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California Black Squirrel Rescue Operation

Last Fall while walking to my car on the beautiful campus where my day job is I stumbled across these two little rat looking things. I didn’t know what they were, but being familiar with most of the wildlife on our campus, I figured they couldn’t be rats.

There were two, laying helplessly on the side of the road, not in direct danger of being run over by a car but certainly in danger of being picked up by the ferel cats on the campus. Although I was running late to pick up my husband after work, I just didn’t feel it was right to leave these little innocent newly born creatures there. They needed help if they were going to survive.

I called up my husband and described them to him. He said they had to be squirrels. And it made sense because our campus has so many little squirrels being busy about the campus. It looked like these little guys had fallen down from a tree because there were parts of what looked to be a nest close by. That’s what threw me off … nests and squirrels?

squirrel nest

I quickly learned that squirrels do have nests up in trees. Yes it’s cliche, but you really do learn new things every day.


I went to grab a soft towel from somewhere so that I could pick up these two vulnerable little creatures and take them to wildlife care center so they could get them in good shape and release them back onto the campus.

These are them!

img of newborn black squirrels

The reason I know they are black squirrels is because our campus has them all over … plus the wildlife vets confirmed that they were eastern gray squirrels with a genetic mutation. Pretty cool, huh? Well, what’s even cooler is that they aren’t even supposed to be so many in California. Black squirrels are way more common in the MidWest — Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin. I feel totally lucky to have seen them and to have them in my own backyard so to speak.

black baby squirrels wrapped in a blanket

I was honored to rescue these little guys. I let the wildlife vets know where they were from and requested that they be brought back to our campus because they have a very fine home waiting for them.

I named these two newborn squirrels “East” and “West”.

Here’s what they look like now –

img of a very black squirrel


…looks a lot like Truffle, my itsy bitsy chihuahua.

Chihuahua in Halo bed


Nothin but a WeeBitThing …

Brisbane City Wide Garage Sale

We finally gathered enough (good) stuff to get together for a garage sale. It was a lot of work, as usual, but it turned out so well!

All of our hard work was worth it. I left the day job early so that I could start to pack up the night before the sale. I woke up early on Saturday to pack our breakfast, lunches, coffee and water. We started laying out our stuff at around 7:30 am. We were quite lucky to end up on a very visible high traffic spot.

The garage sale was nice because it had a friendly community vibe; it was a city wide garage sale but I hardly consider Brisbane a city, it’s more like a small town. It was also very nice that we didn’t have to travel very far, making it so easy!  Over all, for my first time selling there, I really liked it. It was very organized and the people that put it on were very helpful and friendly. The buyers were nice, too.

The Brisbane Friends of the Library put it on, so the proceeds of the participants went to a good cause, keeping the library going. Knowing that what you’re doing is going to help something bigger than yourself is always a good feeling.

The Lion’s club put on a barbecue which we got to be right next to. Their barbecue went really well and their burgers were excellent. They let us know that they used all grass fed beef. Yummy! 🙂

The only thing that would’ve made it better was if our babies were with us — Truffle and Monchichi couldn’t make it. We thought it might get too hot for them or thought they could get into trouble somehow…

Here’s the hubby trying to sell his comic book collections.

Brisbane Garage Sale, Selling Comics

Momz is happy the sales keep coming!

Brisbane Garage Sale Selling

Here I am working so very hard!

Brisbane Garage Sale

Even though I was busy selling, I managed to walk to my neighbor’s lot and shop around. I found this treasure in their “junk”. Tadaaa!

Image of Ceramic Pottery Jar

So this is a multipurpose Pottery Craft Made In the USA jar that’s in the Robert Maxwell pottery style. This was born circa 1970’s and could be found in department stores like JCpenney’s.

I heart lovely little things! When I saw this my eyes lit up. When I touched and held it, my heart lit up. I had to get it.

As for the rest of the day, it went very well. We made lots of money$$$, too. At the end, we all ate like kings and queens. We lived happily ever after. The End.


I Decided On The Manitobah Mukluks Moccasin in Tan Suede

So far so good.

The Manitobah Mukluks moccasins that I got as an early birthday present from my super thoughtful mother are my favorite shoes right now.

Suede Tan Moccasins

I was going on about how much I wanted some moccasins because I wanted to relive some of my childhood joy. I used to have these sky blue Minnetonka moccasins that I loved to wear as a school girl. I remember loving how they just slipped on and off, no laces. I could wear them with socks or no socks and they looked cool either way. And in blue, my favorite color. So I got that feeling going  inside of me and I wanted to relive that simple childhood joy.

It’s sort of a trend to wear mocs right now. I guess it’s like the Ugg trend. But where I live it makes sense to wear the Ugg style boots because it gets so cold but still sunny out. So you want to wear summer clothes but keep the extremities warm. It’s a pretty casual style out here. I feel like Mocs are an extension of the Ugg boot, just a slightly different look. The comfort and warmth while maintaining a lightness of shoe is there.

I wanted a moccasin, but a different kind of moccasin than what most people wear. I found these and decided upon the Manitobah brand.

Girl wearing Manitobah Brand Moccasins

The Manitobah Mukluks cost a little more than Minnetonkas. They are handmade in Canada and are a certified Aboriginal-owned business. The purchase comes with a certificate of authenticity that speaks about the role of the aboriginal-owned business in Canada’s economy. It’s also a way of letting the customers know that they just put their money into the support of Aboriginal-owned business. The Manitoba mukluks come with a Vibram sole. I don’t have it pictured here, but the vibram sole is artist designed. The design that I have on my soles is of a turtle. There are 4 significant symbols on the sole that reflect life and nature. It’s really pretty cool.

A different point of view –

Manitobah Moccasins Close Up Photo Shot

The best part? Truffle Wuffle loves them, too! This is Mukluk Love. Oh and btw, the mukluks are like walking barefoot. If you’re anything like me, who prefers to be in unbound sole state, you will love the feeling of these moccasins. If you need more support, probably not the best shoe to wear.

Photo image of woman sitting with her chihuahua on her lap