Warm fuzzies and flyin’ fuzzies.

warm fuzzies

The expression “warm fuzzies” is often used to describe a happy feeling.  Who doesn’t melt when they see a cute and cuddly image of puppies or kittens, or even the goslings while they were still in their cute-as-a-button phase?

Speaking of “warm fuzzies” … isn’t this a sweet bunny shyly peeking at me through the grass?  He was not scared, even as I edged closer to him to take his picture.  Perhaps it was because he was a baby and didn’t know to be scared of this hulking human, or, maybe the Park’s tender blades of grass were too tempting for him to bolt.

This morning the sun was out (finally) and the wind was gusting at 15 mph from the east, bringing some cool and refreshing air.  There’s nothing like a brisk breeze to air out your brain and clear away those cobwebs, especially on a Monday morning, and, as I wended my way down to the Park, it sure felt like that fresh air was whooshing straight through, from ear to ear.

Those hefty gusts of wind also unleashed a ton of cottonwood seeds that made it look like it was snowing out, especially at Council Point Park.  The cottonwood trees are done pollinating, so for the next two weeks they will scatter their fluffy white seeds everywhere.  The featherweight fuzzy pieces will go airborne and can travel as far as five miles away from the actual tree.  If the fuzz does not find its way to your clothes or hair, it often lines the edges of sidewalks or pathways by clinging to the blades of grass

cotton at side of path1

cotton at side of the path

If you look closely at the photos, the fuzzy baby bunny is nestled amongst the pieces of fuzzy cottonwood that drifted onto the grass he is munching on.

shy bunny

That fuzz is detrimental to your air conditioning unit because if the A/C is running, the fuzz gravitates to the grille area, making the unit work harder.  I’ve not even turned on the outside tap, nor taken the hose out yet due to all the rain, so spraying the fuzz off the grille will be on my list of chores this weekend.

When the cottonwood seeds glom onto the surface of the Ecorse Creek, it looks like someone dumped a bag of cotton balls into the murky water.  Light as a feather, those fluffy seeds will continue to stay afloat unless a swift current sends those white polka dots down to the Detroit River.  Here are a few samples of how the water looks these days.

cotton on the water.jpg

cotton through the bushes

goose and cotton in the water

So, the fuzz was flyin’ everywhere in the gusty breeze and there was no escaping it.  I came home littered with fuzzy bits in my hair, stuck to my shirt … and probably in my ears where that gusty wind had just refreshed and rebooted my brain  enroute to the Park.

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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27 Responses to Warm fuzzies and flyin’ fuzzies.

  1. Uncle Tree says:

    Fuzzy wuzzy was real fuzzy~obviously! 🙂 Eat A Peach. Chow, UT

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  2. I’m glad to have seen cottonwood trees in action. I went out to water a few plants this afternoon, and a rabbit hopped within five feet of my feet. I don’t think he saw me at first. I stood still, and he ambled off.

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  3. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Dear Miss Linda………………………………..after reading your blog for today………………………….I think I’ll “glom” unto the roadways tomorrow morning for a good walk with no umbrella in tow

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  4. When I saw the picture of the of the path edge I thought you had snow or hail ! Teach me to look at the picture before reading the text.

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  5. susieshy45 says:

    The cottonwood flowers and seeds are beautiful and your camera has captured the green of the fresh grass the grey brown of the sweet bunny so well.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Susie – yes it is white everywhere, especially yesterday as it was quite gusty out there and lots of trees were creating fuzzies. That bunny was very cute – just a baby and its ears were translucent in the pale sun. I love their big trusting eyes.

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  6. John says:

    Such a cute bunny!😊 Yes, I see that “cotton” must be very annoying to see everywhere.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      He is a cutie John. Just a baby and content to sit in the tall glass and munch away and peeking at me between the weeds with the tiny yellow flowers and the grass blades.
      This “cotton” flies everywhere. I took a photo of it coming down, but it looked blurry so did not use it. It gets into gutters too and clogs them up and right now we have the maple and elm seeds everywhere too. The water was moving in the middle of the Creek and stirring up the fuzz, so not as thick on the surface of the water as in other places.

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  7. ruthsoaper says:

    Cottonwood season = scratchy throat, and itchy watery eyes for me. I usually don’t have a problem with season allergies but I always know when it is cottonwood season. 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Well, you are lucky that the cottonwood seed season is just two weeks then Ruth, although … the way this crazy weather has been in 2018, it could be a longer or shorter. period of time. Today I was out and at the Park and there was no fuzzies floating around. Yesterday it was like it was snowing.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        The windy it is the more we see. It is interesting how far they can travel. I didn’t realize this because we have two cottonwood trees on the farm.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, the sky was so full of them, the gutters as well. I checked my A/C unit this morning as I intended to put the A/C on this afternoon – it is okay so far and can wait until the weekend. I am glad I didn’t have to put it on yesterday when it was so gusty.

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  8. Wonderful pics, Linda! 🙂
    There is a huge Cottonwood tree in our backyard, right by the river. It is massive! We get warm fuzzy madness to the max! 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked them Tom. It looked like it was snowing at one time, it was so thick. I didn’t see any cottonwood today, but it was a still day – hot and humid too. Saw a painted turtle this morning, a female digging a hole on the side of a hill and preparing to lay her eggs. I Googled around to find out more about it and tomorrow I will check out the site as likely she covered those eggs with dirt. I found a video on YouTube of a painted turtle laying eggs – they looked as big as a chicken egg. 72 days to hatch – what are the odds I’ll be walking by when the babies all run toward the water?


  9. What a great post! I had to clean my A/C 2 days ago for this very reason! Then my husband came home and said the work refrigerator unit stopped cooling and guess what the repairman found, cottonwood plugged the unit up and it was on the roof! Those seeds go everywhere!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, they are really bad Diane and they can fly up into the gutters clogging things up, especially if you have all the maple seeds and elm seeds that are dropping right now. It is always something!

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