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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, March 4, 2013

It’s been chilly around here

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Brr!  Even the little birds agree with me.  It’s not easy roving when the temperature is only 34*.  Needless to say I didn’t take the electric cart yesterday morning.  I used an enclosed vehicle with the heater pumping out warm air.  One year ago, this area had record high temps.  Must be that global warming stuff that’s providing all the frost.  Smile with tongue out

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Despite the cold, the azaleas are beginning to show all their finery around the maintenance buildings.  I, on the other hand, had to wear gloves as I gassed up the refuge vehicle around noon.

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As I made my way down the entrance road checking for any trash that needed to be picked up, what is probably the refuge’s most photographed fox squirrel made an appearance.  This guy/girl is quite a ham.  It frequents the entrance road between the maintenance area and headquarters, and regularly poses for pictures.  I was able to get a sequence of five shots of this beautiful creature.  (It almost pains me to call a squirrel beautiful considering my battles with them, but it is what it is.)

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I had today off, but didn’t accomplish much other than just lazing around and relaxing.  It’s only four more days until my daughter Robyn and family arrive for a short visit.  One needs to plan for the grandgirls arrival, so that’s what I did today.

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I think we’ll have a wiener roast on Sunday evening over an open fire since daylight savings time begins that day.  That means it should be light until about 7:30.  I’m inviting everyone in volunteer village to join us around the campfire.  I’ll be providing the dogs, buns, and Chicago toppings along with marshmallows for roasting, of course.  Can’t have a visit to Grandma’s without marshmallows for heavens sake.  Flirt male

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Each of the girls may spend a night in the rig with me.  That should be interesting.  Since ‘Emma the gog’ has been digging a route to China in the sand in my front yard, I’ve got the beach buckets and little shovels ready for the grandgirls to pretend they’re at the beach.

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We’ll also be taking a boat trip out into the swamp.  I sure hope the temperatures are warmer so the girls can see lots of alligators.  Coming from northern Indiana they are all hoping for warmer weather.  I’ve got my fingers crossed about that.  I’m also hoping that s-i-l Dennis will be able to spend a little time cleaning up my computer for me.  I could sure use his help resetting my backup system.  I’m excited about their coming visit.

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Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

29 comments:

  1. Based on the last picture, I think the squirrel might be a boy. Thing are a bit fuzzy. ;-)

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  2. Second from last picture....

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  3. So this is an example of love thy enemy?? :))

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  4. Never saw one with a white nose....cute!

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  5. I'm with you on the constant battle with squirrels but that one is definitely a cutie. Sounds like you are all set for the girls and have a great time planned for them. Gramma extraordinare! What lucky girls to have a grandmother who LIVES in a wildlife refuge. Wow that sounds cool to me. And speaking of cool....down here in Florida at Blue Springs it was TWENTY EIGHT last night. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  6. Have a grea time with the family and the grandkids. I am sure they are looking forward to seeing you as much as you are them. Sounds like they will have a fun time with the activities you have planned.

    Love the squirrel pictures, I always have fun watching them.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  7. Azaleas are one of my most favorite flowers.
    I have never seen a ox squirrel. Matters of fact, I have never heard of them. Awesome shots.

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  8. I can hear your excitment in anticipation of seeing those loved ones.

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  9. Enjoy your grandma time with the kids. I have enough good memories to carry me over into my next life - I wish you the same.

    You got some great pictures of that dreaded animal. My big problem with them is how easily they can outsmart humans.

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  10. Good pics. Fox squirrels don't seem to be as much of a problem around our feeders as the grey squirrels. Not sure why. They are beautiful animals. Enjoy the time with the family. You've earned it.

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  11. I don't know which was my favorite the Azaleas or the squirrel. Loved them both.

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  12. You're going to have your granddaughters fill in Emma's holes? You're going to break all the child labor laws, don't ya' know... :cO

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  13. I've never seen a fox squirrel either; very interesting and such a plump little one. The azaleas are beautiful!

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  14. how exciting to have the grandgirls coming!!!!

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  15. That squirrel does have a pretty face. Don't have them around here.

    Have a great time with the grand daughters.

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  16. What a beautiful little rodent!! I don't think I've ever seen a fox squirrel either. Enjoy your time with those grandgirls. That's always such a special time.

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  17. Love the azaleas! A splash of color this time of year is so promising of things to come. That squirrel is very colorful too... he's not like the fox squirrels we had in Ohio. Bet this one speaks with a southern accent (not the twang I have ;-)

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  18. It's been cold here in Alabama, too ... but it started warming up Sunday and yesterday was just perfect. That first photo of the fox squirrel is fantastic.

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  19. I'll be looking forward to seeing some great photos of your granddaughters!

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  20. The azaleas are pretty!

    Sounds like a fun time with the grangirls....

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  21. Gorgeous pics as usual. I especially enjoyed the ones of the fox squirrel. I have NEVER seen one before! I wanted to comment on the lady that approached you in the VC and said she was a reader of your blog. Try having someone come up to you, say your name then say they know all about you and your granchild... Talk about making the hair on the back of your neck stand up! Otherwise, very neat to meet people who read your blog.

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  22. I agree...Those nasty little buggers are a royal pain (the squirrels), but that Fox Squirrel IS a beauty...There, I said it...I'll be looking forward to some great wieney roast photos and tons of grandkids pics!!

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  23. That squirrel is so cute! I love watching them in the yard, but I haven't seen any here yet.

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  24. Wow, the fox squirrel is beautiful. Never heard of one.

    How many granddaughters do you have?

    Susan

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  25. Man, I'm with you on those danged fuzzy-tailed rodents! But, you are right, the fox squirrels are gorgeous.

    Have a ball with the girls!

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  26. Fox squirrel cuter than red squirrel cuter than grey.

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  27. “Congratulations Admin! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.”
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