OH NUTS TO YOU! by b. Malin

Nutsy the Squirrel
Nutsy the Squirrel

NUTSY THE SQUIRREL

Before I start this little tale, I must tell you that Lover Man and I live on what is called a "Barrier Island" here on the Jersey Shore. Having said that I will tell you that we have Rabbits here, and So far, ONE Squirrel on our Island. This story is about the ONE Squirrel, so sit back, grab a Peanut or two, as I fill you in.

We bought this little House about three years ago and Love it here. We are surrounded by the bay and the Ocean which meet eight blocks away...As I've stated it is an Island with two ways off, a small Bridge or the Black Horse Pike Bridge...Which can Flood when it rains. So I ask, how did this little Squirrel get here. Did he hitchhike? He doesn't seem to have Friends (other Squirrels) or a Family...It's just him. And HE THINKS HE OWNS THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

On year one, a few days after we moved in, I am driving home from the Super Market, coming slowly down the block. Mr. Squirrel is standing ( I swear) in the middle of the street eating a Peanut. I gently honk my horn. He looks at me and continues to munch on his NUT...ever so slowly chewing it and staring at me. I get out of the car and say "Hey, do you mind"? Yes, I am standing there talking to this Squirrel and he in turn is IGNORING ME. I tap my foot to show my Indignation, as he seems to be washing off his face and hands before giving me one last LOOK as he turns... He gives me "The Tail", before running off down the middle of the street. I later relay the story to Lover Man as we unpack the groceries and have a good laugh.

We get some home repairs done, and also put up a New White Vinyl Fence. The top of the Fence is flat, so I am able to hang a few Flower Baskets from it. Everything is shaping up nicely. Well my little Squirrel Friend is back running the Fence... Like HE owns it...If I didn't know better I'd think he was getting his Exercise by running back and forth. Once in awhile he stops and stands up to look at us with his little hands on his Hips...as if he's studying US!

Year two, we decide to enclose the deck making an "outdoor" room out of it. Spring, through Summer, it is delightful to be able to eat our meals out there, and "Nutsy", we have given our little friend a name, usually knows what time we eat, and comes by to run the Fence...He's really become quite entertaining. Lover Man thinks "Nutsy" got a thing for me...I tell him, He's NUTS!...That Squirrel cares for NO ONE, but HIMSELF and where is next Nut is coming from.

None of the Neighbors like to admit it, but someone is giving "Nutsy" Nuts, which to my surprise, one day, as I am gardening, I come upon his Garbage. Nutsy has taken to leaving his shells near my Rose Bushes...or actually wherever he pleases. It's like his calling card to Me to say, Ha, Ha, I was here. So of course I have to pick up after him. Sometimes out of frustration I will say aloud, "this has got to stop Nutsy" and from out of nowhere he appears. Lover Man thinks he likes the sound of my voice...Well, I'm not feeding him EVER... and when we leave for Florida in December, he'll probably stand in the middle of the street and wave Goodbye...Before giving us "The Tail", as he runs down the middle of the street. And I'll say, silently to myself, stay safe my little friend through the Winter...Until we see you again next Spring.

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I think Nutsy is encouraging you to write about him. He sounds like a terrific foundation for a children's book or small series on HP. I am glad you shared this. I can just see him giving you "The Tail" as you take off, and pondering up other ways to harrass you when you come back. Great story! I am looking forward to reading more about Nutsy.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

This is an adorable of "your love for Nutsy!" Now, come on, admit it, you've become quite fond of your little pal. Don't we all, however? I have a little dog who pees on my floor, and although he has this very annoying habit, I still love him. I think to myself, "silly me, it's only pee."


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SpiderBytes 5 years ago from Wild Wild West

He seems like a bit of a narcissist. Maybe the other squirrels banished the little guy to your island. LOL! Great hub!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Tipoague "Nutsy" is such a Character...and he struts around like the Neighborhood is his Domain. I'm so glad you stopped by to read, and that you Enjoyed! Now I'm off to check out your Hubs.

Well, if Truth be told SusieQ, I kinda of like him, and when he hasn't been around for a few days...I kinda of miss him. As for your Peeing Dog (could be a Fun Hub to read) Mmmm, I'd probably Love him too, but have you ever discussed this situation with him? As to Why?

You know SpiderBytes, you are probably right...and by the same Token, he probably guards both bridges to make sure "They" can't cross over. So Glad you Enjoyed.


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Bob Bagley 5 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

Good story. I've got a friend like Nutsy. His name is Tank. I live on the beach. He's a coastal turtle. Keep writing!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was a delightful story. I loved your vivid descriptions of Nutsy's behavior and antics and definitely detected a tone of fondness and amusement in your writings about him. Animal watching is a fun activity but I liked the way you turned that around and said Nutsy gets a kick out of studying humans like you and Lover Man!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

What an adorable story B..Love this so much..very cute and funny. I love squirrels with an attitude..lol

Thanks for sharing,

Sunnie


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Nutsy sounds like an interesting character. Some of our local squirrels are confident animals too, but Nutsy sounds like a special case. He seems to think very highly of himself!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

So you totally understand Bob. Tonight at Dinner time there he was giving us a show by running back and forth on the Fence. At one point he stopped, stood up and I swear Waved! Thanks for you Comments and Enjoying, I'll be by to look at your Hub too.

You know HappyBoomernurse, I honestly think he does get a Kick out of us...Maybe

we speak the same language...But still he Can be a WISE GUY...Plus he thinks he's Hot Stuff! So Glad you Enjoy and thanks for your Wonderful thoughts as well.

An Attitude he does have Sunnie, and sometimes I think he's thinking what next can I do to get a Rise out of her. And when I talk to him, he does sit and listen...Probably to Humor Me. Thanks for you Fun Comments.

He does think very Highly of Himself Alicia...after all is got NO Competition...and I think he plans to keep it that way...It's his Turf!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

We have lots of squirrels where I live. Odd thing though-they are not native to the Fraser valley. It is not their natural habitat.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

B. Great write on a funny little critter. Thanks for early morning smiles, peace,

dust


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Nutsy may have found his way to your little island with that cat that traveled from Colorado to New York City over a five year period!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Personification of Squirrel is very interesting.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi b.Malin,

Nutsy is the best name for a squirrel. I enjoyed my peanuts while reading your tail :-)

Thanks for sharing and voted up!

Cloverleaf.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi b.Malin, you know you love Nutsy....

I loved the story, fabulous and voting up!


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

What a beautiful tail (ooops i meant tale). I just love squirrels. I can sit on my back porch and watch them for hours. There are tall trees at the back of my property and they run up them at high speed and jump from tree to tree chasing each other. They are extremely entertaining. You should bring him to Florida with you he would be quite happy here and one more wouldn't matter to me. My two little dogs run after them, while i laugh at them - like they could EVER catch one.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Interesting Flora, where "Nutsy" came from only He knows...and he's Not Telling, Nor is he sending for any of his Relatives! Thanks so much for Reading and your Comments.

Peace to you Dusty as well... and I'm so Glad you Enjoyed this Hub on "Nutsy". I like to make you Smile!

Oh Yeah Breakfastpops, I remember that story...Maybe we should give "Nutsy" a one-way ticket to Washington...He'd say "Nuts" to them, and probably get their mess straightened out, one, two, three!

Once again Thank YOU Vinaya for finding this Hub on "Nutsy" the Squirrel Interesting.

Hi Cloverleaf, so glad you took my advise and had some Peanuts as you read my Hub on "Nutsy"...and the name fits him to a T...and a Big Thank You for your Vote!

Movie Master, to know "Nutsy" is to Love Nutsy...and I do...To a Point...Thanks for Enjoying and for the Vote!

Now D. Williams that was cute...Tail and Tale...Good One! So glad you stopped by and related you cute story too. If I were to take "Nutsy" to Florida...he'd never want to come back to the cold winter...Maybe when he decides to retire.


september girl 5 years ago

He sounds so cute! I love your stories about plants and spiders and how you talk to all these wild creatures. Very fun to read! Thanks for sharing your story of Nutsy, b. Malin. : ) Voted up and beautiful!!


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

He sounds cute, He obviously thinks he's leaving you a gift by dropping his nutshells in your garden, you know kinda like cats leve presents, only nut shells are better. Lol

Loved this hub. voted up.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Oh how cute b. but beware these squirrels like to be the boss. We used to have one live in a tree at the back of our farm house many years ago. Craig was only about three and asked his daddy to help the squirrel whose tail was stuck on a branch. Now big brave dad made a huge ceremony about getting the ladders and how daddy would save the squirrels day. All he got for his attempts was a very nasty bite to his finger and the adoration of his son turned to laughter. x


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

A wonderful tale spun, he sounds like a fascinating little character to have around, like your own personal mascot :)


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hey B.

Nutsy is not alone; squirrels seem to have this keen sense of who is “good people” and he obviously knows you are among them. They are also very brash and come and go as they please. But Nutsy has definitely found a friend. I loved this gem of a story, and look forward to hearing more. :-)

Barrier Islands? Sandy Hook by any chance? I grew up in the northwest section of Jersey, in the mountains. We could look out of our living room windows and see across the valley below into Pennsylvania. Whenever people make fun of Jersey, I wish they could see how beautiful many parts of the state are.


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debugs 5 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

LOved this one.. why does friendship just "happen" to NUTS?


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Sept. Girl, thanks so much for all your lovely Comments...Yes, I do love to talk for the animals etc., and I feel so GOOD when a Hub such as this one is well received. I so appreciate your thoughts and Vote.

Rosemay, when those nuts shells get soggy...Mmmm, I wonder if he's just having FUN with me...He's a little Devil and he knows it! Thanks for Enjoying and your Vote.

Oh Bluestar, what we do for our kids...and the Squirrel probably had a tale to tell his family that night as well...Pardon the Pun!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Nighthag, "Nutsy" is his own Person...But somehow, someway, he had allowed me into his world...If he knew that I was writing about him, he'd probably want to be paid in Peanuts!

I'm in "Ventnor" Heights on the Southern Jersey Shore, Gina and we LOVE it here...and as far as I can tell "Nutsy" is the only Squirrel...and I think he likes it that way...Surrounded by the Bay and the Ocean 8 Blocks away. Knowing him, he probably Sun's himself at the Beach!


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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

now this was a fantastic first hub for my day today b Malin and I thank you!! adorable!!

(but I hate squirrels...they ate all my pecans when we lived in Ala) :) but I so loved reading about Nutsy!!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...great title - I'm always charmed by your easy flowing writing (a gift in itself) and your wit, candor and casual savvy writing style is world class all of the way - are you heading back down south again this winter?

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

I know RNMSN, Squirrels can be a strange lot...But "Nutsy" does have Personality...and a Drive to drive me nutty picking up after him! So Glad you Enjoyed reading about "Nutsy".

Hey Colin, Thanks so much for the Accolades...So glad you Enjoyed this little Charmer. Yes, in Dec. we are heading South once again...and this time I'm really looking forward to going, after all now I know how to pack!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Nutsy definitely sounds like an awesome,cute but really assertive character. I love the way you tell this story.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Today when I went to get into my Car "Nutsy" was standing on the Hood with a Peanut in his Hands...I said don't you leave those shells...He did, as he scampered away! He is such a Nut...Thanks so much for Enjoying. Acaetnna..but I hate to admit, I owe it all to him!


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This guy is really likeable although quite bold. The tale was well written and entertaining besides being cute. You had me right from that first adorable picture of "Nutsy" and kept me riveted all the way to the end. Loved this one b.

Peg


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

THank you so much Peg, "Nutsy" is cute, in his own way...and I've kinda gotten used to him doing his dance across our fence. Yes, Bold he is, but what the heck! So glad you Enjoyed this "Nutsy" Tale.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I was going to address you as b.M, but thought better of it at the last moment. So I'll just call you 'b.' So glad you found me so I could find you.

This was an exceptional tale about a unique squirrel. Nutsy is a character for sure. Long may you both reign.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you Drbj for rejecting that thought...believe me I've been kidded about my Initials...Ditto, I'm so glad I found you too...Wow, Listen to us...But seriously, I've been to your Hubs and so Love your Humor...Look forward to more! Glad you enjoyed my "Nutsy".


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

b Malin, absolutely a great story. Nutsy is quite the character. Your humor put a much needed smile on my face. It has been a long day out walking trying to find a job. It is always nice to come on the hubs and talk to great people. I really have enjoyed our small time chat'n and you have been so considerate of me. Your are a great writer and you have the best stories. It is always something new. It is a pleasure and I hope our friendship can grow. Take care. Voted awesome and beautiful and up


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Oh Lyricwriter, I don't know that I deserve all the praises that you've given me, I am truly Humbled. You are a good Hub Friend, whom I pray finds a job, life is NOT fair. You seem like such a Good person as well as a Terrific, Versatile, Writer. I pray your "Song Writing" will come through, and your Talents will be recognized...and last but not least, thanks for your Vote and your Friendship.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Are there any such things as squirrel feeding devices, like bird feeders? Maybe your neighbors have one. Voting this Up and Funny.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alocsin, probably Not...but who knows the Squirrels always seem to go for the Bird Feeders...But maybe someone should invent a Squirrel Feeder...Wana try?


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Such a cute story! I think Nutsy is a perfect name for him too! We have a lot of squirrels here and they are always so intertaining. by the way, there are squirrel feeders. I have put a link to one of my favorite ones. Thank you for sharing your cute story. Voted up and interesting. Have a great day! http://www.runnerduck.com/squirrel_feeder.htm


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Sgbrown. Having just gotten home from being away for a few months, it will be interesting to see when "Nutsy" shows up...he's very unpredictable! Thanks for Enjoying and of course your Votes!


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

What a great little friend you found! I sure enjoyed reading about Nutsy. Hope you two have more scampering days ahead.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Wetnosedog, He truly is One of a Kind. I'm so glad you Enjoyed the read, it gave you a good background on Nutsy's and my Relationship! I guess we will be "scampering around" for awhile yet! Thanks for Commenting.

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