It’s that time of year, again. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Soon, we’ll be hoping that it doesn’t snow. All of the holidays are just around the corner. I’m not looking forward to raking the leaves or shoveling the driveway. Maybe the El Nino will give us the warmer, wetter winter that is promised!
The squirrels are very busy this time of year. I have to admit that they are cute little rodents. They drive my dogs crazy as they run here and there to gather nuts and acorns. Apparently, I like squirrels a lot more than the dogs!
I’m used to seeing the common gray squirrels in our area. I always thought that they hibernated during the winter, but they don’t. They do sleep a lot, during the winter months. They build a nest called a drey. You can see them in winter, fairly easily. They are located in the tops of trees and look like huge bird’s nests that are made up of mostly leaves. If you see one, just think about all those little squirrels who are sleeping in there. They are down for the winter!
You might think that a farmer would be forced to shut down for the winter. It seems way too cold to grow anything, right? Believe it or not, there a lot of things that can be grown in the winter. There is cabbage, broccoli, leeks, onions, spinach, carrots and even winter wheat. Winter wheat is planted during the cold months and is ready for harvest in the spring. There’s a lot to keep a farmer busy, even in the cold months of winter.
You have to be asking yourself, why is he telling me about squirrels and farmers?
I just learned these facts about squirrels and farmers in the past few days. I thought squirrels and farmers for that matter hibernated all winter. Well, farmers wouldn’t really hibernate, but I didn’t think that they had much to do all winter. Much to my surprise, farmers can keep themselves pretty busy during the winter and squirrels don’t hibernate, but they sure don’t get much done until spring time.
I’m here to ask you, which are you going to be this winter, a squirrel or a farmer?
Are you going to be like the farmer and work your business during these cold months or are you going to be like the squirrel and sleep the winter away?
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