There you go acting squirrelly again.

08-29-16

In my daily wanderings down Emmons Boulevard, I don’t encounter too much wildlife; it is quite unlike a walk through the nature nook at Council Point Park. What scant wildlife was on the Boulevard last year, and earlier in the Summer, is now nearly non-existent.  I rarely even steal a glance over the footbridge at the borderline of Wyandotte and Lincoln Park anymore, as the ducks and geese have all disappeared.

The rabbits, which were plentiful throughout the Spring, are scant on my strolls these days, and, I can’t help but wonder if they have disappeared into some dark hole? Where did they all go?  I hope they have not met their fate ending up as rabbit stew.  If that last sentence made you shudder, well ponder this … years ago, a nearby neighbor, who is now deceased, delighted in “hunting” rabbits in the neighborhood.  He’d lure them into his backyard garden where he grew every veggie imaginable, then he’d take them out, one by one, with his BB gun.  Me, always the nature lover, was horrified to hear him brag about his hunting prowess, or to watch him rub his belly or salivate while discussing his savory rabbit stew dinner.  That same old codger would make squirrel pie as well.  I didn’t ask for the recipes, believe me.

While the rabbits may be missing in action, the squirrels are not. All Summer I’ve followed the antics of a pair of squirrels who cavort with one another … up, down and around the many trees that line the Boulevard.  They jump from branch to branch at the speed of sound, landing effortlessly with nimble paws and sharp claws.  These squirrels are playmates and they are so into their games, that most of the time they are oblivious to me, and have gotten used to my sauntering down the sidewalk, and thus pay me no mind.  One squirrel is lithe, sleek and inky black while the other is a larger, reddish-brown fox squirrel with a tail that resembles the striped markings on a raccoon’s ringed tail.  I have hoped I could get them to pose for me, but I’ve not yet plied them with peanuts, so they figure they owe me no obligatory photo session.

While those gregarious squirrels may be full of endless energy to play, some of their brethren have already begun storing nuts for the Winter ahead. More than once during the past couple of weeks, while walking on the sidewalk and  just minding my own business, I heard a dull thud on the sidewalk as an acorn dropped down from the tree over my head.  When I swiveled my head upward,  a squirrel looked down with a look of disdain that I should have interrupted his nut-gathering efforts by virtue of my happening along.  Very quickly he (or she) scrambled along the branch, and headed down the trunk of the tree, just in case I would have the audacity to snatch that acorn before he could clasp it between his paws once again.

As if I would do such a thing ….

I could have used one of my own squirrel picture as I have several squirreled away, but I came across this picture on Pixabay and the squirrel’s scorn is spot on, so I used it to accompany this blog post. There should be a thought bubble over this squirrel’s head that says  “who dares to tread near my tree?”

[Image by Nadine Doerle on Pixabay]

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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4 Responses to There you go acting squirrelly again.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……….I don’t have any squirrel pictures squirreled away………………..

  2. lindasschaub says:

    Perhaps you are just carrying the images with you in your mind though Ann Marie. 🙂

  3. Majorie Aubin says:

    I love your picture. There are plenty of squirrels this year. A lot of raised tuff of grass in my backyard where the squirrels have hidden a few nuts.

  4. lindasschaub says:

    I like that picture too Marge – wish I could claim it as mine, but it is from Pixabay. Yup, I don’t doubt the squirrels are already hiding their treats for Winter … they no doubt saw the leaves that have turned and are on the ground all shrivelled up and dry and think it is later in the year than it actually is.

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