A Squirrel Infestation

No, I’m not talking about those cute, bushy-tailed critters that are currently making a mess under our orange tree. I mean those distractions that keep me from finishing tasks, including blog posts.

Don’t let their cute little come hither looks fool you.

I’d love to tell you that my computer desk is neat and tidy, but that would be a lie. It’s covered in squirrels. Every time I sit down to write a post, at least one of them starts nipping at my arm. As soon as I turn my focus away from my keyboard to attend to that squirrel’s needs, more squirrels begin clamoring for attention.

The same thing happens in other areas of our house. Recently I started going through my closet to purge clothes I no longer need only to be distracted by squirrels on my dresser, next to the bed, and even hiding in the linen closet. It is impossible to complete a chore while being bombarded with their incessant chatter.

The squirrels in my living room and kitchen are in competition with each other. If I’m in the living room, the kitchen squirrels start to make a ruckus. If I’m in the kitchen, the commotion the living room squirrels make is hard to ignore. (Of course, the kitchen squirrels have a distinct advantage since they can tempt me with food. The refrigerator squirrels are particularly good at vying for my attention.)

My squirrels have been especially active lately. There are multiple partially finished tasks that I really need to get done. I have sewing projects, writing projects, arts and crafts projects, and house projects, as well as organizing, gardening, and trip planning to complete. Unfortunately, once I finish my morning coffee and the daily Wordle (the newest squirrel to take up residence in our house) all the other squirrels start demanding equal attention.

I obviously can’t please them all, so I’m trying to be more selective in responding to their seductive cries. In fact, as soon as I tidy up my desk squirrels, I will finish this blog post.

If you are reading this, you know that I was successful… at least this time.   

Author: Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com

My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

152 thoughts on “A Squirrel Infestation”

  1. Hey Janis! Looks you tamed those squirrels at least for a moment. But as I’m sure you’ve noticed they are a bit like bunnies and can reproduce quite quickly. I hope that those little buggers won’t interfere with your upcoming road trip. Definitely looking forward to catching up with you and Paul soon. ~Kathy

  2. Congratulations on getting the post written! That tells me you got at least two squirrels fed. I have felt this way at work recently. It is an extremely busy time, and I am finding it hard to focus on any one task, making me less effective at all tasks. I’ve taken up the mantra “one thing at a time.” Meditation and deep breathing are helping…a little.

  3. Love your playful tone and lighthearted attitude towards various distractions in our daily lives. I have plenty of real squirrels in my backyard. Brown ones, grey ones… Lovable little creatures. Hard to ignore them indeed.

  4. Janis! I enjoyed this post so much and never heard of squirrels used for distractions but it fit so well!
    And it is timely for me because now I realize why a few things are not leaving my to do list- those squirrels over here are blocking the doorway!

    Cheers to handling the squirrels as needed

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