Yes, it’s that time of year again when we put our little friend, the squirrel, on a pedestal…or let him climb onto it himself.
Squirrels, as my readers know, are my arch nemesis. I have had squirrels in every yard I’ve owned or rented. They’re just there and they annoy me. Why? Because I’m a birder and a gardener. Squirrels attack my bird feeder and my garden, especially the container pots.
I’ve watched their behavior over the years and have found that as much as I hate them, I also love them. God made them, so there has to be some redeeming quality and purpose.
So, all month long I’ll be writing a little bit here and there about this creature and it’s redeeming and not-so redeeming qualities. And, you’re asking, what does this have to do with a gardening journal blog? Well, squirrels are in my garden and most of these stories will be about squirrels and gardening.
I do have to tell you, though, that Squirrel Awareness Month also falls during squirrel hunting season in several states. These are Alabama, Washington, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana and in East Texas (not sure about the rest of TX). I did look into this further and found that around the country there is a squirrel hunting season in each month, so hunting season and this celebratory event don’t coincide as a joke.
Celebrate today… sit in your yard and just enjoy watching the squirrel dig holes, chase each other and nibble on acorns.