Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Align Center"November comes and November goes,
with the last red berries and the first
white snows.
With night coming early,
and dawn coming late,
and ice in the bucket, and frost on
the gate.
The fires burn and the kettle sing,
and earth sinks to rest until next spring."

~Elizabeth Coatsworth~

My little squirrel friend Skippy left the shelter of his pine tree this morning to pay us a
visit.... and also indulge in breakfast. I enjoy watching Skippy's morning antics as does Winslow.
Unbeknown to Skippy he has become an intricate part of Winslow Homer's healthily living program. Monday we had our weekly visit at the veterinarians office. I am afraid I had placed my expectations to high. Winslow once again had lost weight.... two ounces.... his blood sugar level at 500. Needless to say I had hoped for better news. Yet again I was reassured that this scenario might be the routine for awhile.... his insulin was adjusted. Now.... there are some days when Winslow Homer is rather quite.... which is highly unusual for my feisty little dog. Enter Skippy the squirrel. If I mutter the word "squirrel".... spell the word "s-q-u-i-r-r-e-l" or now say the name "Skippy" Winslow's ears perk up and he is off on the run....out the door just as fast as his little legs will take him. Skippy of course always reaches the safety of his pine tree and Winslow Homer quietly sits below now on "squirrel duty". This is a good thing.... this is the Winslow Homer we know and love. So this evening I just want to offer a big THANK YOU to Skippy the squirrel.... I will make sure Santa leaves a special treat for you....peanuts....suet....anything your little heart desires.


My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

loved the poem just perfect.

winslow homer is in our thoughts and prayers. went through a similar situation with my i sure understand....

please know we are thinking about you. i am glad winslow has skippy for a friend..and am HAPPY to hear that Santa will be leaving a special treat. i used to have squirrels...well, i lived in Squirrel Cottage at one time. now it's Farmhouse.

sending love and good thoughts,
kary and teddy

Kim said...

Such a sweet post. I bet Skippy has no idea how important he is! I laughed out loud when you spelled squirrel. Millie can spell also: t-r-e-a-t. When she hears that she runs to the cupboard.

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad for Skippy the squirrel too. I will keep you both in my prayers.

The Barn Door said...

Awww, what a sweet story! Thank goodness for Skippy!

ClassyGal said...

what a beautiful poem! I'm glad winslow is starting to be himself again, he seems like a good guard dog against Skippy anyway :) I hope he feels better soon.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a lovely poem to say good bye to November with. Winslow is in my thoughts. What a good boy he is. Still doing his guarding duties to keep his yard safe from critters.

Julia said...

I hope that your Winslow gets to feel his normal soon. I'm glad that he has Skippy to perk him up. JB

Rowan said...

I love the November poem, haven't come across it before. I hope that the vet manages to get the right balance of meds for Winslow Homer soon. I'm glad to hear that Skippy is brightening up his life:) Squirrels are an interest that he has in common with Bilbo Baggins though BB can't actually spell the word yet. I'll work on it with him!

Pondside said...

Hooray for Winslow Homer! He is back to normal, indeed!
Please let him know that wee Rory has discovered a squirrel in our garden and is haunted by the sight. He spent hours with his nose glued to the window and fairly quivered with tension.

Gail said...

You and Winslow are in my thoughts with a special thank you to Skippy.

Razzberry Corner said...

Awww, I'm glad for Skippy, too. Good squirrel! Take care, dear Winslow Homer!

Tina Eudora said...

Isn't life and nature wonderful! A little creature that so many hate in their gardens but in your garden he is Winslow's little angel.
I am diabetic and I can tell you the one thing that can make all the difference is Skippy keep up the good work!
Tina xo

the primitive country bug said...

My prayers are with you and your little Winslow Homer. Isn't it wonderful to see them become playful again. I do hope he overcomes his diabetes issues. Thanks so much for your kindness, dear friend.
Hugs to you~ Birgit

Eve said...

Ahhh good job Winslow! I hope he improves by leaps and bounds!! We can't count all our "Skippys" here Julie....Daisy Lu never knows which way to run or which tree to climb!!

Verde Farm said...

I am sure they will get his sugar in check. It does take some time but they will figure it out. Glad he has Skippy to make his tail wag :) PS--check out my blog post from today if you get a chance :)

Jen ( said...

I hope Winslow is feeling well today!

DayPhoto said...

Gifts comes in lots of different ways and unexpected visited from a friend are always uplifting.

I'm so glad you and your puppy have Skippy!