All is not as it seems

Hello, Friday Fools! 

A couple of months ago my lovely friend Lynn posted a pic of a giant squirrel in her yard. I told her that I would Paparazzi stalk a squirrel if one showed up in ours. Kind of Caddyshack-ish, only without the gopher killing. Oddly enough, one did. I can't remember if it was the day after or the same day, but it was hot on the heels of her Instagram presentation of Wallace. If you scroll down on her feed you can see she got a Paparazzi shot of me and my in coconut bra πŸ˜‚ (kidding, but it is a funny meme). Secret Squirrel was way back on the back wall and it was difficult to get a good shot of it, attempts notwithstanding. So for a week, I kept actively searching for it out the window. I kind of felt like our dog Trigger who fell in the pool and sank. Yes, sank. He kept going back to the "scene of the crime" and looking at the spot where he fell, then would look at us to make sure we saw and remembered. That's me with a squirrel sighting--I keep going back and looking. It worked back in August, because I saw it for two days, then nothing. Yes, I still look out that window, but that's also habit. I'm making sure the waterfall is still running on the Koi pond which is where the squirrel happened to be, on the the block wall behind the Koi pond. Some days I feel like a forest ranger around our house or a game warden or a zoo keeper...sometime the ringleader of a three ring circus. πŸŽͺπŸ€ΉπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ At any rate, that's how I see things. I saw a crane by the Koi pond and no one believed me. So there's that. I didn't get a pic, but the smaller Koi disappeared. Another story for another day--back to the squirrel.

Fast forward to last Wednesday when I heard a thudding sound and saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Yes! Squirrel! 🐿🐿🐿 A different one? Not sure, but this one landed on the windowsill right next to my desk. I was actually posting a comment in Lisa Norman's class about my brain/thoughts being powered by squirrels when I heard the thud. Seriously, the synchronicity 🀩  I posted a video on Instagram and some other pics--the pic here is Wednesday's squirrel. Again, I got a lot of "No--you didn't" and "Is that real?" when I mentioned it to the fam. By the way, Wednesday's squirrel returned on Thursday, to prove to Chief he actually was "real." πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ Thank you, Wednesday Squirrel. I need all the help I can get. I think the family's reaction is hilarious--that they actually might've considered that I "staged" a squirrel sighting, pics and all. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm dying. It's also giving me ideas. Ideas you may or may not be subjected to later.

Whenever I reach for my cell to take pics the animals generally bolt or leave the minute I try. This guy hung around for a quite a while. We had a staring contest, we chatted, I laughed hysterically. I still do when I watch the video and look at his little nose twitching at me. You may say this is because of stay at home measures, lack of social contact, fill in the blank--No. No, I'd be thoroughly entertained by this no matter what. I'd stop what I was doing and enjoy this moment and relive it. I know, nutty (O0h, I didn't intend a pun, but there it is!). I can be very self-entertaining. 

 

 

So back to my alter egos of animal wrangling and my dogs. We had a pair of dogs who sounded like a herd of mini horses when they ran around in the yard, which is pretty big. Funny thing was, they had "horse" names--Buddy and Trigger. Buddy came with his name, Trigger came with the name, sadly and appropriately, Trasher. He destroyed things. Even things he loved such as his pet bed. Didn't matter, that name had to go. Just like Finnegan--the name he came with had to go. It was Happy Boy "because he was so happy" πŸ™„ Try shouting that mouthful--do it without feeling like a fool while you're at it. PS: that's a nickname--I love nicknames (hello, Chief, Monkey, and Chia)--not an actual name you put on a certificate.

Final thoughts on Trigger falling in the pool--I've never seen a dog do that before. We were having dinner outside, the dogs were messing around, and then we heard, "Bloop." No splash--a blooping sound. We figured there'd be thrashing and splashing as he tried to swim, but he was silent. Chief had to fish him out by his collar. The frightening thing about that is, if no one was paying attention that dog might've drowned. He wasn't necessarily a small dog, either. He was about 60 lbs--the size of a small child, people. Not to turn Friday Tomfoolery into a PSA, but it's so easy for drownings to happen. That sound wasn't necessarily "alarming" and we were sitting right there. If you weren't attuned to water or aren't particularly attentive (not a bad thing, we all have things on our minds or are focused on conversations, etc.) it wouldn't have been hard to miss it. πŸ€” I was thinking hard about that sound, remembering it in my mind--how easy it would've been to dismiss it or not think twice about it, especially since it wasn't followed up by other sounds.

I'd like you to keep that in the back of your mind, but on a happier note keep this in mind: if you're looking for a spooky, ghost/paranormal read, please consider Lynn Stout's novel, Ruthie. Luck just happened that she's part of my squirrel shenanigans (note Wallace, above), it's October and she writes paranormal. It's a good read with enough creepiness for the season and those who like ghosts and paranormal, but not overpowering for weenies like me. Seriously, I have an overactive imagination. Stephen King, Saul Bellow, and all those other creepy stories had to stop after I started babysitting in Junior High. I'm not kidding. Jump scares--forget it. My former students loved to include jump scares in their presentations for my "monster class." I frequently gasped, yelped, or "little screamed"--once, I grabbed the girl sitting next to me. In all fairness, she grabbed me, too. 🀣

Read a good creepy mystery ghost story (Lynn's book, you all), watch everyone around water, and entertain yourself with animals. That's my Friday Tomfoolery for you!

I hope everyone is well and that you find something funny, curious, or thought-provoking to brighten your days.

Take care!

~Ami

 

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