T.P.T.P.!!!

I know it’s not the best shot, but doesn’t your heart melt just a little at the sight of my furry friend, lethargic and listless, on the perimeter path? The heat and humidity – ugh, in fact … double ugh!!

When we were kids, we used this expression on hot days:  “Mom:  we’re T.P.T.P.!!!” 

What is “T.P.T.P.” you ask?  Why it means “too pooped to participate!”

Yes, it has been the long-awaited  holiday weekend and by mid-week the doomsayers (a/k/a the weather folks) were already predicting the Independence Day extended holiday forecast … continued hot and steamy weather, with afternoon thunderstorms every day as a result of the heat spikes.  Heck, they even threw in possible severe thunderstorms for a couple of the days as the proverbial cherry on top of the melting sundae. 

However, Sunday was predicted to be perfect.

So Sunday arrived.  I was up with the chickens, eager to get out to a different venue, but the 5:08 a.m. weather forecast was for continued heat, humidity, rain and a pop-up thunderstorm – all  slated for this morning when I would have departed.  (Hmm – what happened to clear as a bell?)  So, I’ve stayed in ‘til the highly anticipated cold front passes, so the humidity will vanish and cooler temps will be in place … for two days anyway.  This cold front was supposed to happen last night – sigh. 

We’ve had this extreme heat and iffy volatile weather for about ten days – the meteorologists predict storms and they don’t happen, yet we’ve had multiple pop-up rainstorms in the course of one day, or rain and rumbles when the forecast was clear weather.  It was just oppressive stepping outdoors, in fact some heat advisories were in place from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday.  The temps got to “real feels” close to 100 degrees F (38 C).  Though I’ve grumbled mightily about the brutally cold and ice-ridden Winter, then the chilly and rainy Spring, Summer’s been no picnic either with its continued heat and humidity and buggy and muggy – whew, I feel like I’ve been moving at the pace of a snail.

So, instead of heading out to a larger park where I could enjoy a change of pace and view, even if it was waterlogged or soggy, I just stuck close to home throughout the long holiday.  I got my steps in, then scurried home to the A/C to be a lady of leisure.

Or kickin’ back, propping my feet up – a few naps were necessary as the neighborhood fireworks went way past my bedtime.

On the Fourth of July, I ambled through the neighborhood to check out the patriotic swag.  I always like this home for their year-round homespun décor. 

I stopped long enough to take a few shots, then decided that I was very much unlike this sign advertising “fresh flowers” …

…  yup, I was not “fresh as a daisy” … nope, I was just the opposite of this bloom (sorry I didn’t have a daisy pic).

I was feeling very wilted.   

I am scrambling to do this post before the predicted thunderstorm, lest you think I melted into a pool like the Wicked Witch of the West.  I, of course, am not the only one suffering from the heat.  At my favorite stomping grounds. Council Point Park, even the squirrels are lethargic from the heat, as you see above.  This was one of several squirrels that were stretched out like this along the perimeter path or in the grass.  They did eventually come over for peanuts, but were not their usual lively selves.

I trust that St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment is looking out for my furry and feathered pals as we get through this heat wave.  (He might have his hands full though with the California earthquakes and Alaska’s uncharacteristic heat wave.)

After today, the long holiday weekend is over, however, two days of beautiful weather are  promised.  Mother Nature needs a memo about her timing – anyone have the old gal’s e-mail address or Twitter handle?

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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59 Responses to T.P.T.P.!!!

  1. Eliza says:

    They all look wilted.
    When I was away I saw a kitten doing the same, I was scared it was dead.
    I hate when you prepare for weather that just doesn’t happen.
    Happy Sunday!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, the first time I saw a squirrel do that, I thought he was dead too, but I see it more and more when the days are scorchers like this one. I felt really sad to see them like that, We never got the rain/storm at all, but it is cooler (a little) and the weather folks are getting nothing right these days!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Eliza – I remembered that I did a similar post last year about the squirrels – just searched for it and was amazed I kinda/sorta used the same title (I’ll blame it on the heat, I try not to do that) … anyway, this was the first time I noticed the squirrels so listless like this and uncharacteristic of their usual behavior … made me sad to see … I wrote this post last year when they were laying on the tree branches … just freaked me out a little too.
      https://lindaschaubblog.net/2018/06/16/too-pooped-to-participate/

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  2. Happy Sunday, Linda! Hopefully it will cool down without too much humidity for your outings this week. It’s overcast and cool here.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      It ended up not too bad in the afternoon and we have two days of nice weather, then back to heat, humidity and stormy weather again! Unbelievable weather, even for Summer – we never had this type of weather until August.

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  3. Today is perfect. Warm but not too warm or humid. Hope it lasts all week.

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  4. You certainly deserve a break in your weather. I h-ope you can un-wilt.

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  5. Joni says:

    Well done….I like how you worked the statues and flowers in. Today was a perfect day, sunny, not too hot, a refreshing breeze…..now if we could only have that every day. I do wonder why the meteorologists seem so off/wrong these days with their predictions? I remember years ago only getting a few hot/humid weeks in August – the dog days of summer – it could not possibly have been that hot all summer when I was a kid as we didn’t even have A/C in our old farmhouse, and only had a small circulating fan in our upstairs bedroom.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      So your meteorologists are getting it all wrong too Joni? So, what’s up with that, maybe that they depend too much on the models and not predicting the old-fashioned way? We never had A/C while we lived in Canada, I remember that and we moved here 53 years ago today BTW. Anyway, we moved here in 1966 and had a small window air conditioner in the room where the TV was and my father got a cot and sometimes slept downstairs in the really hot weather – he said it was cooler than the TV room where he could have slept on the couch (it was short). We had fans in every room. He was a tool-and-die maker and the plant had no A/C and they didn’t use fans and he would come home all Summer, would drink gallons of iced tea or lemonade and had no appetite and we got finally got A/C in 1975. I hate this weather – at least it was cooler yesterday and til Wednesday when heat, humidity and storms return. Glad you liked the pics mingled with the narrative – I took all of them the day I walked around the neighborhoods on the 4th.

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      • Joni says:

        I can remember my dad and brothers baling hay in hot weather, and then he would come in and drink a ton of water and not eat anything, so heat and no appetite must go together. I noticed that with the installer too, he was in and out of the heat as he had set up his saw in the garage, but he didn’t eat all day, even though I offered him stuff. He had one bottle of water and then I gave him some treats to take home. Maybe they get used to it. I know when I worked at the small hospital, lots of times the A/C was not working, at all or well, and it wasn’t very pleasant. It saps your energy.
        But back then the really intense heat didn’t go on for months like it does now.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, it must sap your energy and I don’t know how construction workers do it either. All day long in the intense heat and sun. It does sap your energy. You’re right … the weather was normal, not like now. We had what the weathermen called two “seasonal” days of Summer weather. They were delightful, and then the heat and humidity come back tomorrow and heat spikes and a possible severe storm in late afternoon. So much for the great weather, though it comes back Friday – one day only, then intense heat again.

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  6. I bet Buddy got anxious when he heard the loud explosions of the bombs bursting in air!
    You need a vacation from your weather!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      You are right Wayne, and funny you mention Buddy because I think of him so often, but this is the third Independence Day holiday since he has been gone,and he was terrified of the firecrackers. I heard the noise and thought of my little guy. The former governor in our state allowed the purchase/use of the big firecrackers about 5-6 years ago. He said people went to Ohio to buy the big firecrackers and Ohio got all the revenue, so he allowed them here. People buy them at the grocery store, not even pop-up fireworks stands anymore. They shoot them off New Year’s Eve a lot and have been shooting them off nearly nightly since Memorial Day. A few months ago, they said state-wide, we legally can only set off fireworks 12 nights a year (basically 12/31 and 01/01 and the rest are the day before, day of, and day after a big holiday). They aren’t ticketing though, so people shoot them off anyway. I went to Council Point Park after Independence Day, and walking through the parking lot, it was evident that many fireworks had been shot off as there were wrappers all over the parking lot – the squirrels and birds in the Park were likely very scared. Buddy would sit in the corner, wouldn’t sing or make noises, so I spent most of the 4th of July holiday staying up very late, radio on very loud to tune out the firecracker noise and was over at his cage talking to him. I didn’t want to cover him to go to sleep and have the pops still going on. Dogs have been known to jump the fence and run away – there were several people in our City’s Crime Forum showing pics of their dogs that had run away, and the veterans with PTSD can buy yard signs that say “war veteran, please be kind – fireworks upset me.” I had one land on the roof and melted shingles a few years ago. We get a few days’ reprieve from the heat and humidity and it’s back on Wednesday … it has been oppressive out there. I felt so badly for the squirrels and it’s scary to see them like that along the pathway.

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      • So many animals are afraid of loud noises! Lightening its self is enough, so we don’t need to add! Buddy sounds like such a wonderful companion for you Linda! Get a African Grey and call him “Buddy” I say! Maybe after you retire?

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Wayne – I felt badly when I saw the spent firecrackers – there were tons of them so the squirrels and birds were no doubt shaking up in their nests. And then it was so hot, the squirrels were listless and the birds were not around. Yes, Buddy was such a pal and it was so rough after he was gone – he was just a few feet from where I sit here at the table, in his spot on the counter-top and I talked to him all day long and he sang back (except when moulting as they are weaker and the males don’t sing during the moult or for a while afterward). I put a toaster oven there on the counter so the big empty space was not such a glaring reminder. I have to think long and hard about it as I don’t want the pain and heartache again, and a new factor … the erratic and sometimes volatile weather we now have but that type of weather was not as often as now. Like the Polar Vortex and the -45 degree windchill. I had so many things for Buddy if we lost power to keep him safe – I could not take him into the basement in the Summer as I was sprayed for spiders and centipedes for years – the spray would hurt him (still, after all these years). I had battery-operated fans for Summer and a big paper fan to fan him which I did when we lost power a few times and I had ice packs that I would put in the corner of the cage to cool him off (covered with a towel in case he went down to investigate) and I had battery-operated polar fleece scarves which I would have layered between his outside covers, a hot water bottle for the cage bottom – I worried constantly – I had an electric throw in case the furnace went out but the power was on … I would have layered it in between the blankets as well. The weather was not so erratic then as it is now but even then, I worried all the time that we’d lose power and he would die – canaries cannot tolerate heat at all and they can actually tolerate cold better than heat, but they are still considered a tropical bird and not exactly hardy. And they don’t like to be handled, so I could not pull him out of the cage and easily put him under a blanket with me to keep him warm – nope, he would not have come out of his cage like a parakeet. I am a weather worrier for myself – I’d have tons of angst worrying about my pet. No – don’t want fish either. 🙂

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  7. Prior... says:

    love the TPTP
    and that house is charming – the one with the flag and bike. and enjoyed your humorous flower analogy on wilted vs fresh

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked it Yvette – that house is so charming and he used to have an old-fashioned wooden school desk under the “Fresh Flowers” sign. He opened the top of it and had flowers spilling out. I have stood there just to admire what new things he has and the bike is always a favorite of mine. He also has the clay pots that are made to look like people. They are very cute. I once did a post on his tree house he built for his kids – it is huge and I took some new pics of it the other day and it is about four or five years after the original post. It is now covered in ivy and I will use it for a future post. The owners are very friendly as well. He has a big tree out front and made an old-fashioned rope swing with a cherry-red wooden seat hanging from a branch and I wrote about that in the past as well. Glad I gave you a smile – I felt very wilted! We got to the 90s the day I took that walk.

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      • Prior... says:

        Those home owners seem to have some great ideas. And looking forward to the future post with the ivy
        😊

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Glad you liked it Yvette – I used to have lots of artsy things in my garden and I miss those days. I wanted to enter my home in a local garden walk in 2010, but figured it was too small – where would people walk around? Before I started walking at Labor Day 2011, I spent at least two or more hours a day in the garden, tending to flowers, the birds (feeders and baths) and I had a butterfly garden with butterfly houses, puddling dishes and rocks for them to sun themselves. I mentioned the rat situation before to you I think … a new neighbor left their dog out 24/7/365 and I got rats – gone was my paradise and then the back-to-back Polar Vortex events stripped my yard of all but one clematis, my butterfly bushes, most of my Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susans. I only go in the backyard when necessary now.

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      • Prior... says:

        wow – you sure sound like you are adaptable – and I am sorry that the situation back there has changed. But in another way – maybe you are right where God wants and needs you – out walking and getting those steps in. Garden work can be great – but I think walking has more perks – either way – I have a similar experience. for a couple years – like 08 to 2010 – had swings (sometimes had 25 of us around an evening fire with good convo and feeling garden/nature love) – had thriving gas fire pit – peach tree – (and guess what – butterfly bushes along a fence – purple clematis – ground covers – and this gorgeous side area leading to the blackberry bushes) but then we were actually the ones that had stuff climbing into the neighbors yard – so some stuff had to come out – like a honeysuckle that was way too invasive – and also – the whole area was maybe prone to ticks – which in our area of VA is so bad.
        anyhow – my sweet neighbors never complained and I cut back the clematis – and BB bushes – but then I knew it was time to cut it out. My spouse helped.
        oh and they planted a bunch of trees there and so when I watered and fed that garden area – it fed their trees – if that makes sense – so it was a lose-lose situation and we had two labs at the time who were climbing through the honeysuckle (and ticks – ew) and then the peach tree got a fungus on the trunk.
        all that to say – I have some containers on a wall – but that whole area is grass now. I have memories of the lush days – we still have the free pit left – a hammock – but no more swings (although I might get them again) and the crepe myrtles that were medium height and quaint during the glory days – are now still wonderful – but big and have a different – less quaint feel.
        so I think we have this in common.
        former glory days in our garden – memories we cherish – but a new season – and we both find contentment with our current path (something like that – am I right?)

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      • lindasschaub says:

        You are 100% correct Yvette – our respective paradises were such a delight, plus relaxing to sit there and enjoy it, but the work to keep them perfect took more and more effort each year, not to mention money spent for decor, mulch, sprays to keep black spot and diseases from the roses and other plants. Now I look in the backyard and wonder how I got that enjoyment when I could be out walking? Or here interacting with other bloggers. You are right – we have contentment, a new level of contentment without all the aggravation we endured before and a richer life for it.

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      • Prior... says:

        well said – and I do have a sitting area still – and I bring in annuals – like right now have that Mande villa – and a few other things
        but different times for sure.
        __
        and cheers to rolling with the changes

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I love the Mandevillas and used to have them on the cement patio with pots of hibiscus and it looked so tropical looking. A few years ago I went to Michael’s and bought very realistic-looking silk flowers and “planted” them in all my planters, my small wheelbarrow and I have a pair of resin green wellies and planted them in there too … that wellies planter had poor drainage and nothing survived as there was no holes in the bottom and if you drill into resin, it will crack. So what I did was use old orange and grapefruit mesh bags and filled them with river rocks, and attached them with pipe cleaners to the “flower stems” and sunk them into the planters – they require no deadheading, watering, fertilizing and they won’t blow away. Lazy perhaps, but I’ll tell you that with all the torrential rain we have had this Spring and early Summer, any annuals in pots would have been waterlogged, especially if the pots were too heavy to move under cover. Yes, cheers to making things easier – we had our moment of garden glory and yes, while working it is too much to balance it all and come out ahead. Cheers to us rolling with the changes and seeing the light Yvette!

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      • Prior... says:

        that sounds like a great idea to use pipecleaners and rocks – and sounds win-win

        I bought some containers of flowers earlier this spring and one of them had TWO Mande villas –
        it was a surprise bonus – and it sat on the edge of my husband’s garden bed for a few weeks (could not find someone who needed an annual flowering plant that climbed) – and then I found a spot – I have a small hanging basket stand I got a few years ago and it fit well there.
        But as I sometimes saw the Mandevilla on the edge – for that month – I wrote about it.
        how it needed to climb
        needed to attach to something
        how its tendrils were curling air – and then not reaching as much because it had nothing to reach for –
        I am sure you can see the life analogy that was coming from it.
        and at the same time –
        someone dear to me was quitting a power job
        it was opposite of needing and wanting to climb and attach
        this gal was in ax mode
        breaking free from the support she was clinging too

        it was a fun bonus plant for many reasons

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Many times you can draw an analogy from the garden – you did it perfectly Yvette. But you can be transformed just walking out into the yard if you’ve put that much effort into it. It is a feeling of pride and accomplishment and wonder, all rolled into one. The silk flowers, if you buy them from Michael’s which sells very realistic blooms, can do the job with no muss or fuss. And once you wire everything in place, for several years afterward, there is no work, no running to the nursery to get the annuals or worrying if it will be a frost that night after planting them or holding them somewhere in your yard until after Memorial Day (otherwise too chilly to plant).

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  8. That squirrel in the first picture sure looks pooped! I’m kind of surprised that it would spread out on (I assume) hot asphalt, and not on the grass in the shade. I hope you have better weather ahead! Ours has been a bit cool and overcast… I guess I should feel grateful!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, doesn’t it – I felt so bad for it and the others Janis. The asphalt was hot, and I am sure being in the shade didn’t help out much either. We had cooler weather today and tomorrow, maybe part of Wednesday then the heat and humidity and storms again. I walked six miles this morning as it was so cool out (20 degrees cooler than a day ago).

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  9. Rebecca says:

    It’s been very hot and humid here also, so I feel your pain. Between the heat and mosquitoes, it’s hard to get out and get photos. My camera fogs up every time I step outside (go from cold to hot). How much longer until autumn? Looks like the little squirrel is trying to keep cool. I see them do this on tree branches, but not so much on the ground. Wonderful photos!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, the Spring and now Summer has not been any treat – today we had some nice, cooler weather and I seized this morning and got out for a long walk before work as my boss was driving back from their cottage in Canada so I had a little wiggle room. I hated to come inside the house. I had a few outside things to do during the holiday but it was just too oppressive to do much. I am ready for Autumn as well Rebecca. The squirrels looked so beat and I felt for them – they were so much perkier this morning when I got there, scampering around and running after me. I’ve seen them on the branches too – they let their four legs dangle down.

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  10. Laurie says:

    I have to admit, I never heard of TPTP! I love it, though! Your poor little furry friend looks like he is TPTP. Sitting at home with the AC on and your feet up sounds like the only reasonable thing to do in this heat!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, that little squirrel was one of many along the perimeter path and it was quite disconcerting to see them Laurie. I was happy to see them perky with our cooler weather (20 degrees cooler today and tomorrow) … it felt good, and even the cardinals, jays and robins were back out as well. The heat was over the top!

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  11. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………thank you for sharing the picture of the squirrel laying on the sidewalk…………it is cute……………………I love St. Francis……………………………

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – that squirrel laying on the sidewalk took me aback but now I know it is because they are hot, just like us. Last year, do you remember, I did a post after a really hot morning at Council Point Park where squirrels were in the trees, their bodies stretched out on the branches, and their legs hanging down? That was scary at first – you know, the first time I saw that, it was just one squirrel and I thought to myself “is he rabid?” or “is he just sick – I’d best stay away from him/her.” Now I know it is the heat has gotten to them, but it is disconcerting seeing them listless like that. I love St. Francis too – I have a smaller statue of St. Francis but haven’t put him out in a few years since my garden looks so bad as it is missing a lot of flowers due to all the Polar Vortex events. I’m not going to replant anything because the Winters are getting more and more severe with cold and ice and I don’t want to buy plants, only to have them die off.

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  12. Shelley says:

    I love the TPTP! In the heat, I feel the same way. It’s just exhausting to move. I’m impressed you moved and got so many great shots. And that squirrel sprawled out is a perfect photo for the post! Hope the rest of July is better weather wise!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked it – shots from the around the neighborhood walking back from the Park on the 4th. Have some other photos as well, including a tree house which is massive and I wrote about in the past. I guess I won’t get my post done tonight as still going through comments. The squirrel and his buddies sprawled out along the pathway were worrisome and they were motionless so they looked like they might not make it.

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      • Shelley says:

        Yes, I did. Keep the picture of the squirrel by your desk so you remember to pace yourself – you don’t want to end up all sprawled out like him!! 😉

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That’s for sure – he looked bad and that could be me. Did you happen to see the bike with the carrier filled with flowers – they do that every year. Looks like they copied from your Wisconsin town with the bikes used as decor. I took pics of their treehouse and was going to use it tonight, but couldn’t figure out how to put it in the post, so another time. Beautiful big treehouse is about 5 years old, but the father did a wonderful job on it for his two kids.

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      • Shelley says:

        I would guess that heatstroke can happen to animals too?! Yes, I saw the bike, it did remind me of our downtown. We have even more this year, I haven’t been around to take pictures yet. That’s a great treehouse too. So fun for the kiddos!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I would think so too, plus they have all that fur so worse for them and I sure hope they don’t drink the Creek water. We are going to have a bad case of algae bloom this Summer – should be starting soon. We had it so bad one year that it killed a lot of mallards that went to drink at a particular lake – people were horrified to see their bodies piled up on the shore. I’m glad I didn’t see it. Well the weather is finally nice on a weekend, you don’t know where to go first. He was clever with this treehouse – it is quite elaborate.

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      • Shelley says:

        Oh, my, I hope the algae bloom doesn’t get them. Yikes! I’m hoping you have nice weather this weekend.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Me too – we had it at the Park a few years ago and it was a gooey slime over the water. There’s not much wildlife at the Park these days now that the geese are gone and the heron can’t perch on the cement landing as it is flooded over. Tomorrow there is a clean-up effort at the Ecorse Creek – it will be done with various organizations like Boy Scouts and using canoes or kayaks to pick up trash.

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      • Shelley says:

        Yeah, the critters find other spaces to roam when the weather heats up. That’s so nice there are volunteer clean-up crews.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, good they were doing it by canoe as the banks are so that you could not reach down with a skimmer to grab anything. I think the local Boy Scouts may be involved as well.

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  13. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve never heard of TPTP but I like the sentiment. I know how that squirrel feels, it’s been hot and humid here, too. No one in our neighborhood decorated for the 4th this year. I don’t know if it was the heat or politics that stopped people from decorating, so seeing your photos was great.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Ally – well we said that as kids and in Canada so maybe it was not a phrase used here? We had that intense heat about 8 or 9 days here as well and then 3 days of cooler weather – it was great, and felt like Summer used to be. The weatherman kept saying “well folks we have a seasonal Summer day” … yes, what are all these other days we’ve been having! We were back in the 90s temps today with a threat of storms. These people live on a main street and always have the nicest homespun decor in their yard. I took pics of their treehouse that the father build for their two kids (two boys I think it is) – it is very large, and ivy covered and they use a cable/pulley to take food and drinks up and down. I will do a separate post about it.

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  14. That silly squirrel! Why didn’t it lay in the grass instead of the hot pavement!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I know! Maybe it was semi-cool as it was partially under a tree. It was a bit scary seeing them like that though. We are back in that same heat and humidity mode yesterday and this morning. I am toying with walking versus getting a few groceries. I’m reluctant to load up on too much as I usually do (I try to go grocery shopping as few times as necessary to walk at the park instead, though I keep track of my steps) but it is sickening hot outside and 75 with a real feel of 80 degrees at 7:00 a.m. – not good for bringing perishable food home in the car … I’ve been going once a week as we have all the storms, some happen, some don’t and the heat spikes are causing power outages due to equipment failure. We had that equipment failure outage in the heat of the Summer last year and were out over a day and lost my food. If I lived near you, I’d be over since you have a generator – just kidding Diane. 🙂

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      • You would be more than welcome!!! When I get groceries in this heat, I take a large cooler with ice packs in my car. When I take my groceries out of the cart I leave all the cold stuff for last. Then I ask them to bag all the cold stuff together and I put the bag in the cooler. We live 15 minutes from the store so this really works for me.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thanks – I was kidding Diane … we live relatively close as opposed to some bloggers, but not that close. 🙂 I should get a cooler and do that as I have the icepacks I keep in the freezer in case of a power outage. I always pack myself so I can separate everything for the fridge, and put away other things later, especially if I shop in the morning before work. The last time I went shopping, one of the black wasps that was hovering around the black wasp nest that was just sealed up, got into the house. I looked all over for it – worried it got into a grocery bag which was in the cellarway where I put the bags until I put the car into the garage, as it was very hot that morning. It must be downstairs as I’ve not seen it – not quite as bad as your woodpecker, but bad enough! Have you every seen a black wasp? I never knew what that bug was until a few weeks ago? OMG – it looks like an overgrown flying ant.

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  15. Fantastic post again Linda 😁😁

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