All is not as it seems

Hello, Friday Fools! 

My dear Fools, how have you been?  I know that I've been irregular. While I wasn't feeling some of these months, allowing them to slip through my fingers, I intentionally let January's newsletter walk on by because of my previously unresolved issues with transitions, resolutions, and the general blah, blah, blah.

However, I noticed that somewhere around mid-January to the beginning of February I was shifting and moving back into a more communicative and creative space. 2021 was dark. Planting seeds and growing beneath the surface dark; shifting expectations and old stories in the basement dark; as well as just plain old dark and dank.

I also realized that much of what I feel bad for was me trying to fit into some mold that didn't work. Maybe not for me or not for me right now. 🤷🏻‍♀️

What do I mean by that? Well, have you ever wanted something to work, felt like it "should" even though you might suspect it's not for you? That's the whole New Year's thing for me. Change is good, just not crammed down my throat at some seemingly arbitrary time. I can't even with January 1st and the hoopla surrounding it. Then there's the new year's "fail" emails and posts somewhere around January 18th. 😒 I feel bad for not joining in and feel bad for those who failed.

No, thank you. I don't want to ride that horse. I finally accepted that January is a transition month for me which doesn't fit anyone's schedules or calendars. However, I'm embracing my "new year" start in February. Join me, if you like. I'm enjoying Chief's advent calendar, Ground Hog's Day cards, and a fresh cycle.

But in honor of January and transitions, doorways, and transformations, I give you a Janus (the Roman double-faced god) squirrel situation. I can get behind Janus, because we're all transitioning from some sort of mutant year living under the alias "2021." Despite my love of squirrel, I do have a dilemma when it comes to the cuteness of squirrels and their problematic nature as rodents.

squirrel on a window ledge looking into a window with a screen over it. It's standing on its hind legs and its tail stretched out.

For this week's funny, I went searching the article link about a sneaky squirrel who got busy with his nuts and some man's truck 🐿🌰 😂 and found one about the squirrel crisis. It's probably not quite what you think and they're short. Both so true yet very different despite the commonality of squirrels and automobiles!

I'm curious as to how you feel about the New Year, resolutions, and related new year's actions. I know some of you follow the moon calendar, some the Gregorian. Or do you feel some sort of different renewal and hope as we move into 2022?

I'm also curious about your squirrel thoughts. Squirrels, always. In fact, one landed on my windowsill during a Zoom call and I took a pic.

I startled, looked at the windowsill, and said, "Sorry, squirrel." Then proceeded to take a pic.

"Did you just take a pic of a squirrel?"

"Yes, sorry. I'm a little obsessed. We don't see them very often here."

I was pretty much, Nothing to see here, folks. He had a good laugh at that.

And if any artists feel the urge to draw me a cowboy squirrel, please--please, send it my way! Squirrels are my next drawing experiment. I'll keep up with the owls (I've been remiss) but at some point I'm going to try my hand at other animals.

Send me your thoughts, squirrels, and anything else you find funny or fascinating through whatever channel you prefer.

I love hearing from you all.

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

Take care and thanks for reading The Friday Tomfoolery.

-Ami 💜

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