Michigander #Wordless Wednesday #What is a Michigan resident (or a Michigan Canada Goose)

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

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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55 Responses to Michigander #Wordless Wednesday #What is a Michigan resident (or a Michigan Canada Goose)

  1. Sandra J says:

    I love the different names for residents in states, the Michiganders and here it is the Iowegians. I guess I am both. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I like them too Sandra and do you remember a few years ago, Governor Snyder said “the word Michiganders sounds like we are geese – let’s call us Michiganians!” I really never heard people say “Michiganians” – since we live so close to Canada, let’s use “Michiganders” is what I say. It’s like calling Upper Peninsula residents “Yoopers” and Lower Peninsula folks “trolls” – who makes these names up? I had never thought about the word to describe Iowa residents … that word does not roll off the tongue easily. I had this one picture of a Canada Goose and decided it would be fun to do this for Wordless Wednesday.

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  2. Eliza says:

    Hello Canadian goose?
    Love, light, and glitter

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  3. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………they do look beautiful and graceful don’t they ………………….those Canadian geese…………………….but ………………………………don’t cross their path!!

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  4. Laurie says:

    I like your new name for the Canada goose…I mean the Michigan goose…the Michigander!

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  5. Joni says:

    I love the play on words – excellent choice Michiganders! Maybe that Canadian goose has dual citizenship!

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  6. The water reflection is great!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Esther – I love reflections on the water, whether landscape or waterfowl. At least this goose was well behaved; no honking or hissing as they are prone to do sometimes. 🙂

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      • Geese by the park near our house do a lot of honking and they get s little too close when you walk by them. The goose in that picture must be of a mellower kind. And see, being mellow means you get your picture taken and talked about by the humans!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, they sure do get wound up, especially when they have their goslings with them – that is going to be happening soon. I just saw a photo tonight on Twitter at a park in Michigan of goslings making their debut. Very cute. Yes, that goose was photogenic – didn’t move a muscle – did he?

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      • These animals are probably familiar with having their pictures taken!! Yes, that goose was very poised. Mama instinct to protect their goslings.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I should be seeing goslings soon – feel badly not taking the camera with me … they are cute little fuzzballs, but quickly become armed with an attitude!

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      • Baby anything is so cute!!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, and I did see goslings yesterday morning at the Park. They were very tiny and were swimming behind their parents – so cute. After I just said I’d not seen any.

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      • Hi Linda! I just posted about “Peace” rose, the one you mentioned yesterday. I put a link to your blog on it (I hope I did that correctly). Anyways, its history is fascinating. Hope you get a chance to check it out. 🙂
        BTW, your gosling sighting sounds so cute! Little fuzzballs on the water. My dad borrowed tiny chicks and ducks for my kids to play with when they visited their farm last year.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I will check it out and thank you for mentioning my blog too – I appreciate it Esther. I am behind in Reader again. Luckily we have not had the rumbles of thunder start up so I could get some reading and commenting done.

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      • You’re welcome! I hope readers will check out your blog too through mine.
        I’m always behind in Reader and wish I had more time to sit down in peace and read without distraction. You are way ahead of me in catching up. Hopefully tonight you’ll get a chance to read and comment at your leisure. So much nicer to do without the thunder rumbling outside. Have a great night and nice walk tomorrow!!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I did not finish in Reader unfortunately and I think that is since more people are working from home or laid off, so writing more – it is impossible to keep up. I am hoping to get a walk in this morning. It is gray and overcast and I think has finally stopped raining. I bought rubber boots last year and wore them a few times to the bigger parks, as they are good for walking on squishy glass, but not too good for walking in general, but better if you try to get some steps in … I walked 1,300 miles last year, and since you just followed me recently I may not have mentioned or you may not have seen a post where I post my miles to date. I try to beat that goal every year … I hope the weather and/or the pandemic does not wreak havoc with this goal.

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      • 1,300 miles?! That is fabulous. Yes, I did not know you posted miles. That is a very cool goal to achieve and you get health benefits at the same time! I will check that out. I’m wondering if I should invest in a fitbit to count my steps. My kids both got one for their birthdays, and it might motivate me too.
        My neighbor runs and she has ran serious miles.
        There is so much time spent at home that it may be people are spending more time on WordPress. It is impossible to keep up with everyone although you want to. I’m a good speed reader…so much practice from years of graduate school. That helps a bit.
        I was thinking about getting rubber boots, but our rain is so random and little in CA. I just couldn’t justify the purchase, but there are some really cute ones out there.
        Happy walking and adding on those miles!!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I have read posts by bloggers who walk and they love their FitBits – one blogger said her husband’s would register a different total of steps than hers though they walked together. It would be a nice purchase to keep track of steps and aim for that 10,000 steps that Michelle Obama tried to encourage people to do – five miles per day, then you could see how much you walk around the house too. I do not have a FitBit, just a pedometer and I have a small house, so nowhere to bulk up steps. Some phones will keep track of your steps – maybe there is an app on yours for that. Speed reading is good – it would be difficult to get through grad school reading everything that you had to.

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      • Learning something new…it was Michelle Obama who initiated the 10,000 step challenge! People keep mentioning that amount of steps and I just never questioned who started it or how many miles it was.
        I used to use my phone as a pedometer but it’s hard because I have to hold it as I walk or put in my back pocket. My hands are busy with kids, holding their things, my coffee, keys, what not. etc. True, wearing one would help me see how much I do walk around. hmmmm, shopping!! lol. If I get one, I’ll let you know.
        Grad school reading was so much that all I did was read and read. That stress was overwhelming. Use to have vomiting fits during paper writing stretches. I survived it and remembering them has helped me endure hardships as a mom and person.
        Happy walking friend and good night! 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I think it was put in place in conjunction with the “Let’s Move” campaign which was started for kids to be healthier. I believe that there were pedometers handed out to kids to help them walk more steps, and that was in conjunction with the food being healthier for kids at school cafeterias too. She was promoting 10,000 steps a day or 5 miles for everyone. I can rack up a lot of miles going to the grocery store and when I go to the Park, if I walk to/from the Park it is two miles roundtrip and each loop is a mile so I can keep track of my mileage easily as I go the same way everyday. If I drive there, it is two less miles, but I make it up at the Park. Unfortunately the Park was closed today as too many groups were gathering there – it is closed indefinitely and I am not happy about it to be honest. I did take some pictures there and enjoyed the ambiance – first time I’ve taken pictures in a month at the Park or neighborhood. Here is a story on the “Let’s Move” campaign by Michelle Obama – it might have been when you were busy in grad school and didn’t have a minute to do anything but study:
        https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/01/15/michelle-obamas-top-10-accomplishments-as-first-lady/#6a151ee91889

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      • That’s a great campaign! Exercise and better school food. I wonder if it’s still ongoing. A lot of schools, I’ve heard, grow their own vegetables and kids cook with it.
        Your walks sound lovely! It’s more motivating to walk if you have a destination like going to the market or park. Where I live it’s not very pedestrian friendly. You have to compete with cars.
        Thank you for sending me the link! I will check it out.
        When I was in grad school, I lived in a weird world of just my books. After graduation it was hard to adjust and to outside the comfort zone of school. You get used to something and then it’s so hard to readjust. So is life!
        Stay well and have a great rest of the weekend! 🙂 xoxoxo

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re welcome for the link Esther. I know, being in school is kind of like being in a bubble, then all of a sudden it is done … you have a lot of spare time on your hands. I had to read so many books during my college years and it seemed I had to write book reports on the same books all the time and it took me a long time to be able to sit down and just enjoy a book without wondering why the characters did this or that and why? I thought I’d read over the Winter and got some books, but we had a mild Winter so I was able to walk a lot more than anticipated and it seems if I am not walking, I am working on the blog in some form or another. Today we had 75 degrees – it was above normal temps and tomorrow we will have below normal temps!

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      • The Michigan weather seems very fickle! I hope you stay healthy with all the temp changes; it can do a number on the immune system.
        Yes, I agree. School life is kind of like a bubble existence that you get used to. I couldn’t wait to be done, but once I did, I felt aimless. It was definitely a learning process!
        I have stacks of books I want to read too. The one I’m reading now is Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell. Short essay but a good forward and afterwords by the comedic writer…can’t remember his name now. Anything that you want to read soon?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I have to go through my stack I bought Esther as I’ve not read now since New Year’s Day or maybe finished up the book on the first weekend thereafter. I bought a small book called “Catching Murphy” and had to order it online from Amazon as it was published by the Associated Press and not available in bookstores. It is a story of a golden retriever named Murphy who goes missing and a town that unites to find him.
        https://www.ap.org/books/catching-murphy/index.html
        Interestingly, I do like dogs and they are not similar, but I think I’d read them next – I also bought a few murder mysteries. A fellow blogger writes a feature in her blog called “the Literary Salon” and spotlights a different book monthly. I bought a few based on her recommendation. I don’t know why I can’t just sit down and read like I used to – I used to love to read – the blogging seems to take up all my time on the weekend with walks, sorting pictures and writing posts.
        I have another dog-related book which won some awards:
        https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3153910-the-art-of-racing-in-the-rain

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      • Those dog books are probably amusing! The “Literary Salon” sounds like a good place to find good suggestions.
        You should read when you feel like it! It’s supposed to be a pleasurable thing to take your mind off things. I went through a period like and it seems the love of reading comes in waves. I am total OCD when it comes to reading, so if I get into it, I can’t stop. I read “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck and was enamored by the characters and the psychological analysis. Wow! What a book. My kids, on the other hand, felt otherwise. lol.
        Enjoy your time blogging, walking, and sorting pictures! Read when it’ll make you happy. 🙂
        Have a wonderful weekend and take care!!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I really enjoyed reading when I was younger and took the bus so I had plenty of time to read. Now it seems the weekends jump by so fast. I only read those books on the long holidays but really enjoyed them. I tried Nicholas Sparks’ new book “Every Breath”, as I’d never read a book by him and I always heard good things about his books, mostly like you said – you can’t put the book down. I enjoyed it though I went on Good Reads afterward to see what others said and they said it was not his usual type of book and they were disappointed. Here is Joni’s site and she has a special section devoted to her “literary salon” and it goes in reverse chronological order. I did buy one book based on her review of a “beach read” last Summer.
        https://thehomeplaceweb.com/book-reviews-2/

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      • The weekends go fast but so does the week. I am always amazed when Thursday night rolls around.
        I enjoy reading too and had more fun with it when I had less responsibilities. lol. Reading is a luxury now. I read Sparks’ book “The Notebook” and saw the movie; cried like crazy. Huh, interesting about the reviews. I don’t know what “Every Breath” is about.
        I will check out Joni’s site! Thanks for the info.
        My new book right now…shoot, can’t remember the title…but it’s about glorifying God through the mundane tasks of a stay-at-home mom. It is very mundane and repetitive but I struggle with it too.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I wish I could factor more reading into my day and especially the weekend. I even wanted to get into sketching after I took a “walk and sketch” interpretive tour last Summer. The weatherman said we’d have a snowy Winter so I figured I’d have plenty of time to read, get into sketching again (I did it many decades ago) and sort thru all my pictures from last year – some are almost a year old … we had a nice Winter so I went out walking more. I heard “The Notebook” movie and book was good. You will like Joni’s site – she writes on many topics, but has that literary salon as a recurring theme.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Do you happen to be on Twitter Esther? I am only on there to follow the weather or trending news stories and some bird photographers. There is a woman bird photographer who takes pictures of birds feeding out of her hand and she posts the videos on Twitter daily – they are enjoyable. She also posts some pictures of them on YouTube – this one was from today on YouTube, but her Twitter feed includes many videos and still shots at a park about 20 miles from where I live.

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      • I am on Instagram but not on Twitter. There’s so many social media sites that it’s hard to keep up! What is your username on it, if you don’t mind sharing?
        Those birds must be very familiar with her and wait for her daily!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I have not been back to my Instagram account in ages. I just logged on to find my name – it is “Walkin- Woman @walk_on_1956” and my Twitter handle is “Walkin’ Woman @oldshoeleather”. As to Instagram, I don’t have a smartphone, so I never post photos from it and I only was following the two places. For Twitter, I follow news, weather, some nature sites and a handful of photographers so I am on Twitter more often. She says that the birds are mostly in one area and people have been feeding them for years, so they are very comfortable in perching on an outstretched palm and taking treats. If you do end up on Twitter, this is Jocelyn’s site there: https://twitter.com/JocAPhotography

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  7. Won’t be long there will be little ones following behind.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I always look forward to seeing them Diane and usually I am able to find the first fuzzy goslings just in time to make a post during Mother’s Day week. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year and I will likely be looking at old pictures. I have a lot of pictures that I have held back from prior posts the last few years as they looked like duplicates or there were just too many pictures in an already-long post. I may be digging those out.
      Maybe the moms are still sitting on the eggs, trying to incubate them with this downright cold weather we’ve been having. We are going to have cold weather til the end of the month and into next weekend.

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      • That is a great way to spend mother’s day! I enjoyed the pictures you posted of her the last time. I have been watching (for years) a live feed of eagles, They had 3 babies this year. I could watch all day long.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I looked all over today for geese sitting on nests and didn’t see a single one. I follow a photographer on Twitter and she posted her first goslings at Kensington Metropark … it is about 20 miles from me. I have never seen the eaglets but I have followed Bella the Hummingbird and her babies on explore.org many times. I was watching one night and she was sitting on eggs and had flown away – a little while later, I looked at the camera and three chicks were there, and had just broken out of the shell. 🙂

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      • I love hummingbirds and we get any every year but I have yet to find a nest. We have a lot of large evergreen trees on our property and I am guessing they hide in there. All the other birds disappear in them as well. I will check out explore.com!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My neighbor had lots of hummingbird feeders around her house and watched them all day long, but if I went out in the morning on my walk, they were never out. I found this site and the hummingbirds for my neighbor – she watched them all Winter – there are three hummers there. They have other web cams – go to their home page – they were advertising a baby condor when I got you this hummer site:
        https://explore.org/livecams/hummingbirds/bella-hummingbird-nest

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My neighbor was glued to those 3 web cams from Fall through Spring. You are welcome – enjoy. The grandkids may enjoy some of the other web cams too.

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      • My granddaughter will as she watched the Decorah Eagles.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I saw that eagle cam of the Decorah eagles, but spent more time watching the eagle and her eaglets in California yesterday. I saw the mom perched on a rock sleeping and very close to the edge. I wanted to tell her to scoot over a little. I like that site – there is much to see and now especially with all the “youngsters”. 🙂

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      • I know they do an amazing job with the camera. Aren’t the babies adorable!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        They are Diane. A couple of months ago seeing the new hummingbirds, freshly hatched was a real treat. Their eggs are the size of Tic Tacs – just imagine that!

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      • I’m still waiting to see our hummingbirds. My friends have seen them so I’m hoping any day they will visit my feeders.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Maybe this weekend as it is so warm, they will arrive, and then they’ll go South again because next week will be very cold. For us anyway, but you are so similar to us – we may have frost next week after getting to 72 tomorrow!.

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      • Yes they arrived today and they say a chance of flurries next weekend…yikes!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I didn’t want to say that it was getting cold, as I thought it was just here in Michigan, but our states are so close and today was above normal; tomorrow 20 days lower and below normal. Crazy!

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      • I know it sure is crazy! I let the grandkids play on the slip and slide today because there is no way they can in the next week!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The weather was really warm and in northern Michigan they say it might snow at the end of the week! In Ohio, do they say “in Ohio, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” like we say here? The grandkids are having a ball living with their grandmother.

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      • Things here have been pretty quiet. My daughter and I have decided the kids will go home from Monday until Thursday night. Then we will have them from Thursday night through Monday. They have a new house they have only slept at twice and are missing their mom and pets. My daughter said the hospital isn’t even enforcing they wear masks, it’s up to them. However, the moment things get worse she will bring them back. Fingers crossed we aren’t making a mistake!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s good that things are quiet there now – we are the next state over – how can things be so bad here? I am happy for you as your family is immersed in the healthcare industry. That is great they can go home – you had not mentioned pets before – yes, good and amazing they are not enforcing the use of masks. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that everything goes well.

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