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Lots and lotsa squirrels

Tuesday, 5:57 am

By Kate

Sep

27

2005

sunny

It must be crunch time for squirrels. They are scurrying all over the place gathering food for their winter stores. And it looks as though we have a larger than average population of them this year. I can’t drive more than 20 feet without seeing one, mostly at the edge of the street, thinking about running in front of my car. More than a few do and I slam on the brakes, since I’m opposed to squashing squirrels. That’s not a bad strategy for getting yourself back ended. I’ve avoided that so far, though. Narrowly.

This morning I noticed—well, I couldn’t help noticing—a number of squirrels squashed in the street. It was as if some great magnet in the sky had pulled a third of the squirrel population into the streets at exactly the wrong moment. It was nasty out there this morning.

I guess the small animal populations vary from year to year. The last couple of years we had an overabundance of skunks. This year we have squirrels. I wonder what’s next.



 

Fifteen years in five

Tuesday, 4:32 am

By Kate

Sep

27

2005

light rain

Here we have the official portrait of President Bush
when he began his presidency in 2000.

Bush Official Portrait

And here we have a working portrait of the prez this past weekend.

Bush working portrait

That’s a lot of aging in five years.