Sweet indulgences.

YUMMY OPEN MOUTH

My boss was at a meeting this morning, so it provided the perfect opportunity to meander a little more than usual, like I do on weekends.  The wind was blowing like crazy, the prelude to what will be another rainy weekend … and beyond.  At least it won’t be a total soaker – just a few thunderstorms and intermittent rain over the weekend, but all the way through Tuesday.

I decided to bring treats for my furry friends at the Park since I may not show up at the regular “feeding time” for a few days – this morning’s treat was “Nutter Butter” cookies.  You may know the full-sized sandwich cookies by their peanut shape and the smooth peanut butter which holds them together.  Well, the last time I went grocery shopping, Meijer had a huge display of all types of bite-sized treats in plastic to-go cups, so I decided to get “Nutter Butter Bites” for the squirrels.

NUTTER BUTTER PICS

My long-time followers will remember last year when I introduced peanut M&Ms to Parker, my favorite squirrel at Council Point Park.  Sure, he was dubious as to whether those candy-coated morsels were edible, or something just to push around with the tip of his nose.  You can see his impressions and my photos in last year’s post:  https://lindaschaubblog.net/2017/07/20/just-for-kicks/

I do aim to please my furry pals, as well as see if I can eke out a photo opportunity, however, I took back-up peanuts just in case these peanut butter cookies didn’t hold any appeal.

I tossed out a few Nutter Butter Bites to Parker who pounced on them immediately.

POUNCING ON A COOKIE

How about a few more treats?

BEGINNING COOKIES

He sat holding each one in his front paws, nibbling with dainty bites, much like a small child would eat a cookie.

NIBBLING COOKIE LIKE A CHILD

Parker enjoyed one cookie by prying it apart and licking out the peanut butter (sometimes the preferred way to enjoy an Oreo.)

EAT THEM LIKE AN OREO

My furry friend finished both of them, then came begging for more.

PARKER ON MY SHOE

I tossed out a few more, then some of his friends, no doubt detecting the scent of peanut butter in the wind, showed up and surrounded me as well.

OTHER SQUIRRELS ARRIVE

I was happy to accommodate.

I went along on my walk with a cup of cookies in each pocket, tossing them to my furry pals along the way.  I took my time on my trek, returning a second and third time on the same loop, to make sure I had everyone covered.  No need to pull out a single peanut from my Ziploc package.  I used up all my cookies so I decided it was time to head home.

I left Council Point Park with a warm-and-fuzzy feeling, and arrived home with 5 ½ miles walked, but, while having coffee and a snack afterward, I turned on the radio and heard the news … it quickly put a tarnish on my sunny disposition.

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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32 Responses to Sweet indulgences.

  1. So very cute! You are the Pied Piper of Squirrels! Parker on your shoe is spectacular! 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I like that one too Tom. I had a similar picture in the Winter of him climbing on my boot and put it in my photo gallery, but I think I’ll swap it for this one. He has such a sad look, like “pay attention – I need some more treats!” When he opened up that cookie and licked the inside, I was laughing. My mom and I put out bread spread with peanut butter for our backyard squirrels in the Winter years ago. It was bitter cold and we thought they’d like a treat. We had this mental picture of them enjoying their sandwiches, until I went out the next day and they had licked the peanut butter off, and threw the bread in the garden. But the cookies I believe are oatmeal, so the whole treat was appealing. 🙂

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      • Once i told our two parrots that i was giving the outdoor birds some of their leftover food. One of them said, “That’s good!” 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That’s funny – they are very smart! I share these stories you tell me with my friend Ann Marie who has the African Grey. When I had my canary, Buddy, he was not very big on treat seeds. The canary before loved his five-part mixture we’d make up – five different types of treat seeds mixed together and got a small dish daily. I was always trying different treats for Buddy, grasses and alfalfa that I ordered from a woman who raised Gouldian Finches in California – he wouldn’t touch them. Fresh fruits and veggies – nope. I used to tell him that the poor birds outside would not turn their noses up at those fine treats. I gave them to Marge to feed the Goldfinches – they loved them. Buddy … well, he loved bagels and we’d split one every day for lunch. Toasted and I had to cover it with my hand for 10-15 minutes til it cooled down, otherwise he’d attack it as he loved bagels or toast so much. Still miss my little guy.

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  2. Michael says:

    How funny are they ! You have them under A peanut better spell

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  3. These school shootings have to end. The NRA are like cold Nazis.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      It is indeed a sad day, and as I listened to first account, they didn’t know the amount of dead or injured, and I struggled to recall how many died in Parkland, Florida (later I heard 17 but sadly, already those stats are “old news”), but did you know this is the 22nd school shooting this year – that’s terrible.

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  4. Parker is so cute! I love the picture of him on your shoe… cheeky little fellow. The news this morning shocked all of us. Senseless and far too common.

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  5. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………………..I enjoyed knowing that your squirrels liked licking the peanut butter from the cookies…………………….and I enjoyed remembering last summer when you put out those M&M candies and how cute that squirrel looked discovering his new treats

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I am glad you liked that story and pictures … I know that some people eat their Oreos like that – do you? I just eat them the regular way … unless they fall apart. Yes, that was fun and it was fun last year when I did the M&Ms … they were not as excited about the M&Ms as they were these little cookies. That will be their treat once a month to give them some variety. Variety is the spice of life for critters too I think. 🙂

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  6. AJ says:

    Oh my! I think I would freak a bit if a squirrel was on my shoe!

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  7. I want some Nutter Butters 😦

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  8. WalkFrederick says:

    So cute!! Squirrels here just don’t go up to people. Were you able to give all of the cookies away without eating any for yourself?

    5 1/2 miles, that’s quite impressive! 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks! That one squirrel in particular, Parker, is a real cutie. He will beg incessantly, even running to the parking lot, which I have to walk through to get to the start of the trail, just for a peanut. I was able to give all those Nutter Butter Bites away and not eat any, but they smelled delicious. Thanks Michelle – I have to make up for lost time as I’ve lost many walking days due to all the rain, including today. Today we had a soaking, storm-filled day … at least four torrential rains and four thunderstorms. Unbelievable weather but it seems it is like that in so many places. My friend Evelyn returned to Richmond, VA after a few days’ vacation in North Carolina – they had flooding as bad as you had last week. The Preakness had a horribly sloppy race again. I hope this is not the tone we’ll set for Summer.

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      • WalkFrederick says:

        The rain has been unbelievable, but I think I’d rather have all this rain than have a drought. I also prefer it to winter weather and lots of snow. 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I agree Michelle – I have never been a fan of Winter weather, and since I began working from home eight years ago, I am less inclined to go out in bad weather except to shovel the snow. I walked less in the Winter this year as we had more snow than usual and a lot of ice … a blogger I follow lives in Northern Michigan and fell on some black ice walking to her mailbox in January.
        She had surgery and multiple pins put in her hand and was in physical therapy for months, and still not back to normal, all from a little tumble.

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      • WalkFrederick says:

        That’s a shame!

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  9. Uncle Tree says:

    I’m surprised Parker hasn’t followed you home, yet. 😉
    How do you get away? Or, does he only venture so far from his nest?

    I’m inclined to watch the daily news, too,
    but, for sure, it’s a love/hate relationship.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Uncle Tree – in late Fall, before you started following this blog, for a time, Parker actually lived on a street I walk down every day to get to Council Point Park. He would wait for me every day, then I’d feed him, and often he’d follow me to the Park and walk at my heels.

      Sometimes, when I drove to the Park, he’d wait in the parking lot by my car after my walk. I think he lives at the Park full time now (thankfully as I don’t want him to get hurt or killed hanging around the parking lot.)

      I cannot believe that it was raining earlier this morning. We had several rounds of torrential rain and storms all day Saturday. The Park will be soaking wet and I think I’ll just walk on the main street and go to our city’s Memorial Day parade … I sure hope this spate of rain is over soon. We have two more rainy days to get through yet – Monday and Tuesday.

      I sometimes hate to turn on the news – another horrific daily event … if it is not a natural disaster, it is more deaths lost from senseless killing sprees or some other type of violence.

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      • Uncle Tree says:

        True that. Sometimes, I swear, I’m a glutton
        for punishment, as much as I am an optimist,
        who has high hopes for humanity in the long run.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Sometimes I get fed up with humanity and try to be a glass half-full person … often I come up short Uncle Tree. I spent the afternoon at the Memorial Day parade. Much noise and merriment during the parade which didn’t get to my viewing area until almost 2:00 p.m. Went to the memorial service – many there and a respectful crowd listened to “Taps” (always a tearjerker in my opinion), gun salute and prayers … sad.

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  10. Ellie P. says:

    That pic of him on your sneaker? A prize-winner!!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Ellie – I really liked that photo too. I had one from the Winter with him on the top of my boot begging for peanuts, but this photo he has the most-plaintive look on his face … “Please?!”

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  11. now your going to need to take him to the Dentist

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I think that is true Wayne – he gobbled them up, and, as you saw, he came running over for some more. Our weather is incredible hot today – yesterday was rainy and stormy, today is like a August day.

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