Tuesday, November 30, 2010

If you can't beat 'em...

join em!

For those of you who are not aware, I live in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. From our home it takes about 45 minutes to be smack dab in the middle of Rocky Mountain National Park. While there one can enjoy wildlife in abundance. However, when one lives in Colorado one doesn't need to visit a national forest to catch a glimpse of a variety of critters. We are proof of that. I might just as well hang a sign "Mi Casa Su Casa" on the trees in our yard as a welcome for all the local varmint.  Before you start imagining that we live in the country, let me set the record straight. Our house was plunked down in the middle of suburbia. I offer the following photographic evidence to support my claim...

If one looks very closely at the photo below you will see two beady little eyes peering out from the tree. They belong to a juvenile delinquent raccoon. His four homies are situated higher in the tree. Their nightly visits facilitated the battening down of the doggie door into our house...


We came home from church one day to find Mr. Fox in our backyard. He seemed perfectly content to wile away the Sunday afternoon sunning himself and lazying around on our grass. It wasn't until we started taking pictures that he decided to skedaddle...



Speaking of juvenile delinquents, we have a squirrel in our backyard that can only be described as an adolescent thug. His name is Chuzzlewit. Our relationship developed several years ago when he was a wee lad. He would occasionally pilfer our bird feeder. I enjoyed his antics when he was a toddler...


I realize now that I became an enabler because as he grew he became more and more aggressive in his seed scavenging. Our relationship became a bit one-sided at that point in time...


When he started strong arming the bird feeders and bringing them up into the trees for easy access, I checked the bird seed to make sure it wasn't laced with steroids. The seed checked out just fine, but he was obviously getting a stash of 'roids from some unsavory character in the hood.


All this brings me to the real reason for this post. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. For my mantle this Christmas I decided to decorate it as an "Ode to our Critters." Here's what I came up with...







I purchased these adorable natural fiber-like woodland creatures from Pottery Barn and the birdies from Crate&Barrel.

Again a big THANK YOU to all those who voted for my blog in the first round of voting for Top Blog of 2010 at The Blog Guidebook. I appreciate it so much! The voting for this contest is going to progress weekly, with 5 blogs being voted off each week until all but one are eliminated. So, I'll be asking for your help throughout the coming weeks -- even if you've voted previously! The second week of voting has commenced, so if you have a minute can you hop over to The Blog Guidebook for another round of voting? The voting takes place on the right sidebar of the blog. Go here to vote!

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13 comments:

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

I know this has nothing to do with this post but I wanted to make mention of how awesome it is that your music is optional. I can't stand it when I go to a website and I get bombarded with their music, not that I don't like the music, but it makes my browser go really slow and I like having the choice here.

salmagundi said...

We have an ongoing relationship with a raccoon here in our part of the Rocky Mountains. He constantly turns on our motion light which shines in our neighbor's bedroom, but he lives under their hot tub on their deck where it is warm. So, we good naturedly go back and forth as whose raccoon it really is. How about skunks? We've had our share of those, too. The joys of living in Colorado outweigh any inconvenience!!! Sally

Brandi Nell said...

I LOVE your Mantel! Its so whimsical and beautiful at the same time! Be careful with all of those critters!!

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

wow! I enjoyed looking at all of your pics! Real critters and not so real too.
great job on the mantel.
I'll go vote, I did the last round too.
gail

Julie Harward said...

Will do..and good luck! I love all your critters inside and out of the house! Love the deer a lot..very pretty! :D

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

How cool to see a fox in your backyard!! We must have them in Las Vegas because I saw a dead one on the road this Sunday. It made me so sad. They are such beautiful creatures! I am loving your little woodland creatures inside the house too!

Tina said...

Oh I loved reading your post Suzanne! All those critters. I remember the first time I ever saw a racoon, we were having dinner at Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur, CA and I was so surprised at their size, but they have the cutest faces ;) I LOVE your mantel with all your critters, it looks fabulous! I am off to vote in week 2 for you...good luck ~ Tina xx

Susi said...

Lovely mantel-cute critters! I have a little pesky squirrel that strips the bark off trees, eats pumpkins and pesters my dog to no end.
I've placed my vote..Good Luck!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Oh my goodness, Suzanne. How I enjoyed this post! These animals are so funny, and probably drive you crazy. I loved seeing those little eyes peeking out at me. I adore the tiny renditions! What a beautiful fox he was and such a bold squirrel. I think it brings you good karma!

Jean said...

Great critter pics! Wonderful idea for the mantle. The animals and birds are beautiful. Jean

Melissa said...

You have seriously bold neighbors. Love that you had a chance to take such awesome photos of a fox.

Your mantle is fun. I like it very much.

Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

Your critters are so cute! The fake ones not the real ones. Actually the real ones are pretty cute but that squirrel sounds vicious! It's pretty funny though. Your mantel is beautiful. Awesome job!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Cute post, I love all those critters on your mantel. I need to pick up one of the squirrels for Nicole! :)