The challenge of writing outside with squirrels

I couldn’t resist sharing this.

Yesterday I was replying to comments on Sally Cronin’s blog while sitting outside on my deck.

My comment to Sue Wickstead was full of sentences like this: +\p;gpvphhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhst\’

Here’s why:

These shenanigans went on all day.

254 thoughts on “The challenge of writing outside with squirrels

  1. Dawn Minott says:

    Be still my heart … soooo cute (well not so good for Sue’s responses) but oh sooo cute. Precious

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  2. Ocean Bream says:

    Oh my goodness, this is wonderful 😀 This totally made my night! How confident those squirrels are to just run right up to you like that? Here in the UK squirrels are almost like rats – they’re grey ones which are ‘immigrant’ squirrels, and they have driven the native ones out – so seeing a red squirrel is now a rarity and people don’t really like the grey ones. My kids love them though, and I cannot help but find them adorable.

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    • We have a big gray squirrel that comes by now and then, and a pair of raccoons as well as a giant white possum and two tiny fawns. It’s a regular old zoo here, Lenora. But none of them are as cheeky as these squirrels. They follow me around now. Ha ha. Your kids would get a kick out it. Bring a handful of walnuts in your pocket when you three go out for a walk. 🙂

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  3. Wow, those are some bold squirrels

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  4. Faster typer than me!

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  5. WebbBlogs says:

    Oh my goodness that is hilarious. 😁

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    • It was pretty funny. I couldn’t believe how bold they were. I left all the squirrel’s comment on the blog and felt an explanation for the terrible spelling was in order. 😀 Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Erik says:

    I love that while you’re creating your own magical worlds, a magical world is actually happening right there around you. So meta!

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    • Ha ha ha. The squirrels have gotten a lot bolder, Erik. And the chipmunks have joined in the melee. It’s a riot, but now they follow me around and want to come inside the house. At least they aren’t typing anymore. They’re spelling is atrocious and they’re too distracted to proofread. 🙂

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      • Erik says:

        When I was a kid, I used to have pet squirrels and chipmunks—which just meant that I left my window and screen open and coaxed them inside with food. (I don’t think my parents ever know.) But we did actually have a real, full-time pet skunk for a while. Lovable animals.

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        • Ha ha ha. A skunk? Hopefully without any skunkiness. I been it was truly sweet. And I can’t believe you just opened your window and invited the squirrels in. Lol. Since we don’t have pets now, the wildlife has started moving closer to the house. We have two raccoons that eat bird seed on the back patio, and a huge white possum that calmly hangs out in the evening. I also saw a family of deer with a tiny fawn. I really do love it.

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          • Erik says:

            No skunkiness. My mom ran it over. Ever the compassionate one, she put it in a box in the trunk and brought it to a vet. Turned out the skunk was fine except for a squashed scent gland and broken… something in the tail. But releasing it would have meant sure doom in that condition. So we kept it. My mother was continually nursing wild animals back to health: birds, rabbits, the skunk and more.

            It’s always been my experience and observation that animals can sense kind intent and trustworthiness in people. So I’m not the least bit surprised that you’ve got a host of them about the place.

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  7. I find writing out on my front porch energizes and calms my mind. I have yet to be visiting by any creatures other than moths. Thanks!

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    • It’s wonderful to write outside and at least your moths don’t try to type (I hope). Now that the weather has finally warmed up, I’m tempted to move my writing outside, but I’m a little worried about being harrassed. Lol. Happy Writing!

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  8. Not easy one dear

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  9. That is SO adorable! You lucky girl! How cute and amazing that the squirrel was so comfortable with you.

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    • We had one come inside the house looking for a snack, Betsy. That wasn’t quite so cute! I had to coax him outside by jiggling the bag of walnuts. So much fun, but I think I might have created a monster or seven. 🙂

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  10. Very Very adorable 😂

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  11. YOUR SQUIRREL MUSE!! She seems much nicer than your usual one. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Yes, less bossy than my usual muse, but a terrible speller. 🙂 Yesterday the grandson left the door open and two squirrels decided to come inside. I had to lure them outside with walnuts, and they followed me around the yard like puppies. I think we’ve created a monster, a group of them! Lol

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  12. alisendopf says:

    Oh my! That is SO sweet! 🥰
    Please don’t feed the ground squirrels when you come to visit Banff though 🥰 A well fed small animal population encourages the larger predators to also come calling. Wolves, cougars and bears on trails and in camps is a real problem.

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  13. Awe, soo Adorable! 🥰💫😂

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  14. Helen says:

    Oh bless them! My rear garden is full of wildlife and I’ve definitely had some capers too. I had to rescue a baby starling from the shed last year (I think he misjudged his landing for the hedgerows above it) and I’ve had a fox snoozing, midday, on top of my shed before, and coming back for several days. There were also reports of roe deer sightings in my area some years ago and I fobbed it off because I was so sure that I wasn’t going to see one – a few weeks later and I’m on the phone to the RSPCA asking how I should get a roe deer out of my garden! We get bats too, which I love. In the summer nights I can sit on my sofa and bat watch, they’re so fascinating and agile to see. We’re currently applying for permission for a small conservatory on our lounge so I hope that I’ll be able to sit even closer to the nature that surrounds me soon. A great and humorous post, thank you for sharing your animal capers 😊

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    • What wonderful encounters with your local wildlife, Helen. I’d love to have a fox visit. Deer in the garden is a challenge here too. They love my roses and my kale. Lol. A conservatory would be a fantastic way to bring nature “indoors.” Thanks for taking a look at my squirrel encounter. I do not recommend them as proofreaders as they have no idea how to spell. 😀

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      • Helen says:

        Thank you Diana, foxes are certainly amazing indeed. Where my husband used to live he used to have fox cubs playing on the grass outside, so it was something of a treat for us to watch them from the window. Oh no! I’ll have to keep an eye out for the deer. I have two lovely roses in my garden that were a gift from my husband so I’m quite particular about them. I’m very excited indeed about the consevatory, getting time to get the dimensions down for the planning approval, however, appears to be the problem. You’re very welcome and thank you for the heads up. Perhaps I should see if Mr Fox is so fantastic, after all? 🙂

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  15. Dorothy says:

    So cute! I like squirrel but I never see a friendly squirrel like this while sitting outside

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  16. Jennie says:

    That’s so funny!!

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  17. Butterfly says:

    Dawwww I’ll come in your backyard and write everyday to encounter with such cuteeeeeee challenge 😍✨😄

    Have a great day!
    Butterfly 🦋

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  18. Laughs* Ohh my so cute. The joy of having inspirational thoughts outside the house is when you have an unexpected audience to humor those thoughts!

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  19. Lady Tessa says:

    OMG! Diana! That’s too funny. I can’t believe how fearless that squirrel was.

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  20. acflory says:

    OH! MY! GOD! That little guy is adorable. How on earth did he? she? become so incredibly tame???? More videos of Squirrel, please. 😀

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    • It was very strange and quite sudden, Andrea. Since we don’t have cats and dogs anymore, my husband has been (over)feeding the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. I don’t, figuring they need to be able to feed themselves. Well, I didn’t mean feeding themselves with my walnuts! Ha ha. That little guy was so bold! He crawled right into the bag. It was really funny, and I couldn’t believe it when he came right up to my phone. It would have gone on and on, but I put a bowl of bird seed on the deck so they could gather around and munch to their hearts’ content. Since then, they’ve been looking in the windows, like stalkers! Lol

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      • acflory says:

        LMAO – oh no! Bushy-tailed stalkers. 😀
        I’ve always loved squirrels, although we don’t have any here in Australia. Apparently they are very smart. There are videos on youtube about a guy who creates these obstacles courses for his neighbourhood squirrels, then films them working out how to get to the food. Quite amazing.

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  21. I’m amazed the squirrel got up so close and personal. So cute, too! Have you named it? I understand about not getting work done with an animal, ahem…pet…okay, four-legged family member around. The moment I get on my computer, our cat Birdie jumps up and will walk over my keyboard. She gets testy when I try and shoo her off. Also, though, I kind of can’t turn her away. Eventually, she’ll get bored and move of her own volition. Mona

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  22. Anita says:

    Wow, Amazing.

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  23. mydangblog says:

    Wow—that’s awesome! They’re so sweet😊

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  24. Oh my gosh, Diana – we have squirrels on our deck, but this has never happened to me. Perhaps that bag of nuts had something to do with it? Great video!

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  25. Jp says:

    They’re so cute 🤡🤡💯💖💯

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  26. What a cutie! I would stop writing, too and watch him or her all day, Diana…

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    • I think it’s a him (no signs of nursing). This was a first, Kim. I was really shocked, but also found it hilarious. I couldn’t believe they hung around while I got my phone to record it. Those walnuts were huge hits!

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  27. Lol, he wants a leading part in your next book 🙂
    Fun fact: Eddie the Squirrel is my hometown’s mascot-https://roadsideattractions.ca/roadside/squirrel.html

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