Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Saving Nuts for Winter

We love words that have several meanings and we especially crave those Internet searches that take us in crazy directions. Take for instance, this week's word: squirrel.

It's a noun, an animal. Everybody knows a squirrel when they see one, don't they?

Average Garden Variety Squirrel
When we travel to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we're always on the lookout for Kaibab squirrels to photograph. Those rascally rodents are elusive. And faaaaaast! Getting a photo of one is nearly impossible. This one is from the National Park Service:

Aberts squirrel with Pinecone
NPS/Public domain
Squirrel can be an adjective--you can be squirrelly, or unpredictable. Squirrel can be a verb--you can squirrel away some pennies for a rainy day, much like a squirrel hides acorns for winter.

Squirrels can be dinner, a thought that just has us running for the door. You can find squirrels at the zoo:
Squirrel Monkey
For whatever reason, these things remind us of Spongmonkeys, spokecritters for Quiznos, a sandwich shop. Go ahead, search for spongmonkeys and moon. It'll explain a lot. Maybe not very well, but it entered our family lexicon and sticks with us (how they ever sold sandwiches with these things is a matter of discussion for another day).

(No "e" in the middle)
And last but not least, the most famous squirrel of all:

Watch Me while I pull a
Rabbit out of my Hat!
That should be just enough to get the ol' creative juices flowing! Are YOU feeling squirrelly yet?
Send us your squirrels--you're not limited to how many you throw at us!
Email them to: 1xeritas@gmail.com by 2PM Tuesday, July 14. Submissions will be posted on this blog shortly thereafter.
If you wish, you can include a link to your blog post. We love to see what everybody is doing!

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