Friday, March 14, 2014

Dreams and Foraging!

We do not what we ought;
What we ought not, we do;
And lean upon the thought
That chance will bring us through;
But our own acts, for good or ill, are mightier powers.
                     Matthew Arnold


Well I do know I am not the only one who is growing weary of this seemingly winter of no end, just when Mother Nature finally gave a tease of a whole day of spring weather with its warm breezes caressing my bare arms and Crocs and socks on my feet she quickly yanked it away and giggled. This made me realize that I had to get out there and enjoy the snow before it was completely gone; I always try to listen to Mother Nature's lessons but now I have to admit I am finding it a little more difficult, I have no idea what she's thinking.


The snow was not perfect for snowshoeing it stuck to my snowshoes making it very difficult and requiring my pulling out every ounce of energy I had after foolishly scoffing down a breakfast of one very sweet delicious Red Velvet Cupcake smothered with rich creamy icing and a crunchy heavenly Oh Henry chocolate bar with a tall mug of steaming hot coffee. My mouth was still watering at the thought of that. I did know that was truly my sign that it had been too long a winter when I find myself wallowing in bad comfort food for breakfast before heading out in the mornings and knowing better, but I still do it. I knew I had to get out there and find my groove again so that is what I did.

With my energy now spent after wandering aimlessly through the trees for about two hours I stood at the bottom of the ridge and wondered if I had the strength to get to the top and stretch out on my Century Old Maple tree branch that still lies resting on my rock so that I could rest. I looked up to the branch hanging over my head and had my answer.


Apparently I am not the only one who finds this winter exhausting. With a nut clamped tightly in his mouth a Red Squirrel lay stretched out and dreaming on a branch after no doubt foraging for hours and trying to remember where he had stuffed all the food he had stashed in the fall to get himself and his family through this winter, the fall that seems so very long ago by now. I shuffled my snowshoes and without even dropping that nut clamped tightly in his mouth he sat up and stared at me.


While standing staring at each other for a minute or two, him no doubt trying to remember where he was heading before he dropped off to sleep and my wondering if I could possibly make it to the top of the ridge and take a little nap stretched out on my very own branch, he finally turned and bolted to run in the other direction, probably in the wrong direction. I pulled out that last ounce of my almost spent energy and headed up that ridge.


With my legs burning and an uncontrollable thirst I bent over and scooped up a handful of snow and shoved it into my mouth. It melted slowly as I put one foot in front of the other heading up that steep incline while crossing over the tracks of the many animals who had already made this strenuous trip earlier in the morning then finally made it to my branch. I climbed up and stretched out and closed my eyes and dreamed of the other sweet delicious Red Velvet Cupcake smothered with rich creamy icing sitting on my kitchen counter just waiting for me to make the effort to find it and dreamed about a little Red Squirrel enjoying his nut somewhere unknown.


 My dream was interrupted by a scampering sound above my head, I opened my eyes quickly. Standing staring with a nut in his mouth was another Red Squirrel who had been watching me sleep. Could it be the same one, I guess I will never really know. I climbed down off of my branch and knew I would make my way back to my stash as he scampered off into the bushes no doubt searching for his.




Later

47 comments:

  1. Well Now. It looks like I am going to have to start my day by baking some red velvet cupcakes.

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  2. I agree - the cupcake looks amazing. Your little squirrel is very cute.

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  3. did you say "red velvet"? my most favorite. our wedding cake was red velvet. yum!! delicious!! ( :

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  4. Hmmm, the kidling likes making red velvet Anything; wonder if I could talk her into making cupcakes this weekend....
    Buttons, that sleeping squirrel is absolutely adorable!
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend. *hugs*

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  5. I like your knitted hat.
    Snow looks interesting with the shadows of the trees.
    Keep warm. Hugs M xox

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  6. Buttons that Red Velvet cupcake looks scrumptious this morning. Our wedding cake was red velvet! I just noticed Beth had a red velvet cake too! I posted about a little squirrel today too.. :) Spring is misbehaving badly! I haven't had an Oh Henry bar in a long time. All my comments involve food today!!!

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  7. I have never, ever seen a squirrel sleeping. Now I guess I can believe that they really do stop moving some times! You have such a good attitude about the winter...good for you! I wish I could say the same for myself. :)

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  8. That red velvet cupcake looks divine! Cute little red squirrel with his big nut. Sorry the snowshoeing didn't go as planned. You gave it the ol' college try! Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. I am on my way to your house right now to find that other cupcake! :-)

    Such a sweet squirrel. I love how you two watched each other.

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  10. silly squirrel. i wonder if falling asleep with a nut in your mouth leads you to dream about them. granted, squirrels probably don't give much thought to cupcakes.
    wish spring would hurry itself along for all our sakes!

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  11. you had me at red velvet cupcakes if only I cooked shame on MOI I Love your walks and the encounters that squirrels looked a little tired..all in all a wonderful piece B.

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  12. The cup cake sounds good but I prefer the wonderfulness of the walk through that lovely forest and taking 5 on that branch ! Wonderful post and photos ! Nothing like fresh air and nature ! Have a good weekend !

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  13. That Red Velvet cupcake and a hot cup of coffee sound perfect to me right now.. I have the coffee but no cupcake. Hmmmm... Toast will have to do.. Loved reading your post my friend..

    Hugs~

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  14. youre such a tree climber like your mother - two red squirrels :)

    xoxo

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  15. adorable little red squirrel. miss those from my wisconsin days.

    yeah, red velvet cupcake for breakfast - not recommended, i'm sure. :)

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  16. what a wonderful adventure right outside of your own back door, how lucky can you get (I'm not discounting the long long long winter) it is just so cool to read what you did, nap on branch, see maybe two red squirrels, and those cupcakes at home, well now I might just have to move in with you.

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  17. I would have a hard time getting by on a cupcake as well...if only there was more to "all you need is love".
    Still snow shoeing out here too. Although my husband pushed some paths for me, and I am more inclined to walk there and smell the dirt.

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  18. Well I'm surprised. Leading off the great pictures a quote from Matthew Arnold.He with not the acclaim of a Shelly or a Byron but still one of my favorite poets of the romantic era....:)

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  19. Red velvet cupcake washed down with a mouthful of snow. You are right on!

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  20. Those red velvet mini cupcakes I made hit the spot...and they're tiny so no snowshoe walking required for me!...:)JP

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  21. Oh boy, that cupcake looks like heaven. I haven't had red velvet cake in forever! And what a cute little squirrel!

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  22. You've really had the snow and I certainly don't blame you for wanting an end to it. Darling shots of that little Chipmunk.

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  23. OK, I'm going to be "Olden Worried Auntie"here. I don't think it wise for you to be pushing yourself so hard, out there, all by yourself.

    OK, I said it. I'm probably the only "downer" comment here. But that's me being me. I had to say it.

    -sigh-

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  24. That sticky snow is very tiring! You deserved another Red Velvet! Love the sleeping squirrel pic.

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  25. What a beautiful red squirrel, they are very rare here.
    Lynne

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  26. oooh nice to have some bad comfort food now and then. Delicious!
    Love your encounter with the red squirrel - you are truly at one with nature when you go a'walking through your woods B :D)

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  27. Not a bad way to start the day, I say! Love that sleeping squirrel with the nut in his mouth - how sweet! Now I am craving cupcakes with gooey frosting. Hope your weekend is nice. xo Karen

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  28. There's nothing like a good snow shoe in heavy snow and then up a ridge. it gets your head cleared in a hurry. Great morning walk.

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  29. That Red Velvet Cupcake had me wanting one as I read your post. Enjoyed your walk through your lens.

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  30. Winter seems long , but too far into summer I begin to miss it. What a good thing you took time to enjoy the little of winter that is left. How funny and sweet, the little squirrel basking on YOUR branch in the sun shine.

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  31. Wonderful story! Can;t say i have ever seen a photo of a squirrel sleeping, until now.

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  32. The snow sure was sticky, wasn't it? Even though we still have lots of snow to make it look like winter, I can feel spring is getting very close.

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  33. I'm been juicing for days (after a candy binge)and well truth be told... I drooled a little looking at your divine cupcake.

    Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the snow. The pictures of you on the branch are really wonderful, the view there is amazing. Quiet and still. The squirrel is cute too :) Happy weekending

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  34. The winter weather exhausts me, too! I live in South Carolina, and it seems to take weeks for one temperature type, hot or cold, to stay...instead of there being both in one week.

    The cupcake looks delicious!

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  35. Red velvet, amazing, where has it been all our lives!! We finally got out on the bikes today, it was 65 degrees today but we are expecting snow on Monday!!

    I am finally really ready for spring!! Have a happy Sunday!!

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  36. Thanks for taking me on this walk Buttons ~ I needed to get out in the woods too . That red squirrel is a rascal isn't he !
    I just had a green Top of the Morning Irish cupcake with me coffee ~ but I am hankering for red velvet now .

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  37. Loved the shot of the sleeping squirrel and that cupcake sure looks delicious.

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  38. the cupcake looks delicious and, like you, I am TIRED of winter. It's sleety, windy, cold and we're supposed to get snow so I started a fire in the woodstove...it feels wonderful!

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  39. How true are the lines of your poem. Hope you made it back to that cupcake before the squirrel got there.

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  40. Funny, I had cake and coffee for breakfast this morning also. Right before I went out to shovel 5 inches of snow. She got warm today, but there is a blizzard warning for tomorrow. A foot is expected. I don't think that cake will be around for long. Comfort food indeed.

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  41. I know just what you mean about comfort food. My vice is getting off my bus outside Tim Horton's and nipping in every morning before my transfer bus! I often wonder about the squirrels, I also have to walk through a wood on the way to work and I see them all in the bare trees, no food to be seen and I worry for them.

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  42. I just love this story. Poor little squirrel so tired but won't let go of his nut.

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  43. Oh my gosh, now here I am dreaming of a rich red velvet cupcake with creamy icing....and snow.

    Jen

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  44. I loved the photo of the little squirrel sleeping! Maybe he was dreaming of red velvet cupcakes. lol! I know I will be after seeing this post, red velvet cake is one of my favorites. Take care!

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  45. B,

    I've returned home today, trying to read everyone's blog along with the comments......so many to catch up.

    While reading your post, I become extremely hungry for a red velvet cupcake. Beautiful pictures of the outside, and squirrels.

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