GIVING UP – Marilyn Armstrong

Garry pointed out that there was something weird going on between our two toilets. They are really one toilet with a wall between them, but since we got one of them replaced if you flush one, the water in the other one drops. The only way you notice if both toilets are in use at the same time.

“You flushed and the water level went down,” he said.

“Yes, I know. I don’t think anything is broken, but the two toilets have established some linkage.”

One Flying Squirrel is in a fast glide while another is busy eating

Gliding in for a landing

I went into the kitchen to toast an English muffin. As I was putting a bit of strawberry, I realized we had given up watching political news because there isn’t anything to watch. We don’t watch baseball because … well … there is no baseball. Garry has given up reading the sports news. The only thing on the sports news is who just tested positive for Coronavirus.

You can really see the squirrel on this one

I love the way these guys wrap themselves around the feeders

Last night, our night camera took more than 1000 pictures. After I deleted about 600 pictures that were almost identical, I think I got a few where you can almost see the flying squirrels. Meanwhile, a regular squirrel dropped in for dinner. That’s the first time in weeks any of them have come by in the evening. They come by in groups in the morning, but usually don’t come back. Today, one of them did. He was small. A baby squirrel?

Another picture where you can actually see the squirrel!

These little squirrels are very agile. Can you see his big shiny eye?

I watch birds a lot. I take flower pictures. I have no plans for the future because everything is canceled. Eventually, we’ll have to get back to planning, but for the moment, there’s no point. Giving up seems the thing to do, you know? Not forever, but for now.

Meanwhile, I started rereading “Earth Abides” last night. I find it soothing.

15 thoughts on “GIVING UP – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. You can make out the flying squirrel shape of the gliding squirrel, which is pretty darn good for any camera, let alone one taking pictures at night. I love your animal sanctuary you’re running…


    • We moved the camera up and attached it to the wall of the house. I can’t reach it, but fortunately, Owen can. This also moved the camera back from the feeders about two feet. It helped. It takes surprisingly good pictures in daylight, but for daytime, I have more than enough cameras. I think this is probably about as good as I will get, but I was pleased that I finally got the actual body shape, at least when the squirrel wasn’t in flight. In-flight, they move FAST, so usually, I only get a streak of light, probably the reflection of the infrared focus and their hot pink glow (they really do glow hot pink and no one knows why). The one with the squirrel gliding right over the feeder was pretty cool. This all happens by itself overnight so I can’t really take a lot of credit for them. I do a LOT of processing on them, though. Getting the grain reduced so that you can actually see a shape can be interesting.


    • I realized there was nothing I can do. If I had money, I think I’d give it all to the animal shelters that are barely able to feed their animals. But I don’t have the money. I’m still haunted by the burning animals falling from the trees in Australia and I avoided reading any of the articles that might have a picture. I figured maybe I should find a nice middle-aged dog and adopt it, but I worry that Bonnie can’t deal with a new dog. Completely deaf, near-sighted, just a tiny bit demented … yet so LIVELY. She’s really very bouncy and doesn’t seem to have arthritis or back problems.


  2. I think reading and board games are going to be a big deal around here. Still I do have this thing called a computer. It hasn’t bored me for a long time. In fact, I live on this thing.
    Nice squirrel pics!
    I need one of those night vision cameras to monitor all the crooks in our alley.


  3. I’ve been off line for a while – did you set up a camera trap? That is what it sounded like. Or did you take these manually? Anyway, the squirrels are cool. I’ll have to check toilets at my “new” house – there are two that are back to back. I wonder if they have the same issue? I think they were put in in the 1950s – was that a thing then?


    • Camera trap. I wish it was a better camera. Shoots well by day, but I’ve got better day shooting cameras. Who knew my backyard was full of Flying Squirrels & raccoons? As for the toilets, these were just fixed. I don’t think they are broken, but it is kind of weird.

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