Long Winter Ahead?


Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed signs of heavy weather coming? I’m not sure what this means, but the Douglas squirrels around our house are working with much greater urgency than usual, even for this time of year. The pair that lives at the head of our driveway seem to be in constant motion, hauling fir cones up and down trees, digging new stash holes, packing food away with manic intensity. Between hauling trips, they pause only to tear apart fir cones, stuff their faces, then dive back into work. It’s fun to watch, but also makes me wonder about what they might know.

Of course, we’re in the midst of a gorgeous Indian summer here–93 degrees yesterday, warmest day of the year–so winter seems too distant to even consider.

Still, those squirrels sure seem to know something. Guess we’ll have to check back on this post, say, in April, to know if the squirrels were right. But it can’t hurt to be prepared. And on that note, I better go stack some more firewood.

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