Several years ago Kenneth built a sandbox for Steven to play in. To keep the cats from using it as a giant litter box, he made a nice top for it so we can cover it when it's not in use.
This winter, even though it has the cover firmly in place, it has become the home of a little red squirrel. It squeezes in through a crack that has appeared in the one corner.
We have been entertained watching it as it gnaws the shells off of walnuts until they're small enough to fit inside. It tests the size every couple seconds in its hurry to get inside safely out of reach of the bossy bigger squirrels.
There are several other bigger kinds of squirrels that come visiting the walnut tree as well. They're equally as entertaining to watch.
Between all the birds and squirrels to watch outside the kitchen window, it's almost a wonder that any of the other rooms in the house get used.
One of the bigger squirrels taking a rare quiet moment before darting on up the tree to retrieve another walnut.
Once spring arrives and the little red squirrel moves from its home in the sandbox, we'll be getting rid of the sand and possibly the sandbox as well.
As long as they don't try living in the attic or elsewhere in the house, I actually really enjoy having squirrels around.