Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day Cincinnati!!
So how should a crafter celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day this January 21? With the delightful (?) weather we have had the last twenty-four hours, and the ridiculously cold temperatures, if you are a parent you may well be sharing the day with your school age children. Maybe you are just holed up in your warm home making up every possible excuse not to risk frostbite by sticking your nose out in temperatures which will not make it out of the teens today. So what can you and your children do for our friends the squirrels? Surely they are an ever present part of our daily lives whether we live in the city, the suburbs, or in a rural area.
Perhaps the yarn enthusiast could knit or crochet little sweater, hat and scarf sets in team colors and leave them out by the bird feeder, where the squirrels are certain to find them. Can’t you picture a couple of squirrels dressed in Bearcat red or Musketeer blue, sitting outside on the window sill watching, the cross town shootout on the big screen TV? You can almost hear the acorns hitting the windows when they disagree with a penalty call on their team.
Not practical enough? How could you know which teams your squirrels follow? Maybe new housing is in order instead. Picture a two room modern structure, painted in appropriate colors to camouflage it among the tree branches. One room would be for socializing with squirrel family and friends. The other room would be for sleeping and other squirrel couple activities. A high end version might include a cellar with an opening in the bedroom to hide all those nuts “squirreled” away for the winter.
Perhaps a squirrel feeder would be in order to discourage our furry friends from bothering the birds. A wonderful idea would be to make it a multi-purpose facility which would encourage fitness while feeding. One item could be a squirrel teeter totter with an ear of corn at each end to encourage social workouts. Another feeder might require climbing up and down staircases to get to the food. The more technology inclined might be able to design a feeder which incorporates a treadmill for the squirrel to use while he or she dines on a choice mixture of corn, seed and nuts.
Whatever ever you decide, if you are snowbound/homebound today just remember it’s a great excuse to work on those homemade project you never have time for. It’s also a great day to share your love of crafting with your children. And, it’s a great day to make something for that special squirrel in your life. Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day.
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