“I like squirrels. They’re so adventurous.”

This morning was cloudy, but the sun is pushing through and bringing alone a blue sky. It will be in the 60’s. The forecast is for rain tomorrow, even a thundershower. I know what April showers bring but what about rain in May?

Dinner was delicious last night. My friend Tony went all out for Clare and me and Mother’s Day. It was a wonderful evening starting with a delicious appetizer then a tasty chicken dinner and finally a marble cake with Happy Mother’s Day on it for dessert. We even got cards and wrapped gifts.

When I was a kid, we made cards for Mother’s Day. I remember folding construction paper in half for the card and using crayons and pictures and words cut from the paper and some magazines. I’d glue all of that to the construction paper. The bottle of glue I used was clear glass and had a rubber top with a slit. I’d roll the slit side across what I wanted glued to something else. The amount of glue I used was extraordinary, and the top was always covered in glue. I’d just leave it that way, and the glue always hardened and covered the slit.

My mother used Mercurochrome on our cuts. I remember the reddish color and how it sometimes ran down from the cut. The stain lasted forever. It wasn’t until later that we found out that Mercurochrome had traces of mercury. We should have figured that out as the name gave it away, but in those days nobody questioned anything. So what if it had mercury?

I comment out-loud about what I’m watching on TV. I tell Henry so it doesn’t seem as if I’m just talking out-loud. This is not a new thing with me. It didn’t come with age. I’ve talked to all my animals. None of them answer me. If they do, I’m in trouble.

I had a first on Sunday morning. I was standing checking out the garden when I saw a squirrel follow by four babies. They were in line behind her like ducks. They crossed the street, and she climbed a tree. Each of her babies followed in turn. At one spot, they were bundled, crowded together. It was a blob of grayness. She jumped to a different tree. One at a time, the babies followed, but one missed the tree and grabbed a thin branch from the first tree. I got worried that it would fall, but that baby righted itself and jumped, successfully, to the other tree. I watched them until they were out of my sight. I didn’t think of them as spawns of Satan. They were a mother and her babies.

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6 Comments on ““I like squirrels. They’re so adventurous.””

  1. splendidone Says:

    How appropo for Mother’s Day!

  2. olof1 Says:

    If I understand things right, Mercury isn’t dangerous in it self but it is really dangerous when it turns in to mercury oxide because that’s when it can get in to the lungs and through the skin and that’s something one really doesn’t want. Low energy light bulbs contain mercury so one should never use the vacuum if one drops it and it breaks because that’s when it goes through all filters and we inhale it. So that’s why I always use LED lights now days.

    We rarely see any squirrels out here but I have once seen an entire family and one can say what one wants about squirrels but those babies are just soo cute 🙂 🙂

    Sunny and hot here today and tomorrow will be much the same they say.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I found a page which talked about mercury and its possible danger. It said Mercurochrome has never been tested. It was redesignated as a new drug when the FDA began a review of mercury-containing, over-the-counter products. That mean that it had to be put through the rigorous and costly approval process. No one chose to pay for that so the FDA forbade the sale of Mercurochrome across state lines, which effectively killed the product.

      My yard is filled with squirrels jumping here and there. Too bad they can’t be exported. I’d gladly share.

      It did get to be a nice day here but it wasn’t hot.

      Have a great day!

  3. Bob Says:

    Mercurochrome was a better choice than tincture of iodine which burned in the cut. In those days my dentist would give me a drop of mercury in the palm of my hand to play with as a reward for having my teeth cleaned. He also gave me a ceramic Disney character made from the material he used to make impressions. We didn’t know about the hidden carcinogenic stuff in our food.

    I’m amazed any of us of the boomer generation made it to adulthood. We rode in cars without seat belts or child seats. Until 1953 you could get polio and wind up dead or in an iron lung. Lead paint on the walls and leaded gasoline polluted the air which didn’t seem to cause widespread mental retardation. We built model airplanes and didn’t get addicted to the fumes. I enjoyed the airplane and not the glue. We did have antibiotics but suffered through the flu, measles, mumps and chicken pox.

    Today is more humid than yesterday but the sun is shining with temperatures in the low 90s. We will begin to get into the high 90s by next weekend for the Memorial Day weekend which is the unofficial start of summer.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We knew nothing back then about what was dangerous. I chuckled to think of you playing with a ball of mercury. I remember the mercury in fish episode. People were horrified.

      My mother smoked and drank when she was pregnant. None of us suffered any ill effects. We got all those childhood illnesses. Some mothers exposed one child with measles or another illness to the other children so they’d all get it at once. Influenza was scary because of all those deaths during the WWI pandemic as the war was ending.

      It was warmish today, in the 60’s. Inland was much warmer.


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