit tasting habits of them that waste many of our fruits,would make such a grand hub and why haven't you given the smaller one the playing cards,not fair,and I must tell you some thing small they are, but very clever and smart, and alert too,you know I watch them for hours together while sitting out there with my flowers and trees and some times they come near enough when you think you can touch them.This is again a lesson of a hub for me.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suny - I enjoyed your comments immensely! Visualizing you sitting among your garden with squirrels approaching near enough to touch reminded me of something so many years ago.

I wrote out the story here, but have decided to make a little postscript to the Squirrelly story and publish it, because it is rather good! Thanks for the inspiration, and

thanks, for your always welcome comments! I shall certainly dedicate the postscript to you!

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Nellie, I just wanted to say that I have just clicked onto your personal website and it is AMAZING! I have never seen such a lovely website! so whoever is coming on here next, you must click and see! I have bookmarked it to look at properly later. it is gorgeous. thanks nell

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Your website Mam is amazing, and you write amazingly even small details making it big and thought provoking always, intelligent and classy, Sorry for the lost of your hubby, HUGS Mam, I always look up to you! and great paintings posted at your site, Maita

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

What a delightful hub! I LOVE your writing style!

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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Squirrels are so cute and very intelligent, but when they are invading the home they really cannot be welcome.

I enjoyed your story very much and photos are really excellent, thank you Nellie.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nell - I'm so pleased that you visited my website too and enjoyed it. I guess it's proof of what can happen when a total know-nothing about making a website from scratch doesn't know any better than to try anyway and discovers it's the only way she would ever want to have one! The only limit is one's ability and willingness to learn and apply technology to whatever creativity one has. It's been one of the most gratifying challenges I ever bit off for myself! '-)

Thanks for coming by and leaving such nice comments!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Maita - dear friend! So good to see you here. I appreciate your condolences about my losing my beloved. Hard to believe it will be 2 years in less than 2-1/2 months. And thank you for your kind praise of my website and writing. I try. Thank you! What more can I say? I like to do these kinds of things and you know what they say about doing what one likes to do. It's never a chore!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Habee, thank you, gal! I love your writing too!! So glad you came by! I have such high regard for your work and your opinion! (I know you're an expert of this stuff, too!) So your stamp of approval is much valued! :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tatjana-Mihaela (you have such a lovely name!) Thank you so much for visiting my hub and taking time to comment! You're right about squirrels being unwelcome visitors inside the house! Wow!

I must go and visit your online art gallery and website soon! There are so many things about you which are interesting!

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Nellieanna what a nutty hub. LOL Those dang squirrels are cute but a nuisance. Delightfully written. I have a patch in the living room ceiling that looks much worse than what you have, however, there is no bathroom above giving us the random leaking, what a nightmare. It is an enjoyable hub. Thanks

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Steve. "nutty" is right. Now if YOU have a patched ceiling, well, what can I say,Mr. Fix-Everything? Nightmare is right too, referring to random leaking, though it hasn't leaked in a long while now. I think it's safe t get it patched. Now for getting on with it! haha. Thank you for such a nice comment, Steve.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Ms. Nellieanna, you are not going to believe this, but I thought of you last night as I was watching the news. There was a segment about a controversy in Mount Graham, AZ Appears the red squirrel population is quickly becoming inahialated by all of the traffic and there is a suggestion to build a squirrel bridge for the little critters at the tune of $1+ million Your story immediately popped into my mind and when I was LOL my family looked at me as if I had gone squirrely. I urged them to check out your hub. It has to be the funniest one on hubpages that I have read thus far. Have a great w/e.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh my!! Those poor red squirrels! But bureaucracy to the rescue - - @ the tune of over a million dollars! What a report! Now I can just see you LOLing and your family wondering if you took leave of your senses! haha! That's funny!! Glad you found my true story so funny too!! ;-)

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Nellieanna, you are a brave girl! I would have run out of my house screaming at the first hint of a squirrel in my wall. In fact, I did that not too long ago when I went up into the attic to retrieve a rolled-up carpet. Standing it on its end, I saw an impressive array of seeds and nuts fall out onto the floor. I dropped the carpet, ran downstairs, and called the exterminator, who arrived within minutes. Long story short, squirrel caught, access into attic plugged, heart rate back to normal. What a wonderful read this was!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

I would like for this to have been that "short and sweet". Several constraints were in play, however. Also - I didn't personally confront the squirrel or its evidence, other than those who fell down through the wall and the one who fell through the ceiling. Now that I think of it, those were more confrontation than I prefer or ever hope to face again!

Thanks for a fun comment, ST! I can just see you up in the attic and running out of there like "greased lightning" as my Mother would've described the exodus! Funny story there in itself!! ;->

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

This is a very nice story and I linked it to my three squirrel hubs. Great story!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Wow! Micky Dee - Now I must go see your squirrel hubs! Thanks for the compliment and linking!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

What a great adventure - and I just cannot imagine one falling out of the tree! Good grief! And your white cloth on the ceiling did look pretty good. And the fur in the vent - yes, so disturbing. But I love it - that we can have so many stories about nature's furry little rodent - the squirrel!

In my son and DIL's garden they had a pregnant squirrel - she had a giant belly and promptly ate all the new peaches on their tree (or shared them) - it was great - they'd take a bite and leave the rest - perhaps to share. Then there was the squirrel who fell in love with my female cat - and they would spend hours each day just gazing at each other through the window. This was cute until the gnawing began and said 'in love' squirrel was chewing his/her way through the window frame. And only left when I banned my kitty from this romance.

What a great read! Thanks so much for sharing this. Rated up for sure!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

BK -those squirrel tales are even better!!! Love the slighly perverted squirrel after your kitty-cat! haha. But I believe they'll try to knaw their way to whatever they want! Thanks for the fun comments and for the visit!

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

Nellieanna, I saw this and thought of you right away! LOL

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hahahahahahaha!! What a parody! Toooooo funny!! Thanks, SG!

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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Dear Barking Nellieanna,

This is such a great hub! I love the set-up, your concern over the fallen baby squirrel, your hesitancy because you had not had your morning coffee (I really could identify with that, as in my encounter with a cockroach), and then the long, long war with squirrels in your home.

You are a great storyteller, and the photos are awesome!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

So glad you enjoyed the rollick! Now that's it's hot weather, I hear no squirrels but must get their entryways plugged up. But isn't it always something? Had to have my sewer line replaced last week. I noticed the squirrels enjoying watching the spectacle! haha!

Cockroaches, huh? - they're not good to encounter either but easier to be rid of!

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

The best way to catch a squirrel is to put salt on their tail. "They" did not tell me how you sneak up to a squirrel to put salt on their tails... Great hub!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehehe - isn't that just the way/! Instructions are so often incomplete! Thanks, Dallas! :-)

Last week I got some cute pix of one of "my" squirrels in the oak tree in front. I should add them to the hub. Bold little critters! They do seem to know my voice from all the yelling and barking I did at them last spring. hehe

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Nellieanna, My finger got "tired" after scrolling, scrolling, and scrolling down to the end of your comments. It is a testament to your communication skills and great, kind heart. You treat us the way we want to be treated: with respect and dignity and a little levity thrown in! You are a pleasure to read and "soak up Americana."

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, shucks. . . what a lovely complement, dear heart. Thank you!!! It does MY heart good to hear that my contributions give pleasure. I do feel very lucky to have such kind and loyal readers.

And sometimes my finger gets weary scrolling too, even though the system does at least move on about half-way down the comments when I'm responding to its notice that I've received a new comment. Heaven only knows why it doesn't go on & deliver me to the one it's announced, though! Maybe if that oddity could be fathomed, some of the more complex ones might stand a chance, think? LOL ;->

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

I was led to believe you are a poet, and now I discover you're a stand up comic with a killin' slide show!

This was so well done, and oh so funny.

You should remember though what every old hippie's not "paranoia" when they're really out to get ya'.

Thanks for this wonderful read. It's good to know when I click on one of your creations I'm never barking up the wrong tree.

BTW...when you replied to Arthur's comment you used the term "COLON SMILE"!?!

That is surely a new one on me. After my "procedure" my doctor told me I had a very nice colon, but he never mentioned smiling.

Yes, you "cracked" me up!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hahahaha! Delightful response, Christopher! I am a poet - but I claimed to be multi-faceted, too, you know. I'd like to think that my hubs offer some variety. I even have some poems which are a bit funny, and I insert shortie ones occasionally in my poetry hubs.

"Killin' slide show" - I love it! At first, with my 3:30 AM vision through smudgy glasses, I misread it as "killer side show" and I thought, ok - it could be one, I suppose, though it was taxing my 3:30 AM brain through weary ganglia to grapple with. Imagine my relief to find out what it really is! Slide show is so much more accurate, and killin' so much more gentle though, and they require less brain-strain so I'm pleased to read it right and I've verified it with one of my many magnifying glasses lying about, just to make sure before commenting on it.

Yes, they really are out to get me and I let the boiling hot weather escape without getting their entryways closed up while they were off finding cooler quarters. Now I hear stirrings already. ugh.

One of Arthur's followers coined "colon smile" and it made the rounds for awhile. It still amuses me! :-) I suppose the doctor figured it was up to you whether or not smiling fit the occasion following the "procedure".

Thanks for a fun response here. It's worth it to publish hubs just for the responses!


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agaglia 6 years ago

Nellieanna, First, I want to say thanks for visiting my site and commenting on my writing. I am very grateful.And second, I was in suspense ! about the baby squirrel! Was it alive or dead? Isn't having squirrels in the house terrible! ugh. you are resourceful and funny! I love the photos with this article. Great and right on! Great job. I learned alot about squirrels.

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Sasha'sOnHubShell 6 years ago from Florida

I love this Nelleeanna!

Your hubs NEVER disappoint :)

Hope all is well.

Your Loyal Fan,


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Agaglia - My deepest apologies for not replying sooner!! My e-mail notifications of new comments somehow became inactive and all efforts to fix it have proved futile. Now I have discovered a better way to find them, by checking "Comments" on my "Account" tab. Even so, this one of yours seems to have just appeared there, though I see you posted it 5 weeks ago! Gracious!

I'm pretty sure the baby squirrel was alive. It seemed to respond to the momma squirrel's arrival and she grabbed the baby and rushed off with it. I doubt if she would have acted just that way if it were not alive. But I never saw them again, at least not to recognize! Maybe the one who always stops to look up if I'm at the door or window and doesn't run off after pausing to stare at me for a bit is one of the two! Baby would be a grown squirrel this year, I'm sure.

Yes ti is horrid having them moving in and I'm afraid I wasn't clever enough to make it impossible. They are back in the walls this year and seem bolder than ever. I'll surely have to get a pest controller in and I don't look forward to it. There could even be larger varmints up there. We had raccoons and possums years ago. We are near a couple of creeks here - so there is abundant wildlife all around. And they were here first, actually. sigh.

Thanks for the nice visit! And I am sorry about my delay in responding!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sasha/Alexandra - thank you! I'm quite pleased you have visited this older hub. As I just mentioned in the above reply - I seem to be hosting squirrels in the walls and attic again this season. I would just as soon they not be quite so loyal! LOL. I can just hear them talking among themselves out in the trees, "Hey, guys, - that's an easy house to invade. Bet I can beat you to it!" LOL I so hear the squabbling in my "honey wall" sometimes, too! At least that's what it sounds like. Hope it isn't squeals of - ahem - ecstasy!

But other than that -things are moving along well with me - hope it is the same with you, also!

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thirdmillenium 6 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

Engrossing. Can squirrels be center of things so completely? You have proved they can be

Thanks for the lovely piece

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

They definitely can be, thirdmillenium! The rascals are back in the walls even earlier this year. And when out in the yard and trees, they just look at me so defiantly! They know they have me tamed! Thanks for the visit and compliments!

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bonny2010 6 years ago from outback queensland

love this your humour and your photographs...the real life ones that is...wonderful writing going to read it again in the morning over coffee...that way you are invited...cheers

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehe - Well, the little rascals are back in the walls and attic again. I didn't get the place sealed up during the heat of summer as planned, and now it's cold and they are in there in force. In fact they may have invited some raccoon buddies. Rascals.

But I am most pleased that you enjoyed my fun with them. They really are cute, but by far cuter outside. Now, though - when I see them in the yard, in the trees, on the patio peering in the glass door - - they know me too well. I no longer frighten them with my yelling and pounding on the walls. They look at me defiantly as though to ask what I'm doing in THIER house!!

I'll be thinking about you reading it over your morning coffee. Thanks for the delightful comment!

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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What an entertaining and interesting hub! I enjoyed the photos as well as the writing. I can sympathize with your squirrel adventures, since we’ve had squirrels in our attic at times. We get any outside openings closed off (when the squirrels aren’t there) and that solves the problem for a while, but they always seem to find a way back in. However, we’ve never had a squirrel inside the house! I like squirrels and enjoy watching and studying them – at least the ones that aren’t entering our attic!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Alicia ~ Ah. I wrote it last winter and intended to seal up their entires during the hot summer when they were not in there - but other priorities crowded out the good intention and now they're back again. But none have gotten in the house or expired in the walls, at least!

They are interesting critters. I think they are becoming so used to my voice (yelling at them) that they are unafraid of me when they are outside and I stare at them or approach them. They are bold and defiant. LOL.

At the moment we are having severe cold (not to compare with your Canadian cold, of course - but our squirrels, like ourselves, are not used to it!) - so I would feel pity for them, if they were out in it. It is one of the coldest on record, in fact. What we call a "blue norther".

Thank you for the pleasant visit! It is nice to meet you!

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I think I have said already that out squirrels in the UK are all grey American immigrants. The only red squirrels, our indigenous guys are living in respectable homes on the isle of Wight (There's the Solent between the IoW and the rest of Hampshire, and squirrels (even the Mark Spitz of American Squirrels) can't swim that far, and the ferry is too expensive.

If they break into flats they can do so much damage, but they don't get into attics as far as I know.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha - wow - well - yes - probably the grey fellows either came from over here - or returned there after coming here from there in the first place, along with the Pilgrims and other early settlers! hehe

Wise reds, living on the Isle of Wight in respectable homes (I assume those are their very own homes, since they are not found in others' attics). Yes, they can do damage. I HAVE to be rid of them this year.

First they must be relocated (not too easy, but I still figure that when the temperatures get over 100F in July and August, their comfy quarters right under the roof won't be so inviting so maybe they'll leave of their own volition. Next, of course, is the prospect of getting someone to find and close all their entryways. Timing all this and financing it are other facets of the challenge. Those are reasons I didn't get it done last summer. When I had been most lkely to do it, the opporuntity to go to the ranch and Del Rio with two burly guys to help me with major work down there came along.

I can SEE some of their entries, but i'm sure there are multiple ones. I hear the critters entering and leaving from the hole on this side of the house but I hear others entering from other directions and am not sure where they've entered. So far the damage isn't extreme. But that could end at any moment.

The deep (down in small canyon bottoms) shallow creeks not far from here (conduits to the 1000-acre lake nearby are a source of critters here. And of course - 50 or so years ago, this was all open country 7 the crtters had their own lifestyle. Humans are the real interlopers here. Can't blame the critters for needing alternate housing. . . .

Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend!

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Bless the baby squirrel! And the Mama must have been out of her mind with worry. I can just hear her screaming, "Do Something!"

I adore all thing furry and fuzzy, however unless rent is paid monthly nothing should be living in my attic, basement or elsewhere. We got mice once and I purchased these humane traps and caught them then took them away. It was awful.

Thanks for a great heartwarming and amusing Hub.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nowadays when I see the mature squirrels scurrying around, I wonder which one might be that baby all grown up. These critters know my voice and aren't even scared of me.

We have had various critters in the attic over the years. We had to resort to humane traps once. Our house is across the street from houses which back up to a creek and of course - the animals lived here before people did. My plan is still to have the HOT summer sun encourage them to seek accommodations elsewhere and to get all possible entries closed up. I'll still have them in the yard. Rascals!

Glad you got some amusement! Thanks for the visit!

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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

Hi Nellieanna!

I made it!

I LOVE this Hub! I can so relate to many of your issues with these little boogers...they tend to drive ya "nuts" if ya let 'em. Get it? "Nuts." HA! I finally just started dumping a big pile of sunflower seeds in the 2nd story window sill every day so the squirrels would stay away from the bird feeders hanging, where else...under the eaves on the second story window. It works! They jump from the tree branches and with a loud thud, land on the window sill (scares the crap outa me sometimes) and they just sit there right behind me where I'm sittin' at the computer and happily eat their seeds. I have several pictures of them, maybe I'll post 'em one of these days. (:

This is a very informative and fun Hub. (I like the Superman Squirrel best too...oh, and the naughty quilly dressed up as a Blue Jay with the "Feed the birds" sign ~ very cute ~ gave me a big ol' laugh!) Great pictures. Except of the dead, stuffed ones. Poor babies. ):

Thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

May peace be in your heart...always,


~ Voted UP and all 4 ~

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Diana - Aren't they the funniest critters? Yes - NUTS it is. I've developed quite a rapport with mine. They have absolutely no fear of me. I guess they learned my voice from my yelling at them in my attic and walls! A day or so ago I was at the upstairs window and right outside it in a tree, one was in a crook in the branches grooming itself - almost like a cat. It was so amusing! There are constant interactions with them.

The one who really died in my A/C intake vent was really sad. But I was glad it was where it could be removed before it began to stink in the wall.

Thank you for coming and leaving such a fun comment - plus the votes!! Hugs.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Oh! Nellieanna! This is ALL too familiar! I am laughing and commiserating right along with you! I've had bees in the walls of my old 1885 farm house in SE Kansas and "varmints" as well! We've found squirrels in the attic! Here, in N. California, where the weather is moderate all year round (like yours); the critters are ever present. California squirrels are the 'grey' kind; unlike the little 'chipmonk' looking fellers you've pictured in our squirrel escapades! Luckily, I have very very tall oak and bay trees and we've placed a squirrel feeder in the lower branches of one of these. This keeps the little guys at bay (no pun intended!) and happily well fed. They do have such antics! My friend Richard and I often sit w/a beer or glass of wine and just watch those nutty critters run up and down the huge tree trunks, chasing one another.

Luckily so far (knocking on wood), I have not had any intrusions into the framework of my home here in California. The soffets and eaves are solid thus far; so there are no openings (again, knock on wood)... (and, no additional pun -wood- intended)...Anyway, so far, so good.

In SE Kansas, the weather can be brutal; either so very hot or freezing; below 0 temperatures. The little guys live in the tall tree tops in nests that whip around in the strong straight line winds so, they are always at risk. We DO spread all kinds of nuts and seeds for them, as well as the birds who overwinter, to give them half a chance.

Thank goodness your 'knight in shining armour' continued to show up at just the right time...sometimes; actually, often times, I'm sure someone is watching over us.

Wonderfully entertaining story, Nellieanna; told only as you can do.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you for your lovely comments, Kathy!

I live in an area of Dallas near an inside-city-limits 1000 acre lake with many creeks and rivulets leading to it and surrounded by trees. My house - (my street) - is atop the highest altitude in a famously 'flat' city. But I don't have to worry about flooding! My neighbors on each side have oak trees -- on one side, VERY tall ones, part of the original flora before the area was developed back in the 50s & 60s. Those tall oaks have lights which shine up into them at night. Really pretty but no telling how well that suits their furry visitors.

In my front yard I've only a struggling magnolia tree and one tall shrub. My back yard has two bois d'arc trees, sometimes called osage orange. The 'fruit' is poisonous to many creatures and inedible to humans but I've read that squirrels love it. Osage orange is a repellent for many bugs and spiders & are anti-fungicidal! With massive quantities of acorns from the neighbors, they find plenty to eat. My yard -- especially in front, stays laden with nuts and remnants of nuts from the oak trees. In the back are stashes the squirrels have stored. I just looked out my patio doors and see one of my little friends sitting in the back yard munching - possibly some osage orange or an acorn he stored there by the bois d'arc tree in the soft earth. He's quite busy. He must have quite a stash! My squirrels are always fat and sassy. They'll raid any bird feeders I put out, though! They're insatiable! :-)

They're so entertaining!

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