Linda called us “Butterballs” … is that bad? #Wordless Wednesday #Mirth and girth!

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 Linda called us “Butterballs” … is that bad? #Wordless Wednesday #Mirth and girth!

  1. Linda – I love that first picture great look!

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  2. Ron Walker says:

    They do look well nourished! I would call them butterballs as well.

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  3. All colors of squirrels!!

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  4. They do plump up for winter. It has to take them through a lot of bad weather with little access to food.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes they do Kate. I think the Fox squirrels plump up more than the others … a few seemed to be waddling around and not so agile coming down the tree headfirst! Michigan is promised a precip-filled La Nina Winter … unfortunately we get our first big snowfall this Monday with 3-6 inches.

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      • Whoa! Our prediction is for a mild winter with more precip than usual but that may mean 30″ all winter and if it’s mild some comes as rain.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I like your prediction for Winter … they are mixed about this Monday storm. They say depending on when it comes, how early in the day, it might snow a lot, then turn to rain – ugh if it gets slick like glare ice. I have all my cat litter at the ready for the porch/steps!

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  5. Yup — hungry little butterballs! 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They sure are Barbara and the squirrels are not so quick on their feet with that extra poundage (er … “ounce-age”) they are carrying around.

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      • So much the better for them if the winter proves to be long and cold…

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, from all I hear it will be a precip-filled Winter … I’m no fan of snow, but, if I had my druthers, I’d rather it is snow than rain, that becomes freezing rain, that coats utility lines and they fall and no power. This system coming in Monday night could be rain/snow mix, ending as rain … hopefully no freezing rain. I try to keep the squirrels full now because once the snow and ice (especially the ice) are around, my trips are sometimes limited to the weekends, as I will walk in the streets once the sun comes out. I don’t drive if it is icy – no need, except to give the car a run. Sometimes the City plows down there, but not always.

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  6. J P says:

    Wow, your squirrels are a lot fatter than the ones around here. But then I don’t feed them peanuts, either.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They are pretty fat JP … you’d think I was slipping them Reese peanut butter cups, not peanuts! They get some help from Mother Nature with a layer of fat and thicker fur … it is not all peanuts, even though it would appear so

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  7. Joni says:

    They really are butterballs! A bad winter is coming…..

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      And most of that extra fat came in the last month! They do get an added fat layer and thicker fur thanks to Mother Nature though.
      I’m hearing lots of precip this Winter and sure enough we have 3-6 inches of slushy snow coming on Monday. I’m not happy to hear that in the least.

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  8. Sandra J says:

    They are stocking up for the winter. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I think so Sandra! This morning I fed one black squirrel and he debated what to do … eat one, bury a few … he pondered, then took three peanuts in his mouth at one time (I have no idea how he did that) and scurried away, came back two minutes later for nuts to bury. Took ’em home to the wife and kids I am guessing?

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  9. Laurie says:

    Ha! No wonder they are butterballs – look at all the treats you give them! They will be svelte again by March.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it is amazing how fat they got in the last month Laurie. My peanuts helped pack on some ounces, but Mother Nature’s fat layer and heavier fur did too. The Fox squirrels especially are waddling these days and don’t descend the tree at the speed of sound like before! You are correct – they will be svelte again come Spring!

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  10. bekitschig says:

    My goodness, do they eat other squirrels? 😉

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ha ha – it sure looks like it doesn’t it? They get huge like this every Fall – yours are probably already fat too as Winter is around the corner, but since you only started recently going to the Park, you won’t notice it as much – wait til next year! They waddle when they walk now. Mother Nature gives them a fat layer and heavier fur for Winter … it is not all peanut fat!

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  11. Butterball squirrels! All I can say is gobble-gobble. 😉 I’m positive that they will work of the extra weight during the upcoming months. It takes energy to stay warm even with their furry coats.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They sure have plumped out Sabine – they are roly-poly, especially the Fox squirrels who are waddling and not as limber to descend trees these days. I feel sorry for them when it is bitter cold outside and snow is all around – I know they sleep all together in one nest to stay warm, but even with the fat and fur they can’t be too warm and comfy.

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      • Wild animals have a way to make it through the winter. I’m sure it’s tough, but fortunately they have you! 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thanks Sabine and I am hoping our milder weather the end of the week will permit a visit down there again on the weekend so I won’t disappoint my favorite critters. I know that Mother Nature makes provisions, so hopefully they have enough fat and stored goodies to make it through this Winter.

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      • Fingers crossed here for your weather!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you Sabine and this afternoon I saw the street and sidewalks had melted. Not enough moisture to be a problem as to re-freeze thankfully. It will be really chilly and they have taken flurries out of the forecast, so I hope I can go tomorrow. We have no snow until mid-week next week. Glad for that. I have missed walking. The snow was a dangerous inconvenience. There were several bad accidents from the slick roads the other day.

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      • Hearing about your weather always makes me glad that it’s mostly mild here in our area.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know and the weather is so erratic anymore – we had that snow Monday … the big storm didn’t happen which was fine. All the snow is gone. Today the ice at the Park was all gone – I can wear shoes again tomorrow. We at least have clear weather and no snow again for the next 4-5 days … more walking time (and peanut time).

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  12. somebody must of put twenty bucks in the old mans hat for the squirrels!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ha ha – yes Wayne, they look like they’ve been eating lots of dessert and fattening food courtesy of their benefactors. The Fox squirrels especially are fat and are waddling around and descending trees slower than usual.

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      • I think peanuts have a high fat content? So give them each a container of Planters for the Winter! I can see them each laying in their little lazy boy watching TV and reaching in and grabbing “a” nut!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Ha ha – Yes, peanuts do have high fat content … but, like peanut butter, it is “good fat”. I’m going to leave them extra peanuts tomorrow and some sunflower seeds too due to that storm on Monday/Tuesday. Supposed to be snow/rain mix Monday a.m., then this snowstorm Monday into Tuesday (oh joy).

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      • hope that storm weakens so your furry friends don’t have to shovel their tree branches!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, imagine their shock when they wake up and see it … (although maybe just rain for a few hours then the snow falls like crazy). I warned them today I might be gone a few days.

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      • you should train them to hop in a dog carrier! They could come home with you! I can see them now running around like furry bullets with you screaming at them not to juggle the fine china!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        A couple of them are starting to warm up to me, but for some reason, there are less Fox squirrels and more black and gray squirrels this year. It has never been that ratio before and they are very skittish and sometimes if they do come close, it’s not like right to my feet, but they dash over for a peanut and run back to safety or up into a tree. Maybe because they are so much smaller than the Fox squirrels.

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  13. Michael says:

    Wow they’re so cuddly

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  14. Oh yes…pleasingly plump!
    Smart to bulk up before the winter cold.
    Probably could last the season without eating another bite!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ha ha – it certainly looks that way doesn’t it Mary. I walk there daily and seems to me in the course of about 4 weeks they really pack on the ounces, so much so that the Fox squirrels are waddling.

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  15. The first picture is my favorite! Punk rocking kind of squirrel.

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  16. Hi, Linda, I am in the Southwest, and our squirrels never get that big! (Even though we average 100 inches of snow per season.) I love your pictures! 🌞

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Hi Lisa – that is amazing to me that you get 100 inches of snow in the Southwest! We don’t get that much snow (50-60 inches) and last year was great, hardly any snow at all! The squirrels start plumping up around October, but they also get some help from Mother Nature who gives them heavier fur (even some extra fur around their ears) and an extra layer of fat. The Fox squirrels seem to plump up the most and even waddle, but the gray and black squirrels not as much. Thank you for your comment and for following my blog. You’ll see a lot of squirrels. I don’t have any pets, so I spoil them like pets.

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