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Out Our Window

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
June 12 , 2017
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In this Issue
o  Out Our Window
o  Say Something Good
o  Points To Ponder
o  A Little Humor
o  Quote
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Out Our Window
Out our window...

Out Our Window
Watching the squirrels recently was such a treat for wife Jean that I asked her to share with you what was going on. Here is her wonderful, in depth report. 

It was sad to read that P.T. Barnum’s Circus shut down, but on a much smaller scale we recently found a replacement right outside our office window .

Viburnum nudum is a deciduous shrub that grows in the wild, likely planted by birds. It leafs in spring, then pretty white flowers come, followed by berries…and that is where this story begins.  A good mental exercise for Monday morning if you follow carefully, since we did not have a video camera handy.

Just outside the window are two sizable Viburnums, beneath the tall hickory trees where the squirrels do their daily, entertaining calisthenics.  Younger branches on the Viburnum are willowy and the berries are at the end of the branch.  Well, on this morning a squirrel with good sight spotted the berries and tried several times without success to climb to the end to reach them.  He then spotted a young hickory tree whose branches are stronger and 'figgered how he could climb the hickory tree, then jump near the end of the Viburnum branch.  Smart critter!  He made the jump and clung to the Viburnum as it swayed and drooped, holding on alternately with all four sharp little feet, then front only.  Still could not get his teeth to the berries.  He revamped his plan, tried several limbs, finally spotted one that he could hang from using only his two back feet and reach the berries with his sharp little teeth!  Never had I seen a squirrel hang by his back feet, full length suspended! It is not possible to describe how he reached this position. He stayed until he had his fill, then jumped (or fell?) to the ground.

I could see several lessons in watching this free show – determination, ingenuity, perseverance, appreciation for nature, struggle for food, AND value in turning off the computer and getting outside...for starters."  

You may have your own story.  I'd love to hear your comments.  Click Here to leave your comments on my Blog.

Say Something Good
Old Shirts. Back in 1993 I went to Honolulu, Hawaii for some wonderful audiences on a number of topics. I made presentations for the U.S. Navy, for a Hawaiian Elementary School, for a Safety Specialist'sluncheon,  keynoted The Governors Annual Safety Conference and oceanside I spoke for members of the Hawaiian National Speakers Association. 

I  visited Hilo Hattie's and bought a bright red and white floral shirt. I had slimmed down to perhaps 180 for that trip.  When I married and moved here to Hillsborough we brought along that shirt and annually, when Jean moves my summer clothes downstairs to my bedroom I take that shirt off the hanger to see if it fits. And every year, sadly,  we take it back upstairs.  Well just the other day I put that shirt on and went out and did an hour program for a wonderful audience and when I got home we put it back on a hanger and took it back upstairs.  It had fitted perfectly for the occasion.  When I sat down though a couple of buttons were struggling to hang on.  

I figured out on my fingers that is 24 years since I bought that shirt.  I still feel good about the whole deal.

May God Bless America and bring us world peace. 

Points To Ponder                                                                                            
When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen. Stephen Covey 

(I just wish I could do that. Art)

A Little Humor
When I was a boy growing up in Detroit there was this other kid who never washed his feet. We called him Stinko.  You could smell him coming down the street a block away. One day a neighbour lady gave Stinko some Odor Eaters and the next morning he put two of them in each shoe. Stinko just disappeared. We’ve never heard from him since. Figures. 

Quote
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.  Tecumseh

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