“Sole mate”.


I’ll preface this post by paraphrasing the old saying “seven days without a trip to Council Point Park makes one weak” … I figured since we are having a spate of stormy weather over the next few days, I’d best take a trip down to the Park while the conditions were dry before my feet forgot the way. I grabbed my camera and a Ziploc pack of peanuts to take along for the trip. Now that I am no longer wearing my coat with the big cargo pockets, I’m at a loss how to carry all the peanuts that I like to toss out to my squirrel buddies along the path. On days when the mercury is creeping high on the thermometer in the a.m. and the humidity drags you down as soon as you step outside, a coat sure is not needed. I keep my camera in a pouch on my waist so it is handy and my pedometer is affixed to my waistband on one hip. Carrying a bag is awkward if you want to take a picture, so I tied a larger bag onto my belt and off I went. As soon as I got to the Park, a squirrel came bounding over to see me, leaping high in the air over the fields of clover and coming to a stop at my feet. I tossed out some peanuts and he just sat there. No expectations I guess. Since I’d made this peanut pit stop and he was just looking at me, I pointed at the peanuts on the path and said “those are yours” … he just continued sniffing at my shoe and sitting by my feet on his haunches. Well, who could resist that wistful face, so I tossed out some more peanuts, but not before I snapped his photo. This young fella suddenly seemed intent on climbing up on my shoe, and since I’m not looking to have a squirrel for a pet, I stepped aside and continued on my way so he ran over to grab some goodies. There were no more squirrel encounters today, so technically I think you could call my gregarious little companion my “sole mate”.

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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3 Responses to “Sole mate”.

  1. Pingback: Michigan: Four seasons in four days. | lindaschaubblog

  2. Majorie Aubin says:

    I love this picture


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Yes, he was a real cutie pie Marge. I did take the camera today, but all I could see was my shadow. Even this picture has some shadow in it.


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