Posted by: L. E. Barnes | December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Another year down… And thus ends the first decade of this century. The year 2011 is upon us.

I can recall thinking as a child that at the dawn of the 21st century we would have all kinds of out-of-this-world technology, especially related to space travel. True, we’ve seen amazing advances in computers and communication–the Internet, cell phones, etc., but we’re not where some visionaries imagined we would be in certain regards. Last night my parents and I were watching Back to the Future II, when “Marty McFly” (played by Michael J. Fox) goes to the year 2015 in “Doc’s” DeLorean-turned-time-machine. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll probably remember the flying fusion-powered cars, floating skateboards, self-drying jackets, self-latching shoes, holographic public news broadcasts, and other amazing technologies that were depicted. Well, 2015 is just around the corner, but I’d say we’re still nowhere near those things. Oh well, you can’t have everything you want…

But here we are, on the threshold of 2011. Goodbye, 2010.

By the way, our big event on this New Year’s Eve has been that a squirrel managed to fall down our chimney and into our fireplace. We’ve been trying all afternoon to lure it into a big cardboard box.  So far, no success.

This is the second time this has happened to us, but last time getting the squirrel out was pretty easy. We simply pushed a big cardboard box–with some peanut butter spread on a sheet of foil placed inside as bait–up against the fireplace (which has sliding glass doors that we opened just enough to make a space for the squirrel to get through and into the box). We left the room and waited. Before long, we heard the squirreling rustling around inside the box, and we sneaked in the room and quickly slid a piece of cardboard down across the box’s opening. We then carefully tilted the box upright and dragged it toward the open front door. The funniest part of the whole episode was that just as we got the box out the door, the piece of cardboar lying across the open top slid out of the place and the squirrel, seeing the light of day, decided to take a flying leap to freedom–and flew straight at mother’s face! As you can imagine, my poor mother shrieked loud enough for the whole neighborhood to hear. But the squirrel bounced off her forehead, landed on the ground, and bolted across the yard with lightning speed.

If you’ve seen the Chevy Chase movie Christmas Vacation, I’m sure you’ll remember the scene in which a squirrel got loose in the house and caused all kinds of havoc. Well, we had been afraid the whole time that we were about to experience the something like that for ourselves!

We’re about to go to the home of some people my parents know from church to have a New Year’s Eve party–as the poor squirrel continues to huddle behind the artificial logs in our fireplace. Hopefully, we’ll finally be able to get it out without harm to it or our house. I’ll keep you posted.

Hmmm… Maybe this was 2010’s way of playing a last minute joke on us?

Anyway, may you have a blessed new year. Here’s some kitties to help you celebrate the arrival of 2011:



  1. Sounds like fun! SO…..has the squirrel found freedom?

    • Yes, we managed to get it out of the house yesterday by luring it into an old pet carrier and quickly sliding a sheet of cardboard over the opening. Then my dad took the pet carrier outside (with the squirrel squirming around inside!) and released the poor little thing. I’m sure it was glad to be free again. It was doubtless very scared, not to mention probably very hungry and thirsty.

  2. A funny story. You all did well to capture the squirrels. It would be a nightmare having them run around the house.

    Loved that kitty video. Some people are so talented to be able to make such entertaining videos. Wish I could.

    • I can’t tell you how relieved we were to finally get that squirrel out of the house. We were on pins and needles wondering if we would do so without it getting loose and making a mess!

      The kitty vid is cute. I love kitties! 😉

      Happy New Year!

  3. Not that I approve of Chris Rock, but when he hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, he began his opening speech by saying, “When I was a kid, we thought we’d be living like the Jetsons [in 1999]. Now we’re living like the Jeffersons.”

    • LOL! Seems like that sometimes. But we’re definitely a far cry from the Jetsons (which I think is good in some ways–I don’t want to live in an apartment complex in the sky and never see the ground!).

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