Skippy And Squiggy

Howdy

My name is Skippy. Yep, just like the peanut butter. I really like the peanuts but you can hold on to that "butter". It sticks to the roof of my mouth.

There's not much going in a squirrel's life really. We just find some good trees to play in and hope there's some food nearby. This is a really nice spot in this "ornamental pear tree". It has nice bark for grabbing onto and climbing but it's got food too. The "people" don't like the pears as they're very tart. But I like them from spring onward. I snack on them when they're green and I munch on them when it's winter and they've been frozen a time or two.

This is a very nice tree for "playing". Some of the other squirrels come over occasionally and we play chase for hours. Of course it's more fun playing chase with the female squirrels. It's even more fun getting caught.

Pecan Tree

Yep, this is a Pecan Tree. Pecan is pronounced "pee con". granny used to say that a "pee can" was something you would urinate in.

People

People are a real curious species. Being so curious is one of the more "curiouser" traits. There's one now checking me out. "HEY- TAKE A PICTURE - IT'LL LAST LONGER!"

I could hang around here all day. Sometimes I do. Hanging by my rear feet is the most fun. You can check the "people" below without getting a "crick" in your neck.

Well I've gotta get busy and look busy. We squirrels are a busy bunch. We're not as busy as beavers, but we do have a pretty good reputation for rodents. 

I love this tree. It feels so alive. I could just eat it sometimes.

Unfortunately this tree won't yield many pecans this year. Boy it did last year. This goober that lives in the house would leave them out all the time time for us. He leaves sunflower seeds out for us too. My folks always said that sunflower seeds were for the birds.

Oops- gotta run. Nope- I still don't trust that crusty old man. I don't care if he does leave food out. It's probably a trap. That's what granny always said anyway.

I'll just wait up here until he goes away and then I'll go down and "clean up".

I picked up an itch the other day. It was probably in gymnastics class.

I may look simple but I'm a complicated squirrel. I'm a thinking squirrel's squirrel. I've gotta vision. I contemplate a lot of issues, like "why are squirrels here". Is there a "God Squirrel"? I want to go where no other squirrel has gone before. I think a squirrel should be judged by the content of character and not by the size of his nuts or by the quantity.

A squirrel's life can be a bit lonely. You can hang around just so much. After a while a squirrel might look for more meaning in life.

There are a lot of loose squirrels out there. You've got to be careful with your heart. Some squirrels will take your heart and gnaw on it and toss it out of the tree. I thought I was in love once. She was such a pretty squirrel.

I thought I had a sweetheart, but then there was this squirrel, named Lenny, who would always be hanging around my squirrel. She would tell me that he was just a friend but one day she ran off to another tree with him.

I was forlorn for so long. I thought I never would heal. I started hanging around in some rough places. I would brood and sulk. I thought there wasn't a squirrel for me.

 But, they say that every blind nut finds a squirrel every now and then. I looked up and there she was. She had a beautiful tail. You can't judge a squirrel by her tail. Pretty is as pretty does.

Granny used to tell us a story about how granpa died. He was a very fast squirrel. He used to run across the road all day long playing chicken with cars. It was a dangerous game. Many squirrels didn't make it. Granpa was so good that he was over confident. He was running and dodging across the busy road one day when a car ran over his tail. Granpa made it but when he saw that he lost the plume of fur that he had such pride in, he ran back into the road to retrieve it. It was there that we lost granpa and by a mere Volkswagen as well.The VW rolled right over his cranium. Granny would tell us this story and give us the moral as well. It's still some of the best advice today: "Never lose your head over a little piece of tail!"

I didn't want to fall in love again. There's so much pain. But things happen.

As I was eyeballing her one day, I saw, very close to her, this huge, hideous looking demon. It stood so tall. It wore spots of war-paint. It looked like something that could eat a squirrel for just an appetizer.

Without any regard to my own life, as quickly as I could, I ran straight forward, straight at the hideous monster. To my surprise I chased it away.

In the chaos and confusion, the apple of my eyeballing, ran away. I starting looking in some of the obvious squirrel hangouts and finally I saw her on the human's deck.

She said she was fine, just frightened by the monster. She thanked me for my act of heroism and then she invited me to have lunch with her. The old "dude" that lived inside left some treats out for us. She was so pretty.

We were shy at first. But, since that day we have been each others company as much as possible. This is how love should be. Each is free but enjoys the other.

Look at that tail! She makes my heart beat so fast!

I've felt healthier since meeting her. I've got an extra bounce in my step.

I feel younger. My climbing is better. My running is faster than ever.

I've gotten compliments on my tail as well!

Her name is Squiggy. I have found my soul-mate. It's going to be Skippy and Squiggy from now on.

I know that when I come home to the tree at night, Squiggy will be there.

I don't mind going out on a cold day and picking up some extra nuts for the one I love.

Sometimes She starts at the other end. We eat and eat our fill.

Then we meet in the middle for some quality time!

She's the Pecan of my eye!

Of course part of the he-squirrel's job is frightening away those monsters. When she sees me me "protecting her", it makes Squiggy jiggy!

So I've settled down with the one I love. We built this home right over the home of the old geezer that puts the nuts out for us. Life isn't too bad.

I'm afraid we're going to need a bigger home though. I can almost hear the pitter-patter of little paws.

Boy, I'm really glad the old dude is leaving some seeds out for us. It's hard enough going to the bathroom in this snow.

Squiggy Eats Sunflower Seeds In The Snow 12-18-09

But although some really bad days are ahead, there will be some better ones as well. Then we'll share the "spring" together as we have the autumn and winter.

Summer will follow Spring! A cycle will be complete. We'll share and grow together. We will be there for each other!

Skippy Can Jump

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Drwibble 6 years ago from UK

Very nice pictures of squirrels, hard to photograph as they move quite fast. Our native red squirrels in the UK are gradually going extinct due to a disease American gray squirrels transmit. There a few places in Scotland where they are still holding out.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

oh Mick, I love your hub, it captures what they are doing and a good story to tell, LOL, how did you get all of those pics? I saw squirrel when we were at MEMPHIS, I seldom see here at Dallas though,

Is that your backyard? it is lovely, overlooking,

I enjoyed the story and the pics tyoo, how are you now?

maita


poetlorraine 6 years ago

two little squirrels driving each other nuts, i think it is a good think these two listen to granny. They seem the typed of squirrels to get them selves in deep water, as they are so playful. loved it, you rodent


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Drwibble- thanks for stopping by. I'd like to see red squirrels too. We have albino squirrels in the mountains near Asheville/Hendersonville.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Drwibble- thanks for stopping by. I'd like to see red squirrels too. We have albino squirrels in the mountains near Asheville/Hendersonville.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Howdy prettydarkhorse. This is my backyard. It is quite nice and rural although I'm "in-town". My arm and leg are healing nicely from the tats. Thank you. You might need a Pecan tree.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Poetlorraine for stopping in. Skippy and Squiggy make a nice couple!


Jauni 6 years ago

This is great, Micky Dee! Entertaining story... even with some powerful messages... and wonderful photography. The animals are so beautiful, and I love the video with Skippy eating while it's snowing all around him!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Jauni. Nice of you to drop by. Be careful tomorrow on your bike. What tomorrow? If it's a day, it's a bike riding day! Happy trails


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Micky Dee for a very nice squirrel hub, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing. creativeone59


poetlorraine 6 years ago

they make a beautiful couple, came back and watched the videos this was brilliant....


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you creativeone. It's nice to have your appreciation.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Poetlorraine, it is a very nice endorsement for you to come again. I also read some of the hubs from you folk again too. Thanks


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Really enjoyed this hub about your friendly resident squirrels. Obviously you cater to them with nuts, etc. Sounded like you mixed in a bit of a story of your life...or someone's life as well? Fun hub. Liked the video with the snow falling.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thanks Peggy W. I think we all can relate to Skippy and Squiggy. Thank you so much for dropping by.


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Oh Mickey those little animal pics were so so cute.Oh that's it!!!!! I want a pet squirrel. Where can I buy one from?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

You know- Skippy and Squiggy had baby squirrels. My guess is 4. Of course Skippy is worried about how he's going to feed those suckers. They were "suckers" for a while. They are out & about now, the children that is. I see them regularly. I leave food out for them. They are leery of me but they like my nuts.


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Hahaha Mickey which nuts might they be?

Oh so they are running bout awesome. If you can just catch one and pop it in a postal bag(a humane one of course) that will be bonza.

I will start planting a few trees in my backyard in preparation.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I lobbed that one right over the plate for you!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Now you made me laugh out loud looking the photos and video of the squirrels, thanks. You are lucky to be able to see the deer from your house, I've only seen them in the distance when visiting a country park. Our native sqirrels in England were red sqirrels then someone brought grey squirrels here and the red squirrels numbers are on the decline. Thanks for sharing this.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you 2uesday. Drwibble mentioned the decline of the red squirrels. They would be so colorful in this gray winter!


Miss Take 6 years ago

just brought my grandson to this hub to read, we love it. He always spots the picture of you on your bike. He says he asked you if you were famous, and i have been searching for the answer, but can't find it. so are you famous????? brenda,,, i think he means for biking not writing ha ha


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Miss Take. I remember the question and the answer. But the cycling world is a small world. The famous don't remember the pretenders like me. I am a bit known by a lot of other cyclists who are my peers. I am not known by non-cyclists. So- no, I'm not famous at all. I can't even remember who I am quite often. Tell your grandson that I hope he succeeds but maybe not too famously! It could be an anchor. Thanks for stopping by again.

You know- I can't find your other visit. I had seen it not too long ago. Where could it be?


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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hahaha, that was really good. That's one romantic squirrel. Love the names too "Skippy and Squiggy". Well, Skippy and Squiggy are the apple of my eye,lol.

Fyi, couple of blank spots (photos missing maybe) on your hub.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Chris Eddy. Those blank spots are videos and you're probably missing some part of the "codec" pack that makes them visible in your browser. I can't see them with firefox. I can see them with explorer. Oh well. Thanks very much Chris Eddy.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I can't tell you how much fun I had in this. Living here in NYC I'd say squirrels are our most common wildlife and well, I'm happy to have them. I have so many stories - like one coming and falling in love with my female cat. He (or she) stayed outside my window for ages and they just stared at each other, would nap, wake up, stare, repeat until night.

Ok so I loved the photo of the two lovers and I appreciate grannie explaining that it is 'pea-con' not 'pee-can' - it makes sense.

Lots of fun! Thank you!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi BK. I wasn't alerted that you had stopped by. Thank you for doing so. That is so beautiful about your cat and the squirrel. It's not a pee can.


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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great hub!

I love the pictures too, well done!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Magnoliazz! I'm going to put the videos up on youtube and make it easy for folks to view. I just noticed I can't see them with this computer! Thank you Ma'am!


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Believe it or not I found a baby squirrel when I was about nine or so, it had fallen out of a tree, and was in need of help, so with the instructions from my science teacher, I raised it at home for two years, and then set it free in one of the parks. What hilarious creatures they are, he used to sit in front of a dresser mirror and chatter madly at his image. In fact he was so busy doing this that he wouldn't even eat unless I moved him. I always thought that they should make bird feeders out of mirrors, and then the squirrels who are quite vain would simply sit and chatter at themselves and leave the seed alone.~~Great story Mickey.~~MFB III


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I used to visit the park months after I released him and he would come right up to me and greet me. Obviously they have good memories.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

That's a nice squirrel story MFB! I took pictures of a man and his squirrel decades ago. The squirrel didn't come out so well. He was moving at light speed all the time. Nice MFB!

Oh- there is one here that will come right up to the back door and ask for pecans. Well- not specifically- but that's what he's come to want there.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Yes Micky Dee...a pee can would be something that you pee in. lol How have I never noticed this hub before? Your yard looks like my yard...only your deck is nicer. lol Love this hub! I'm going to link it to my National Squirrel day hub!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo theherbivorehippi! You've got a cool yard then. I'll link backatcha! Thank you Dear!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

The picture was telling a story while the writing was simply a summary to my mind,love the pics and the the fact that people are real curious species but bro Micky, out of curiosity, where on Earth did you get this beautiful pictures?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Rossi! This is the house where I live. This is a very nice old home and the yard is nice. Thank you Brother!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

wonderful. the whole story and your lovely pics. You really are some wonderful man, Micky.

Don´t forget the words of wisdom..¨never lose your head over a little piece of tail¨¨......


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yep! You crack me up! Great wisdom! I always learn the hard way. Dim- I was out back earlier and three deer looked me right in the eyes from just yards away.


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LeslieAdrienne 6 years ago from Georgia

I really enjoyed this read, beautiful pics and funny script...Thanks Micky Dee


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much LeslieAdrienne! God bless!

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