Green Grass and White Squirrels Forever by Betty Cracker| September 9, 201811:27 am| 95 CommentsThis post is in: Domestic Politics, Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailHere’s our neighborhood oddity foraging for acorns: I’m making a Victoria sandwich cake shortly — strawberry or raspberry preserves? Hmmm. Anyhoo, open thread.
That squirrel might have some meerkat cousins.
I like the drumstick wielding cartoon on your twitter portrait.
I’ve thrown tantrums at mealtimes, which is why we turn off the news during dinner.
Glad to see that little critter still out there. Acorn on.
I always thought a strong social safety net would reduce the likelihood of far right parties getting a foothold, so the latest news is disturbing.
One vote raspberry, that’s what mrs. cope puts between the layers of her Italian cream cake…mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
@germy: Last I heard, the right-wing anti-immigrant party was expected to get 20-ish percent of the vote. Far too much, and dangerous in a parliamentary system with lots of factions, but quite a bit less than the 40-ish percent they got here recently. :-(
Seconded on raspberry. A little less sweet than strawberry.
There are several white squirrels in my neighborhood, but none have lush tails like yours, Betty!
How do you help yourself from feeding that albino squirrel constantly? That thing is so cute. We have mostly ground squirrels out here in the Central Valley. Ground squirrels remind me more of rats than tree squirrels so they don’t really thrill me. If you go by one of the rivers or up in the hills then you get more tree squirrels. I much prefer them.
Does the squirrel glow in the dark? BTW I vote for raspberry.
This is cool map of the storms in the Atlantic, but don’t let John know.
@JPL: More colours, more options.
I’ve never seen a white squirrel. very cool.
And does that adorable squirrel turn pink if he’s out in the sun without sunscreen? ;-)
That map is mesmerizing.
Betty did you get your Oberlin hat?
Raspberry. Always and forever, raspberries.
I’ve come down some kind of crud and have been miserable all weekend. Taking a rare sick day tomorrow. Something I very rarely do.
My John is making a pear cake today with some of the pears from our trees. I’m skeptical, but hoping for delicious.
Green Grass and High Tides, The Outlaws
High Tide and Green Grass, Stones.
We have a family of squirrels that live somewhere in the rafters and cubby-holes of the shop. A couple years ago, while manuevering the ductwork, one of the babies fell out and mom did not come and get her, so I took her home and helped her along. She eventually joined the other squirrels here in the condo complex, but still shows up on occasion for breakfast ?
We have black squirrels, as well, just beautiful shiny sleek little critters.
I have a pretty good recipe for a pear crisp, if you’re interested.
@JPL: Wow, what a great link, and you can click and drag to see other parts of the world.
We’re headed to Patagonia in about 2 weeks, for 2.5 weeks of hiking and some lodge to lodge light backpacking (no need to carry tents, sleeping bags or food). This will probably be my last major trip before I have to admit I really do need a knee replacement, but we’ll see how it goes. Fortunately the light backpacking portion doesn’t have huge elevation gains, around 2,000′ more or less each day.
Our two orphan sister kitties hit their estimated 1 year old date this Thursday; I’m typing with one hand so the other can activate a string cluster toy. Using Werebear’s nomenclature, one’s an alpha and the other’s a beta, but mostly right now they are crazy teenagers. Such distinctly different personalities and yet they get along swimmingly. We’ve never had two before much less siblings, and two is so much fun!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
hell hath no fury.…
Page six link, warning! They say in the text of the piece that this may be a negotiating ploy with the divorce settlement, but I hope that doesn’t stop her. I think Rudi is as dirty as trump, money-wise, and I would so dearly love to see him in orange.
I vote raspberry.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
one of my favorites, I hope my neighbors enjoy it as much as I do when I belt it out while doing yard work with headphones on
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: I suspect most folks never heard of it.
Can’t we have both?
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: It’d be hilarious if she wrote about his thug friends at the FBI office in New York.
One of my husbands favorites. Its on my rotation ✨
There was a family of albino squirrels in the yard of our old babysitter. After a while, I got used to the view from her dining room and was only startled on the occasions a typically gray-brown one scampered through.
The rain is finally abating here but now it is long pants and sweater weather. I miss summer already.
was in falmouth ma. yesterday and saw a jet black squirrel, maybe his cuz.
@raven: I suppose it’s a reflection on my age – I know that Rolling Stones song very well, but had no freakin’ clue that’s what its title was.
@TaMara (HFG): It’s the name of the album (of greatest hits), not the song title.
I am just kinda surprised that Brian Jones lived long enough to be around for a greatest hits compilation.
The marijuana plants on my deck are enormous. I don’t know what to do with them now.
@TaMara (HFG): The song is “The Last Time”!
Felt like fresh fruit, so bought watermelon, grapes, apples, plums, bananas. May have gone a bit overboard.
The significant other made some crazy good stuffed peppers the other night and we had sliced hothouse tomatoes and fresh avocado with a little salt and pepper and it was heavenly.
All vermin, regardless.
ETA: The Outlaws, to clarify which one.
Come sit by me.
O/T: I have JUMPED!! Heading back to the ATL now. Details later but wanted to check in.
Raspberry. Hands down the best berry. The previous owners left a thicket, much to my delight. The birds got to them this year before they were ripe and I didn’t get any. /pout/
@MomSense: I typed in “what to do with large marijuana plants” on google and got multiple listings with advice. I honestly think you can find information on anything on the internet.
Maybe the mutants have a different metabolism, but around here the gray squirrels are much fatter than that. It always amazes me that they survive our winters in those little nests they build, way up in the trees where the wind blows.
Possibly my favorite Stones song.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@raven: I hear it from time to time on the geezer rock station on Sirius. One of those “DJ needs a break” songs, I think. Not as well known as Freebird or the Allman Bros big hits from the Southern Rock boom, but still getting played now and then.
I don’t know why I why I was thinking about Charlie Daniels the other day, but I can’t remember the last time I heard a CDB song, and I used to have three or four of their albums. I know he’s gone nutty, and that’s not why he fell out of my rotation, but it’s probably why I haven’t put him back in.
Does “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” mean anything to non-country fans under forty?
@SiubhanDuinne: Cool! Pix and writeup for a front pager maybe?
Isn’t it still pretty cold there this time of year?
@SiubhanDuinne: Woot! Photos, SD! ; )
Houston, the Gray Eagle has landed.
Apricot is my favorite flavor for cake filling, but raspberry has a tangier flavor that provides a better counterpoint to the sweetness of cake and frosting than strawberry.
Cannabis is like porn in that far more people indulge than will admit to it.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Pfft, forget the Charlie Daniels Band, I’m not sure Stairway To Heaven or Another Brick in the Wall mean anything to anyone under 40. It was a few years back now that I mentioned Stairway in class and got nothing but blank stares from the assembled 19-year-olds.
@raven: And still…rings no bells. I suppose it’s because it was a background song in my pre-teen days, before I started paying attention, listened to by all my hip and cool aunts and uncles.
@SiubhanDuinne: I think we’ll need to see tha video!!
J R in WV
There are a lot of black squirrels up in NE Ohio, they overwhelmed the grey guys totally, and are all I saw when I visited 2nd cousins up there with my Dad years ago.
MomSense :: Giant marijuana plants on the deck and you don’t know what to do with them? Smoke ’em, baby!!!
Wow, I remember the tune more than the band, but they put Skynrd et al. to shame.
@Barbara: I love apricot too. But raspberry for cakes. I wish it was still easy to find apricot yoghurt. They have it in Europe.
@Thoughtful David: Yes, it will be cold but there will be a lot less tourists so therefore more wildlife. We’re confirmed “shoulder season” travelers and also have been mountaineering since our 20’s so the weather isn’t an issue for us; we’re used to winds and cold given where we live and the things we do. I’m a bit concerned about the other two couples who will be going with us though; yes they’ve done some stuff like Mt Rainier and Killimanjaro and always with guides, but I know one of the women doesn’t have wind/rain pants because she’s an odd shape. She told me yesterday she was just planning on wearing tights, which in wind and rain is utterly inadequate and I told her so; wind can suck the heat out of you at a much faster rate than most realize. I gave her a set of Goretex bibs I made several years ago to look at and told her I could whip up a pair for her but she needs to decide NOW so I have time to get it done, plus a measurement session. I don’t want to be a pest about it, but I don’t want one of our group to be so miserable and cold that it gets dangerous or at least just zero fun for her.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: I like this better even though he’s an asshole
Charlie Daniels – Late 70’s – Long Haired Country Boy
And this is awesome
The Charlie Daniels Band “Sweetwater Texas”
I rode a grey dog over Durango Mountain. . .
@SiubhanDuinne: Very cool! Next comes the bungie cord.
J R in WV
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
So a long time ago, my Grandma, who was not a country music fan at all, gave us tix to a Marshall Tucker / Charlie Daniels show, probably in like 1975… it was a fun show, Charlie could really play the fiddle, and the song wasn’t 100,000 repetitions old yet.
Where DID she git those tix? What a wonderful grandma she was, played ragtime piano by ear. That was her music, ragtime. She won a talent contest playing the calliope on the Mississippi Queen a long LONG time ago!
I vote raspberry too.On the Great British Baking Show the contestants have to make their own jam. They also, in other challenges, have to make their own puff pastry and phyllo dough. Some conveniences are worth it.
Have you ever read Uttermost Part of the Earth” by Lucas Bridges? Fascinating book, though hard to find being out of print. Try interlibrary loan. Worth the read.
@J R in WV:
or did she play Mississippi Queen (If you know what I mean) on a calliope?
@SiubhanDuinne: So cool. I have often thought about doing that, but am not sure I ever will.
Steve in the ATL
@SiubhanDuinne: attention B-J readers: memorial service cancelled! Congrats service to be held at Chili’s on Peachtree Parkway.
Note to self: replace black balloons with green ones.
@Immanentize: I saw West butt stroke a dude who jumped up on stage. . .
@Steve: I did! I only wear hats while boating, but it’s my go-to hat now. Next, I have to get a Boston U shirt with a terrier on it.
@Betty Cracker: Let me know if you need any Dawg wear.
Just One More Canuck
We have a variety of squirrels in the forest behind our house. One of them, a little red squirrel, is a real asshole. He chases all of the other, much bigger squirrels away, and will even chase after and yell at the birds who come to our feeders. He tried going after a duck who was grooming himself on our lawn after taking a swim in the neighbour’s pool, but he thought better of it after the duck didn’t react
Just One More Canuck
@Just One More Canuck: ps raspberry
@SiubhanDuinne: You rock lady!
@Steve in the ATL: and someday I look forward to meeting you, because you always make me laugh. Bet Subaru Diane gets a chuckle out of that too.
Hope your wife’s health is still improving.
@Steve in the ATL:
You made me laugh so hard last night but I was afraid to say so. Glad SD is okay!
In college a bunch of my friends decided they were going to jump out of a plane. I was not even slightly tempted to join in. The jump was scheduled for a certain early morning. That morning I got a call from one of them asking if I would accompany him to the emergency room to check out his ankle. As we sat in the waiting area, gradually one by one, about six more of them came limping in. I’m glad this wasn’t SD’s experience.
Remember your BJ friends?
@FlipYrWhig: No (recognition of) Stairway? Denied! People old enough to have seen Wayne’s World have at least heard of the song.
Also include me as someone under 40 who has heard The Devil Went Down To Georgia
@SiubhanDuinne: So you’re the parachutist mentioned earlier. I missed the announcement. Glad you’re safe and hope you had a great time.
Raspberry! Or both of course, but only if there are multi-layers.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Yes. My youngest was in a tap number when she was 12. She was Johnny. It was awful (the dancing was great and not just for a bunch of pre-teens)) but won all sorts of awards. Ensemble, half cowboys, half devils. The cowboys wore those ridiculous oversized foam cowboy hats. She’s 35 and I don’t think she’s forgiven the teacher for that yet.
Leucistic or albino?
Raspberry, every time.
@Thoughtful David: Thanks! I’m reading a lot about the area and the history.
@StringOnAStick: You’re a good friend. Keep at her. I can’t imagine being on a trip like that and being cold and wet and miserable the entire time.
You’re also a lot tougher than I am these days, but maybe since the appendix is gone and my right hip has stopped having a “pinched nerve” in it, I might be able to start hiking again. I didn’t have classic appendicitis; it was a cyst that was growing at a rapid rate and making the appendix lean backwards against things it shouldn’t have been against.
PS. Raspberry, please.
Bio-pedant alert. Mr./Ms. Squirrel is not albino; check out the eyes — black not pink. Instead what we have here is a case of leucism:
J R in WV
And I do know what you mean…
Pretty sure she played ragtime, probably Maple Leaf Rag, one of the more famous and tricky to play songs from the end of the riverboat era. She grew up in a little riverboat town in KY in the very early 1900s. Took lessons way back, but mostly played by ear and picked out tunes that were popular when she was young on her piano.
Regarding that skinny white squirrel… this time of year, everyone wearing fur in Florida is probably underweight, don’t you think? He’ll pick up some more weight when it starts to cool down a little …
That squirrel is skinny. Our fat grey New England squirrels are three times that size.
Florida squirrels are skinnier and have less fur than northern same species. Ours don’t ever hibernate, and thus don’t pack on the weight. Also our fruit and nut plants don’t produce a whole bunch of food just at the end of fall. The ripening is more spread out, with some September, some October, etc and including December, January and February. That is also why our trees that change color don’t make as big a statement. The colors are a few at a time over months. I think our best red leaves are Shumardi Oaks that usually change in February.
@Shell: Puff pastry isn’t difficult to make, only time consuming. I’d never attempt phyllo dough.
Even though I’m sure the point is moot, I vote raspberry as well. I had to look up a Victoria Sandwich cake. Do you put whipped cream with the preserve filling? I’d put some triple sec or Cointreau in the raspberry preserves if the recipe doesn’t call for it. I like how the orange flavor cuts the sweetness of the preserves. It looks like an interesting cake, but where’s the chocolate?
@Gvg: My wife and I came to Florida for our honeymoon 9 years before we ended up moving here. She saw a couple of squirrels while we were walking around downtown Winter Park. Used to Illinois and Colorado varieties, she recoiled in fear and asked me if they were rabid. 38 years on that story still generates chuckles.
@debbie: I don’t have any squirrels, but I do have black pigeons.
Congratulations, I am so impressed.
@String on a Stick,
Be ready for very strong winds. And read Bruce Chatwin’s classic In Patagonia. It is amazing. The book and Patagonia.