Got peanuts for me?

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I decided to defer this post about nuts, and my pals that gobble them up, to today because I wanted to crow about my long-awaited goldfinch and heron finds.  Both those birds have been so elusive in the past, that I was happy to finally have one close-up of each of them.  I’m still marveling at those mysterious soaring birds, that numbered about a dozen, and most were the size of a pinhead on your screen when you read the post.  Those big birds were missing in action this morning, but had wreaked some havoc at my favorite nature nook – more on that later.

It was still dark outside when I listened to the news to decide where the car and my feet would take me today.  Truthfully, I really wasn’t too hepped up on what I heard … at 5:00 a.m. it was 71 degrees and the humidity was 93% with hazy skies and a chance of rain.  The national news focused on the “Heat Dome” that has rocked all of the Northern Hemisphere since late Spring.  They prefaced the story by saying “if you think it’s been hot this Summer, you’re not just imagining it!”   A slew of facts and figures followed and the story concluded by saying “get used to it, as this is the new normal.”  I wish that was “fake news” and I remember well how many people laughed at Al Gore’s predictions of global warming – laugh no more my friends.

When daylight arrived, I peered out the door and it was gray and gloomy looking, so I decided I was not going on any big excursion.  The weather once again made me switch my priorities.  My Summer weekend jaunts I’ve relegated to picture-taking expeditions to accompany my blog posts, while still getting the miles walked.  This weekend, I’ve focused on getting the miles walked before it got blistering hot, while still snapping some photos.

I drove to Council Point Park to give the car a spin, then walked six miles, which equaled three times around the entire Park.  I was grateful the sun still hadn’t put in an appearance and there was a slight breeze, so I wasn’t draggin’ my wagon, by the time I finished, like yesterday.

After Saturday’s sighting of the predator birds, I decided I would place the peanuts off the pathway and closer to the bushes, so the squirrels are not direct targets for the hawks.  They don’t care where they get their treats, although these days, they immediately scurry off to hide a few peanuts, so they are still in plain view for the hawk(s).  I sure can’t herd those squirrels into the pavilion area under the picnic table, although I have left peanuts there in the past when I knew bad weather might keep me at home for a few days.

This morning I arrived at the Park earlier than usual, trying to maximize my miles before it got too hot.  I scanned the skies and saw nothing up there, nor on the ground.  Yes, not a single critter, either furry or feathered, my first time around the entire park (two miles).

Of course, I thought the worst, especially after seeing a mess of feathers strewn across the pathway and grass on the first loop.  Judging from the many feathers left behind, that victim put up quite a fight.  I believe it was a robin judging from the plumage,.  It turned my stomach a little, and the next two times I passed, I looked the other way.  Yes, a cat might have attacked that poor bird, so I can’t really lay the blame on a particular predator.

The second time around the Park, I saw Mike, who also feeds the squirrels, and asked if he’d seen any squirrels and relayed the mysterious birds story.  He immediately asked if I saw the collection of feathers scattered all over and I nodded my head.  He said “they’ll turn up – it’s earlier than usual.”

Well, Mike was right – the third time was the charm as that saying goes.  Squirrels were coming out of the woodwork and I was happily doling out peanuts with a warning to them to stay near the trees and bushes to enjoy their peanuts and to please watch their backs.

Now, onto my post about the peanut pals yesterday.

I think I follow a fairly healthy, albeit boring, diet.  Lately it seems I’ve been bombarded with health tips encouraging you  to eat more nuts, since they are a natural way to add protein to your diet, plus they are chock full of vitamins.  “Throw away your vitamins and eat more nuts!” seemed to be the general consensus.  So, I decided to get on this nut bandwagon too.  After perusing the labels, I bought several varieties of nuts, all guaranteed to be nutritious and heart healthy (even if you read the disclaimer, i.e. – don’t go hog wild and eat too many of them!)

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The cashews didn’t last long – that’s for sure.

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There haven’t been cashews in this house for a few decades now, not since a coworker was selling plastic Santa Claus boots filled with whole jumbo cashews for her kid for Boy Scouts or some similar endeavor.  I bought one Santa boot to be sociable and brought it home.  The cashews were gone in record time and I clearly remember my mother asking “why don’t we ever get cashews – these were delicious?”  Well several months later she said “Linda, quit buying cashews every time you go grocery shopping because my pants are getting tight.”  I guess I forgot all about that scenario in my zeal to get healthier.

As to the mixed nuts, well, they were plenty delicious too, a tasty combo of peanuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts.  Yummy!

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On the outside of the can, however, the suggested serving was one ounce, or 30 whole nuts.  Hmmm – really, you’re going to count them out?  Besides, many were just bits and pieces or halves anyway.  I measured out a small Dixie cup and decided that was my version of “one serving” although that piddling amount stretched into another serving.  Oops!  Then there were the almonds which were as hard as my head and I imagined biting down the wrong way on one and taking out my crown.  So, I fished out all the almonds from both cans of mixed nuts and put them in a Ziploc bag for Parker and his pals.

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The jar of peanuts is all that remains, and I’ve not cracked it open yet.  Thankfully, I did have the good sense to buy the dry roasted and unsalted variety which will be blah and boring of course (to humans anyway).

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So, in a nutshell … I’ve decided to scrap the eat-nuts-to-stay-healthy campaign and go back to my tried-and-true method of simply shoving a tablespoon into the jar, then dragging it back out laden with nutty peanut butter, and getting my peanut fix that way.

Yesterday, since it was the weekend and I had more time to dawdle, I sought out my squirrel pals to share the love with them because, as you know – squirrels just go nuts for nuts.

I realized I had their attention, so I scattered some almonds on the pathway.

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Well, I piqued Parker’s interest.

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But, first the almonds were given the “sniff test” …

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… so, would they pass muster?

Well, yes they did … see for yourself.

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So many nuts, and so little time!

so many nuts and so little time

You saw for yourself how my nutty buddies loved those almonds and glommed onto them as soon as they were spread across the asphalt path.  I left my furry friends in nut nirvana to walk another loop, only to return to find they were still noshing on almonds and some kind soul had tossed some shell peanuts into the mix on the pathway.

Around the Park, there were other squirrels that did not get the word about the almond joy, so they got regular shell peanuts instead.

Of course, nuttin’ but the best for my furry pals, and, while treating them, it was a great photo op.  I got a few cute and funny photos – I hope you enjoy them.

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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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65 Responses to Got peanuts for me?

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Linda,
    I am so glad you shared these squirrel-y pictures. I love them. Are all of them of Parker’s ? The first one you said- Parker- he looks chubby- touch wood!
    Glad Mike is looking out for them too.
    Nuts- I am one of those people who don’t like nuts and have to actually force myself to eat them. I am glad about that because that is the only thing other than banana bread and ice cream that I don’t like in the world. Its good you are counting and eating. Cindy, my head, is sent food from a diet center every day- she is allowed only 5- period 5 nuts each day- they measure out every bit of food for her.
    I know you are clocking your miles and will reach your target this year but remember there are friends who await news of your walks or seeing you on walks ( Parker and his friends), so you are still doing a good deed by showing up each day. You are inspiring me to show up at my exercise class each evening too.
    Susie

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I’m glad you got to see these pictures Susie after I promised them today – better late than never. I wrote the post, then needed to go and get yesterday’s pictures to match the narrative and I had so many pictures – how to decide if there were too many, or if they looked alike. I intended to use the photo of the squirrel standing up as the header then decided this photo, it looks like the squirrel is pointing to himself. (It’s all about me sometimes with the squirrel.) And this is Parker in the main picture and the picture investigating and sniffing the nuts, but there are other squirrels beside him eating, plus along the pathway … they did not all see what I was doing.

      Mike is a nice guy and he goes around the Park two entire times while he is there. The first time, he takes a plastic bag and collects garbage along the pathway as people throw trash, water bottles, food bags/wrappers and also he cleans up stuff left in the pavilion area – he just does that as no one comes to clean the Park, except the City comes to empty the cans every Monday. After Mike is done, he goes out and walks the whole Park for himself and he feeds the squirrels too. There is another guy who feeds them too.

      I do like nuts and can’t have them anymore as I liked them too much. Only having five nuts a day is odd because that won’t help you healthwise. I know nuts are high in calcium and good for your teeth, not to mention all the other vitamins. I only take a multiple vitamin, and I didn’t give it up. But, with those nuts, I was getting in the habit of having them every night and more than the allotted amount, so it was a good idea on paper, but not to implement permanently.

      I do love peanut butter though, and my mom used to make banana bread and I’d put peanut butter on it. I gave up sweets in 2011 and have not had any sweets at all since then. I really liked cookies and I liked cookies better than pies/tarts, cake. That is because I liked the texture of cookies … the crunch, where you don’t get that with banana bread or cake, or pie. My mom would bake cookies and have a couple out of the whole batch. Same with brownies. But she loved pie – I would not fight her for pie. I forgot that I tried Nutella about a month ago. I was discussing Nutella with a fellow blogger who is on a diet called “Whole 30” … I mentioned the Nutella because the kids rescued from the Thai cave wanted Nutella and I said I’d never had it – he was incredulous and said ‘you must try it’ so I got a little jar of it.

      Your exercise class sounds pretty intense though – walking is easy compared to the rigorous exercise you are doing. I did do six miles as I want to hit 700 miles by the end of the month … I am at 658 miles now.

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      • susieshy45 says:

        The 700 miles, you will hit it and more today. Then it is only 300 to your target, right ?
        I wish I could give up sweets- cold turkey like you too. But I am addicted and also have a lot of emotional eating thrown in.
        I love sweet, crunchy peanut butter. I could love cookies too but I don’t make them and only had access to store bought ones, which have transfat in them which are a no-no these days. I love crunchy chewy things too. I can’t love un-sweet peanut butter though. Nutella, I don’t like, thank God.
        Many of those squirrels look like they are smiling especially the one on the tree. I love squirrels.
        Susie

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      • lindasschaub says:

        My mom used to make brownies and peanut butter cookies once a week as those were my favorite but I got more exercise then – I wasn’t walking, but I worked in a larger office (before Robb and I left and went to a much smaller suite) and walked around more like you do at work now – floor to floor and all around the place, walked to the bus stop, and stuff to do outside and inside. But your metabolism slows too when you get older. I don’t like that natural peanut butter – I don’t like the oil that sits on top of it. I hadn’t had chocolate since 2011 so the Nutella was a whole different taste for me. The only thing I really miss is the flavored coffee creamer which I also gave up – I did like that but just buy the powdered plain creamer which I use with instant coffee. No frills – how boring! I gave up salty snacks in 2012 or 2013 – I used to love Doritos and those white-cheddar Cheez-its. Gave them up too – I didn’t look at peanuts as a salty snack as I was eating it for health purposes – (see how I gave myself a little wiggle room there).

        The squirrels are funny sometimes Susie and the looks they will give you … they’ll stare you down from up in their tree.

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      • susieshy45 says:

        Squirrels have personalities too. Getting mother’s food is the best thing in the world. My mom is not the best cook in the world but I love to eat what she makes.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I’m not the best cook in the world, and, if I don’t bring in sweets or salty snacks I am not tempted, but I no longer crave sweets … however, if I went somewhere and someone was baking cookies or brownies I wonder if I would succumb?

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      • susieshy45 says:

        I agree – out of sight, out of mind. About caving in, if you reach a stage like me, I don’t care, well, then you could, I suppose.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I’m not a great cook. Like housework where I’m not my mother’s daughter – it is also like that as to cooking/baking. My mom said “if you can read a cookbook, you can cook/bake” but I would beg to differ with her.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I forgot to say – yes, my goal is 1,051 miles, one more mile than last year, but once I get to October, the sun gets up later and I can’t get as many miles walked during the workweek and then I deal with the time change. In November and December, I can’t count on walking at the Park unless there is no snow or ice – they don’t plow the walking path, so I can walk on the weekend if I go later if the sun has melted some of the path, otherwise you have to worry about falling, so I have to really push myself over the next two months to get it done.

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      • susieshy45 says:

        Oh dear! Even cold weather has its disadvantages.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I wonder if I have a picture on the pathway with the ice to show you – I have gone down there on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, thinking the sun has hit it by then, and with lug-soled hiking boots on and have walked in some places, but don’t feel secure. Also, by late October, walking in the morning you have to watch as there is black ice and you might wipe out. That’s why I have to push until October 15th, (unless we have a warm Fall – see last year we had a very warm Fall and that enabled me to push forward as well … on December 3rd we had a day in the high 60s and it was so warm people were out decorating for Christmas, but still raking leaves.) Then a few days later we got snow and kept getting snow – 62 inches of it and it was unrelenting. I think the snow storm was on December 9th, so six days later!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Hi Susie – this is a post I did which shows how the perimeter path looks – I am sure I have other posts that I took more pics of the icy pathway and I’ll think of some keywords to find them, but you see how you have to walk around the ice – just picking your way through the ice and snow not so good – you worry you’ll fall and break a bone. https://lindaschaubblog.net/2018/03/04/brr-burrs-and-birds/

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  2. AJ says:

    I stick with peanut butter too- nuts are dangerously easy to eat!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yup, when I mentioned that last week to you – they were sitting in the can or jar and way too close – I moved them twice, each time further away and thought that was dumb, then I finished them off (except the peanuts which hold no appeal as they are dry roasted and not even lightly salted with sea salt). Finishing them off, in my mind, meant they would not tempt me. Back to peanut butter – I mean to mention in the post and forgot, that I bought the “Simple Jif” and it had low sugar, less salt and less fat – it did not taste like peanut butter to me, so I went back to regular crunchy Jif. I don’t have it every day either.

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      • AJ says:

        I eat the natural peanut butter which I love- Adams is a good brand if you have it there.
        I often finish things off so I don’t have them in my house anymore

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I have only tried the Smuckers when it first came out – maybe I didn’t stir it enough and found it oily but do they make the natural in crunchy? I bought some honey-flavored peanut butter and decided I was more of a purist, and should keep my peanut butter without anything on it, not even jam or jelly. Because I gave up sweets, I have bought jam to put on peanut butter and find it too sweet now – that’s what happened with the tart cherry juice … it seemed way too sweet for me, so I tried mixing it with milk instead of water to take the sweet and syrupy taste away or mixed it with plain Greek yogurt. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has said “I will eat this all at one time so it doesn’t bother me being here.” When you think about it, why not dole it out in little portions … nope, that does not fly. Must be eliminated altogether. 🙂

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      • AJ says:

        Yes they make the natural in crunchy and you do need to stir it a lot!
        Yup I figure if I eat it at once, I can go back to my healthy eating with the next meal

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That’s the best way! I am behind in Reader and just read Diane’s cooking blog and she had crabcake pizza – I don’t know if you’d like that but underneath that post was this one – thought you might like it as no bread – zucchini pizza boats:

        https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/114793426/posts/26436

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      • AJ says:

        Thank you! I’ll check that out!

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  3. Fred Bailey says:

    The squirrel mother strikes again.

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  4. Ann Marie stevens says:

    So…………………Miss Linda………………is the motto for your blog today: Squirrels aren’t the only ones that :”go nuts for nuts”!

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  5. sharonchyy says:

    Wow 😮 Good looking squirrel

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  6. John says:

    Love your pictures of the cute squirrels.😊 They seem to be tame in your company, so you want to pat them. I have never thought of feeding squirrels with peanuts but think it’s common in the United States.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks John – they like posing for peanuts and this time for almonds. Next time you are at the store get a small bag of peanuts then when you see a squirrel try him or her out … you said you don’t see many squirrels though. The black squirrels are skittish and they won’t come for peanuts – there aren’t mamy black squirrels in the Park, mostly in the neighborhoods, but I always have peanuts with me and toss out a few and I can come back the same way to go home and they are still sitting there. They are not as tame I guess. They are easier than birds to take pictures of as they stay still most of the time!

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      • John says:

        We only have one species of squirrel in Sweden, the red squirrel. They aren’t so shy when you meet them but I only see them in the wood never in any park.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Do your parks have lots of trees John, or are they more like botanical gardens like you featured in your post yesterday? I’m thinking maybe they have nowhere to build their nests in the Park or hide from predators. Do you see their nests in the woods – they are huge and when the leaves fall down, and the trees are bare, the nests are exposed. They do make me smile – I saw some more ducks today but the algae bloom is so thick, I think they should find a body of water with a swifter current … I don’t know how they can paddle and I hope they aren’t drinking that water. It is so thick, you can’t even see where the pond lilies are anymore – it is one large green mass.

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      • John says:

        The tivoli park have a lot of trees but I hardly see any squirrels there. We have many nature reserves where I see the squirrels but they aren’t used to e feed, Maybe therefore they do not show up.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That’s too bad, as they are fun to interract with, but the black squirrels we have here are plentiful, mostly in the neighborhoods, but they just don’t care for humans, even when offering them peanuts. They are much smaller and very sleek looking.

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  7. Great pictures! I wish I liked nuts but I only like peanut and macadamia nuts…ugh!

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  8. so both you & Parker have turned to the nuts!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I was like Parker and didn’t know when to stop and decided I’d better hide them for later. Today, if he is really nice to me, I’ll promise to share my jar of dry-roasted, salt-free peanuts with him.

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      • Parker is always nice to you! It’s the bully Hawks that are not nice!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That Parker makes my day. I have to smile when I see him running up the path, or across the field, and it melts my heart just a little. As to those hawks, I tell my little furry friends to watch their backs, because if they don’t, maybe I have to start counting noses every morning when I show up before I pass out their peanuts.

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      • I feel the same way when Romeo flies over to greet me & than he flies beside me as I’m planing in my boat.I always smile when I see him coming over & maybe at 1/2 a mile too!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        They remind you of a loyal pet sometimes. We had a squirrel in the backyard for years that did the same thing, running over to greet you, and he used to try to get into the house so we had to be careful going in/out so he wouldn’t run inside, especially after my mom was on a cane, as she was slower getting in the door Sammy was pretty brazen, but we knew he was happy to be around us and not scared.

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      • you’ve got great names for them Linda & it sounds like you’l have to think of several more too! You need to take close up shots & study them for unique markers?

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I think I’d better think up some more names as well – sometimes the tails have some unusual markings, but right now, at a glance, I only know Stubby for sure … he’s got that 1/2 tail so that’s easy. And, I thought I knew Parker, but the other squirrels have figured out climbing on my foot = more peanuts, so there are a few imposter squirrels posing as Parker.

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  9. Rebecca says:

    The heat, humidity and mosquitoes have put a curb on my photo taking too. Very cute photos of your squirrel friends!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      We are getting some cooler temps after our big storm tomorrow and it sure is welcome. I’m glad you liked the photos Rebecca. At least the squirrels sit there and I can take their picture … the birds are too swift for me sometimes.

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  10. Mackenzie says:

    We eat SOOOO many cashews & almonds in our house! My body craves them when I go a couple days without them. Think I may go grab a handful right now 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      The power of suggestion! You being in the health field know how good nuts are for you, so you don’t have to make a single apology for enjoying them Mackenzie. But, oh, those cashews just tempted me and they were gone before I knew it – I’ve never tried cashew or almond butter before – maybe I’ll treat myself to that sometimes.

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      • Mackenzie says:

        Tehehe. Well I so appreciate you bringing awareness to the health benefits too! I’m team cashew or team almonds (well any nut) all the way!! And ooo you must try! It’s very good & creamy!

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  11. I’m a vegetarian and most nuts are pretty good!
    Soak hulled peanuts in cold water for 2 to 3 hours (while in the fridge). Rinse them off in cold water, drain, and place them in a bowl. Pour some honey (and maybe a little oil) over them and mix with a spoon. Enjoy! 🙂
    Works with almonds also!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I’ll try the almonds again too – maybe the kind that are ground, like you use in baking, and mix it up with oatmeal or in yogurt. Those nuts were too handy – every time I passed by, I had to have some. No restraint!!

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  12. I love this post so much ❤❤. Lovely to share the love of our food with wildlife. I just love your photos and posts

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  13. Ellie P. says:

    “In a nutshell” – lol!
    BTW, call me slow, but I *just now* realized why Parker is named Parker!!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      🙂 … and “nuttin’ but the best” … I used the old walnut when writing that post. I was just searching for the particular post where I decided to name him and can’t find it, even using keywords other than “Parker” but no success. I didn’t call him “Parker” just because he lives at the Park, but he likes to park himself at my feet or climb up onto my shoe or boot, so that was partly it as well. Also, sometimes I drive to the Park to give my car a little spin. In the beginning when Parker first began rushing over to see me, a couple of times, I drove there, parked the car in the lot, and he saw me and ran toward the car. I herded him out of the parking lot as I was afraid someone would accidentally run over him. So, he’d follow me into the Park. When I was done walking, maybe an hour later, I’d go to the car (and I always park at the far end of the lot – my car is 9 years old, 5000 miles on it, and if it was hit/damaged, you know I’d get the blue book price on it which wouldn’t be much). Anyway, there was Parker, sitting there by the driver’s side and when I saw him he waited there patiently until I got all the way to the car. That dedication or maybe devotion would be the word, just touched me and so I named him that day.

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      • Ellie P. says:

        So sweet. You should write a children’s book about him, how you named him, how you worry about him etc. Think of a little adventure/story you could build around! Your photos would really add to this!! Parents of the kids they’re reading to would like it too!!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        He has a real personality and recently put his paws up on my bare leg – kind of startled me, but I was trying to hold him off while I took his picture – he got impatient for peanuts. Someone else suggested writing a children’s book to me about him and I had a whole idea in my head about how I would do such a book, the story line, and I got so busy at work over the Spring and Summer that I’ve put the idea on a back burner. I would love to do something like that. I have many pictures of Parker and the other squirrels too. (They could be stand-ins like a stunt double.)

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      • Ellie P. says:

        Do it!! Put it on front burner!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I had an idea (likely costly) that I would make it a book that you turned upside down to read … the first half of this book would be me writing about Parker and interacting with him in the Park (and beyond – sometimes he follows me into the neighborhood trailing along behind me) and then you finish that story and turn the book upside down and it is Parker’s and how he perceives me. I was thinking to have it look like a kid’s drawing and writing about the tall lady in the Park that likes me better than the other squirrels (I give him treats sometimes, like M&Ms) because she thinks I’m special. I’m not sure how that would work exactly and I’d have to draw a picture of a stick figure holding a bag of peanuts, etc. But that was my concept … of course turning it upside down would likely cost more but I thought it would be fun(ny). Thanks for the encouragement Ellie. I’d think about it after my Robb gig is up. He’s 71 but right now we are going strong – two years ago we were planning to close up shop as we had no work.

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      • Ellie P. says:

        Upside-down, huh? Intriguing, different! Def. worth following up when you’re ready!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thank Ellie – I thought it would be cute and I would make myself young, so they could identify.

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      • Ellie P. says:

        Wow, it’ll be fun to write!!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I thought so too Ellie – there is an artist who lives nearby – I see her when I walk sometimes, but if you could do the kid-style drawings with crayons I think it would be fun.

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  14. lindasschaub says:

    No, I didn’t word that correctly, I should have said “if one could do the child-like drawings it would be fun” and I see ads by Fiver on Twitter all the time for caricatures for $5.00. I used to draw when I was younger, something else to go back to in retirement.

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