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Habits, Habitats, and Hopefully Happy Squirrels

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “ha.” We can use it as a word or find a word that starts with “ha.”

Ha is the sound I make when I clean my glasses with the steam of my breath before I wipe them off with my shirt. It could also be the sound of panting. Yesterday, I would have panted if I could not have sweat. I finally got back to the gym and the 30 minute work out class I started and stopped. But I went yesterday, so I don’t need to feel guilty about not going.

I’d like to get into the habit of going to the gym more often. I’d also like to get into the habit of going into the woods more often. I suppose that my backyard is like the woods. It does feel woodsy, because it’s what some people would call overgrown. I prefer to think of it as the natural look. My backyard is a habitat for all kinds of birds, as well as squirrels who laugh at the dogs who can’t catch them. “Ha!” they say in squirrel language, sitting from a branch above and dropping pine cones and insults to the dogs. I don’t know if that’s what they are doing up there, but that’s what my Stream of Consciousness says.

I’ve raised baby squirrels who fell out of nests during storms. We bottle fed one with kitten formula and then fruits and nuts, until he started acting wild and crazy in the cage. The wildlife rehab person told us it was time to let him go. We didn’t like saying goodbye. My son cried when we let him go in the woods at the state park. But we left him some food to get started. He didn’t stay around long before he climbed up a tree, and that was that. He was off in squirrel world. I hope he was happy.

I have a busy day today, taking some of my art to the Rescue Mission this afternoon, so I’m writing this a little after midnight, early, early Saturday morning. I should get to sleep, but I have a habit of staying up too late. Maybe that will change, but not much.

Have a happy Saturday, and a happy Earth month!

If you’d like to have fun with the Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt, visit Linda here:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/04/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-916/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, available at amazon.com.

10 thoughts on “Habits, Habitats, and Hopefully Happy Squirrels

  1. Nice story about squirrel rescues. You backyard sounds great. FYI the ping back is not working for SOCS. You can leave a link to your post in the comment sections.

  2. HAts off to the care shown towards the little squirrel! Only after completing the reading of your posts, I realize that I HAd a smile throughout the reading! tHAnk you for that!

  3. Hahaha. Squirrel world.
    🙂
    Love it.

  4. Squirrels sound adorable 🙂 I read about a pet squirrel in Children of the Willow Farm and always wanted one myself. Did the squirrel ever grow tame?

    • Children of the Willow Farm sounds lovely. The squirrel was used to is feeding him, but we didn’t try to tame him because we knew we would be releasing him into the wild. Since we had two dogs, we didn’t feel he would be safe as a pet. The wildlife rehabilitation volunteer I consulted encouraged us to let him go in a forested area where he would have to figure out how to fend for himself and not be dependent on humans. We cheated a bit by taking him to a picnic area at a state park and leaving fruits and nuts nearby. It was not easy, but I think it was right to set him free.

  5. We have lots of trees in the back yard – love watching the squirrels play. 😀

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