A Motley Crew

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for The Nest to play its favorite game of WordPress Roulette… Random Image Inspiration!  Random.org takes care of the numbers, I find the image using my top secret formula, and then I write up a post based on it!  Fun for the whole family!  Let’s take a gander at this week’s 110% random numbers…

1, 19, 35, 37

The first post in my Reader this morning was this one by Ruth!  She just joined my Reader a couple days ago by entering the Contest of Whatever!

The 19th word in that post is “huddled”… which is probably the least common word to end up as a key word in this series to date.

The 35th word in that post is “large”

Entering “huddled large” into Google Images turned this up as the 37th result…

Is it just me, or is that Weird Al in the top right corner?

It’s been a while since I took a group photo of my gang.  You know who I’m talking about… those cretins who inhabit my Shelf and help turn my blog into a vast wasteland of inappropriateness.  The most recent team photo was this one I took in October 2016 just before I sent Bashful back to Bacon (And where on earth has he gone?)…

The gang’s changed quite a bit in that time… many critters have come, some have faded into obscurity.  After 59 official SCT episodes, a full length “movie,” and numerous other small acts the troupe has performed over the last two and a half years… the cast has changed a bit.  So…. I got the current stars and semi stars together and took this updated group photo of the Shelf Critter gang this morning:

Yes, they put people in padded rooms for stuff like this.

Meet the stars of Shelf Critter Theatre, circa February 2019!

Foreground (l-r): Buster the ever-dying possum, Zeeba the deranged and her more reasonable sister Bearcat

Front row (l-r): Fuzzywig the bearer of The Good Stuff, Fleabag the mangy mutt, Zac the overmedicated happy squirrel, the five bratty Squirrel Children, Tina the little unicorn, and Mary the Mitzi wannabe

Second row (l-r): Chip the straight man of the bunch, Ricky the praying raccoon, Bad Santa the naughty elf, and Scratchy, Luna, Twilight and Applejack the ponies

Third row (l-r): Sparklepony the narcissistic mother, her kids The Sponkies, Mr. Fox of the soul stealing gaze, Uncle Sam the corrupt Shelf president, Bub the weewee-less, and Troll the ne’er do well

Last row (l-r): Rainbow Donkey the henpecked husband of Sparklepony, Shadow the magical Umbreon, Mitzi the Bimbocorn, Rainy the pluviophile skunk, Snuggle the creepy bear, and Sage the skunk girl

Background (l-r): Val the bitchy unicorn in a cup and Scrat the backdoor sabertooth squirrel.

And there you have it!  All of the star players in my………


Yeah, you forgot me again douchebag! Shocking, I know…

Oh…… and last but…. um, probably least.  Caper, the skunk who always gets overlooked in every episode she appears in.  If she’s actually even appeared in any….


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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23 Responses to A Motley Crew

  1. glad that buster survived the photo session… but sorry for the skunk… we thought he knows how to get attention LOL

  2. Merbear74 says:

    But where is that stupid brother bear I sent you? It irks me that the one time I send you a gift, he turns out to suck at acting….

  3. Trisha says:

    What a crew! I don’t know how you sleep with Uncle Snuggie, Mr. Fox and Scrat on the loose in your house. Although knowing how crazy the dream-generating part of my brain is, I would probably end up having nightmares about being killed by one of the cute, innocent-looking ones like Mary or Caper. 🙂

    • Well, I don’t sleep in the same room as the Shelf is located in… and I keep the door closed. Critters don’t have opposable thumbs, do they? I do hope you wouldn’t have any nightmares about Mitzi killing you… I don’t think she would harm a fly. Unzip one, maybe, but not harm a fly….

  4. draliman says:

    Caper? Hmm, name rings a vague bell perhaps, did she… no, it’s gone. Who?

  5. Talk about motley crew! Can they sing? Do they have mini microphones? Cameras? I’m SO impressed with your growing collection!

    • That’s only the headliners! I think there were still more left on the shelf than I had pose in the photo. I’m afraid if I keep adding to the collection, they will eventually just take over and keep ME on a shelf instead of them…

  6. kittiesblue says:

    Trying to enter contest, but comment didn’t post on contest announcement page. Maybe you have moderation on. You should get a pingback but here is our link again: https://thecatonmyhead.com/a-squirrel-walks-into-a-bar/

    • All pingbacks to my blog end up going to moderation, and I don’t think there’s a way to turn that off on WordPress without also turning off the spam filter. It’s there now, and I did see your entry! Thank you!

  7. That is one big crew of “motley” indeed…..only thing missing is a “stuffie” of their Commander in Chief, YOU. Just don’t sit next to Zeeba if you have a nick from shaving!


    • It would be a pretty mean trick to get Evil Squirrel and Buster in the same scene without using any kind of trick photography (or trick pornography, as Mitzi would call it). I think we’re all better off with Buster getting the mauling than Mr. E. Squirrel. Who would create these posts if he got killed off?

  8. ghostmmnc says:

    Love all the gang of shelf critters, but I always look for Sparkle Pony…my favorite! 🙂

    • Sparklepony is pretty special in that she was the gag prize of the first blog contest I ever won, and she kinda kickstarted this whole critter craze, even if she isn’t involved in a lot of the stories.

  9. Yup, that’s definitely Weird Al in the upper corner! LOL

  10. Bee Halton says:

    Nice to meet you all 😁😘🙋🐝

  11. Quirky Girl says:

    What a lovely (and only slightly disturbing!) group photo! 😛

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