Jolly Monday — Squirrels ‘n Hugs!

jollyHi … it’s me, Jolly!  I’m lettin’ gwammie sleep dis morning ‘cause she’s weally tired, but she’ll prolly be up inna few minutes.  I’m not ‘lowed to use da stove or oven after … welllll, you ‘member what happened last time, so I jus’ went out an’ got some donuts an’ Starbucks, if dat’s okay.  Oh … and Benjamin’s juice boxes … or is it milk now?  Anyway … go gwab a snack an’ I’ve found some things!



juice boxes

Benjamin’s juice boxes — but he’ll share if you ask nicely!

Now, do you like some cartoons?  I found some …


And den I found …


Uh-oh … sounds like gwammie’s up … see ya bye  💨Monday-sleepy-2Oh … hi … I’m so sorry … I was really exhausted and … I see Jolly started without me … he should have woken me.  Just let me throw some clothes on …

Okay … again, I’m really sorry!  At least Jolly bought donuts and … Starbucks???  Now where did he get the money, I wonder?  Oh well, let’s get this show on the road!  Tomorrow there are two national days that I want to celebrate today, for they are both very ‘jolly’ sort of days!

A little birdie told me about this first one, Squirrel Appreciation Day … who knew? Let’s learn a bit about the day …

squirrel-appreciationIn 2001, wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Christy Hargrove, founded National Squirrel Appreciation Day in Asheville, North Carolina. Christy created this day to encourage kind attitudes towards our bushy-tailed neighbors by setting out food and water for squirrels, and even allowing them to play with that bird-feeder you normally don’t want them touching. We might generally look at squirrels as being an unnecessary nuisance, but their existence is actually beneficial to the environment, and in urban areas, assists in park beautification. Albeit by accident, squirrels plant seeds (initially meaning to store away nuts to come back to when they’re hungry) which eventually grow into trees, thus assisting with forest renewal. They’re natures gardeners!

And some fun facts about squirrels …

  • The front four teeth of squirrels grow about 6 inches a year. It’s only the squirrel’s constant gnawing that keeps them under control.
  • A group of squirrels is called a scurry.
  • There are 265 squirrel species all over the world.
  • There are 44 species of flying squirrels.
  • Wild squirrels will eat out of a human’s hand.
  • Grey squirrels will build nests called dreys, high up in trees.

Some special tips for feeding squirrels in your backyard …

Many people leave out a birdbath filled with water for squirrels in the backyard because squirrels are always in need of a clean source of water. Many people will also leave out a variety of nuts for the squirrels in their backyard. These nuts include acorns and hazelnuts. Some people also plant a variety of trees and shrubs to give squirrels in their backyard the cover and food sources they need. Some of these trees and shrubs include oaks, pines, hazelnut bushes and smooth sumac trees.

And a few special squirrel pictures …


If you just can’t get enough and want more adorable squirrel pics, head over to Bored Panda

And wouldn’t you know … I just happened to come across a video about a most delightful squirrel named Gibby … take a look!

Now, I mentioned two special days tomorrow … the second one is National Hug Day!  Some calendars refer to it as National Hug Day, while others call it National Hugging Day … either way, the concept is the same.  According to the National Day Calendar people …

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day occurs on January 21st and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office but is not a public holiday. The purpose of the day is to help everyone show more emotion in public. The only way to celebrate the day is by offering a hug to anyone and everyone you want.hugsWhether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. From the day we are born, hugs or touch improve our sleep. Hugging, like cuddling, releases oxytocin. On its own, this hormone provides tremendous health benefits. Not only does it give us feel-good hormones, but it reduces pain. Receiving a hug helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease. It also eases anxiety.

Now, if that isn’t enough reason to hug someone today, then I don’t know what is!  And just in case you don’t have enough hugs to go ‘round … here’s one from me to you that you can share!hug-2

Now, I see that Jolly found a few cartoons … not the ones I would have chosen, but I do encourage him to think for himself, to use his own creativity.  Anyway, here are a few funny ‘toons ‘n memes to bring a chuckle …


And finally, I came across this short ‘snow art’ video that I thought was just too cool to pass up!



Now, friends, remember that tomorrow is National Hugs Day, and go out there and hug some people … see how great it feels, and see if you can bring a smile to someone’s face that matches that gorgeous smile on your face.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

35 thoughts on “Jolly Monday — Squirrels ‘n Hugs!

  1. Namaste, Miss Jill! It’s me, Benjamin! I love that I am celebrating two awesome things on two days. Today with Gem and you, then tomorrow at school and at home. Isn’t that so cool? I love squirrels, ‘specially my Lily Bob-Tail. The very last picture looks just like my Lily Bob-Tail in the photos that Gem takes of her. I really like all the squirrel pictures. Aren’t red squirrel so adorable? We don’t have them, but I have a book that has photos of real ones. We give all the squirrels special nuts and seeds that are just for them and they like the bird’s seeds too. Gem has a special bird bath thingy for their water. I love giving neckbuster hugs. I don’t really break anybody’s neck. I just like to give really big tight hugs. I love getting hugs too. Guess what? I saw a video of the two friends hugging, it was on one of Gem’s letters a long time ago. The squirrel video is so cute and the snow one is so neat. Tell Jolly I loved the donuts and it was so hard to choose just one. Gem loves Starbuck’s! She loves the flavor lattys with no foam and more whipped cream. I think they are yucky! You and Jolly get Two Thumbs up, 100 Gold Stars and a zillion neckbuster hugs and kisses cause this letter is so special. I love you and Jolly! Thank you and Bye!


    • Namaste Benjamin! That is really cool, that you get a double celebration of both Squirrel Appreciation Day and National Hug Day! I hope you get lots and lots of hugs! I found that last picture just for you, because I know about Lily Bob-Tail, and that squirrel has a bobtail, too! I think it is so wonderful that you and Gem care so much about nature, taking care of the squirrels and the birdies! I like really tight hugs, too! Big hugs, like your neckbuster hugs, make me so happy! Jolly and I thank you for the gold stars, kisses, and neckbuster hugs, and we send you a GINORMOUS hug and lots of love! ❤


  2. Well done Jolly for the cartoons and for the drinks, Well done you for the fun facts about Squirrels and for the beautiful pictures, especially of the red’s which are so very few now thanks to the grey’s and their disease.Enjoy International Hug Day tomorrow

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    • Jolly and I thank you! I hope the red squirrel population can be built back up over time, but if we keep demolishing the environment, cutting down more trees than we plant, all squirrels may one day become an extinct species. Sigh. Thanks! I hope to get/give a hug or two tomorrow … and today, for that matter. As it falls on a Tuesday, I’m sure you’ll get your share of hugs!


  3. Jill, happy MLK Day. Three more items about squirrels, as we have more than our share:
    – there is no such thing as a squirrel proof bird feeder.
    – squirrels have the ability to make snakes anxious, so they slither away unfed.
    – don’t hug a squirrel – they are cute until they are not.

    Take care. By the way, we met Gronda last night for dinner. Delightful time. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! I see you have some experience with our fine, furry friends! I would agree, though I didn’t know that they intimidated snakes! The natural order of things, though, I’m sure. And I agree that hugging a squirrel in the wild would not be a wise move, but in that video, the little guy seemed to enjoy hugs ‘n pets.

      I’m so happy to hear you met up with Gronda!!! Did she come up to NC, or are you vacationing in Florida? Is she doing better now? I wonder if she’s ever going to return to her blog? I still haven’t heard from her. 😥


      • Jill, we were down in Tampa visiting some family. She is doing great and is a delight in person as she is online. She needed to unplug for awhile, which is why she is not posting. Keith

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      • I can’t find a squirrel in High Level even in summer. Gail tells me we have chipmunks, but I haven’t seen any in 12 years. But when it comes to birds, we’ve seen birds that don’t exist in bird books. But we seldom have a camera ready when we need one…

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        • Hmmm … perhaps the altitude is too high for them. I’m glad you’ve got plenty of birds anyway. We hardly saw any this summer, until late fall when they all congregated here in da ‘hood for their annual flight south.


  4. I love squirrels. There are lovely (but now much fewer because of lack of trees) small brown and white glider squirrels here in Thailand. They use the telephone and electricity cables to get around in the city landscapes.

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    • We see fewer and fewer squirrels each year, and this year our apartment complex decided to cut down the trees, so I presume I’ll have to leave da ‘hood to see squirrels ever again. Sigh. Humans have no idea what they are doing, for they don’t understand the ecosystems that are in place … or were in place.

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    • Gary, it is so sad that our Government has put a killorder out on the American Grey squirrel. We introduced it and the disease it carries has almost wiped out our Native Red Squirrel, but two wrongs do not make a right! I am against the Cull just as I am against the Badger Cull and against fox hunting, raptor persecution and the obliteration of our hare population, just so that we can import grouse and partridge for people to shoot. The world is a mad place with little reason left. 😶

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