How to feed your whistlepig

So, you’re thinking about a whistlepig of your own? How do you feed her? What do you feed her? How much do you feed her? Well, Tamara and Jack, close personal friends and culinarians for Perry County Blossom, have done the math for you. (They’re PhDs. They’re good at math.)  Here’s their grocery list for the last five months:

  • 35 heads of cabbage.
  • 40 pounds of carrots.
  • 300 pieces of fruit (apples, pears, nectarines, etc.).
  • 150 cups of oatmeal.
  • Extra cucumbers, vegetable scraps, tomatoes from the home garden.
  • Uncounted pounds of salted peanuts in the shell.

Remember, the next time you hear, “Mom! Dad! Can WE have whistlepig?” You have some concrete statistics to show where their allowance will be spent right after your “only- if-you-take-care-of-her” riposte.

Previous posts on our winter/spring prognosticator:

Groundhog eating a carrot.
Nom nom nom nom nom as carrots, apples and peanuts disappear.  (Photo by Jack)

Whistlepig and sidekick eat out (or in)

Readers are familiar with that blogally famous Perry County Prognosticator, Blossom the Groundhog. As good as her predictions are, she has been a little less predictable.

However, her spokespeople, Tamara and Jack, have sent new dispatch. Blossom has reappeared after spending the spring rearing a den of babies (pups? kittens? whistlepiglets?) Jack, an excellent human chef and vintner, was pleased to offer a spread that would delight any rodent of Blossom’s stature: cabbage, apples and peanuts. This time, Blossom brought a friend, the curl-your-toes-cute Ratty the wood rat, who was content with a bowl of oatmeal. Thanks to Tamara and Jack for the photo update!

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Ratty Solo

Groundhog Day 2

Punxutawney Phil, perhaps the nation’s most famous rodent since Willard, has spoken, predicting an early spring in his annual Groundhog Day ritual.

Not to be outdone, our local whistle pig, Blossom of Perry County, has her own opinion, according to a text message from her spokespeople, Tamara and Jack. Blossom’s verdict? Six more weeks of winter.

In six weeks, we’ll see which of the two groundhogs has better climatic foresight.

COOL LAND BEAVER -- Pennsylvania has its weather predictor. Perry County, Ark., has one too.
COOL LAND BEAVER — Pennsylvania has its weather predictor. Perry County, Ark., has one too. Blossom is way more stylin’ though. 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy I

This week features a photo taken by friends Tamara and Jack: a portrait of Blossom the groundhog. Blossom’s job is stealing the fruits of their garden labors, though Jack has been known to give her treats. Here she is happily nibbling away. Dang. Rodents can be cute, even if they do eat your squash.

GROUNDHOG NOM-NOMS — Blossom, the garden thief, enjoys food given, not stolen. According to Wikipedia, groundhogs are also known as whistle-pigs and land beavers.

We’ll probably have more happy as the weekend progresses.

Find other people’s happy at:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/weekly-photo-challenge-happy/