And it looks like I'm not the only one who loves the weather here! Captain and George enjoy sunning in the yard as much as they enjoy romping in the snow. I actually think Captain is part cat, the way he loves to lounge outside on a sunny day!
I do believe that George, our big, silly lab is part termite. He loves to chew on tree limbs, twigs and Neal's bits and pieces of lumber that he leaves lying around. Thank goodness he has never shown an interest in chewing on our furniture! The other day, I watched George strip off a branch from a shrub in our yard and offer it to Captain, his best buddy in the world. I wish I had gotten a picture of that!
Using some left over lumber from other projects, he constructed what he proudly calls the squirrel buffet. It is mounted on the opposite side of the yard from the jar feeder and it has a trough in the middle and a ledge all the way around, which can accommodate quite a few squirrels.
The new buffet attracted our squirrely diners within hours and they frequent it daily, but I have yet to see more than one on the platform at a time. Keeping them stocked with peanuts on a daily basis is getting a little much for the budget, so we bought a 40-lb bag of corn for $10 at the feed store to supplement their nut obsession. They don't like it as well, but they do eat it and it takes them a little longer to go through, so it's a win-win for all of us.
When our neighbor, Eileen, decorates for the holidays, she always makes sure to hang a lighted decoration in her dining room window on the back of the house for us to view. She has a Charlie Brown one for Christmas, a flag for Fourth of July, something Halloween-y that I can't remember, and the hearts above for Valentine's Day.