Squirrel Decor

At the moment there are no Christmas lights sparkling from my windows, not yet, but a seasonal ornament is being constructed in a tree in easy view from inside the house. It is quite a curious winter decoration.

I first noticed the wad of pine tree twigs obstructing my usual walking path to the front door after a particularly blustery day. To avoid tripping in the dark over the Ozark version of a tumbleweed, it wound up in the burning pile of brush collected after several windy days. For a few moments I pondered the whys and the wherefores with no resolution, but my eyes didn’t get involved in solving the mystery.

At least not right away, not until I noticed a few more pine tree twigs creating a loosely formed mound in the same spot. Curious. Remembering grade school fun facts, I looked up into the pine tree, into the branches close to the trunk, scanning for a squirrel’s nest. None to be found there, though there are several in the oak trees around the yard.

Emulating Sherlock Holmes’ thorough investigations, I began to search from the ground up. There it was, at my eye level, lacing two low limbs together, a nest of twigs lined with oak leaves, sporting a strand of green ribbon I used to tie up my tomato plants back in the spring.

To clear up what was obviously a muddled memory of grade school squirrel facts, I turned to Google. I did not know that some squirrels in some states will mate in the spring and in December/January. I did not know that squirrels may have more than one nest, one perhaps for storage, and a spare if the bugs infest their main abode. I did not know juvenile squirrels will build nests for practice.

Mystery solved, perhaps? The creation must be a demo built by one who is afraid of heights, one who thinks outside the usual squirrel box, with a developing design sense as reflected in the addition of the green ribbon to stage the abode for the Christmas season.

I’d better get on the stick.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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