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( Apr. 17th, 2009 10:13 am)
I’ve taken to carrying a handful of peanuts in my pocket. I was just out scattering coffee grounds on my veggie bed when the little Sweetie Squirrel girl spotted me. She ran up to me and sat on her haunches a meter away with her hands folded across her chest. I can’t resist. So there I was, squatting on the grass, in the rain, hand feeding a squirrel peanuts. I am so whipped.

As I walked up the deck, I noticed Dina in the window next to her doggie door watching me with growing concern. Inevitably, I gave her peanuts, too. I can’t have her thinking I favor the squirrels over her. She’d never let me sleep at night. I know who rules this house and do all I can to keep some small advantage – outside of the obvious opposable thumbs and height. Maybe that’s why I curry the favor of small critters… at 5’2”, I rarely can claim a height advantage.

Speaking of opposable thumbs, I have been watching the squirrels manipulate and, when seen up close, observe that they have a proto-thumb. It’s just a little nub that juts out at a 90-degree angle from their fingers. I don’t see that it moves like ours, yet it seems to be a stationary brace for the fingers to use. Hey, it’s more than those useless little dewclaws the puppies have. It’s all about exploiting advantages. Yay for opposable thumbs!
*sigh* G has fixed all the server stuff -- after two trips up north -- and gotten all our websites up and running. Well, everything except my email. The email for both my sites is still not functioning. It's been 3 days now. I'm not angry, just inconvenienced. And I feel badly that I may have important questions or comments coming in that I miss. I can catch up on some of the LJ stuff if I remember to go back and look at those posts, yet I'm sure there are things I'm missing.

So, this is me apologizing if anyone is trying to ask or tell me something and I don't respond. I'm holding back on spending a lot of effort in Internet projects and conversations because I won't be sure I'm able to follow up appropriately. Instead, I've been sneaking outside between bouts of rain to work on the bistro table and dig some more in the Lilac Corner. I think maybe I'll go plant my blueberry babies while there's a break in the clouds.
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