I adore nearly every animal with the exception of two creatures: Catfish and squirrels.
You may be thinking, “You’re crazy, Julie. Squirrels are adorable.”
Yes they are cute. But they are also unpredictable, beady-eyed and a little too friendly at times.
I suppose I should explain my issue with squirrels.
During college I worked as a campus tour guide for UCF. I would take prospective students and their parents around campus, highlighting important buildings and answering questions.
One time a father asked me what I disliked the most about UCF.
I answered, “The squirrels.” He laughed and asked me why. I explained that the squirrels were crazy and would stalk you for food since they were overfed by the students.
About 30 minutes later, we were walking by one of the dorms on campus and we heard a chirping noise. As we all looked up to see what was causing the commotion, a squirrel came falling down right in the middle of our tour group.
I took off running as the same dad I previously talked to about squirrels screamed the f-word nice and loud.
Once we all reconvened, the dad said, “Man, you weren’t kidding about the squirrels on this campus, were you?”
(Just FYI, the squirrel was okay and got up and ran away after about two seconds of lying on the ground, stunned.)
Well, today my issue with the unpredictability of squirrels was reinforced yet again on my morning walk with Sadie.
It must be mating season, because all of the squirrels around the lake by our apartment are coupled up and acting especially nutty.
About 20 minutes into our walk, Sadie and I passed a tall tree. Two squirrels were chasing each other around the trunk and as they came off the trunk to cross the side walk, they literally scurried underneath Sadie’s torso.
I thought my dog was going to pee herself on the spot.
I screamed, the woman behind us jumped about three feet in the air and Sadie, once she got over the shock, jumped around in front of me like it was Christmas.
Holy squirrel overload! Let’s move on to breakfast, shall we?
Though not as exciting as the possibly rabid squirrels, breakfast was pretty darn delicious.
Today I made myself a yogurt bowl that included:
- Cold oatmeal
- Greek yogurt
- Granny Smith apple chunks
- Sliced strawberries
The tart apples made this dish.
I can’t wait to make my first apple pie when the air gets a little cooler!
Question of the Morning
- Are there any animals that make you feel a little uncomfortable?