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Okay, so this morning I let the pooch out to take care of business and as I’m walking back to the house, this little pine squirrel starts making a racket. He (or she) is munching on a corn cob and I guess he thought I might be interested in his breakfast and started calling me all kinds of names. At least that’s what I figured he was doing.

Pine squirrels are funny little creatures. A couple years ago I was walking the dog about 1/3 of a mile from our log home when one little fellow started making all kinds of noise. He was in a pine tree and so high up I could barely make him out, but all of a sudden, a nut came flying out of the tree aimed right at me.

I stood there mesmerized while this little squirrel continued to throw nuts at me and the dog for many minutes. One projectile actually hit me, but the whole scene was too funny to chance ending it by moving away. This was the first time I had ever had an animal throw things at me and it was the most amazing experience. That 10 ounce rodent was attacking a 200+ lb. human – too funny.

When I lived in Plano, Texas or the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Roanoke, Virginia, I never had such an experience. And I think that is one of the reasons why the log home lifestyle appeals to so many people. In most cases we build a cabin or log home in a rural setting, away from the noise and bustle of the city. As a result, we get to experience nature up close and personal and see things we never could experience in the confines of a neighborhood or city street.

It’s the experience

I’ve had as many as 30 deer wander through our property at one time; we’ve seen many bears, some elk, turkeys, eagles and even the occasional mountain lion or bobcat, and you never get tired of seeing these creatures come by for a visit. Just watching a tiny pine squirrel nibble on a corn cob is an event that makes you stop what you were doing, grab your camera and enjoy the moment.

To me, that’s part of the thrill of living out in the woods and being close to so many different critters. It’s part of log home living, and I love it, I do.

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