Reprise of the squirrel and sparrows stand-off???


It was so tempting this morning to snuggle down further into the warm and comfy bed instead of responding to the alarm clock like Pavlov’s dog. After all … there are some 364 days left in this year, so perhaps a wee break would be in order?

But, before I let those thoughts creep into the crevices of my mind, I decided that eventually there will be reasons why I can’t walk – the weather mostly, the occasional errand, and let’s not forget those pesky weeds which call out to me, even though I usually ignore their pleas the first few times, until they get unsightly, and then I must devote an entire morning to dispensing with them.

So, I got up to take on the world … after coffee and oatmeal, of course.

It was another frigid morning which meant at least one-half hour dressing for and then peeling off all the extra clothes in conjunction with my walk. But, there are really no complaints by me since the snow has stayed at bay – hooray!

I’m still a little turned around by the two holidays falling on successive Fridays … both Fridays have felt like a Saturday to me, so logically, today should be Sunday … and so on. But, it sure feels nice to know there is an extra day before getting back to the grind.

Today’s trek took me to the tracks and back, and, of course I had to steal a glance to see what mischief that chunky squirrel was up to. You might recall I wrote about him and his antics a week ago today: (

As I neared the house, it was soon evident that I was not the only one turned around, because there was quite the turn of events at the feeder station set-up, and, so much so, that I stopped to watch and decided to unbundle myself to reach for the camera to take a photo for this post. Instead of those sweet little sparrows cowering in the bush near the feeder, their tiny, dark-brown bodies hugging the twiggy branches while the squirrel ravaged their food, they were hopping daintily along the rim of the flower pot, and the squirrel was happily gorging himself on the seeds that fell from the feeder and flowed through the pot’s drainage hole onto the grass.  I wanted to applaud the bravado of those fine-feathered friends today, since in the past I’d have likened that scene to Hermey and Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable!

Well, this time there were no ruffled feathers, nor was there fur flying … just amicable feasting.

No more “us versus them” … just the acceptance that “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”

I was happy to see that the hospitality of the holiday season has exuded warm and fuzzy feelings at the feeding station and evidently “breaking bread” together is now acceptable.

But, the story doesn’t there.

While I was fiddling with my cumbersome gloves to unzip my jacket before everyone departed from the scene, the side door opened and a young woman came out toting a large box. She opened the van door and dropped off her load, then saw me and smiled shyly.  I asked if she had a minute and she said “sure” so I told her how I’ve been watching the interplay of the sparrows and the bully squirrel for several weeks, and even wrote about the “kindly souls” who believed they were doing a good deed for the birds, all the while helping to add inches to that squirrel’s girth.  She laughed out loud and said “I know – we watch it every day from our window – we love the birds, but the squirrel is funny, and there is food enough for everyone, so we just left the stand and pot there!”  I told her I’d “report” on our conversation since the whole scene amused me, as well as some of the followers of my blog.

We wished one another “Happy New Year” and she hopped into the van, and I moved along to my destination. This morning’s adventure yielded smiles for both of us and four more miles for my walking log.

About Linda Schaub

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, so 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 four 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, though 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. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Reprise of the squirrel and sparrows stand-off???

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Hey everyone turns up happy with a full belly. I like how most people love animals to the point of feeding them in make shift feeders. We all enjoy the antics of all our furry and featherly friends. Thanks Iinda for sharing and happy walking.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Marge – I knew you’d get a kick out of it … and here I thought they didn’t know, and all the time they were looking out the window watching the antics of the birds and the squirrels. That made my day too.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….thank you for the nice story on that wise fat, hungry squirrel………………………..I’m enjoying your pics of him………………….good for you and your walking……………………………thats encouraging me to make myself to get outside before all the snow and ice comes along……………………Your brave


    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – I must admit it is not as appealing to walk in the frigid air as it was two weeks ago, but at least there is no snow … at least for now. I follow a weather site that predicts between the 9th of 11th we will have a mini polar vortex and perhaps some snow. I hope he was joking.


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