Marauding Squirrel goes to the spa

animated gif of a squirrel receiving a back massage from another squirrel

My friend Lisa in Kentucky has a squirrel that keeps pilfering goodies from the bird feeders at her family’s place. A whole group of friends on Facebook is involved in a running joke about Marauding Squirrel. We may laugh, but I must defend the little guys. Squirrels of all sorts work so hard at what they do, poor things!

They stretch:

And ... stretch Fineshades Park Day Trip 8

They hang:

Stretched Out Drop in and stretch out

They sneak:

Sometimes they’re forced to solve puzzles devised by cruel human beings:

this is my squirrel proof feeder

One of the sacks is living! Squirrel-proof?

It’s exhausting!

Squirrel lounge

Sometimes they just need to relax. Can you blame them?

animated gif of a squirrel receiving a back massage from another squirrel

After a week of looting and pillaging, Marauding Squirrel needed a trip to the spa.

It puts the lotion on its skin, err, calendar

It puts the lotion on its calendar?

At the left is a screenshot of Jorte Calendar’s settings menu. Click the thumbnail to enlarge it.

First, let me say that I love Jorte Calendar. It’s one of the first things I’m sure to install when I get a new Android device. It’s currently on my HTC Amaze 4G, ASUS Transformer and was on my Kindle Firebefore I factory reset it and gave it to my mom.

This is what Jorte looks like on my HTC Amaze 4G's homescreen.

What’s the best thing about Jorte? The full-month calendar widget rocks! It has add-ons that give you extra fonts and colorful icons for events, but I prefer the clean look of it without them:

However, When I saw this, all I could think of was the unforgettable The Silence of the Lambs and creepy Jamie Gumb, the cross-dressing serial killer masterfully played by Ted Levine, holding his poodle and peering into the pit at his captive.

Who can forget his detached voice intoning, “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again”?

Not for the faint of heart, that movie, but so good!


While we’re watching, have a laugh at these two TV clips referencing that famous scene. First, Craig Ferguson’s monologue:

And here’s a clip from Live! With Kelly, featuring Science Bob and Neil Patrick Harris:

I just heard a voice say, “It starts its work. It starts its work!”

Gotta go!

Dear Freecycle, furnish my whole house

Sometimes the wanteds on Freecycle are amazing. As a friend said, “she thinks Santa is on Freecycle”. Who knows, perhaps the Jolly Old Elf really is. We’re all having to scrimp these days, right? Ooh, maybe Santa’s regifting!


Alternate version:

Dear Freecycle,

I have overextended myself by buying a house. Therefore, I require everyone to give me lots of stuff to fill its rooms, because I need to have stuff. Lots of it. For free. But I’m particular, especially about coffee tables.

New Homeowner

I’ve coined a hashtag at Twitter: #greedcycle. If you have examples of greedy or funny Freecycle posts, post a screenshot somewhere (blurring identifiable info, please!) and link to it in your tweet. Be sure to use the #greedcycle hashtag.

Let’s see if we can start a trend there.

Attack of the Zombie Chicken

zombiechicken It is high time for me to pass along the cackling horror honor bestowed upon me by Joanie many weeks ago. I thought I’d published this entry, but alas I did not!

Today I am paying it forward, finally. Are you ready for the Zombie Chicken Award, people?

The Zombie Chicken award’s rules are as follow:

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.”

There you have it. And my choices are…

Tic Toc:  Tami’s Clock

The H-Man

Jen Segrest’s Very Big Blog

Perpetually Cranky Don

Think Pink Dana

My fake album: St. John’s Episcopal Church, a Trifling Investment of Fact

Here is your task: Find your fake band and album.

Attention musicians, designers and underemployed friends with basic Photoshop or quasi-Photoshop skills.

1 – Click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to Flickr’s “explore the last seven days” area at
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picasa or whatever software you like and put it all together.

5 – Post it as a note to Facebook and tag the friends you want to join in, or blog it and leave a link in your comments.

Here’s mine!

St. John's Episcopal Church: A Trifling Investment of Fact

St. John's Episcopal Church: A Trifling Investment of Fact

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C’mon now, do one yourself and post a link in the comments or tag me in a note at Facebook!

I hereby tag these friends: Tami, Nigel, Joanie, Howie, William, Rebecca and Dana.