This little critter appeared and entertained me for a while.

Chipmunks are rodents that are a type of squirrel. These small, furry animals are identified by their stubby legs, bushy tails and the white, black and brown stripes that run down their backs.

Chipmunks are the smallest members of the squirrel family, according to National Geographic. The biggest species of chipmunk is the Eastern chipmunk. It grows to 11 inches (28 centimeters) and weighs up to 4.4 ounces (125 grams).

Chipmunks are small, ground-dwelling members of the squirrel (Sciuridae) family known for their burrowing habits and love of nuts. Despite their size, chipmunks can cause significant damage to homes, yards, and farms.

We have already seen Voles in our yard and now we see this burrowing animal, too.

Things are warming up here in Northeastern Washington. We are inching closer and closer to the upper 90’s. We are working in the early hours and enjoying our inside cool air in the afternoon and evening. We are happy we made the decision to have a heat pump installed.

In my daily readings I read a verse in Matthew that caught my attention. I’ve read that portion of scripture before but this time reading that portion in the ESV (English Standard Version) made me underline it. One of the words that made me look twice was relaxes.

Jesus speaking to the multitudes:

Matthew 5:17-20

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

13 thoughts on “Alvin!

  1. I know chipmunks can be destructive but they certainly are cute to watch. We are struggling with afternoon heat/humidity, too. We try to do our work before lunch every day.

  2. I agree with Mildred, chipmunks are cute but can make so many holes in the yard. We used to have them get in the house basement! Then a weasel moved in our yard and now NO squirrels or chipmunks dare to be here. It’s kind of sad but also a relief as the squirrels were getting in our house!😉

  3. So cute, you so right, the can be very destructive, luckily I haven’t seen any around here, but we do have plenty of squirrels, who feast at our bird feeders. great photos, and beautiful scripture verses.

  4. That cute little thing causing damage? Not possible. LOL
    I love quail (from your earlier post). Not to eat! But they are SO CUTE when they run across the road or through our garden!
    I loved your verse for the day.

  5. They are fun to watch. You got some great pictures of him. We have quite a few around out back. They like all the stone walls and we watch them run all in and out from between rocks.
    The ones here though have much shorter tails than your little guy!

  6. Wow. What a fresh insight when you consider that word! I love how the Word of God is living and life-giving!

    I have to confess . . . I think that your little Alvin is adorable! (But I am sorry that he is wreaking havoc on your yard.)

  7. Ellen – thanks for sharing your insight on this piece of Scripture.

    We have quite a few chipmunks around our property, and I do worry a little about their burrowing. But right now we have bigger critters in our sights – can’t battle them all at once!

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