Perseverance. Webster’s definition of this word is: carry on, persist, stand firm, endure and so on.

The bird feeders in our garden are magnets for not only birds but also squirrels. I have tried all kinds of deterrents to keep them away. The most effective method is to spray the pole holding the feeders with WD-40 or with dish detergent, then the thieving critters lose their grip.

The larger black and grey squirrels cannot climb the pole due to their weight. It is hilarious to watch them keep trying. However, the much smaller red squirrel has no such challenge. It seems there is nothing that will keep this little creature from feasting on the bird seed.

I recently saw one hanging onto the feeder, happily chomping. Grabbing the dish detergent liquid container, I went out determined to stop its’ raiding. It cheekily stayed put as I approached. Undeterred by my presence. Only as I began to apply the liquid to the pole, causing it to sway, did the squirrel jump off.

So-oh, did it work this time? The picture tells all. I took it shortly after my determined effort to keep it at bay. Obviously, it has no plans to move on to other opportunities. 

I give it a 10 for perseverance. Me? Well, I think I’ll just continue to try to deter it (them), after all, I don’t want to lose the battle. Methinks, though, I will lose the war. The little red beauty is far more accomplished at the game, but it will not stop me trying.

Persevere. Never give up. Choose to keep trying until you succeed.

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