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What goes up must come around…

What’s good for the squirrel is good for the gander. Of course, that’s not the way it goes, but for some of us not only is it easy to mix up sayings it’s almost expected. As we grow older it’s easier to be mixed up and on occasion no one notices.

Our neighbor was out on a Saturday squirrel hunting several months ago. At Church the next day he was informing us he had noticed there weren’t any walnuts in the forest he’d been in and was wondering what that meant.

As strange as that was when we got home from Church I checked and sure enough, as I thought, there weren’t any walnuts on our trees either.

Apple trees usually bear heavily every other year but I have not noticed the same thing with walnuts. So it is my guess there is another peculiar reason for this lack of walnuts this year. Last year we had thousands of walnuts so hopefully, there were still a few the squirrels had buried and could dig up this year.

We’ve filled the bird feeder and as I was looking out the window I also noticed the squirrel persevering through the snow to the crab apple tree by the kitchen window. Our once small crab apple tree has grown and become a beloved tree. It generally always has a decent crop of smallish-sized apples every year. Unlike our regular-sized apple trees, this tree doesn’t lose its apples all over the ground.

Of course, some of them do fall, but mostly they stay on the trees and freeze then feed the birds…and the squirrels. I have at times thought of harvesting the small apples for apple jelly. Crab apples are what they use for pectin to make jellies, but I somewhat figure the squirrels and birds need the apples more than I need jelly.

Job 37:

6  For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

7  He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

8  Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

9  Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

10  By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

11  Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

12  And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

13  He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

14  Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

15  Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

16  Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

17  How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

18  Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

19  Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.