About flying squirrels.
I mentioned a while ago that they have returned. I don’t really know if they ever went away, only that I haven’t seen them for a while. During the winter, we could leave the feeders out overnight without them being empty in the morning.
I knew they were back when I came out in the morning and every seed was gone. They glide in, eat everything, and glide away. This would be fine if I could afford to put out six or seven pounds of food every day, but I can’t. Not that I don’t want to, mind you.
Last night, Owen went out to bring in the feeders and found himself nose-to-nose with a flying squirrel. The little guy was clinging to the center post between the two feeders and didn’t seem particularly afraid of Owen. He sat there on the tall post looking at Owen while Owen looked at him.
“He had,” says Owen, “HUGE eyes. Otherwise, he looks like a gray squirrel, but smaller. Same fluffy gray coat, white stomach, but instead of a long tail, he has a short bushy tail and big flaps of skin under his arms.”
The two of them stood facing off on the porch until Owen moved to take down a feeder — it was getting chilly out there — and at that, the flyer spread his gliders and silently disappeared into the woods.
“Mom,” said Owen, “I wanted to call you and tell you to get a camera, but I was afraid he’d disappear. He didn’t seem afraid of me. More curious.” I have heard they are quire friendly and make good little — if somewhat clingy — pets. I wish I could feed the Flying Squirrels, too, but it’s hard enough to keep up with the birds, regular squirrels, and occasional chipmunks.
Another new backup drive, another day of virtual exclusion
My other SSD hard drive came in this morning, so today will be another “lost day” in the virtual world. I get to do everything I did yesterday again. That’s not so bad. What is going to be worse will be combing through the files and deleting. The primary reason I’ve left all these files on the internal drive is for easy access to them. This will make it harder. But there’s no choice.
Regardless, it needs doing and it’s my job.
Every time I turn around, another dependable application has been bombed by developers who don’t seem to get that by completely altering the way it works, they are not making our lives easier or better.
My Kindle used to be useful, now it’s a godawful mess. My filters don’t work and Windows is a jungle. It isn’t going to get better. I think now that developers feel they can do whatever they want, without regard for customers, that’s exactly what they will do. Whatever they want.
We might not want it, but apparently, we have nothing to say about it.