Do Squirrels Demonstrate Empathy?

Perhaps some clues to the answer to this question reside outside our window.   We were observing the “critter action” on the creek this week and were highly entertained by seven baby squirrels swinging from branch-to-branch across the old pecan trees, chattering and chasing each other up, down and around.  After several minutes,  we noticed a squirrel leg in full extension,  hanging from the barbed wire part of the bird house off of one of the big pecan trees; the remainder of the squirrel evidently inside of the birdhouse.  After several moments of no leg movement, we could only assume that this one particular squirrel had one leg permanently caught in the barbed wire of the birdhouse.  We watched in amazement as another squirrel kept trying to assist his squirrel friend, by pawing at his foot and using his teeth to try to free the other squirrel’s foot.  As he tried to help without success, we decided we would have to intervene before the squirrel broke his leg.  Armed with garden gloves,  needle-point pliers, and  stool, we proceeded to go outside to rescue the squirrel.  After several attempts at trying to free the squirrel”s toenail from the barbed wire by bending the wire downward, our neighbor came in to assist, as we needed more heighth.  He donned his gloves and climbed up on the stool, freeing the squirrel’s claw from the barbed wire.  The squirrel immediately scrambled back into the birdhouse.  We backed away and watched, as his squirrel friend climbed down onto the roof of the birdhouse and immediately stuck his head inside, chattering to the rescued squirrel.  After several minutes of conversation, both squirrels climbed out of the house and returned to their frolicking in the great pecan trees.  A loud chatter could be heard, as all of the squirrels “discussed” Fred’s adventure.  You decide the answer to the question!

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Harvest Tag created with Tim Holtz Vagabond

Here is my first tag using my vagabond machine to make the tag, leaves and leaf texturizing.                                                                                    I added some twine  (those who know me know I think twine adds character and dimension).                                                                                    I am happier with the tag now and who knows,   I may just add something else???!!!

The Vagabond

I have had a wonderful Saturday with BG feeling better and playing with my latest “scrapbooking toy”, my Vagabond.  I have cut out tags and leaves, textured the leaves with Tim Holtz texture folders, blended colors on the tag and I’m ready to ink the leaves.  I’m still working on documenting mom and me in New England-aaaah!  What a trip it was and it is so much fun to relive it in pictures.  I’ve also been working on some cards with a new ribbon technique I invented myself.  I think it’s really pretty.  Enjoy!  My Vagabond creations are on their way!!

Missing for Months

I’ve been missing for months on blogging.  What has been happening in my life?  Working at what I love best-assessing young children’s communication abilities, and as of November 8th–emergency room visits with my sweet husband, Bill and three surgeries to follow.  We are definitely on the up-side of all of this and so thankful for his improving health.  It is a slow journey, and therefore teaches us patience.  In my usual style, after getting 20 of our 72-year-old windows replaced, I dove into replacing window curtains, etc.,my fast action resulting in nothing but total chaos, until I persisted slowly and got it right.  Today is a milestone, as BG wanted to cook chili again.  My chef is back, though I now have much more respect for his time and effort and will gladly go to the store!  It looks simply delicious and I am SO HUMBLED by his healthy presence with me on this cold, Texas night!