If you're not watching the Great Alaskan Red Squirrel Cam streaming over the internet you're missing out said the wise old Owl. I watch as often as I can he said. Come see me at this web site (click here) or on Ustream.tv web site at the address (click here)
The old squirrel is streaming live on Cam 2. One of the most asked questions about the old Permafrost Ranch and Alaska is our length of daylight in the winter and summer. If you look on the web pages Cam 1 page right above the live picture is a Weather Bug that shows our Sunrise and Sunset times. It's always fun to watch our dwindling hours of daylight this time of the year. On that shortest day of the year, we will be just under 4 hours of daylight. So, stop in and watch the darkness grow says the old squirrel.
The web cam capture sent to me from Diane M in North Carolina from early this morning. Thanks Diane. This post is to remind everyone if the Cam 2 is off when you log into the site remember to check this streaming cam link. (Click Here) Or you can find this link on Cam 1 page. I may just be streaming live on UStream.TV on this channel (Click Here). It fun to watch the live streaming when the feeder is active with squirrels and birds. Plus, you can chat with me in the chat room at the same time. See you there
It's a challenge to stay positive sometimes said this old squirrel. Over the years he's watched me go through many changes here on the old Permafrost Ranch. Looking back through that long tunnel of time. I should have done many things different and some mornings like today I awake with a introspective look back at some of the water thats passed under that bridge.
National TV is pushing that Puppy Cam, shoot says the old squirrel. I'm just as cute and they don't promote the Squirrel Cams. We have been around a long time.... Someone should write them and tell them, he said looking at me.
The old squirrel was asking me about my Native American Heritage today being this month is to honor those of such Heritage. My blood quantum is thin, very thin I told him. My Great Grandmother was the last full blood in my family. My tribe right now is having a constitutional convention. As it is, I am a tribal member but can't run for office because I don't live in the nation and haven't enough blood quantum. I may lose even that with some of the new purposed amendments to our new constitution. How does that make you feel the old squirrel asked me? I'm really torn by it I said, part of my personal view point that makes me the person I am is this Heritage. I do understand what is driving this, the money that is now being made by the casinos in the Nation. To rid themselves of us x-patriots and those of little blood lines is exactly the desired end to be reached by the Dawes Act. Further weakening those tribal links and reaching those very goals he and the emerging white nation wanted.
Dawes himself said it. We must teach the Indians that GREED is fundamental part of the American Way of Life. It looks as if we have learned this lesson well. Those goals may have been reached it looks to me, said the old Squirrel.
1 can of Cranberry Sauce $1.79, 1 box of Stove Top Stuffing $2.50 1 gal of 2% Milk $3.99 1 pkg of Frozen Brussle Sprouts $2.99 2 gals ice cram $7.00 1 loaf of sliced Bread $3.18 1 8 to 10 pound frozen turkey $9.00 This was just a quick trip to the store thinking about the up coming holiday. We were just shopping for two this year.
That little Red Squirrel is showing up in the middle of the night to run off the flyers from the feeder. He's taking big risk in doing that. Thanks for watching the cams here on the old Permafrost Ranch.
I don't understand, said the old squirrel. How did we get into this state of affairs whereby the government is bailing out Banks, and Big Business, and the rich suits who ran it all into the ground continue to be in charge. Unfettered capitalism with the keys to the public treasury isn't what our founding fathers had in mind I don't think.
The News on the Economy is about as frosty as this old Squirrel
How far do you think it will fall said the old squirrel? How far what will fall I asked. He said the stock market. It's tanked two days in a row. I said, it doesn't matter to me. Heck I'm broke already anyway. Now, that statement really worried the old squirrel. He then looked at me and asked. How many bags of sunflower seeds do you have stashed away?
The old squirrel is fit to be tied, he was looking at the bills and the cost of one Doctors appointment for the wife was $190.00 for a half an hour office visit. This new Doctor had asked the wife how she was paying for her perscriptions because she has no insurance.
The real question is now, how is she going to pay both at that rate.
We were having coffee this morning and cruising the net. Not much was being talked about because we were both fixated on the local election results we were seeing. After a bit I noticed the old squirrel was acting like a real nervous squirrel, whipping his tail back and forth. He looked at me and exclaimed "Can you believe these results" I replied, "it's certainly not the results I expected"
The days are growing shorter and the long Arctic Night begins. I noticed yesterday the sun doesn't clear the trees anymore. The sun makes a low circuit on the horizon and it never climbs high in sky. Even this old squirrel was up early this morning while still dark he was out on the feeder. Maybe the flyers woke him up early or he was just hungry this morning. The weather bug on Cam 1 gives you sunrise and sunset times. Watch our day light shrink quickly. Sunrise this morning will be at 8:44 a.m. and Sunset will be at 4:24 p.m.
We went to the grocery store and bought three bags of candy for Halloween. Not one ghost or goblin showed up at the door. North Pole, weather and distance between homes doesn't attract the trick or treaters. So, said the old squirrel, are you going to eat all that by yourself?
What said the old Squirrel? Oh, it is just something I remember from my past I replied. A long time ago, another solid old Republican said that. "I'm not a Crook" But I do understand, you have to make statements such as that during the heat of a trial and campaign.
This old squirrel was going through the email that we got this morning over a cup of coffee and sunflower seeds. "There really seems to be a major reality disconnect between the Party and the convictions of the old guard here in the Great Land." I really have to agree, I said after reading the Party emails I just got. I think some of the faithful I told the old squirrel are willing to put up with the delusion of being moral, as long as they stay in power.
What do you think, asked the old squirrel. Do you think, Senator Stevens will win the election if he doesn't step down after this conviction? I don't know I replied, but I do know this. The corruption was and is still ingrained in our Great Land. Even our local Fairbanks Mayor has gone over to the Dark side with a political TV ad backing Senator Stevens. Didn't a past Mayor and his wife get convicted of stealing money from a Senator Stevens developed grant for them asked the old squirrel. I had to shake my head yes. The old squirrel then looked at me and said, looks like your right about the corruption.
If your wanting live images from Cam 1 or ads on Cam 2 I'm sorry says the old squirrel. He's been trying all morning but there must be a problem with ACS and the server. It won't accept passive ftp connections for some reason.
The flyers are bouncing off the poles on the side of the house and the feeder. It's suppose to fall to -20 F tonight here on the old Permafrost Ranch. It's really good weather for the Permafrost Crop. It's a shame the price is down on Permafrost.
Winter has settled in here on the old Permafrost Ranch
It's here, the hawk as it is called. The hawk of winter. Winter comes early and leaves late in this part of the Boreal Forest. It sure changes the pattern of life for the squirrels and birds who frequent the feeders. As the daylight hours shrink towards the long winters night the snow covered forest grows quieter. At least that is the way it seems except the cold air really transmits sound quite efficiently. You can hear the neighbors better, the crunch of footsteps out in the road or drive way. The cars passing by out on the road or the trains lonely whistle over three miles away, all come through loud and clear. The barking of dogs at night carries for long distances in the deep cold air that comes with the season. The old squirrel agrees with me when I say us humans are a noisy bunch.
I was chatting with the old squirrel yesterday about my insomnia problem. It kicked in big time in the last couple of days. Here it is 5:00 AM and I've been up since 1:30 AM. I'm sleepy now so I may just try to slip back into the bed and try to get some rest. The old squirrel said, it's because I let them Northern Flyers on the feeders. They don't sleep at night either he told me.
The old squirrel asked me how the new heater did last night. Well, I'm sitting here at the computer without any socks or shoes on. It's like sitting on the beach I told him. What a difference it makes in the back of this house. No more fans trying to move the warm air from the wood stove in the front of the house to the back. No cool drafts and floors... hip hip hurray
The old squirrel was telling me this morning over coffee. Winter has locked and loaded and we are getting both barrels he feels. ACS, tore up the road in front of the house and had us blocked in the drive way all day yesterday. They were laying new cable and my driveway took the beating of all the digging. I don't think they will put it back to normal it's going to be a mess next spring he said. They had to dig under the culvert that was there. They dinged it a couple of times. Not only that they didn't compact the dirt under the area they dug and or over the pipe when they recovered it. It's liable to subside with the moisture in the spring and cave in the pipe. I suspect I'll be asking for relief from ACS before it's all over with next year. Not only that they still accidently got into the cable for the phone lines that run around Victoria Circle. It didn't affect our service but the rest of the neighborhood was down. I suppose then they had to splice the cable before they reburied it.