Me and my shadow.


Today’s weather was the best of the bunch as to upcoming days this week.  When I left the house, it was 25 degrees with northeast winds blowing at 15 mph.  It was brisk and breezy and by the time I got to Council Point Park, that stinging cold left my eyes watering, and my nose running like a sieve, but hey – the sun was out!

I saw that portions of the Creek had a very delicate film of ice on top, which always reminds me of pudding as it starts to cool,  you know … that very fine skin that happens when it starts to harden from the air or fridge.

There were no big birds today – at large were the heron, geese and that cantankerous male swan who had it in for me yesterday (for no apparent reason).

The songbirds were singing their hearts out, glad for those early sun rays.

This is the last week before Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, so back to a later departure time for the walk.  And, unfortunately, we have a week of undesirable weather … an inch of snow tonight and a wintry rainy/snow mix for the rest of the week.  At least, now that it is March, the snow won’t stick around for long, but it is still an annoyance.

So, I made the best of my trip to the Park today.  It was so sunny that I couldn’t resist acting like a kid when I saw my shadow as I stopped along the trail to tender peanuts to my favorite squirrel.  Even better, there was Parker, contently munching on his peanut, sitting companionably close by, just like a faithful family dog.  I decided we both looked kind of gargantuan in our respective shadows, and, on a whim, I turned to my furry little friend and said “Parker, I am starting to look roly poly like you in this heavy coat, my pockets brimming with peanuts and stuffed with a pair of gloves.”  No reply – he played it smart and did not agree with his benefactor.

Before I left the Park I made some droppings on the picnic table – half a Ziploc bag of peanuts to tide the squirrels over for a day, or two, or three … if they’re smart, they’ll tuck them away for a rainy day, because it looks like we will have plenty of those on the horizon.

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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16 Responses to Me and my shadow.

  1. Cheris says:

    I love this photo, Linda! It is definitely Facebook worthy!

  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………..I definitely like Mr. Parker’s and his companion’s shadow pictures…………cool…………………yes it was quite chilly cool this morning and I wasn’t even going for a walk……………………..and what’s this about snow breaking up my walk for tomorrow morning!!!!

  3. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – I don’t see snow yet, so I am going to go out for a quick walk, not down to the Park as the wintry mix is imminent and I don’t want to get stuck in it … you are an early riser so you probably got your walk in before all the newest sloppy conditions arrive. Will Spring ever get here?

  4. Jill Wellington says:

    That photo is the CUTEST!!! Today’s snow is finally hitting us. Better than cold, dreary rain! I’m enjoying your photos!

    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Jill! I was fiddling with my own shadow picture and saw Parker close by – this little bumpy-lookingshadow alongside mine, and figured it would be a cute picture. I took multiple shots in case he moved. That snow messed up my walk this morning and has since melted away – at least you got a little snow. We are getting a wintry mix most of this week but sunny on the weekend so more Park pics. I m glad you are enjoying them.

  5. Me,Parker & our shadows! Love the moment Linda!

  6. Uncle Tree says:

    I laughed at this ordeal, Linda, so, please, take no offense.
    It’s a lesson for both of us, regarding The Reader.

    Looks like to me, on this laptop anyway, like Reader crops pictures,
    if you only feature one, perhaps? On your shadow pic,
    they chopped off your head at the shoulders, and it kinda looked like
    the shadow of a giant dildo. LoL Funny how things turn out.

    Thought you might like to know that. Cracked me up, until I saw the full pic.

    • lindasschaub says:

      Ha ha, no I didn’t look in Reader as I skipped over my own. I almost didn’t use that picture because I thought it was not very flattering (to me anyway) – in fact I almost had myself saying to Parker “does this shadow make me look fat?” (I thought my credibility might go down the toilet if I said that.) I’m not offended. When I post in “Wyandotte Patch” the platform they use doesn’t like vertical pictures and sometimes you can resize the pics til you are blue in the face and the final post turns out with pictures that have strange-looking images. I have to go back and delete and re-edit the post so it makes sense. Right now Reader is annoying as half the comments are not showing up.

  7. I wouldn’t have noticed Parker’s shadow if you hadn’t mentioned it. Cute!

    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks – when he went over there while I was taking my shadow picture (like a kid would be excited to do) I thought “I’ve got to get Parker in the picture as well.” I was pleased with how it turned out. 🙂

  8. I think Parker is a little bit spoilt! He has a much fuller figure than our little country squirrels – not that there is anything wrong with a voluptuous figure… This wintery weather just goes on and on…

    • lindasschaub says:

      You’re right Kim – he IS spoiled and he went crazy for M&Ms last Summer. Nothing wrong with a voluptuous figure at all – Parker and I are not skinny like scarecrows and I figure I’ll offload at least 20 pounds of clothing if we ever get past this Winter. I knew I could not trust that Groundhog. We have a woodchuck named Woody which is in the Howell Nature Center here in Michigan. It’s not near my house, more to the north. But this woodchuck has a den and they do a routine similar on February 2nd to Pugsatawney Phil, and she has been accurate more times than Phil. She also predicted 6 more weeks of Winter.

  9. Now that daylight saving is coming, will that mean the temperature will start to increase there too? Or are your seasons quite unpredictable? At the moment the weather is quite mild and I was thinking about taking the cloches off some of the tender vegetables I grow on my Mum’s allotment. However, I thought better if it when I heard that snow may return to the UK next week. Something tells me we’ve not seen the last of Jack frost for this year yet.

    • lindasschaub says:

      It should have been warmer when I left this morning Dom, since it was technically around 9:15 but the frost was thick and the neighbor was scraping it with her ice scraper and a thick coat covered the lawn. We will have some snow squalls tonight/tomorrow and we were supposed to have a warm up at week’s end, but this nor’easter has affected our weather and it will be cold through to Saturday, probably Sunday now. We are told here in Southeast Michigan not to plant any tender plants or vegetables until at least Memorial Day and that’s always the last Monday in May. Otherwise there is risk of frost … we’ve had snow in April many times. I think the weather has been unusual all around the world this year … we keep hearing about the UK weather on the CBS National news. I’m so ready for Spring!

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