Sunday, November 15, 2015

Your Sunday Squirrel

I had a few temp gigs this week, so visits to the park were limited.  And when I did make it, the weather was super rainy.  Here's some of what I got:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Your Sunday Squirrel

Here are some highlights:
A lot of stuff happened around the bench.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Your Sunday Squirrel

The week in review:
Some of these have already been posted on Facebook and Instagram and some are new.  All in all, it's been a great week for squirrels.

Happy Halloween!

Here are some highlights:
 Just me being saucy.  Yes, that's my real face.

We went to Aurora Village and there was this spooky abandoned clothes dryer in the parking lot.  You don't see that kind of thing every day.

If you look closely, you'll see that this is two pumpkins.  I'm happy with how they turned out.  I spent the early half of the afternoon carving and the latter half drinking.  It was a fine day.

Another creation; I'm not overly satisfied with this.  Maybe it's a bit better than the photo makes it look.
This is Stacey's pumpkin.  Yes, very nice.  It's an owl.  She did it without any overlays or patterns or anything.

OK, bad photo and it doesn't really show what's going on, but it's a pumpkin with an axe in its head and pumpkin-brains spilling out.  It was a good conversation piece.

This was in another yard up the street.  It had light-up eyes and it shook a lot.  

Here's our main attraction, homicidal Santa.  We were going to do a more all-encompassing creepy Christmas theme, but we settled for this and just a few other things.  It looked great when it got dark.

OK, so once again, it was a great Halloween.  And most of the kids were really polite.  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Your Sunday Squirrel

I took a lot of pictures this week.  And many of them are really good.  I posted many of them on Facebook and Instagram.  If you've already seen them, then I apologize, but I'm really happy with how they turned out:
 OK, that's enough for now.

Pumpkin Bash!

Well, this weekend was the annual Pumpkin Bash at the zoo.  They give the animals pumpkins and they make things fun.  By far, the most amusing are the small-clawed river otters.  There was much capering among them.  The folk put fish in the pumpkin, so there was much zaniness as the otters tried to get at the treats.

OK, so the otters were a lot of fun, but the hippos are great to watch.  They really like to chomp things and pumpkins are pretty ideal for that.  Here's one during the aftermath to all that chomping.

I saw the red panda today!  Usually, they're asleep and no fun at all.  Today, one was walking around for a brief time.  It would have been a really bad photo.  But believe me, he looked exactly like this picture.  They didn't give the red pandas pumpkins.  In fact, they don't give them to most of the animals.  We saw the maned wolves, who were clearly uncomfortable with eating things out of pumpkins.  And that was it for pumpkin bashing for this year.
On the way out, they were feeding the penguins.  There were a few thieving seagulls and some very ingenious (and also thieving) crows.  The penguins were also kind of entertaining.  I mean, most of them are pretty boring, but there are enough of them so that one or two of them are doing something amusing.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I'm a Drummer - Again

And these are my drums!  Yeah, I bought them two weeks ago.  I actually was pretty good back in the day, but apartment living did not permit me to continue with them.  There was, however, a time a few years back when I had some very loud kids and their ineffectual parents living up above me and nearly every day I vowed to borrow a drum kit so I could return their excessive noise in kind.  That didn't happen, but they moved to another unit, so that was the end of my drum ambitions for the time - even if I wanted a set for the wrong reasons.  Then a few months ago, a very good drummer let me know that this set was up for sale.  It took me a while to clear space, but now it's mine.  Yes, it's an electronic kit.  You have to wear headphones, otherwise it just sounds like tapping.  That's the best thing about it; I can play anytime and nobody hears.  Now, there are a lot of things that it can't do and the feel isn't exactly the same as a real set, but it does let you build some real drum chops.  It's also really good exercise.  And it promises to keep me warm this winter.  Oh, and I plan to play drums on my next album.  That's my hope.  Wish me luck.

Your Sunday Squirrel

The good stuff continues from Denny Park.  And it doesn't even have to be sunny.  But it helps

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Your Sunday Squirrel

I'm really starting to favor the phone.  These are some shots from the last week.