Thursday, June 9, 2011

Creature From The Woods

Today I was glancing out my window, and saw this little creature - NO CLUE what it is.  If you know, please tell me!  You know how I prefer my nature behind glass, lol, well these were taken through my window and my son's [very dirty] window.  Sorry 'bout that.

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When I first saw him, he was sitting up like a meercat.  By the time I got back with the camera, he was down, and stayed there.

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Apparently he's a vegetarian.

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He's about the size of my cat, [my very BIG cat] maybe a little bigger.  I'm going to call him Clyde.  Don't know why.

I have nothing quilty or sewing related to show you.  It's been far too warm hot here to touch fabric.  We spent the night at my mum's last night, she has central air, and it was lovely but very boring, with no internet.  We had a reading and giggling marathon.  The weather broke today and it's quite fantastic now.  I'll sleep good tonight.

If any of you have been to Tokyo, please let me know. 

A tutorial for you - from Wendy at The Crafter's Apprentice, the cutest little scrappy hearts!



That's all from Allie-Land - sayonara!

42 comments:

sunny said...

That would be your basic Ground Hog! And as fat as they are, they are fast!! And it really doesn't matter if the famous one sees his shadow or not, Spring never comes. It's winter, and then overnight it's sweltering summer. Adorable hearts!

Michelle said...

Could he be a nutria? They look a lot like beavers, and have the same teeth, but have rat tails.

Nancy said...

It's a groundhog...

Elisa said...

It's a ground hog! Now we have 3 more months of summer!

Linda said...

I call him a woodchuck, but yes more commonly known as the groundhog. I have them allover the place around here. Last year one got under the hood of my minivan. Sarge alerted us to his presence!! LOL! He had a burn mark on his fur from my engine. Pesky little bugger! Did some damage too. Now I ask myself...Of all the places to hide...was that a good place??? NOT! LOL!

WoolenSails said...

Guess you got your answer, lol.
If it was a beaver, he would have a flat tail.
We call them woodchucks.

Debbie

Cyndi said...

Yes, dear Allie, that is a ground hog! We have a lot of those around here, too. In fact, we have one that lives in the drain pipe that runs under our driveway. And they can get BIG...and as cute as they are, if they feel threatened, they will charge you! Ask me how I know that! LOL! But he's awfully cute and those are fantastic photos of him. Love the one of him eating the plant!

Adorable scrappy hearts!

And...glad that you are getting some relief from the heat. Gonna be hot here tomorrow and Saturday, then cool off a bit for a few days.

XOXO,

Cyndi

BubzRugz said...

Yay... now I have seen a Groundhog... he looks quite cute...
Love those scrappy hearts....
Keep cool.....
Hugz

shez said...

Allie what a curious critter i also now know what a ground hog is,nice hearts and hope you sleep well too night.

Shelley said...

Great pictures!! I have never seen one of those either....we don't have them here..I don't think. Sort of like a nutria but...cuter?...lol

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

I have never ever seen them. we hve nothing like that here in NZ, is this creature what groundhog day is all about then??

Michelle Ridgway said...

I am so excited to see a real groundhog...I love that movie! I think "Clyde" suits him very well. He is so cute. Very sweet little hearts too. Glad the heat has let up for you.
Michelle xx

Wendy said...

Well I was coming over to tell you I thought Clyde was an otter, but apparently he's a groundhog! I always thought a groundhog looked like a boar, shows how wrong I usually am! Thanks for featuring my hearts, it's such a thrill seeing my items on other people's blogs (in a non-steally way obviously!!)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

None of these little fellows in Aus...but its good to know what a groundhog looks like...nice looking fellow...

Carol said...

I think it's a ground hog too...I thought it was an otter at first too, but after seeing the other pics I think it's a ground hog. FUN!

Sue said...

Hi Allie!

That is a woodchuck or some folks call them ground hogs! They are quite destructive and love to dig holes near the basements. I know as they have dug holes beneath our deck so much that we had to build a new one!
The holes they dig in the yards are dangerous too as you can easily step in them and break a leg!

We don't keep them around here if ya know what I mean! Farmers hate them and there are some farmers in our area who invite folks to come out and shoot them! Reason being, the holes are dangerous for their farm animals.

Cute little buggers....just not good to keep around.

Terry said...

Nice groundhog! Love the hearts too! And isn't it wonderful to have a bit of cooler weather! I've got the windows all open this morning and it's fabulous! :0)

Caron said...

Yup, he's a Groundhog/Woodchuck. They like to dig holes under buildings and live down there. We have one that lives under our pergola in the back yard. They can be destructive, so keep an eye on him. I hope you don't have a garden. And they multiply!!!

West Michigan Quilter said...

I think it's a woodchuck. They are in my back field all the time. Once one got into my garage and did a lot of damage. I had to have creature control come and get it. They have huge claws! So stay away from them. Love that tutorial!

Michelle said...

REALLY BIG GIGGLE!!! He's cute!

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

Just LOVE the hearts. I've got some little scrappies that look similar....think I'll give it a go today. thanks for the inspiration, again...wildlify and quilty, too ;)

Mickie said...

Indeed it is a groundhog and I say that coming from the great state of Pennsylvania where the groundhog predicts spring's arrival (think Bill Murray movie). I don't like them much but some people do!

Loralynn said...

Aww...he's cute! I didn't realize they are strip-edy. How's your Mom feeling?

Linda said...

Everyone else beat me to it - he looks like a ground hog! He can get bigger than that, too, if he's the size of a cat. He may be young.

Mary-Kay said...

I think it's pretty cool when we get to see wild creatures in suburbia. At least we know that man has overtaken everything.

Talin's Corner said...

Cute scrappy hearts. How close did you get to the groundhog?

donna said...

You have a new cute litte fur baby. Love your scrappy hearts.
Hugs
donna

kmcconachie said...

Ahhh...the Groundhog! Adorable & destructive at the same time. Love 'em or hate 'em, once they are there, they are around to stay!

Cathy said...

You got your answer....a ground hog. They dig holes in your yard. Love your hearts. They are adorable. Hugs.

Val said...

Ground hog!! We have them everywhere!!!

Jan said...

I'm glad you found out what your wildlife visitor is! Love the little hearts! So glad you had a break in the heat-it can really wear you down!

Shari said...

Well, being from Nebraska, I was going to say prairie dog. But I've seen Groundhog Day enough times to confirm it does indeed look like a ground hog. How interesting for you! The only wild life I've seen lately are dead kangaroos on the side of the road. It's really sad. Wish people would slow down - but then they do hop right in front of cars.

Heather x said...

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

See everyone got there before me with the answer my friend, so I have contributed with hubby's favourite tongue twister lol.

*hugs* Heather x

Stitched With Prayer said...

What a cutie!! Clyde is either a Marmot (wood-chuck) or a Prairie Dog. Prairie dogs sit up most of the time, ever watchful for danger and when they feel threatened, they do this funny whistle to warn the colony. They are very social a live in huge colonies so I'm thinking he is probably a Wood-chuck. Of course, I say all this like I know what I'm talking about and ... well, I do know about Prairie Dogs, but not to much about Wood Chucks except every one always wonders 'How much wood they would chuck if they could...*wink* . Oh and Allie, I love the adorable pin cushions! Thanks so much for the link to the the tutorial. I would like to make lots of them and I have the scrap basket just waiting to be busted! Hugs...

Stitched With Prayer said...

OH, I've been reading the other comments and Ground Hog seems to be the winner...so I'll have to add that to my possibles, LOL. Though my hubby is adimate that Clyde is a Prairie Dog. Whatever he is, I love his name. HUGS...

rosie said...

I'm glad we don't have ground hogs here if they charge you!! I don't think you needed to hear that!! Thanks for showing us what a ground hog is!!

Shasta said...

Congratulations on your new laptop, and hope you stay cool Allie. Clyde is a lovely name for your new pet.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

I love Clyde the critter! So cute!
Of course I'm a sucker for fuzzies.
xx, shell

jan said...

I was thinking prairie dog, until you said the size! I hope he is a loner and left his family far away!

Glad your mom is feeling better!

Carrie P. said...

We have those critters around here too. Ground hogs.
Cute little hearts.

Joanne Lendaro said...

cute little hearts!! Love them!!

Dolores said...

It's nice to know you now know what a groundhog looks like. Pesky little devils in the prairies where they make holes that cattle and horses step in and hurt themselves. Apparently, my husband told me that my neighbour has one. I hope it stays there.

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