Dilly-Dallying …

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When I was a little nipper, and poking along as kids often do, Mom would become impatient and admonish me by saying “now Linda, don’t dilly-dally along!”

Well, this morning at the Park, I dilly-dallied on purpose.  So there!

I figured that Day #2 of #4 of the basement adventure could wait a wee bit longer, as well as those pesky weeds, and even those bushes in the backyard with their unruly new growth that threatens to reach out and grab me on the leg as I walk by.

In fact, I was happy to remain upright and not stooped over for any of these chores that were on today’s agenda, so … I lingered longer than I should have, looking for turtles on the log, but none were to be found.  Were the tiny fish biting today???  I shaded my eyes, but couldn’t see them, although there were many bubbles on the Creek surface.  Of course, the geese and ducks are still gone who knows where.

I was supremely content to enjoy this Sunday stroll with the ambiance of the songbirds, who were just as busy tweeting as the President – actually the backyard birds were tweeting long before daybreak.

On this morning’s walk, the squirrels didn’t disappoint, and there was a good turnout by my fuzzy friends.  Perhaps they had a whiff of those fresh peanuts which were filled to the top of the Ziploc bag that I had fastened to my fanny back.  It swung to and fro with each step I took.

This one squirrel saw me from his vantage point and picked his way along the top of this blue metal bench.  So, what is wrong with this picture?  Isn’t it supposed to be the person that sits on the bench and tosses out peanuts to the hungry squirrels?  This squirrel was wary at first, but, after a minute or so, he decided I was approachable and a peanut treat was worth the risk, so he inched closer to me.  He paused there, eyeballing me as if I might permit him to stay on his perch and perhaps feed him right there.  I stepped closer to the Park bench and said “you are young; it is me who should be sitting on that bench and watching you pounding the pavement along the perimeter path and not the other way around!”

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He continued to eye me warily, then quickly hopped down after I spread some peanuts on the path for him.  I guess he figured that he might as well humor his benefactor as there will be goodies galore if you just mind your manners.

I fed him and continued my way … alas, there were no more hungry mouths to feed.  I looked around one last time and all the squirrels were busy feasting on their peanuts.  I rattled the Ziploc bag and several looked up as if to say “no, we’re good for now – you can go!”


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 Dilly-Dallying …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Linda you really got a good shot there. He sure is ‘eyeballing’ you. Cute. Wasn’t it a bit warm today?


    • lindasschaub says:

      Marge – he was walking along the bench there kind of cagily, like he thought I might reach out and grab him! But he decided I was safe and good for peanuts. Glad you like the shot – I was not sure which one to use up top and decided to use the first pic which was far away and the up-close later on. Yes it was hot but not humid like yesterday – I left later than usual – don’t like the heat but I took the car for a spin so I figured I could cool off driving home … and it was way too hot when I came home to work in the yard – backyard was okay – front was hot and sunny – thought I’d melt. 🙂


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………nice cute picture of that fat squirrel “eye-balling” you……………………on top of the blue bench……………………….there are about 18 or more ducks here at our pond but the same old 8 geese family of mean old daddy………………………………no others are allowed to come here……………………


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Glad you liked those two pictures Ann Marie – he was up close and personal with me by the time he got to the other end of the bench. So, you still have your ducks and geese at your pond – I have not seen a single one at the Park.


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