Friday Frivolity.

The weather has been wonky – it goes right along with everything else these days.

When industry, construction and office-type jobs suddenly shut down in mid-March, we were having some mild weather … mild for Michigan anyway. All of a sudden, many new faces appeared on the perimeter path as newbie walkers gave this pastime a whirl.

There are two walkers, a husband and wife named Arnie and Carol, that are “regulars” at Council Point Park. They are retired and when I asked them if they worried about walking the perimeter path during the pandemic, Arnie said “no – we walk for our physical and mental health and won’t let fear stand in the way.” Carol added “we enjoy our walk and besides, Arnie and I feed the squirrels like you do.” Yes, we are kindred souls from way back. They’ve been walking at Council Point Park for many years.

Lately, since the weather has been chilly and gray, we are now the only walkers from the “old days” so I guess everyone else, old and new, like Spring pollen, has scattered to the wind.

Speaking of pollen, perhaps masking-up is a blessing these days (for me anyway).

Because I’m a bit of a germaphobe anyway, when I chose to stay on course with the walking regimen, I decided to don a dust filter mask I had on hand. The mask is doing double duty: it protects me from inhaling those virus droplets you hear so much about and also, I’ve had allergies for decades and they are particularly bad this time of year. Although I’ve been on the immunotherapy shots year ‘round for decades, the only time I sneeze my head off is in the Spring, when the grass is lush and needs cutting twice a week and the trees leaf out all at once.

I go for allergy shots once every four weeks, but can stretch it to five weeks and with my OTC Alavert, I sneeze, but not those multiple sneezes that make your heart stop – yikes! That used to happen to my grandmother and since she had heart disease AND allergies her entire life, it was a problem that was … well … nothing to sneeze at.

Right now, my allergist is considered “non-essential” until the end of April (unless the Order to Stay Home/Stay Safe is extended). The exception is his patients with severe allergies or asthma-related problems. I am not in this category. Those patients get special dispensation and are scheduled a half-hour apart to allow for sanitizing the area after the shots are administered. Usually the shots are given on a walk-in basis during office hours. The “shot girl” has you roll up your sleeves, you are jabbed in each arm and you’re good to go a few minutes later.

So, believe it or not, the masks have been a blessing as it keeps the pollen at bay.

There is a downside to masking-up though

While the dust filter mask has its virtues, it also has its glitches. The metal clip does not fit snugly to my nose, so that if I open my mouth, the mask rides up and down a bit. Because it’s been so chilly, the condensation fogs up my eyeglasses, which are already a little dark since they are transition lenses. Even on a gray day, the lenses still darken a little. If I speak to anyone, there is instant condensation on my eyeglasses once I open my mouth. It takes a long time for that “steam” to go away!

Since I have to breathe, and therefore I am not seeing 100% clearly, when I set out each morning, whether on the path or in the ‘hood enroute to the Park, I cross my fingers there will be no trip-and-fall hazards along the way and once at the Park, I am hopeful I am able see well enough to dodge all the goose poop that litters the path.

I must confess that more than once I’ve approached a wadded-up store bag that I’ve spotted on the perimeter path and called out “want some peanuts honey?” Oops! I, of course, backed off quickly before anyone saw or heard that faux pas and my credibility might be questioned. 🙂

Who is that masked woman?

Because you might be wondering if the squirrels are scratching their heads wondering who this stranger is, even though the voice is familiar and endearments are flowing, (not to mention the peanuts), well you can wonder no longer.

The squirrels had no issues deciding if it was safe to approach this woman with the strange blue face covering. Query: so, do they recognize my voice or identify with the peanut bag I am toting? Who knows, but they show up, not giving me a second glance – perhaps they consider it an improvement and tummy rumbles usurp deciding whether one is/is not a kindly human.

Incredibly, even the birds at the Park and home are not fearful of their masked benefactor – of course, the male cardinal with its striking red plumage, wears a black mask himself. The other day I returned home from walking and a male cardinal was on the porch near the basket where I deposit peanuts for the squirrels and birds to help themselves. What a woeful look that beautiful red bird had. So, I looked and yes, the basket was empty. I always make sure I keep a few peanuts in my pocket for whomever decides to “hit me up” when I get home, so I opened the Ziploc bag and put a peanut on the porch. He hopped over and took it “to go”.

Last week I ordered some bandanas to wear for soft masks once the weather gets warmer. I may need to reacquaint myself with all my furry and feathered friends, who may give me the head tilt as they ponder whether they are dealing with a cowgirl or the feminine version of the Frito Bandito.

While Spring continues to load slowly

The torrential rain and warm temps last week made it feel like Spring. The flowering trees and forsythia bushes have added a dab of color to the drab landscape, so just when I thought Spring was humming along, the past few mornings we had below-freezing temps and snow has whitened the lawn.


Of course, I can’t cut down drastically on the squirrels’ food source yet; the ground is too cold to dig up peanuts right now and that’s if they remember where they are buried. Usually, whether I walk out the screen door in the morning, or begin walking on the perimeter path, it is like Pavlov’s dog. My moniker changes from “Linda Schaub” to “The Peanut Lady” in a heartbeat. And, if I am not quick enough to dispense peanuts, I get the “treat stare” – I know that look. I’ve had pets, and they all give you that sad face, and in our house it was either the Cocker Spaniel or the canary; perhaps the Poodle or the budgie, so yes – I “get” it and yes, I rise to the occasion.

And, if a steely glance, doesn’t work, by all means, climb aboard your benefactor’s shoe!

No worries – I am not cutting them off … the birds neither. I’ll bet the Park critters are wondering why I’m not taking pictures of them. There are no poses for peanuts as I leave the camera at home. It seems I am marching to the beat of a different drummer these days. I guess it happens to the best of us.

Meijer, where I do my grocery shopping was slacking off with stocking peanuts this past Winter. When they had the unsalted jumbo variety, I stocked up and unfortunately, a few times I had to resort to the salted or raw peanuts. So I didn’t need to make a trip to the germy grocery store, I ordered a delivery of peanuts right to my door from a local Wild Birds Unlimited Store. The owner of the Woodhaven WBU is my former HVAC tech. Phil and his wife opened up the store a few years ago. I follow their shop on Facebook and they were advertising free delivery during our State’s shutdown of non-essential businesses. Phil believes watching the birds is a great stress reliever. I believe that 42 pounds of peanuts was just what the doctor ordered for my furry and feathered pals to keep going and going, don’t you? (Thus, they will be claimed as dependents next year for sure!)

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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49 Responses to Friday Frivolity.

  1. This is the time of the year when the babies are born so it’s good to feed them. I can tell what’s going on by my feeders. I had a huge run on my sunflower seed over the past month but it’s died down a little. Many people take their feeders down in spring but until nature starts providing new food, it can be scarce. I keep mine up year round. There are times when I go through a lot of seed in a week and times it slows down. Good for you for keeping your squirrely friends happy and healthy! I’m not a doc but walking in uncrowded areas doesn’t have a large risk. You really need to be closer to an infected person.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I used to cut them way down once there was natural food to forage, but I don’t anymore – I see they look forward to their peanuts as do the birds too. I have a pair of cardinals with a nest in the barberry bush that visit daily. Yesterday I had a cardinal hopping on the path behind me at the Park … wish I had a photo of that. They liked the sunflower seeds I got them after you said yours enjoyed them. I still have one Quaker Oatmeal carton of sunflower seeds to share at the Park. I saw a mouse nibbling on one a few weeks ago too close to the screen door. I got a good deal on the peanuts and one 7-pound bag free and gave the business to Phil. I will plan to get my peanuts there from now on. I think it is safe at the Park – so few people there, but I stayed masked up as we have so many cases locally – it is really scary as we are adding 100 deaths and 1,000 cases per day in this State.

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    I hadn’t thought about masks as a way to reduce the amount of pollen going into me. I’m beginning to get all sneezy and teary-eyed here. Of course we have no masks, living like hermits as we do now. I go for walks around the neighborhood each afternoon, but our streets are wide and people are good-natured about staying out of the way. I’m pleased that your squirrel friends are not suffering because of covid-19 ramifications. Some things are normal!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I used to use dust filter masks for mowing the lawn when the grass is lush to keep from sneezing my head off, so still had some on hand. Right now it is fine at my park as the weather is not so great so fewer people are there. Our State stats of 100 new deaths/1,000 new cases daily are worrisome though. I expect there will be more walkers when it warms up again unless the Order to Stay Home is modified after April 30th. Ally – here is a link to how to make a mask from an old T-shirt with no elastic or ties needed in case you want to work in your garden or go out and not need to buy a mask.

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  3. Fred Bailey says:

    Arnie and Carol are absolutely right!

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  4. Eliza says:

    Love your last line. Dependants indeed…
    💕💕💕
    Love, light, and glitter

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  5. downriverdem1 says:

    I enjoy walking at Council Point Park too, but will wait for better temps!.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Cathy – I think all those years of taking the bus in inclement weather prepared me for the cold walks in the Winter. I can remember long waits, snow coming down, or freezing rain and one bus wouldn’t show up and we’d be squashed together like sardines wearing all the heavy clothing as we had two busloads of riders. I’d rather walk in the cold if there is no ice, than walk in the rain. I’m still working on walking in the rain. 🙂

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      • downriverdem1 says:

        I had to stop taking the bus because the route was cancelled & I even before that it was unreliable, I walk my yard when it’s cold, but am looking forward to going to the park again. Also I like to walk the River Walk Downtown Detroit too.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I remember we walked to the bus stop together and your bus did not run as often as my bus if I recall correctly. The bus system is very erratic now. The Fort Street buses used to run about every twenty minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They run much less often and the last bus out of downtown Detroit was around 5:40 I think. I keep in touch with a woman who works in Detroit and she is able to take a DOT or SMART bus, but told me the SMART schedules were significantly cut as ridership went down. I have not walked today – I heard about all the accidents from the ice – the driveway was icy when I stepped out to feed the squirrels/birds, so I am waiting til it gets a little warmer to go out and not to the Park as it may be too crowded by then and the squirrels are only there in the morning. Silly weather!

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  6. Laurie says:

    Oh no! I am so sorry your allergist is considered non-essential. I would bet a lot of his patients would disagree. Bill is having the same problem with his mask. It causes condensation to build up on his glasses. It is a real problem when we run.

    Wow! 42 pounds of peanuts? That should keep you in the peanut-dispensing business for a while. How long will all those peanuts last you?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Laurie – my allergies are fairly under control now and I’ve been in the maintenance phase for years, but I take the OTC Alavert which helps for now. Unbelievably I got shots from 1975-1995 and then my allergist retired – he said I no longer needed shots – ever. The new allergist had no evening or Saturday hours and I would have had to take time from work once a month for shots. So I took his advice and quit, even though my Blue Cross paid for it and no co-pay. Nine years later my allergies returned with a vengeance. I used to have Summer ragweed allergies (August) – this time, I am bothered when everything greens up. So this time I won’t quit the shots. I suspect if the Governor changes her Stay Home/Stay Safe Order things will be normal again. She hinted today that might be after May 1st. I’m going to hold off as long as I can – my “penalty” will be I have to go two weeks in a row to build up my immunity again. I recommend shots for anyone who suffers from hayfever or allergies.

      Yes, the condensation was bad – I could not see well at all and one day I drove and had to wait until the car warmed up to clear the condensation so it was safe to drive.

      I’ve never bought that many peanuts – he was delivering them (he’s not near me, maybe 15 miles away) if the order was big enough, so I ordered enough to make it worth his while/free delivery. I had no expectations that my grocery store would be selling them since I heard they were out of everything else. Couldn’t let down the squirts. 🙂 I looked on Chewy.com too and decided to give Phil the business. I have not started any of these peanuts – when I called him, I still had 8 of the Hampton Farms bags left and told him he could wait til he was in my area, but he brought them out that day … small house – now where to put all the bags? I’m thinking they’ll last until Fall? Then I’ll get another load for Winter.

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  7. Cute photos! I’m outside on the porch waiting for neighbor Joyce to come sit outside for a little while.

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  8. Linda Schaub says:

    Oh, that sounds inviting – we had a few inches of snow today! It is supposed to rain soon, so assuming it does not become freezing rain, I hope it disappears by tomorrow morning.

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  9. eBay sells RESPIRATOR MASK INSERTS that you can buy in packs of 100, that greatly extend the efficiency and longevity of each mask that you have. I highly recommend them. We use them and they work great!
    Keep those critters happy! It was snowing here last night and today. It’s been very cold and damp. YUKO! Hopefully things will warm up again soon. I’d like to get out and hunt for arrowheads. 🙂
    Stay safe, Linda…

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you for the tip Tom – I will check that out. I have never ordered from eBay before, but I would be interested once I go to the cloth masks. I’m going to eke out another week before it gets warmer. I was just going to use a clean HEPA filter from my vacuum cleaner – I use instant coffee, so I couldn’t use a coffee filter. Yes, I’m looking out for those critters – they have become dependent and because of our mild Winter, I was able to get to the Park more than during a regular Winter. We had some snow Wednesday and today – they predicated 1-3 inches here in SE Michigan but lots more in the northern part of the State. It did not settle on the cement thankfully. I heard about the 50-care pile-up in your state the other day – not bad enough to worry about COVID-19 without freaky snowstorms and slick roads in mid-April. Hope you can dig up the arrowheads soon for an upcoming post. Thanks Tom – you two stay safe as well.

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  10. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….I enjoy the squirrel with his furry paw on your shoe the best ever for pictures!…………………………………..I walked this morning and got back just before it started to snow……………

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I’m glad you liked this photo Ann Marie – that Parker is the epitome of cute isn’t he? He knows how to make himself at home, that’s for sure. I wondered if you got back before getting soaking wet. I only walked in the neighborhood – they said the snow was moving in and it arrived right on schedule.
      The picture you sent me showed that snow really coming down hard and it whitened the lawn in no time. I heard it will rain now, and hopefully no traces of snow or ice will greet us when we go out for our respective walks tomorrow morning. I’m glad you’re getting out again every morning.

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  11. I totally know where you are coming from with the peanuts! In a year we go through about 120 pounds of sunflower seeds, about 12 oranges and 10-15 jars of grape jelly for the Orioles and God knows how much sugar feeding the hummingbirds. It’s a labor of love isn’t it!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It sure is a labor of love Diane and I am laughing about this as it seems money is no object when it comes to feeding the critters. I know I have been buying the bagged peanuts at Meijer and have known all along I could get a better deal but I find them easier to store for one thing – no worries about open bags, I open them and separate them into smaller bags to grab and go. I have a small house and part of the reason it is so cluttered right now is because there is stuff, stuff and more stuff everywhere since I loaded up for Winter with pantry items. The canned items (soup, veggies, fruits) are all downstairs on shelves. Oatmeal, which I overestimated and have enough on hand for at least a month or more, is stored in boxes – upstairs there are more boxes – I sometimes have to take a time out to remember where stuff is. I got more storage shelves after the first polar vortex in 2014 but even they are filled. I finally empty out and start anew in Fall. I hope we are back to normal shopping by the time I load in the Winter of 2020-21 stuff. 🙂 In January 2014, we had a snowstorm followed by an ice storm. I had shoveled the driveway, then the plow came by that night and made huge piles of snow at the end of the driveway. Then we had freezing rain and an ice storm. The mound of snow froze in place for two months. I finally got the car out of the driveway on St. Paddy’s Day when the snow melted enough during a brief warm-up. I tried the Snow Melt crystals – didn’t work and my neighbor had regular salt, which I didn’t want to use but did and even it didn’t work. I went for any perishables shopping with my neighbor during that two-month period, so I now stock up more in case that happens again. These are 7-pound bags and right now they are downstairs … I still have some of the original packages of peanuts left, I was not out. I have to find a tub to put these in once I open each bag. Phil has info on his Facebook site daily – he/wife have many feeders at their home. I loved feeding the birds, had to stop when a neighbor moved in and we got rats. No more feeders or birdbaths – got rid of all of it and it broke my heart. I feed them peanuts out front now and they eat them up right away. I see his Oriole feeders in his yard and the Orioles enjoying that jelly. I want to get a hummingbird feeder – I watch several feeders I see on my walks, but I think I am out too early and I never see the hummers there. Maybe when I’m retired and can go out in the middle of the day when it is hot and enjoy them then. Now, I only can go out mid-day on the weekends.

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      • Well you definitely won’t go hungry and your buddies won’t either. We stocked up on a few things but not a lot. Mostly canned fruit and veggies too.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I do not have any perishables though – I used the last of what I bought on March 1st up this week. I have plenty of milk so dairy is taken care of and I love Triscuits so I’m not missing bread – I often eat them rather than bread, just for the crunch. Peanut butter and salmon or tuna in a pouch works for a topping for them. I’m reluctant to shop for perishables right now – I understand they are still not stocked up, there is disorganization and have to wait a long time to get in/out – so perishables can wait, I’ll use my stash first. 🙂

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      • I don’t blame you! We have been ordering our food on line and doing curbside pickup but my husband wants to go back to doing it himself. He wears a mask though.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m hoping things are normal soon. I know it was bad a few weeks ago – my friend who kept writing me about the grocery stores situation is quarantined now – her husband tested positive and is in the hospital recovering.

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      • Oh no I hope he is doing better! It takes so darn long to get rid of.

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  12. Joni says:

    That’s a lot of peanuts for your dependents! I’m surprised your allergist is considered non-essential? Hopefully that will be reassessed soon with prime allergy season around the corner. It’s strange your squirrel posse didn’t question your new look? I walked today in snow-showers for the first time, and it wasn’t bad, but not as cold today and no wind. Your posts are good, even without new pictures!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Joni – unbelievably I’ve not gone into any of them yet as I still had peanuts I loaded in at my last grocery shopping on March 1st. Since I had pantry food for myself, I did not want to go to the grocery store just for peanuts – not that they would have them as they were out a few times when I was there in the Winter. I always bought many bags, but I was going through them more quickly as I walked more than usual this Winter since we did not have lots of snow. I am going out shortly … I don’t like walking this late, but there were many accidents this morning. After the snow we had some rain and it iced up the roads. It would ice up the asphalt path too so I’ll hold out til the weather gets a little warmer. The snow showers came quickly yesterday – a few flurries, then it really started snowing hard. I am glad you like the post even with recycled pictures – the one of Parker on my shoe is one of my favorites. A couple of the squirrels, the fat gray squirrel in the tree and the upside down squirrel I had in a group of pictures that I had used similar photos and wasn’t sure if I should use them or not but I thought they were cute. I still have more squirrel photos and other trek pictures to use up … they might take me to when I feel safe to drag out the camera on my walks again. I do think on an early morning and no one around with the point-and-shoot might be fine – I was just trying to keep my hands from around my face.

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  13. Sandra J says:

    I love it when you said you were talking to the plastic bag, not seeing clearly what it is. I do that so much. Unitl you get closer and than just have to laugh. I just tell my husband, never mind. It was nothing. 🙂 We went out early today for a drive but the wind is picking up. I just love the photo of Parker on your shoe. Have a great day Linda.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know – I embarrassed myself quite a few times Sandra! It was better yesterday and today as it was warmer, but yes, I couldn’t see as there was condensation over my lenses. Kind of funny really. It’s going to be cold all this week, so I suspect it will happen again. We are funny sometimes. We have had strong winds now for days – I don’t know what it is going on with it – it is April, not March! Glad you liked the photo of Parker on my shoe – that is when he gets impatient if I don’t give him a peanut fast enough … one time he tried to scale my sweatpants – I cut him off at the knees by tossing peanuts out. I can tell you to have a great day tomorrow – I got here too late trying to get things one in the house.

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      • Sandra J says:

        We were out for about 5 hours yesterday, out in the country. My secret spot that I found a while ago. It was so relaxing to get out there for awhile. When we got back, my husband was watching out the back door, he called to me. He asked, does Mittens have a white tail. He knows Mittens the squirrel also. I said; ” A little why?”, he said come look. His or Her, tail is turning white, along with the 4 white feet. It is the strangest thing I have ever seen. I will try and get a photo today if I see him.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I was going to mention Mittens yesterday when you mentioned how cute this gray squirrel was – Mittens is a cutie with those white fur paws. You know what is odd is that Stubby’s last few inches of his shortened tail has grown in white. When I first featured him about two years ago he did not have that white tip, now he does – here is a picture of it, the first picture you can see how evident it is: https://lindaschaubblog.net/2019/11/21/stubby-a-k-a-chubby/
        I wonder if it is like people who have a serious illness and their hair turns white, or they have chemo and after their hair loss, the new hair growth is a different color than their natural color before?

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      • Sandra J says:

        That may be true Linda, I did notice mittens one eye is a little jacked up. He must have had a bad winter. So it is affecting the hair on his tail. That was a good series of shots of the squirrel eating a peanut on your post. I could not like it, It won’t let me on your site. I can only like it in reader.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thanks Sandra – the first shot really shows that white tip on his tail. I got here really late yesterday as I worked in the house and went on a five-mile walk. The other blogger who self-hosts has only been posting once a week and I did not read anything new yesterday, just stayed in Comments but Shelley replied to a comment from last week – I got the same message and could not comment. It is a WP thing and whether it is a self-hosting issue, I’m not sure. It is annoying though – I get a red square that says try later. Later doesn’t work either though.

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  14. ruthsoaper says:

    Do squirrels have a strong sense of smell like dogs? Perhaps that is how they identify you. I hope the mask is a good alternative for the allergy shots. It won’t be long before the cottonwood seed begin floating around.

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  15. J P says:

    45 pounds, you should be in peanuts for awhile. Back when I was in school I had a summer job at a snack foods company (did you get Seyfert’s Potato Chips in the Detroit area?). They roasted nuts of various kinds there and I hated the day when raw peanuts got delivered. Hefting those 110 pound bags out of the truck was no fun when I weighed only 145 myself (a looooong time ago).

    I hope your work situation holds. My area of insurance litigation is staying pretty steady.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I think (and hope) the peanuts last through the Fall. I usually start cutting back a little once they can access natural food – there are many berry bushes and apple trees at the Park and they eat the soft pinecones, plus dig up what they buried last year, but we’ve had such cold weather and it will continue with rain and snow flurries several days this week. I cannot remember that brand as most stores here stock Better Made potato chips, a Detroit business that’s cornered the market for decades for salty snacks. For nut, Kars Nuts reigns here and they are also local. It’s funny you mention the big bags of peanuts because I was walking one day at a large park and I met a woman who regularly walks there and feeds the squirrels and ducks – she carried sacks of peanuts and dried corn. I am going to write about her eventually but she saw me with my Hampton Farms packages of “people peanuts” and suggested I get a larger bag to save money. She/husband buy 50-pound bags of raw peanuts (she said raw are cheaper) and they roast them for the squirrels. Apparently feeding them raw nuts is bad for their digestive system. She told me they bought them at a big produce market about 25 miles away where their daughter lives – she was kind and offered to pick some up for me and meet me at the park and her husband would put them in my trunk for me. I said I didn’t think I had room to store them at my house since I load food loaded in for me for Winter (but I really I worried about moths unless contained in a Rubbermaid tote) but thanked her. I know altogether I must go through that many pounds of peanuts That’s a lot of weight to be hefting given your weight at that time. Thank you JP – I hope my situation improves as well. I’ve already had this happen in 2008 and we rallied back but I was laid off for awhile. I did insurance defense litigation for years and I don’t remember business ever being slow in that regard.

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  16. 42 pounds should hold your critters for awhile Linda! They’d recognize you and wonder why you had a mask on but as long as you have peanuts they will come!
    “Build It and they will come”……….”Toss them and they will come”

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I hope they last until Fall Wayne and I know a larger sack would have been to my advantage economically, but this is good and convenient for now – six, 7-pound bags of peanuts. This is true – “toss them and they will come” sounds like a good blog post title. I want to write about the woman at Elizabeth Park who offered to get me a 50-pound bag of peanuts. She walks there daily, brings two sacks with her: peanuts for the squirrels and corn for the ducks. I might have to steal your phrase … I was going to entitle the post “Feeding Frenzy”.

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      • well…….they will last a few months I guess? You need to take measurements to calculate how much you use per month,per year.
        Keep it stored in a metal container at home so mice don’t find it by smell.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The 7-pound bags are heavy vinyl and I opened one bag on Sunday and it fit into four large Quaker Oatmeal canisters which I put in the cellarway to use for the house squirrels. I saved some of my regular packages of people peanuts as they are jumbo sized and it makes a cute picture when the birds come down to grab something as big as their head like the cardinal shot I used last week. What is worrisome is I saw three flying insects, looked like flies, wings like a moth in the last few weeks since I got them. Not happy about that – guessing they were stored with birdseed … we’ll see if I keep seeing it, then will return to the other packages if that is the case – I have clothes and coats on racks downstairs. The type I used all along are “people peanuts” so won’t have any flying insects. The other bag that I opened, I put into a sturdy Rubbermaid container. That would be my fear with a 50-pound bag … I have no room in the garage to put a metal tin … no, don’t want mice, the little fly/moths are bad enough for now.

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  17. Mackenzie says:

    I’m so glad they recognized you even behind the mask!! It was comforting popping in here and seeing the squirrels 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad to give you a smile in your hectic schedule Mackenzie. I was thinking the squirrels might be scared, but they didn’t give me a second glance. Not sure whether I should be flattered about that or not. 🙂

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  18. I am so glad the squirrels still recognized you in the mask 😁

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