Friday, October 23, 2009

I Think He Died From A Peanut Allergy

Graveyard squirrel outside of The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Isn't he quite dapper with his holiday bow tie?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Squirrel photo bomb

The idea behind the photo bomb is when a picture is taken and a person or thing ruins the photo. But what happens when a squirrel unintentionally steps into a photo as the shutter goes off? Minutes of cooing and laughter -- at least from me.

From Urlesque: Melissa Brandts and her husband stopped to take a photo using their camera's self-timer while vacationing in Canada. Intrigued by the sounds of the camera, a curious ground squirrel came over to check things out and popped into the frame right at the perfect moment.

Friday, July 31, 2009

I Haz A Squirrel Plate!

Check out this cool plate a friend gave to me! Go ahead-be jealous!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Squirrels On Film?

This twitter stream cracked me up! John Moe is the former host of Weekend America, which was one of my favorite radio shows.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Here Comes The (Squirrel) Bride

Wishing Squirrelly Girl Darlene (and her man Paul) the most fantastically fun wedding imaginable this evening! Wish I was there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Beware of Attack Squirrel

Sign at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA

JPL was established by the California Institute of Technology and is a laboratory for NASA. They hold an annual Open House for the public. I attended for the first time this year, but did not see this sign or said rodent. Bummer. I did, however, see a deer run down the hill amongst a decent amount of visitors. Rocket science is cool. Attack squirrels? Not so sure.

*Photo used by permission from the awesome heathervescent.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Solar-powered squirrel has been discontinued

When I saw this on, I went right to the product page so I could decide whether or not I needed this. Unfortunately the product has been discontinued.

And it makes me wonder: was it too popular? Is the world ready for a solar-powered squirrel? I'll never know.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Flea Market Squirrels

As tempted as I was by these squirrelly lawn ornaments, I resisted!

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crafty Squirrel

Whenever one of my co-workers is having their first child, everyone in the department comes together to make a quilt we present at the work baby shower. It's a tradition that's existed for many years. There is usually a theme and/or color scheme. It seems like people get more creative with each one we do. Maybe it's just all the practice we've had over the past couple of years of many babies being born.

The most recent one might be my favorite yet. The color scheme was earthy--browns, oranges, greens, pale yellows and the theme was nature. I decided to do what else, but...a squirrel!

I don't have a photo of the finished quilt, but here is my square:


Monday, March 16, 2009

Best Twitter Follow. Ever.

My most recent twitter find is @common_squirrel. The tweets are simple, kind of stupid, and make me laugh. Most of the updates are the same every day, which is fine by me. Some samples:

run run run run run run run run

dig dig dig



sniff sniff

How great is that? It's a refreshing break from what humans are having for lunch, complaints about the weather, and self-promotion.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

But who's driving the boat?

Four minutes of unadulterated video of Twiggy the water skiing squirrel!
Warning: hit mute on your computer if you can't stand Beyonce.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Happy Miser

Happy Miser
My neighbor's squirrel feeder full of peanuts.
Photo by Jodi

The squirrels enjoyed yesterday's gorgeous weather as much as I did!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Squirrel Gifts From My Dogs: 2 In A Series

Squirrel Socks

Okay, so they are a bit worn and stained, but that's only because they are thick, comfy, and warm. I basically wear them like slippers, which occasionally means running outside in them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Squirrelly Valentines

What says "I Love You" more than a handmade valentine? Nothing, unless it's a handmade valentine featuring...squirrels!

There is a beautiful template by Little Acorn that you can download.

If you want some variety in your paper cut squirrel greetings, Little Acorn posted another design template last year. Since both of these projects involve wielding sharp tools, I will not be making them.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Squirrel Bobble Head

I got this odd little bobble head squirrel this past Christmas. He's cute, in his own way, but certainly is no Nut Hugger.

Bobble Head Squirrel

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Windy City Squirrels

My friend Jen T. from Chicago took these photos during a snow storm lull when the weather in the single digits. My first thought was "Oooo... a squirrel." But on a second look I realize the squirrel is trapezing on a maze of electrical wires!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Groundhog Day!

Okay, groundhogs aren't squirrels, but they do belong to the same rodent family and hey, we embrace most rodents here. While we do have our fair share of urban critter encounters here in Southern California--possums, raccoons, deer, skunks, tarantulas--I can't say I've ever seen a groundhog in the city or even in the wild.

Apparently, all of the "well known" North American groundhogs, including Balzac Billy (Calgary), Wiarton Willy (Ontario, Canada), Shubenacadie Sam (Nova Scotia), and Punxsutawney Phil (USA) saw their shadows, dooming us all to six more weeks of winter.

Well, not to rub it in too much, but we've basically been having summer here in Southern California, so I can't complain. I do feel for those of you suffering through a cold winter though and hope these rodents are wrong, for your sake! In the meantime, stay warm!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Introducing Nut Hugger

Nut Hugger

As an avid squirrel aficionado, one my most prized possessions is Nut Hugger sculpted by Seonna Hong.

I first spotted Nut Hugger at the San Diego Comic-Con a few years ago. Nut Hugger was part of a toy series from Neo Kaiju Projectt from Strangeco. The entire toy line consisted of figures modeled by Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Kathy Staico Schorr and Todd Schorr. Some figures were more popular than others and when I finally decided to plunk down good money for Nut Hugger, she was sold out. Broken hearted, I opted for my second-favorite -- Tako Girl -- a purple octopus figure wearing a headband also designed by Seonna Hong.

Cute but still not the the figure I wanted.

Nuthugger with chocolates

A few years passed and in 2007 for Valentine's Day, I received Nut Hugger as a gift. Little did I know that Nut Hugger was one of the most-popular Neo Kaiju. It is an almost impossible figure to find now unless you have a connection overseas.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Squirrel Gifts From My Dogs: 1 in a Series

The Light Up Squirrel

My creation

Someone in our neighborhood has two of these and I coveted them for quite sometime. My dogs, who are very generous gift-givers, presented this to me for one of my birthdays. I call him Sammy and often greet him when I arrive home. Yes, I'm a dork.

Sammy has a solar panel, which isn't working too well anymore, which powers a little light. It's pretty sweet, but yeah, hasn't held up too well in the hot sun. It's still cute during the day though.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Yes, it's that time of year again folks! Hopefully it's not too late and you got outside to show your love for those adorable creatures who are hanging out in your trees or looking for snacks. E-how even posted a list of instructions on how you can celebrate.

Personally, I think the best thing you can do to mark the occasion is get your yard friends some squirrel underpants! You'll be doing the critters, as well as your neighbors, a big service.