Oh nuts!!!

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This morning’s meandering was short and sweet. First of all … yesterday, my repertoire of weather folks all predicted a dismal day for today, from start to finish. But, when I got up this morning, the weather report was just clouds until mid-day when the dreary drizzly conditions would commence. Great, nothing to rain on my parade, so I got all suited up, and dressed to go, remembering to wear my raggedy coat with the huge pockets and to tuck a Ziploc pack of fresh peanuts inside. Out I went. However, a quick glance at the dark sky told me that a trip to Council Point Park might not be in the cards today – it is, after all, 3/4s of a mile one way. So, I headed over to Ford Park, a few blocks away, to walk in the neighborhood instead. Midway through the first loop, in my peripheral vision, I saw a chunky-looking squirrel trying to scale a large tree. I watched him as I walked along, then he took a flying leap and landed on a birdfeeder. Nice work! But what about the bevy of birds who lined up along the split-rail fence waiting for him to feast then leave? You little piglet! I kept walking. I felt something wet land on my nose and hoped it was precip from a leafy maple tree overhead. I was, of course, at the opposite end of the Park, but hey – I guess I’m not made of sugar and won’t melt, though I don’t really like traipsing around in the rain. Soon, a few more drops plopped down on my head and I looked up at the sky, as if to beseech the rain gods to stop it already. In looking up, I noticed another chubby squirrel, tiptoeing along an electrical wire with about as much precision as Nik Wallenda had in his recent high-wire feat. He scrambled along, stopping every few feet to pause and look down. Then he went on a few more feet, and stopped again. Was he scared of falling? No, but I figured it out. Mr. Squirrel was up in the proverbial catbird seat, watching for “his human”, an older gentleman, clad in a flannel shirt and jeans, who trudged out of the warm house, a narrow red plastic scoop in hand, and dutifully dumped its contents into a wooden box mounted on a tree. Then, his benefactor walked slowly back into the house, and that squirrel swiftly crossed the wire, scrambled down a nearby tree and up another tree to access this wooden device. My interest was piqued, and, as I approached the dispenser, which hung on the side of a tree, I noticed it had a Plexiglas front and a small trough which dispensed nuts, much like a gumball machine. These were not raw peanuts in the shell, but cocktail peanuts. Geez, and I thought I was a nice human giving the Park squirrels unsalted raw peanuts so that they did not get excessive sodium in their diet. Guess I was sadly mistaken, huh? Nice to know others cannot resist that fuzzy face and tail swishing … yup, they capture your heart, glean goodies and then proceed to drain your pocketbook with that plaintive face and sweet antics.

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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