Thoughts, ideas, photos, and stories.

Winter Prep


Hi, I’m Crispin. Remember me from a few weeks ago in the maple tree?

I wasn’t much bigger than a Coffee Crisp bar then, and I’m not a lot bigger now, but it isn’t for want of eating enough.

I tried this wood but it wasn’t that tasty. Think I’ll try the walnuts instead.

My older brother Jasper is also hanging around today, but I want to avoid him. He gets annoyed if I try to eat from what he calls HIS plate.

Oh, I think I hear him up there gnawing on the old moose antlers.

Maybe I’ll sneak over to the walnut stash while he’s busy.

I just hope that Steller’s jay isn’t hanging around. He has a sharp beak, likeΒ  a spear. Maybe when I grow up I’ll take him on, but for now, it’s better to play it safe.

See that beak? This was him last week with the sunflower seeds, but maybe he won’t try stealing the walnuts today…. Fat chance.

I was just about to head for the jar of walnuts when I saw that huge tool behind me. Is that a pick axe? Yikes! Made me lose my footing!

Okay, I’m all recovered now. My mother, Della, told me always to say grace before eating, so here goes. (I don’t think the god of squirrels will mind if I don’t close my eyes. Not a safe thing to do.)

And with that out of the way, I can dive in!

Yummy walnuts from the ornamental black walnut tree.

Many dangers, all I see,

Many dangers threaten me,

Tiptoe lightly as a breeze,

Tiptoe quickly, and then freeze.


Look around from left to right,

Look around, stay out of sight,

Hurry to the walnut stash,

Hurry, careful, do not crash.


Grab some nutmeat and abscond,

Grab the food of which I’m fond,

Nibble some and hide the rest,

Nibble fast and save the best.


Winter chill is coming soon,

Winter winds, perhaps typhoon,

Be prepared for hungry days,

Be prepared, these are my ways.








Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

53 thoughts on “Winter Prep

  1. The photos are beautiful, Anneli! these little critters are so sweet, I love how you tell the story too, fun post! β€οΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

    Liked by 2 people

  2. What a sweet little guy 😊. Excellent shots, Anneli!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What a cute little guy, Anneli. Perfect photos, and a wonderfully amusing text. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What a fun life for Crispin!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I love your squirrel posts. πŸ’› You have quite an adorable little family there and also love your text.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Aw, I just love the photos. So sweet and Crispin is such a little cutie pie. Your poem is very cleverly written. Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Anneli, I love reading about the exciting antics for Crispin – delightful photos and story. He is very well brought up saying grace before munching away! Your poem captures their behaviour exactly!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Amazing photos, Anneli, and a great poem. We feed walnuts to Friskie and the Chippers. It’s so fun to interact with them. Those jays, though. So noisy and greedy! A fun post, my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. They are so cute and photogenic and I love these words.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Anneli, your delightful photos create a setting that complements your poem. At one of the nature parks I frequently walk, there is generally a sighting of a squirrel or two. They are much too busy to pause and say “hello.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Isn’t it nice to see them though?! Before the squirrels moved into our backyard I used to see them sometimes when I was mushroom picking out in the woods, and the squirrels were so brazen about coming close and scolding me. And these were guys I didn’t even know! Of course they didn’t come quite as close as these nearly tame ones do in my backyard.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Pingback: Winter Prep – Nelsapy

  12. Great photos, Anneli. I love the blue on the jay! Also Crispin is adorable and your poem has a lot of energy in it!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Crispin is as sweet as the rest of the now big family. Very good pictures and a lovely poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Beautifuls series of photos and a wonderful story Anneli! You must have plenty of patience to watch and capture them like you do. They are soooo cute πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

  15. They win every cuteness award going! I hope their middens are stacked full with pine cones, nuts and mushrooms.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I’m glad you agree, Adele. I love my critters. And you’re right – they do have stashes of food. I try not to make them too dependent on my handouts, and am always happy to see them gathering fir cones or ALL of my precious hazelnuts, so they can have snacks on those cold winter days.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Oh Anneli, the little squirrel is so cute! I love the geat photos and I love your words ! We have a little nut house on our terrace that our squirrels love to come to. 🐿️🐿️I also put nuts on the kitchen window sill. The squirrels jump up, get the nuts and look into the window.
    Anneli, I wish you all the best!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s