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I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world. If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.

In the meantime, here's something I found for you to read that may have a kernel of truth to it.

See you on Monday.

J. Peterman

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February 11, 2012 12:05 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Maybe he's the Purple People Eater.

February 11, 2012 3:49 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Goth squirels in make-up? I had a squirrel with yellow tail and legs(?) challenge the herd  of 'usual suspects' that feast on the detritus from the bird feeders....and one fat one with a missing tail section that reminded me of "Cartman" (SouthPark)...(NO! not Park4!)...Squirrels are more fun to watch than fish in a tank...

February 11, 2012 6:06 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Our local brewery who make excellent beers are called Purple Moose, an excess of which causes people to see pink elephants. My theory on the purple squirrel is that if you can trap them in a device as pictured in the article, you can liberally spray them with Gentian Violet, available in aerosol cans for treating fungal problems in horses hooves. (Why do they sell stuff for horses in an aerosol? The horse hears the SSSSSSSsssssssss and thinks there is a snake around!) If you ever had Gentian Violet applied to yourself, you'll know it is indelible for weeks. I have seen pictures of silly people who dye their miniature poodles pink or lime green, so if somebody wants to have a laugh by dyeing a squirrel purple and posting pics of it on Facebook - provided the dyestuff is harmless if ingested, I suppose it's one way of brightening up a February day. I read on the 'what's this?' pages that a Purple Squirrel is a good job candidate in recruiting firm jargon. I am fond of the colour purple and wear it constantly - hence one of my nicknames, Purple Haze.

February 11, 2012 6:53 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Hazel ~ I think you solved it.....or else, it's a really die-hard Baltimore Ravens which case, get over it.

February 11, 2012 7:43 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

PURPLE HAZE is a nickname to be proud of!! It is snowing SERIOUSLY --BEBE can you get here for a good dose of winter? Going to have Huevos Rancheros for breakfast with left over Chili and settle in for a snuggly day. Thought I would introduce food into the equation right away here as I do believe HAZEL has said it all regarding today's topic.

February 11, 2012 8:02 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Maybe one of the clever people can post the poem that starts off "When I am old, I will/shall wear purple" - I especially like the bit about rattling your walking stick along the railings.

February 11, 2012 8:08 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Hazel ~

In the sixties, I drew a house plan for an older couple and Ed K. was in the habit of trapping squirrels, painting their tails red and dropping them off somewhere across the river.
Criticized for the toxic potential of paint, he went to a gentian blue solution in a pump spray just as you speculated.
The initial results were spectacular.
I was grateful not to have questioned his numbers when he brought out dated photos of dozens of his exiled victims none of which he felt to have been repeaters.

Years ago, when the channel across the street had been created and there was only one house on it, the fellow who lived there was heard shouting: "I got him, I got him!"
Then, oddly enough, he got in his car, drove to our street, turned left, left again on the street parallel to his own and pulled a rope attached to a trap with a skunk in it into the channel where it sank and drove back.
I was standing out front with my hands in my pockets and he, bursting with pride, stopped: "Genius eh? I got the trap at Fleet Farm." And then, with no apparent sense of irony: "It's called Hav-a-Heart."
I usually just shot them.
RY ~
This Eric Cartman?

February 11, 2012 8:39 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

A Purple squirrel in Pennsylvania?


Just Punxsutawney Phil with frostbite.

February 11, 2012 8:47 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Here it is Hazel ~ so now we know, it's a senior squirrel.

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple

with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired

and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

and run my stick along the public railings

and make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

and pick the flowers in other people's gardens

and learn to spit.


You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

and eat three pounds of sausages at a go

or only bread and pickles for a week

and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.


But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

and pay our rent and not swear in the street

and set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

February 11, 2012 8:50 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Sorry, I should have added:  By: Jenny Joseph
I love this poem and so one of my daughters bought a book for me that included the poem and many other wonderful pictures, poems and just little stories about aging, mothers, US. 

February 11, 2012 9:41 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Single digits this morning.
Time for:

February 11, 2012 9:53 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

CHEFD..........................we actually have snowflakes coming down! Trying to decide if I can hang sheets & a quilt on the line. We must be channeling each other. I wrote a post earlier for yesterday's posts & it was eaten. Spent the day in Tupelo at a workshop, had a great fried catfish lunch. Tired when I got home, so we had burgers ( a friend makes a mix w/ 20h%ground bacon mixed in),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so delicious & we had tater tots. I found these organic ones, delicious! With onions roasted in the oven. A perfect chilly night supper. I read your & MISS BLUE's dinner descriptions & was starving! Your almond flour brownies sound to die for!
HAZEL.....................I babysat for a friend's sister's children a long time ago & she & her family had been living somewhere in Africa & she used the gentian violet for the boys.  It is a gorgeous color.
STONEY.................before my post was eaten I said how delightful it was that you & RINGS had lunch. Late happy birthdays to her & TMBWITW...................many more!
Stay cozy & warm all......................may snowflakes land on your head......may they land on SYD's collar............down boy!

February 11, 2012 10:35 AM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

When I was in matriculation mode, so many yeaes ago, we'd make a sort of defacto punch with every clear liquor available (the cheaper the better), then add grape Kool-aid to it. Some called it Ooobeedoo, but most called it Purple Jesus.

The second name, I assume, is from the promises made to our creator, "Oh dear Jesus, if you'll just let me not puke anymore, I swear by all things Holy I'll never do this again".

The Ooobeedoo name? Unknown.

February 11, 2012 11:02 AM
10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Uliggam said...

Another version of the Purple Jesus party. It was an BYOB party where all bottles of whatever were added to a galvanized garbage can. And it was said that "after 2 drinks, you too could walk on water!" Best held on a boat, for obvious reasons.

February 11, 2012 11:43 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

Purple has always been my favorite color but didn't wear it until recently - my grandmother always told me that only OLD women wear purple.  I am now that Old Woman and how I got here I do not know - I wear purple, am vaguely outrageous, live by my own rules and life is wonderful.  I love that book When I am an Old Lady I Shall Wear Purple. 

February 11, 2012 12:23 PM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Giraffe ~ Me too, all of the above, particularly the part where I don't how I got here.  I'm actually taken aback when I look in the mirror!  Amen to Life is Wonderful -- it truly is.

February 11, 2012 12:44 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

I have a purple Lacoste shirt that I bought in the late 1970's. A couple of pinholes and a couple of stains from misadventures here and yon but still in great shape and the color is still loud and proud with the petite alligator as fit as a fiddle. A pair of khakis, shirt tail out and a pair of well worn docksiders sans socks remains a classic look as far as I am concerned. I still like Aviator Sunglasses and jewelry limited to a watch and a modest wedding band from the days when we barely had two nickels to rub together. Purple requires little in the way of frill since it in and of itself is fraught with panache. My favorite purple tint- sky at sunset just before darkness ensues- Jimi Hendricks' Purple Haze playing with Woodstock verve or if bubblegumming Donny and Marie singing Deep Purple or the rock band of said name speaking melodically of smoke on the water a fire in the sky...

February 11, 2012 12:54 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I just noticed--I'm wearing a purple long sleeved T shirt today.  The Ralph Lauren polo player is in Kelly green.

February 11, 2012 12:59 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

CD--I have always loved huevos rancheros, but am only able to have them when dining out, since I'd be fixing two breakfasts that morning if I tried doing it at home.   Your flourless brownies reminded me of my long-time favorite Queen of Sheba cake--altho' it does have a wee bit of flour--yum!  Maybe I'll do one for Valentine's??  

February 11, 2012 1:01 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

MISS HAZEL ~ Are you certain the nickname was from the colors you wore?  Or maybe just one too many times you were heard to say Excuse me while I kiss this guy.

February 11, 2012 1:20 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

The real mystery is how the squirrel paid for his passage across the pond. 
He has hardly aged in four years.

February 11, 2012 1:33 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

paolos~ every girl knows you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your handsome prince. xxx - O well, worth a try!

February 11, 2012 1:41 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

C- ah Polo- an American Classic- just made me think I have tried hundreds of scents but POLO green keeps ending up in my shaving kit. I like creating an eclectic bit of this and that; so as not to look like anyone's walking ad. JP is sprinkled in my mix every week because it is a catalyst of creativity and timelessness.

February 11, 2012 1:44 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

and there are those of us who truly believe that it's the journey that matters, not the destination.

February 11, 2012 1:44 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Nice to see that all of the passionate opinions on this inflammatory topic are being held in check.

Hazel ~
The toads are grateful.

February 11, 2012 1:58 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Are there any Zane Grey fans out there?  Riders of the Purple Sage is only one of the many I've read.  An Ohio boy who invented Westerns.  He wrote like Remington painted and sculpted.  Amazing how a couple of boys from the east were able tell so well the story of the west.

February 11, 2012 1:58 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Bwwa ...haaaahaaaa. To quote bebe

I friended the Purple Squirrel on Face Book and linked the Peterman's
Eye site and guess who's picture popped up with the NO Explanation for Pennsylvania's
Purple Squirrel headline on the squirrel's wall? TOMMY T's !

February 11, 2012 2:04 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

STONEY ~  Miss Blue must be sleeping in. Please allow me the first petard.

February 11, 2012 2:05 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Someone from PETA threw paint on me?

February 11, 2012 2:08 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I spoke too late.

February 11, 2012 2:55 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

What is so hard to explain? Take a grey daddy squirrel and a red mommy squirrel add a magnum of pink champagne and 44 days later...

February 11, 2012 3:15 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Andy and Giraffe -You said it so well, there's no need to speak for me, too. Who is that woman in the mirror who looks a lot like my mother?

Hazel - I like your explanation for the purple as gentian violet, whether accidental or not. That stuff will stay on a while. I can remember seeing it put on sores on animals and on impetigo on kids, and the Bing explanations include it for topical anti-fungal and anti-bacterial medical treatment. It has been used to mark the body for surgery or for tattooing, and one Canadian university has a tradition of students' "purpling" to show school spirit.
How odd.

In N. GA the wind is literally moaning and howling around the eaves, the temps are dropping hourly and going down to teens tonight, and all the blooms that were so perky a few days ago will be brown by Monday. I am going out and cut my daffodils and bring them in to enjoy them before they get cut down by the cold. Ha! Some "Global warming"!!

February 11, 2012 4:07 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

PAOLOS Sometimes you scare me...I was just needlepointing a virtual cushion for you saying "its the journey, not the destination..."

BEBE---the flourless almond brownies were a disaster! They tasted good but for various reasons they are about to become the crust of an Amaretto Cheesecake. So happy you got some snowflakes! Every last bit of ours is gone but we did go for a wonderful ride in the woods with every branch white and gorgeous.

February 11, 2012 6:05 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

CD--when life hands you crumbs, make a great cheesecake!!  That actually sounds better than Plan A.

February 11, 2012 6:29 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Polo Green:  my husband's scent, he's used it (when he uses it) since it first came out.  I love it.  Any man who wears it has impeccable taste in everything.  Including women.

February 11, 2012 6:48 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Ms P4- You make perfectly good scents & remain the chosen impeccable lady that Coco described-Classy and Fabulous

February 11, 2012 7:42 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Oh my TT, I am blushin' -- but thank you.

February 11, 2012 7:49 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

At 8:00 EST (in a few minutes), it would be nice to have a fella around who wears Polo Green, because you'll want to cuddle up real close to him when you're watching TCM and tonight's Essential presentation of Wait Until Dark -- which scares the living bejezus out of me even tho I know what's going to happen-- Richard Crenna is scary scary and oh my Alan Arkin shows us a new level of evil - and poor darling Audrey, she's home alone and blind and I've got the chills writing this.  So grab your Polo guy, and a quilt and a pillow to hide your face in, and watch Wait Until Dark - and I'll see you in the a.m. - unless someone breaks into one of our houses and terrorizes one of us in which case one of us will not be here....if you get my meaning.  Bwahahaha hah! if bebe were here that's what she'd say... Night all. And remember to hide the kitchen knives, including steak knives.......

February 11, 2012 9:32 PM
First-com Anam Cara said...

Lord-a-mighty..Wear Purple?? Not with my red hair. Never cared for purple anyhow; maybe a delicate shade of lavender but even that is iffy.
Now, about that squirrel. Years ago, according to my mother, there used to be a dye incorporated into fire-alarm boxes so that if some mischief-maker turned in a false alarm thereby smashing the glass box, that dye would splatter all over the culprit and brand him as the evil-doer. Usually, the dye was a shrieking purple. Betcha the squirrel tried turning in a phony alarm about his favorite nut tree being ablaze. Ya think? *wink wink*

February 11, 2012 9:39 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

The sun goes down, the wind blows cold and poor
Whitney's song fades into the night...

February 11, 2012 10:40 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PARK.....................I remember the first time I saw "Wait Until Dark" ( yeah, yeah, yeah..........I know I should not be using quotation marks, live w/ it), I was terrified. It was such a great flick. Alan Arkin is sooooooooooooooo evil & terrifying....................I hope you had a a great smelling shoulder to fall into..................a PARK wink your way...............
Is anyone else having a curl up, good food, stay at home Saturday? They are the best!
TT.....................what you said about PARK....................I ditto you on that one!

February 11, 2012 10:41 PM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

Park4 - I had not seen Wait Until Dark for years but remember the first time I saw it and it scared me, my heart beating wildly  -  and it was the same just now.  Had forgotten just enough to not know what was coming next and Alan Arkin was just magnificant!!  I's forgotten he was that young.  Hope you enjoyed it.

February 12, 2012 11:48 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Purple Squirrel that would be the greatest choice for a mascot for the third or forth  or fifth newly elected official United States Political Party....called "The Realistic Go-Getters," Party....lets bring back Americas ...neighborhoods, downtowns, and community the American farmer, revitalize on infrastructure.FIX bridges water supply lines...get trains back on track.....carpentry education every weekend at the local park or library...down by the bay where the ....Palmetto trees grow......on and on..just vision a Purple Squirrel with a very fashionable Palmetto leaf purse, a pair of pinecone shoes...with a sea grass hat...and a Jasmine flower tussie mussie? Only, what if, could good community changes be possible ?

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