Tuesday, January 19, 2010

On the industry of squirrels

Say what you will about squirrels, they are tireless. Rufus, our yard squirrel, is constantly on the move: collecting nuts, burying nuts, checking on the location of previously buried nuts, debating the merits of nuts, and attending scholarly conferences on nuts. Whenever I look out the window I see Rufus, or one of his extended family members, leaping, scampering or scurrying somewhere in a great hurry. I have never seen Rufus sleep, or even lean up against a tree and take a breather.

Today Rufus took a brief time-out to enjoy a tangerine I'd given him. Twenty-three seconds later he immediately returned to his chores, but not before giving me a disgusted look since he does not consider what I do all day--writing and editing--to be a real job and he has made it clear that he'd be happy to teach me a thing or two about the working world.

16 comments:

Heidi said...

And yet, for all that activity, Rufus is kind of a chubber.

Anonymous said...

He's so fat he looks like he spends his days eating organic cashews from Whole Foods.

Isha Ethera said...

Ah thats so awesome. haa.
cuute. =]

farmlady said...

Yea, we humans are such slackers.

Tai said...

Chubby? Fat? I'll admit that Rufus is a generously proportioned squirrel. He suffers from a scarcity complex. But the cashews aren't necessarily organic. I mean, I don't always check the label.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

What excellent pictures! That is one healthy looking little dude...
Methinks Rufus most definitely needs to appreciate you a bit more. :-)

itzktb said...

I love these pictures and I love this post!!!!

Tai said...

Thanks Kate!

Farmgirl, what can I say? The day we succeed in teaching gratitude to a squirrel is the day we are able to teach self-restraint to a goat.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

*snort*!! Very true!
Promise that whichever of us does it first *has* to tell the other one immediately...
:-)

pete said...

You might consider the grapefruit diet for Rufus since he likes citrus so much. Or perhaps the "Master Cleanse" lemonade fast (although somehow getting him to drink a Nalgene of lukewarm saltwater every morning seems far fetched...)

Tai said...

While tempted by the lemons, Rufus is concerned that the Master Cleanse might be the gateway to a yo-yo dieting treadmill -- and he's seen what such a lifestyle can do to other rodents.

Jeffrey said...

Reading this really makes me miss you a ton.

Tai said...

Because it reminded you of my beady little eyes and big teeth? xoxoT

Jeffrey said...

Yes, and your bushy tail!

Reverend Shawn said...

TAI ... these are the most amazing pictures (I second Katie's praise!!) - but I ADORE the third picture - the closed eyes and grip on the rind is SHEER BLISS !!!! He might be roly-poly and a tad spoiled, but he has a Zen-state about him that is inspiring.
Thanks for a beautiful image on a cold Canadian winter's night !!!

Tai said...

Thanks, Rev! Truly, the tangerine sent Rufus into a kind of trance state. And you never saw a rind scraped so clean.