Slip-Slidin’ Away.

Just like the Paul Simon song, the year is likewise slip-slidin’ away.

Let it go – I’m in no hurry to keep it around, nor the decade either. I’m eager to start a new decade tomorrow.

As I write this post, through a prayer, crossed fingers and toes, I managed to reboot my furnace and warm air is circulating throughout the house. That wasn’t the case most of Monday when the furnace had a big fail. The HVAC folks will come out to rejuvenate it for New Year’s Eve early this morning. I asked Mr. Furnace why it couldn’t have its hiccup while the temps were above average, instead of the first day when temps were below average and the winds were 45 mph/72 kmh and snow would soon be a’flyin’. I got no answer. I concede that things could be worse … all in all I feel very blessed, despite my occasional grumbling and whining (about the weather mostly).

So, about two weeks ago we had an Arctic blast which lasted a couple of days. The thermometer dipped down very low and the Ecorse Creek at Council Point Park soon froze over. That weekend, though the temps were warmer, the Creek was still frozen solid. I saw Harry the Heron trying to cross the Creek to the other side. He wobbled a little as he strode across on his icy trek. My guess is that he could not take off and fly once he started on his journey. I held my breath a few times, sharing that Great Blue Heron’s pain. Many mornings when I still worked on site in downtown Detroit and took the bus, I’d have to walk on glare ice. I took baby steps down our street to get to the bus stop. I assure you my heart was in my mouth the entire time.

Harry gained confidence at some point in his trek, throwing his head back, saying “I’ve got this” … perhaps this was when the ice was bumpy, enabling him to get a grip.

But at one point, he slid and was off balance and righted himself again by crossing his legs in a very amusing pose – pretty fancy footwork there Harry!

He made it across and I wanted to shout “yay!” I was lucky enough to be able to document his arrival from this side of the Creek banks.

You can see here how the ice was beginning to melt a little, so my guess is the fishing would be better at this spot. After all, who can spear their beak through a frozen Creek to catch a minnow?

I chose these photos, not just for the “slip-slidin’ away” theme, but also I thought the heron’s adventure mirrored my year of walking … there were times, especially after that whopper snowfall on Veteran’s Day, that I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew and I would not achieve that lofty goal I set for myself. After all, my original intent was always just to go one more mile than the previous year. But I rose to the challenge of walking 2,000 kilometers/1,242 miles suggested by a fellow blogger, even though it meant tacking on an additional 80 more miles/128 more kilometers than I would have originally intended to walk.

As I mentioned on December 12th when I made my goal, it was a year of wacky weather. Winter overstayed its welcome (although Winter is never welcome in my opinion) and Spring was rainy – not just a gentle rain, but torrential rain that went many days in a row. Summer arrived and most of my favorite haunts for weekend treks were swampy or muddy. Then it was hot and humid and Fall was just a blip – we really had no Fall and then it snowed twice in one week in early November and that left me shaking my head – it was then I questioned if I could meet my goal.

Luckily the weather rallied back in December – then we had above-average temps … until yesterday.

Last Saturday I took a six-mile walk, back to Elizabeth Park, where the squirrels and birds gathered around me, like I was Snow White. I truly don’t know who was having a better time – them or me? I guess me; plus I finished off the year 2019 with 1,300 miles under my belt and took a slew of pictures as well. I took the rest of the year (three days) off to rest on my laurels (and because the weather was crummy).

And because I like rounding off numbers, I will finish off the year with this 1,400th post.

And, by the way, a few days ago, I reached 7,000 miles on my 2010 car. I took a picture of that monumental occasion, but I’m going to keep this post simple and nature only, so I’ll omit it.

So, I’ve pondered what to do about next year’s miles. I don’t want to merely assume I can get to 1,300 miles again. The weather folks say we are in for a snowy Winter with a brutal January or February in store. I don’t want to fret about making miles – walking is supposed to be fun.

So for 2020, this brand-spanking-new year and decade, I will walk 2,020 kilometers/1,255 miles. If I go over that, I’ll be happy, but I won’t try to top it. When I am retired and can walk any time of day, I can shoot for the moon, but with so many snowy, icy or rainy mornings messing up my walk before I begin my workday, I’ll do this type of goal in the interim. Next year I’ll aim for 2,021 miles and so on.

I believe walking is the best present I’ve given myself because, had it not been for walking, I never would have started blogging nor had a renewed interest in photography. And, of course, I’d never have met all of you here in Blogland.

Happy New Year one and all!

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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125 Responses to Slip-Slidin’ Away.

  1. ruthsoaper says:

    Wow, all those rounded numbers are impressive. Your goal for 2020 is perfect and yes each mile over can be celebrated as well. I am happy you started walking as well – it is what lead to our meeting. Happy New Year and God Bless.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ruth – thank you! As I approached year-end, I knew I could get to 1,300 miles in 2019 (only due to that mild and mostly clear weather) and 1,400 posts to date. I would not even have 7,000 miles on the car except the mechanic told me to drive it more. I used to think it was fun to end up with more miles walked than driven and I wrote about that all the time in my earlier posts around 2013-2016. It has been a great journey and evolution from walking a block at a time, to this blog and and reaching such a large amount of miles. I am happy for doing so. You are correct – though we both live in the Mitten State, we likely would never have met. Happy New Year and may God Bless you and yours.

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  2. Never seen a Heron on ice. Have a great 2020.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I wish I had known how to use the video part of the camera Andy. He was across the Creek and I just had the digital compact, but watched him from the beginning to end through the bushes. He was skidding and sliding – pretty amazing. Just a few more minutes til 2020 for you in the UK. Happy New Year!

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  3. Laurie says:

    Poor Harry! I wonder if he will try to stick it out in SE Michigan for the winter or if he will need to find a warmer clime to go fishing. Herons are still here in PA, but if it gets too cold, they have to leave. I don’t think they go too far, though.
    You didn’t just meet your goal, you crushed it! I like your goal for next year. Maybe I will have to adopt the same for running. I totaled up my miles a few weeks ago and I am much below my average. There were weeks and weeks earlier in the year when I didn’t run at all – I did the elliptical when my hamstring was at its worst. Then the time when we were on the Camino in Sapin I didn’t run either. Of course, I walked a lot then, but I only put runs in my running log.
    Here’s to a new day, a new year and a new decade. Happy New Year, Linda!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Laurie – I was so pleased that December turned out beautiful and mild to get this done. There were many gray days, but they were snow and ice free, so perfect for racking up miles. I have seen the heron in the Winter and got a shot of him in the same location with his mouth full and snow pelting him. I was rallying for Harry to get across the Creek … he seemed mystified how to cross at some points.

      You had your Camino Walk and lots of long plane trips taking up days when you would be out running. I liked this goal concept too and my dentist, who is an avid runner, has been doing this for years with two running pals. They do run miles, not kilometers, though. I know I could not rack up 2,020 miles in a year but kilometers I can (or hope I can).

      Best to you in the new year and decade too.

      Happy New Year Laurie!

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  4. Wishing you a great 2020!

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  5. your walking and clicking has increased and improved tremendously Linda! Your paying more attention to the animals habits and patterns. Your well on your way to becoming Michigan’s newest wildlife Photographer!
    Happy New Year to you and your furry/feathered friends Linda!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thank you Wayne – I was inspired to get so many miles walked by your suggestion to get to 2,000 kilometers. I really worried I’d have to backpedal and whine that those extra 80 miles were not going to happen, and then I walked 58 more miles after I reached the goal! All that fretting for nothing and I am pretty excited. As to the clicking, coming from an expert in wildlife photography, I thank you for the compliment. Let’s see what I can see and learn and do in 2020. It is an endless source of peace and joy once you get out of the “neighborhood” and into the “naturehood”. Happy New Year back at you!

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  6. Fred Bailey says:

    One step at a time! Stay warm, Happy New Year!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes and look how all those steps ended up Fred. Hopefully this year will be devoid of the wacky weather we have had the last two years, but I’m not too confident about that statement. I think erratic weather is the new norm unfortunately. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  7. Joni says:

    Harry looks looks like a ballerina in some of those poses! And I like the Snow White visual! Congratulations on meeting your goal!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Joni – I was laughing when I saw him doing that in the middle of his journey. I think he freaked out a little once he started across the pond and realized he had nowhere to lift off and make it easier by flying across instead. I never realized their feet were so wide until I saw the toes splayed to keep from sliding and wiping out. I’m glad you like the Snow White visual. I can be “Snow White” and the “Peanut Lady” too. In a perfect world, there are only perfect weather conditions and the original title of my year-end post was going to be “In a Perfect World …” but when I got the heron photos slipping and sliding, I changed the post which was still in my mind bubbling around. Thank you – I had my doubts back in November when we had the 8.8-inch snowstorm. I wish we could have kept that mild December weather a little longer. Like you, I’m no fan of ice/snow. Happy New Year!

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  8. susieshy45 says:

    Happy Harry- Congratulations to him and to you too for all your achievements during this year. Your target is impressive for 2020. I hope you got some Christmas rest.
    I loved the way Harry crossed the water and your descriptions of his walk.
    Happy New Year, Linda.
    Susie

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Susie – I’m glad you liked our respective journeys … Harry’s was way shorter than mine and I sure didn’t envy his icy trek across the Ecorse Creek. I hope I can fulfill my goal for 2020, because I may be willing to accomplish that feat, but it is heavily dependent on the weather as well. Happy New Year Susie!

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  9. I’m glad you made your goal and think 2,020 is a fine goal for next year.

    Happy New Year!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Anne – it will be fun to try again, and hopefully the weather cooperates more this year. Did you and John make your walking goal this year – you were close just a week or so ago? Best to both of you and your extended family in the new year!

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      • We made my goal. John didn’t have one. I wanted us to walk 500 miles, which we did. I haven’t logged in the walk on the 31st. We probably did 510.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That is great – I knew we were having a very rainy day on Sunday and Monday, and snow showers on the 31st, so I just topped it off at 1,300 miles Saturday. However, 2020 is not starting out too great. Before I went to bed, the weather and traffic reports were about the sleet and snowy mix that was crossing the area. I didn’t set the alarm due to the fireworks at midnight and also the weather – it is quite cold this morning and now a crusty cover of icy snow is everywhere. I’m going out later today to try and clear it when the sun comes to this side. The sun never arrives til later this time of day, so nothing much melts. We will get to 45 tomorrow, so hopefully the crusty crud will melt for sure, but we must clear our sidewalks of snow within 24 hours/ice within 12 hours or risk a hefty fine. The weekend weather is the same forecast as we had last night as of now anyway. That is why I made the most of December. I have a lot of photos I took and am looking forward to seeing them this afternoon when I come back in. I have to archive some WP stuff first.

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      • We’re having cooler weather now, but it was unseasonably warm last week. Weather seems to be your biggest hurdle.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That’s similar to us, and now we will settle in to some Winter weather … today though it is 45 degrees for a high and yesterday’s snow has gone except on the grass. We have two small snow events over the weekend and rain tomorrow. Wacky weather and you are correct about the weather being a hurdle. If I was not working, it would not be a problem as often the rain, or even fog, is gone by the time I start work every day – but that doesn’t do me any good by then. I don’t care to walk in the evening, even in the Summer as it is usually so warm and then the dusk comes early in the Fall. There is just one window of opportunity to walk in the workweek and I have to seize it.

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      • Yes, seize the day!

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  10. AJ says:

    Congrats on making your walking goal and I like the 2020 goal:)

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  11. Shelley says:

    Congratulations on exceeding your walking goal. And all the other goals. One accomplishment you didn’t mention, but I know you did accomplish is that you’ve doubled your followers since back in the day when I started following you (301 followers). Congrats 🙂 I think your goals for 2020 are brilliant and doable. And inspiring! I agree with you, walking is good for your heart and, of course for the critters too. Plus we get to see your photos paired with your clever words! Happy 2020, Linda!!!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Shelley – you are right about the followers – it hovered around 600 followers in late December and had it stayed there I was going to mention that round number too. But I picked up more followers this past week and I thought too many numbers in one post may be overwhelming. Unbelievably, I had 50 followers in November 2017 and it has grown in leaps and bounds since then … and before those 50 followers (a bunch the end of November 2017) I had only e-mail subscribers and just a handful.

      I think the 2,020 kilometers is doable but I can’t start walking today due to the sleety/snowy mix we had last night – I have to go out and try to clear the driveway and sidewalk when the sun comes around. So, that’s unfortunate … and the weekend may not be too great either … the year is young. 🙂

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      • Shelley says:

        Congrats again, you’re doing well pursuing your passions! That’s inspiring to me and your other followers too!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thanks Shelley – I wish I had more time to pursue all those passions … the bad Winter weather is a’comin’ and I’ll have some more time … we were supposed to have a rainy morning and I figured no walk and I’d work on a post, but no rain yet, so I’ll enjoy that respite from the rain and gain some steps instead.

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  12. WOW! 1,300 miles and 1,400 posts!!! AMAZING!!!!!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      🙂 I forgot I wanted to include all my steps walked and I was a little discombobulated by furnace acting up and forgot – I was happy and it was touch and go after that Veterans Day snowstorm – we have snow events twice this weekend, though minor, but still will wreak havoc with walking.

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  13. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………….You are amazing……………………………..You walked for 1,300 miles……………………you’ll live longer than your car with only 7,000 miles that’s for sure………………….Congratulations!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – I was pretty excited to get it done and then some on top of it … it was the cherry atop the sundae to get more miles than planned. I agree with you on walking more than driving – do you remember when I tried to walk more than drive each year? That was great, but the mechanic said I needed to drive more. Driving out to Lake Erie Metropark and the other Metroparks helps the car thrive in that regard. Council Point Park keeps me humming along. Happy New Year!

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  14. Prior... says:

    I am so glad you started walking which then led you to blogging too
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    and as you know – you really inspired me to get out there as the 2019 year wound down. so thanks for that!
    — and congrats on 1,300 miles and the new goal for 2020 – sounds balanced and enjoyable.

    lastly, thanks for having slip slide and away in my mind as an ear worm – do like this song and have a smile now

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    • lindasschaub says:

      It was a great progression Yvette – I always thought that traveling was the best present I ever gave myself, but I now believe it is walking as it morphed into even more good things for me.

      I am glad that I inspired you to walk – I walked this morning, but mindful that we have rain creeping in tonight and in the morning, and snow after that – maybe not a lot of snow, but enough that I will not have the confidence of marching out the door and walking where I choose without worrying about slip-slidin’ away.

      I always liked Paul Simon – that song leaves a good ear worm doesn’t it? It was so appropriate for year-end and the heron and its icy trek.

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  15. Mackenzie says:

    I am so glad your furnace is back up and running! Hope all is still going smoothly. And I love these picks of Harry the Heron. He really does have an air of confidence about him! Happy New Year of walking! I cannot believe how much ground you’ve covered.

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  17. Sandra J says:

    I do love your writings, it’s as if I am reading a book, a short story with warmth, laughter and adventure. Great photos, thank you.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks again Sandra – glad you enjoyed the walks, which I like to think of each individual walk as a story, just like you did. A good friend/neighbor of mine encouraged me to start a blog in 2011, as I often sent her photos from my daily walks … maybe one photo for each walk. She and I sometimes drove to big parks and she did not walk as she had COPD – we stayed in the car, chatted and took some pictures from the car and I’d use her/my pictures in that day’s post, As she was housebound more and more, I wanted her to see what I saw on my walks, so I started getting more and more descriptive on each trek and taking more pictures so Marge felt like she was there with me. She is gone now but I continued that trend … sometimes on a long Summer trek my posts are very long, as I have a difficult time picking the pictures to use. 🙂

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      • Sandra J says:

        But you keep us engaged with your narrative. I tend to do that now and then, unless my mind is drifting on a different subject. The views sometimes puts me in deep thought. There is so much of the world to see, we can help those who are limited to travel to see creation. That is a blessing for you and I and others.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I agree with you Sandy and there are some fellow bloggers that live in countries that do not have the variety of birds, or even squirrels, I take photos of – those bloggers are fascinated with pictures of our native critters – one UK blogger who photographs a lot of birds, is amazed at our American Robin for its size and coloring, but I, in turn, love their dainty and cheery-looking Robins. Our Robins usually have a stern face and a bit of an attitude in my opinion.

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      • Sandra J says:

        They do appear to have a bit of an attitude. I love Robins.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Sandra – I’ve done quite a few posts about Robins through the years; among them was a Robin who attacked a squirrel for what I believe was no reason and he was terrified. She dive-bombed him once – I thought it was an accident and she misjudged landing on the ground, but she flew up in the air, gained some speed, then did it again. She did it with such force, she knocked him over and he took off for the nearest tree.
        Perhaps he aggravated her young in the nest and I didn’t see that, as she flew back to her youngsters a few minutes later. I wrote and had photos about how Robins tilting their heads while looking for worms, after I learned a few years ago from a fellow blogger that Robins can hear the worms traveling in the ground beneath their feet and thus they tilt their heads to listen better. Fascinating! Also a funny post watching a Mama Robin take a huge worm and slice and dice it on the perimeter walking path and take each piece up to her young who awaited with wide-open beaks. She was skeptical to leave the remaining wiggling pieces on the ground lest I should take them. 🙂 I actually stayed there to stand guard against other Robins stealing a piece, then watched her feeding them each time. She came back, then left again carrying what she could of the worm pieces. I’ve been lucky enough to document Robins in the neighborhood or Park, as hatchlings to fledglings and had watched the Mama Robin siting on the nest, defending the eggs from a Red-Winged Blackbird which sought to steal them. I’ve even intervened when the Mama Robin was away and I saw a Red-Winged Blackbird and shooed it away. They are ruthless sometimes, but beautiful birds. Council Point Park is a small park in the middle of the City (Lincoln Park) but such a treasure trove of nature treats crammed into a small space. I sometimes think I should rename my blog “Simple Joys”.

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      • Sandra J says:

        That is a great name, and I like the name you have now, original and unique. I have not seen a robin nest yet in this neighborhood. They are fascinating to watch as they search for food. I have read a few of your post now and will continue to read your older post, I love them. It is better than reading books. Thank you for your wonderful post. It is the simple joys that are the most satisfying.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I live a very simple life now that I am home all the time and don’t venture out into a structured workplace. So that title would work for my life and the blog as well, but I’ll keep this one as it is different – it’s hard to tell someone about if I mention the blog, so I got some cards printed up as people would say they forgot the name of the blog by the time they got home. I believe I did a post by the name of “Simple Joys” … at the height of the painted rocks with saying craze, I was at Heritage Park and found alittle girl holding a rock that said “sending joy in the journey” and I took a picture of it and used it in the post. A fellow blogger from Michigan suggested I use it on my blog home page, so I do now and it says: “Strolling around SE Michigan & sending joy in the journey” – I do like that. I have done battle with Robins who want to build a nest in the crook of my coach light out front. I can’t have them doing that (not 30 feet from a big tree which would better for them/me) because the mailbox and porch is coated in mud and bird droppings and I can’t open the front door as the nest is too wide and covers part of the door. Every Spring I stuff newspaper inside bags to thwart a nest but sometimes they beat me to it and build. I have torn it down and they come back and have a defiant attitude. They’ll pick bark out of the garden and throw it around, chatter angrily at me at the door when I step out. Why people use the term “bird brain” I will never know. Birds are very smart. Thank you for reading my old posts Sandra – I have a lot of fun putting them together; occasionally I sneak a non-nature post in there, but try to keep it simply about walking and what I see on my treks.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I love the photo of you and your Mother on Christmas day by the silver tree. I bought a smaller version of that tree a few years ago, because we had one like that when I was younger. Great memories. Barbie’s were my favorite, I had the barbie camper, maybe that is why I love camping. I have not had a robin try to build a nest, but the sparrows sure give it a go. My small deck in the back has a perfect place for the sparrows nest. I let them have that spot now, The nest gets so big, I think it is more like a condo, seems to be a lot of sparrows using it. We can’t let them have the front door though, we would never get in our houses. 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thank you Sandra – that was when almost everyone had a silver tree with bulbs that matched the color wheel that revolved around the tree. That was taken while we still lived in Canada. I loved playing with Barbie, never had the camper, but I did have a very small Barbie house with furniture, all made with cardboard. My neighbor cut down a lot of bushes in the Fall along the fence line and they must have contained nests for a large sparrow population. Now, every time I go outside, there are groups of them on the fence or sitting in my bushes. I know they can be aggressive to smaller birds, like wrens. My neighbor had bird houses and wrens would come into them, then sparrows would tear their nesting materials up and throw it on the ground, essentially “evicting” the wrens. They’d overtake the bird house then. I came home from walking one time and saw sparrows clinging to the side of my house. When I got closer, I saw a large group of them hanging on and pecking at the house. I Googled and discovered they were eating the mortar between the bricks, using it for digestion, like pet birds must have gravel and grit to be able to eat their seeds. So they literally dug the grit out so they could eat what they foraged or seeds they get at bird feeders. I was a little horrified thinking “how long have they been doing this and will they eventually destroy all the mortar?” I never saw it happen again, but who knows what happens once I walk inside the house?

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      • Sandra J says:

        Wow, I did not know that about sparrows. They do out number everything. But they sure scatter when the blue Jay’s come around. The Blue Jay’s rule the yard here. Well, until a crow comes along. It is amazing to watch the hierarchy of the bird world.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I was amazed to find that info Sandra and likely without Google, I’d never have found it – I read the entire thread on that forum and people showed pictures of their homes and damage from the sparrows (they are so light, they cling with their toenails without any effort at all) and whole chunks of mortar were out of the brick!
        I enjoyed watching the bird hierarchy at the birdbaths as well as the feeders – I put out different sizes of birdbaths and often the biggest birds would plop into the smallest birdbath, afraid to cross another bird’s path in the proper-sized bath. As to hierarchy of birds, I am on Twitter mostly for the weather as I am a weather worrier and I like to know up-to-the minute info for bad storms. Plus I follow a few news sites and bird photographers on Twitter. One photographer goes to a large Metropark (Kensington Park in Milford if you’ve ever heard of it?) and she takes her iPhone 11 every morning and hand feeds the birds there. I understand that everyone hand feeds the birds at this park – they’ll come right to you – pretty awesome. Well Jocelyn Anderson puts out her hand, full of peanuts, suet balls and sunflower seeds, and shoots slow motion videos of the birds who come to dine as they perch on her hand – she often remarks on the hierarchy and it is such fun to watch her videos. She usually has two or three a day plus her still shots. If you are on Twitter, this is her address. https://twitter.com/JocAPhotography

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      • Sandra J says:

        Her photos and videos are amazing. I don’t do twitter and all but I saved her website and looked at a lot of her photos. I don’t believe anyone does that around here, feeding birds in a park. I have never seen it anyway. I used my backyard feeders and set up camera’s before. I love the slow mo. Thank you for adding her link. I will be viewing that one often.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I only follow Twitter for the weather, news and those nice nature photographers – it is hard enough keeping up with social media as it is. Jocelyn is my favorite but there is a guy who takes photos from all over Michigan and I enjoy his photos too. And I follow Wild Birds Unlimited as well. I know Jocelyn has a video on her website how she feeds the birds and if you go on YouTube, they are there as well, but from last year and now she uses the newer phone with the slow motion so it is much nicer to watch now. I love how the birds study her while they alight on her hand – it must be a wonderful feeling. Also on her website, did you see the portion devoted to the Sandhill Crane parents who adopted the Canada Goose gosling? That is how I learned of her – she goes to Kensington Metropark every morning before she goes to her job. She is a hobby photographer and has a job in the computer field, web designer I think I read. Anyway, she was there one morning and near the golf course, she saw the Sandhill Crane parents and their youngster (called a “colt”) and a gosling. They seemed around the same size. She surmises that the crane hatched both eggs and just took care of the gosling as her own. She had the best photos – every few days she documented their growth and how the parents nurtured the gosling. The gosling was just learning to fly and one day it went missing. She saw the colt and the parents, but no gosling. She found it dead under a tree on the edge of the golf course. People who follow here said they had seen golfers ramming into the geese with their golf carts for sport and she thinks it might have been killed or injured and died. It did not have marks or visible injuries. She has the blog posts on the site – a fun read that you would enjoy – my favorite picture was the tall crane legs of the parents and the two youngsters walking in between. I just looked on her site – she did have a section dedicated just to the “family” but has added more sandhill cranes to that section. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this link and go in reverse order, you can see the little ones – it will make you smile. https://jocelynandersonphotographyshop.com/pages/sandhill-crane-family-with-adopted-gosling

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      • Sandra J says:

        I will do that, I did see the photos of the baby cranes. That was simply amazing and beautiful. I don’t see things like that around here. The birds along the Mississippi river are in areas you cannot get to by walking, marsh type land. After watching her videos, I got my camera out to find my slow mo setting. I had forgotten about it. I used it once. It is so much fun to see wildlife up close.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Sorry, I didn’t see this comment before and sent you the link … I think she does most of her work with her iPhone now, maybe the still shots with a DSLR. I didn’t know there was a slow-mo function on the DSLR. I have had it two years, but only use it on weekends and am reluctant to go off automatic as the one time I used manual mode I came home with a lot of dark photos. And I have never used the video function. I need to learn more about it – I sat one entire day with the manual, but overwhelmed myself. 🙂 I actually do better with the compact digital as it is handy and I always carry it with me … I took it out this morning. We had five inches of heavy snow (I feel like a Mack truck ran over me right now) and it was snowing too hard to take any good pictures without the camera getting wet. I got a few tracks to use in my next post, but that’s it.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I use two cameras, a Nikon and a use a bridge camera that has the slow mo video on it. It is light weight and has zoom lens. So it is easier at times when I don’t want to carry all the lenses with the other camera. It took me a couple of years to learn how to use all the functions on both cameras, I still forget things now and then. And have to get the manual out. Camera’s are so amazing these days. It can be overwhelming, but once you get the hand of it, it’s get easier. It took me forever to wrap my head around Aperture setting.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I only used the auto feature on the 35mm camera as well. I have used Canon cameras only and had good luck with this brand, so when I went to buy a DSLR, I wanted an easy Canon, so got the Canon Rebel T6 and it came with a kit long lens. I sometimes take the big camera to the Park in the Summer when it is light earlier and I have more time before I have to be at work, like for the baby Robins or the Canada Geese goslings – we have three or four families every year that raise their young there … lots of cute pics, especially when they are in their cute-and-fuzzy stage.

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      • Sandra J says:

        The best time of year, in the spring when the babies are born.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, it is – those sweet Robins especially (well, once they get their feathers in anyway). A friend of mine had a nest on her deck and every day she took photos of Robin hatchlings and I used her photos in my blog – told everyone my friend in Richmond, Virginia was watching the growth of the babies. On the day before they might have fledged at 14 days, Evelyn came out of the house to hear much squawking by the mother Robin – a black snake had taken some of the babies. One fell on the porch and was dead, another was missing and she saw one go over the edge of the nest into the bushes. She wrangled the snake and dumped it into a flower pot, put a pot saucer over top and marched down the street to a wooded area … sadly, that was the end of the saga of the Robin babies.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I will keep reading your older post in between the new ones. That is better than watching TV, 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thank you – you like nature, so you will like those pictures and stories. I have one blogger who loves any squirrel stories. She is over here in the U.S. studying for one year and was very excited to see squirrels running around the university. She kept waiting on the snow – it’s been a fairly mild Winter except the snow we had on Veteran’s Day and I had warned her beforehand (since she is Hindu and now lives in the Middle East) that she should buy lots of warm clothes, boots, a heavy coat, etc. – she did and kept writing me saying “I did what you said and even got a space heater (I did not recommend that, she decided she would need one based on my warnings) and no snow yet or even cold weather. This weekend she will see what I meant – you should not return the UP too early … they likely got slammed too but they did not mention much more than the tri-county area today. We were feeling sorry for ourselves. 🙂

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      • Sandra J says:

        It looks like they got a lot of snow also. I usually do not head up there until May, it is always exciting to go back in the spring though. It is so peaceful up there. My sister lives in Iowa still, so I stay at her farm off and on in the summer also.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        They had snow in late October already. My boss went up there for a “guy’s weekend” in late October I believe and was in an icestorm as he neared the UP – he is a seasoned driver and nothing bothers him about driving in the Winter and he said it was a white-knuckle drive crossing the bridge. The farm in Iowa sounds like it would be peaceful.

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      • Sandra J says:

        She has a beautiful farm, its been in her husbands family for generations. And they are passing it down to their daughter to raise her children there someday. I love visiting there. I don’t think they get as much snow in the UP as when I was a child up there. But it is still a lot compared to some places.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That will be nice. My grandmother grew up on a farm near Guelph, Ontario. She had 8 brothers and sisterx and she was the only one who went to Toronto and left farm life – I always wondered if she ever regretted her decision? Maybe the UP is subject to climate change too – I find our weather too erratic to my liking now. We never had to many Summer storms and volatile weather — the thought of a tornado scares me and we had three in the Downriver area last year or the year before, all fairly close by.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I know what you mean, I do not like the bad thunderstorms. I don’t think they have had a tornado up north in a long time. I would have to look it up, something about the lake affect off of Superior changes the weather patterns up there.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I never used to worry about them, but we had those heat spikes, and then it caused volatile weather – that worries me a lot. That is why Monroe got so much snow today – nearby Lake Erie which is close by.

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      • Sandra J says:

        The weather has changed, just do not know what to expect anymore.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, that is true. I would not want to be waiting on the bus the way this weather is now – too erratic and too volatile now. And, the suburban buses have cut their service drastically from when I took it for years.
        I liked taking the bus as it was convenient, but they kept cutting more and more trips during the day and now the last bus out of Detroit to the suburbs is 5:30 p.m. – that’s not really a workable option – the workday does not always end right at 5:00 p.m. if an emergency occurs and in this type of practice, there are often emergencies.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I have never taken a bus, or have been on a subway. I don’t think I would like that. My work hours never matched up with bus routes around here.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I suspect if the bus schedule did not match with my work schedule, I would be a better Winter driver. Not only do I hate the snow, but I don’t like driving the expressway – I mostly stay Downriver or the parks around here, and I’ve never had to go out and drive in bad Winter since my first few years in school when I drove there.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Thank you for adding that link. What an adventure following the family. The photos were amazing. What a beautiful site. How can anyone not smile.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I have to tell you that I looked forward to each story and photos she posted of the two and I was not the only one – many others commented or “liked” the photos. In face the Audubon Society did a story on this family and I don’t believe it was the local/Detroit Audubon Society either. She really likes birds as you saw on her site.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I put her site in my favorites so hopefully I can see her updates that way. Being I don’t have a twitter account.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        You could set it up and just watch her posts. I don’t like a lot of clutter in my “feed”. I am on Facebook and a few friends that I’ve not seen in decades, only use Facebook for communication. I turn off all posts except for news and parks in my Facebook feed and just pop onto friends’ Facebook walls. I also follow the crime site for my city – it gives crime and general information.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I just checked her site I saved, it does not update without being on twitter. Social media is so overwhelming at times. I quit all the sites except blogging and u tube. I just did not have the time for all of that. I sure enjoy talking to you. We tend to think alike. I usually post in the morning and read others post for awhile. And check it again late in the day. I enjoy reading all these post more than reading books. There are a lot of great writers on here, including you. Words are not my best attribute. My photos speak for me most of the time.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I am spending too many hours online and have tried to cut back – I was blogging for four years and had only two people following me by e-mail. Then suddenly a few people followed and I followed back and things took off, but it is overwhelming many times. I try to keep up during the week, but fall behind on the weekend when I am gone on longer walks and then looking a pictures and writing posts. I am trying just to do two posts a week now and 2019 was the first year I did not post the day I took the photos except in a few instances. I leave work around 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. and am often on here until 10-11 at night and then again in the morning. I usually respond to comments in the morning, and this morning I wanted to get out before the freezing rain arrived. It is overwhelming … I am like you and feel the need to step away. I am trying to get back into reading again after a lapse of about 20 years. We do tend to think alike – enjoying simple joys of nature and that is important because people need to look around them and just get away from their devices and see the real world. I enjoy reading others’ blogs as well – thank you for the compliment and in the beginning my “style” was a one-word title/headline, a one-paragraph post and I didn’t always use a photo and for the first couple of years, I used stock photos which I bought for a dollar a picture as I worried about copyright infringement. I did not know about places like Pixabay or Pinterest which I now use for pictures I don’t take myself. Then I started taking my own pictures which I liked better. Your photos are excellent so need no narrative – they do speak for themselves. Mine need help sometimes.

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      • Sandra J says:

        In the eye of the beholder, they are gorgeous because they are real life. I probably have more bad photos then good ones, that is the fun part for me, looking through all of them. I am up at 3 am most every day, that is when I do my editing and post and what nots. Then I have more time to leave the house. That is why I gave up the TV also. I got caught in the watching just for something to do. Now, I have more time on my hands and get out more. I don’t miss TV at all. I do love movies, still rent them and watch them on the computer.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        It is ten years this month since I watched TV – I don’t miss it at all. I used to listen to “Sixty Minutes” every Sunday night on WWJ AM radio but it is too political now and I hear that on the news all day, so I don’t even do that. They used to have some interesting adventure segments on that show on wild animals or interesting locales and if I enjoyed it on the radio, I’d watch the segment online, but those are not as frequent now. I get up at 4:00 all Summer to get out earlier and I cut myself some slack since I won’t go out before it is light outside, but need to go back to rising earlier – otherwise I am constantly feeling like a hamster on a wheel and behind. I am looking forward to retirement when I will be able to get out any time of the day and stay out and not hurry back for work.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I should have stopped watching it ten years ago, I never liked the idea of paying to watch commercials. You will love retirement. I remember when I was working, and to tired to even go on walks. Hopefully you can retire soon.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I had basic cable when I got my internet and really only used it to get the regular stations or rented movies. I used to tape movies or shows for years, and watch them on the weekend. There is nothing that would appeal to me now when I hear the new shows make their debut every Fall. Gone are the great miniseries that used to be in the 90s or around that time … and good drama shows, nice first-run movies, all long before cable TV. My boss said he would retire when I was 65 … my boss will be 73 in March. He loves working and is really not looking forward to retirement. He is a labor attorney for management.

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      • Sandra J says:

        That sounds like a busy place to work. Some people don’t know what to do if they retire. I have not had a problem with that. I worked in a factory my entire life. I do not miss that. Yes, there are not a lot of good movies or shows now a days. I tend to keep going back to the older movies.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I think that Robb will not like being retired – he enjoys working and when we left the firm, we brought all our clients over with us – he has had them since he went into private practice … he worked for the National Labor Relations Board for seven years after law school, then took a year to travel (hiking/backpack or hostels only, nothing fancy) then went into private practice after that.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Having his own business should help, maybe he can just work part time. Life is just to short if there are things you want to do but don’t have the time to do them.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, that is true and he swims a mile or two every morning, rides his bike to Belle Isle in the Summer almost daily and rides 25 miles there. He is young for his age. He had a health challenge last year but has rallied back.

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      • Sandra J says:

        That is good for him, that is what all of our walking does also. Good for the heart especially as we get older.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, you are right. I used to ride my exercise bike downstairs more often – I’ve had it since the 90s … no bells and whistles but very sturdy. I’ve not been so diligent going down there anymore, especially in the Winter as it is cold in the basement – I shut the basement door to keep it warm in the kitchen. I work at the kitchen table and spend my day/evening in there. So the basement gets quite cold. I told myself when I wasn’t walking I should go ride it. He also has a treadmill at home – I don’t have one of them, no room downstairs but it would be great for Winter when it is icy. I don’t mind walking in the snow, but not if it is slippery snow, just fresh snow – best not to take chances.

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      • Sandra J says:

        It is best not to go out in that. I have had a wonderful afternoon talking to you Linda, I am going to go make some supper. One thing about getting up at 3 am, I tend to fall asleep in my chair early in the evening. I look forward to talking to you again. I will get some reading in before I fall asleep tonight. Stay warm tonight.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, I have enjoyed our conversation as well Sandra – we really have a lot in common. Enjoy your evening. If I was not at the other end of the laptop, I too would be nodding off … I don’t think I’ll be up too long tonight after that fresh air and shoveling and may return to my book, Part II, after I catch up in Reader.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I am returning to one of your older post. I may fall asleep, but it is not from your writing. 🙂 Have a good evening Linda, talk to you again.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thanks Sandra – that makes me feel good. You do the same.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Oh, I am pretty sure I had that same hair style also at that age. (from your Christmas photo) 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        For special occasions like Christmas or Easter or even for church, my mom would wash my stick-straight hair and put it in pin curls. All that pinching while sleeping and then all those curls – my mom had naturally curly hair and decided I should have curls as well. 🙂

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      • Sandra J says:

        I remember that, my sister and I had the same look, and we always had identical hair cuts. So much fun to look back at the younger years.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        It sure is fun looking back. As an only child and with no family members, I got all the family albums. The best thing I did was scan in all the photos and scrapbooks at Thanksgiving 2017 – they have provided a treasure trove of photos to use in blog posts and now I can look at those old pictures so easily – the albums used to be at the bottom of a closet and with a small house, everything is stuffed out of sight so I rarely took them out to look at them.

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      • Sandra J says:

        That is a good thing to do, I did that also. I had a lot of slides. Made them into photos and sent them to my siblings a few years ago. I have never had children so the photos stop at me, except what I sent to my sister. She has children. I always loved sitting with the my older relatives and getting the photo albums out. It would get them started on stories of a time we never went through. Life so different than now. What fun times.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I am so glad I scanned in all those photos, even though it took the entire long weekend, and, when I scanned them in on an Epson flatbed scanner, on many of the pages which I could not turn around properly or fit onto the scanner platen, I had to take multiple scans to have one page all scanned. So it is by no means a finished project and will be an ongoing project for a while. I put all the pictures onto a flash drive and put them in the safety deposit box and the rest of them I put onto Shutterfly where I store pictures and they are all there, so they are easily accessible. I really had to do that because the only albums that were in really good shape were those that belonged to my mom of her grandparents and parents and early photos of me – some, so old that they are sepia-toned or the colorized pics. I have a photo I have used in a blog post of my grandparents holding my mom as a baby. Mom was born in 1926 and the picture is in very good condition and just think, almost a century old! Well the old albums that had the photo corners were all fine, as I could just slip the photos out and lined up a bunch of them on the scanner, but the albums with plastic overlay were not fine. The adhesive underneath was drying out and cracking and the pictures were coming off the sticky part, the pages were lifting – what a mess! Not only that, the binder edges of all the albums, every single album that I had bought at the Hallmark stores years before, came apart and would not stay in the album. So I really had to preserve those photos or risk losing them. I also did my travel photos – when I was younger, I used to travel with travel groups. None of my friends wanted to travel and I would take a trip every year. I used to use a 35mm camera back in those traveling days. I have not taken a trip since 1983 though and not sure I’d want to anymore with so much unrest in the world. I, like you, had my mom sitting down with me telling me who everyone was and where the photos were taken – I think I even mentioned that in a post one time. I did a fun post for Mother’s Day 2019 where I took a lot of pictures of my mom as a youngster and me as a youngster and put them into the post. I do stray sometimes from walking and this was one time – the Snoopy at the typewriter was another … mostly just for holidays I will stray. Since I was an only child my parents took a lot of photos … mostly black and white (which gives my age away!)

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      • Sandra J says:

        You have to stray once in awhile, there is so much in our minds that is fun to share. Especially old photos. That is history, that is real life. Isn’t it something how things have changed, all the photo albums, no one uses them anymore. I put all of mine on a memory stick also. It is easier to organize them. I sat down with my Mother 2 years ago with a box full of photos and we did that. Wrote names on everyone. She passed away a few months later. I am glad I had the chance to do that with her. She was the last one of all our older relatives that new the stories of the old days. My sister and I are now the older ones. Time keeps moving along, the changing of the generations. I am at the top of the ladder now, watching the young ones coming up behind me.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, you do and those are often posts that people comment on a lot since I do mention my mom and grandmother frequently so it gives people a chance to see them, or even me back in the day – I am never in any posts with current photos. I don’t have a smartphone, so no selfies and there is no reason really to take my picture for what I see, although one day last Summer, I was at the Park and a beautiful butterfly landed on my shoulder. I usually walk alone, however, another woman walker happened to be walking with me and she pointed out the butterfly and she said “you should let me take a picture of it” – I said it likely will fly away before I get a chance to get the camera out of the case and hand it to you – that butterfly stayed on my shoulder for a mile before flitting off! I have some ideas for posts over the Winter and one was the old pictures – it was a joke in the family that my father could not take a picture – he would take my photos as a toddler up to my teens, way over to one side, almost out of the picture, then the whole car or some scenery was left. When looking for the photos for a Christmas post I did on Canada Geese and tying ribbons on them on the geese decoys in the house, I saw a few of those photos and put them in a folder for later. I have no relatives so I am really glad my mom sat me down and explained who was who.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Those photos your Dad took would be fun to see. That has to be a special thing for you to see also. Knowing those are all his photos. My parents took a lot of photos when they traveled of all the Welcome signs as you enter a state. No people, just the signs. The photos are vintage looking now. My post are usually a little of everything. What ever comes to mind, that is how my brain works. I start a post with one thing in mind and then it changes, it all depends on the photos.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I always have some posts bubbling around in my brain – in fact, a fun one I want to do over the Winter is a pony stable at Elizabeth Park where I go walking on weekends. They have had this stable for pony rides for half a century at least. I was there when we first moved here. So I was there and took some photos of the horses and they had a pair of donkeys which came over to the fence – I have old pics of me standing at a fence face-to-face with a donkey, plus several shots of me on a pony. The guy used to walk his pony around the neighborhood and you could have your child’s photo taken on it for not much money – my parents had this done. And a picture of me on a bucking bronco – some place on Route 66 they had a stuffed horse and you put on chaps and grabbed the reins … in a sepia print no less, all to look old. Maybe even a cowboy hat – it’s been a while since I saw the shot, though I used it once in a post. I asked some parents if I could take their childrens’ photos and the handlers as well. If I could just get it done – I figured it was good for the Winter when the walks are not as plentiful. It will be a “Throwback Thursday” kind of post nand I did walk that day, so technically a walking post.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Sounds wonderful, I will look forward to reading that one. I do that also, I try to get extra photos ahead to cover days you can’t get outside.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That’s the way to go for sure … I doubt I’ll get out for a while for any walks. I may have cleared all the snow away but we are having a rapid freeze up so likely there will be lots of ice around for a while. They don’t always plow the perimeter path at the Park either and it gets a little dicey down there.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Do be careful, I am down south right now, I see the weather going through on the news. Maybe I better wait until spring to head back. 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, thank you Sandra – I likely won’t be up long tonight – that snow was very heavy and wet from the freezing rain, but I wanted it off the pavement before the freezing rain turned it to ice tonight and I feel like the first day out in the garden when you feel like a Mack truck ran over you from all the bending. I did the snow in layers as it was too heavy to shovel otherwise and I am a big person – 5 feet, 9 inches tall, Two people I know saw the storm here in SE Michigan on the Weather Channel this morning. Actually Downriver got hit the worse – Monroe got 8 inches, we got 5 inches here in Lincoln Park and the northern suburbs did not get as much as Downriver. I am no fan of Winter, including driving in it. I worked downtown for decades and took the bus at the end of my street so I never had to drive in the Winter. Now that I work from home, I don’t drive much now either. As I mentioned in this post, my car is 10 years old and just passed 7,000 miles – it is just a baby.

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      • Sandra J says:

        No need to go out in that weather. It was fun when we were kids, but I am not a fan of shoveling anymore either. I hope you have a restful night. It is good that you can work from home, especially in the winter.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I agree. I took the bus for too many years and that is why I resisted walking in the rain. Many, many morning or evenings, we’d have a big snowfall and I’d leave three buses ahead in the morning or end up getting home at 7:00 p.m. And torrential rainstorms – I’d take a change of clothes in case it was windy and the raincoat would not cover my clothing. I am grateful to work from home – I was laid off then hired back but not full time and I was not going through the hassle of getting to work if not a full day. I worked right downtown for many years, but we went through a merger at our law firm and my boss and I left and started a firm with just him – unfortunately, it meant I had to take two buses, a suburban bus and a City bus … not a good idea at all. So I jumped at the change to do this instead when I got hired back … I got laid off after the recession and then my mom was ill so I just stayed home. The wind is raging out there now – they had concerns of ice on the wire and losing power – crossing my fingers that does not happen.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Hopefully that does not happen tonight, that ice and snow is bad when the wind picks up. It looks like it is going to be cold up there tomorrow also. My sister says a high of 0 in Iowa.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        We are going to 18 tonight … I usually go out and run the car even if I don’t walk in Winter, but if it slick, I will forego it. Not worth falling on the ice. My car is on a trickle charger to keep juice going to the battery even though it is in an attached garage and got a new battery last June.

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      • Sandra J says:

        I don’t mind the cold, just don’t like the snow anymore or ice. Your car should be good with the charger on it. That will save you from having to go out there tonight.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        No, I don’t mind the cold either – all the years of taking the bus, I have warm layers to put on – it’s just the snow and ice. I ran it this morning in the garage while I was shoveling , but if it is icy, I will wait until Monday to run it or late tomorrow when the weather is warmer – I wish they had put the trickle charger on it years before. I was going through batteries like crazy, even though I ran it every day – it was those two Polar Vortexes we had in back to back Winters and I was walking more than I drove – now I take the car to larger parks so it gets a good run more often. I took it on a run yesterday and cut my walk short as I knew we were getting this storm.

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      • Sandra J says:

        We have an older jeep, my husband is really good at working on cars, the older ones. The newer ones seem impossible to work on yourself.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That is good – I do have an honest mechanic that I go to. My last car, a Buick Regal, was 21 years when I had to get rid of it in 2009 – it had too many little electrical issues all of a sudden and was not safe to drive.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Finding a good mechanic is a plus. I am not good with that kind of stuff.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Me neither and you can’t always trust them – these guys are honest. I’ve been dealing with them since the 90s. They suggested the trickle charger – they could have had me keep coming back for new batteries.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Yes they could have, that was good of them to say that. It shouldn’t be just about the money all the time.

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