Feeding Frenzy. #Wordless Wednesday #Feelin’ Ducky!

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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51 Responses to Feeding Frenzy. #Wordless Wednesday #Feelin’ Ducky!

  1. Love their orange feet!

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  2. Ari says:

    It has always been one of my biggest pleasures to feed the ducks. We are close to a lovely nature area (unavoid now due to lockdown) that has loads of ducks and swans and I can stay there for hours! These are lovely photos and make me really pine to go duck feeding

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It’s been a pleasure of mine too Ari. As a young child, my parents took me to High Park every Sunday to feed the ducks and swans and seeing these two people (assuming they are father and daughter) on this ledge made me think of myself back in the day. In my previous blog post to this one I was writing that a fisherman has been feeding this group of ducks daily and he has not shown up lately, so all the ducks came out of the water to the path to beg for treats from the walkers. I’ve never seen that happen before, so I took some crackers for them. It’s peaceful – something we all need right now. I hope your lockdown is lifted soon and you can return to the pond.

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  3. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………was this today?………………………….I miss our ducks…………………our pond is frozen over and there are no fowl around ………………………….It’s nice to see other people happy to feed the ducks and geese

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      No Ann Marie it was New Years Day. I was watching what I think was a father and daughter perhaps – reminded me of me when I was a kid as I used to feed the ducks when my parents took me to High Park in Toronto. They both were enjoying themselves.

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  4. Laurie says:

    Wow! LOTS of ducks. The photos of father and daughter (I guess???) feeding the ducks are so cute. What a good pastime. My grandsons love to feed the ducks at our local park.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I am thinking it’s a father and daughter too Laurie. I called to them and said they beat me to the ledge and seeing them brought back memories for me as I did this when I was a youngster too. There were ducks everywhere!

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  5. Wow I can’t believe how close they came to the ducks!

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  6. Prior... says:

    Oh the series of photos moves like a quiet silent slideshow
    The girls hat and boots are a treat and the one with the man facing you and different angles was cleverly put together for the flow

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  7. That’s a great rock for feeding the ducks! Nice bonding moment for the father and daughter.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it is …. there have been many people feeding the ducks lately, maybe the last six months or so and I think it is related to the pandemic and getting out in nature. I see more people taking their kids to the Park and not just to use the playscapes, but to look at the animals (not a lot of wildlife here, but ducks, geese, occasionally swans, lots of birds, squirrels, groundhogs and last, but not least, squirrels.

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      • Even after the pandemic, I hope we all continue to enjoy nature as we do now! Last summer our family outings mainly revolved around nature, and it was refreshing to try something new, except for the scary drives that I mistakenly chose as scenic driving routes.
        Previous to the pandemic, we used to go to the mall when we were bored. And it didn’t make us happy, maybe more tired and dissatisfied with what we had or did not have.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, nature is good – the fresh air, the Vitamin D and a chance to learn new things. I wanted to learn wildflowers last year, but did not – too much going on to muddle my brain due to COVID. Maybe this year, for sure next year. At least your weather somewhat cooperates more than ours so you’re not stuck in the house for ice and snow, but then you have the wildfires which keep you hunkered down in the house from the smoke.

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      • Thought of u and how u dealt with power outages often…we have power outage from the heavy rains. This is a bizarre experience. Hoping it turns back on soon. 🤪🤪🥴

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Oh my – I can’t “like” that comment. And you said it had been kind of cold lately on top of it. I had thought of you when I had about all the mud slides that they said were happening from all the wildfires killing the vegetation. How are you staying warm Esther? Is this a problem for Ellis if she gets chilled? My biggest worry is if the power goes out in the Winter as I worry that the pipes will freeze and crack. That worries me as I think of the expense not to mention the mess. I don’t have a generator, either the kind that runs on gasoline or the bigger instant-on natural gas generators. So like you, I am at the mercy of Mother Nature. Fingers crossed you get power back soon. Stay safe Esther.

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      • We’re doing pretty well with the cold. The weather is all over the place with last week being very cold and rainy, weekend sunny, and today was just regular CA weather. Rain is in the forecast this week but no sign of it yet…it’ll probably come later in the week.
        We are so thankful that we haven’t had any sicknesses this winter. She’s getting stronger and finally gained some weight. It’s hard to let down my guard but she is a butt kicker. Her cheeks are filling out.
        I hope the water pipes stay intact and working! My goodness, I can imagine the pain and the cost of a fix up like that. When something breaks at home, the first thing I worry about is how much it’ll cost to replace. Just a month or two with the cold…hang in there pipes and power. You stay safe too! Maybe if all goes well we can finally go and get a salon haircut…for me, this bathroom sink trim is not working out.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I always worry when it is Polar Vortex-type weather and high winds are forecast too. I’m a weather worrier for sure. Baby steps for getting back to normal and fingers crossed too. I’ve not had a haircut since October 2019 – I do a little bit of trimming myself, but just off the bottom, not touching the other layers now.

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      • I remember the Polar Vortex pictures where people had frozen hair and eyebrows! Do you remember that crazy challenge where you throw a bucket of boiling water outside and it freezes instantly? It burned some of its challengers. I hope people don’t get curious and try it again.
        You will feel so refreshed when you finally get to the salon! Fingers crossed that it’ll happen earlier in the year.
        I watched some YouTube videos to learn how to cut boy’s hair. Maybe that could be helpful to trim the layers? My hair is a big mess; with the hair loss issue I’m not even coloring it. Oh well! I’m taking multivitamins now.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I remember those pictures – it was really funny how they looked like they had been trekking around Antarctica. And there was a Canadian guy who did an expedition of some type a few years ago and I think he pulled a small sled with his gear instead of carrying it on his back. There was a photo of him as he got to the end of the trip, snow covering his clothes, boots – amazing story. I remember those people getting burned trying that trick. Same as when the kids put Mentos into a bottle of Coke and shake it up – it explodes somehow. Who thinks of those things? I have taken the bottom layers off but don’t do well on the back where I can’t see it. I am like you and disgruntled with the whole hair experience right now – I don’t understand the hair loss either and I do take a multiple vitamin. My highlights are growing out and now, I’m in a hat until April and in April, I put it in a bun on top of my head when I’m walking … so the highlights part are tucked into the bun. I still would like to have how it looked before though, just like you.

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      • Those challenges are bizarre and interesting. At the same time, they are dangerous too! You ask a great question: who comes up with these ideas??
        I don’t look at the back of my hair; I refuse. It will only upset me. The hair loss issue is distressing but a recent blood test showed that I’m low on Vitamin D. Doctor prescribed me a heavier dose of it, so maybe that will help with the hair loss? not sure. Directions said 1 tablet a week for 8 weeks. I’m so relieved I reread it, because I thought it was take one a day for 8 days. Bad instructions.
        It’s been an interesting hair journey and experiment for lots of people. On the bright side: saves money and time. Lesson: learn to be happy with what you got and make do. boo. no fun

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, some of them are really scary and dangerous, like eating the Tide detergent pods, or sniffing cinnamon. That is odd just one pill a week for eight weeks. I have a high school friend who lives near Rochester, New York and she has to take Vitamin D as that part of the U.S. has the least sunshine of any city in the entire U.S. Do you think that if it is lack of Vitamin D, it is due to staying inside more because of COVID? There’s an idea. Good thing you noticed – wow. I am outside everyday, but not for entire days …. would one of those lights help that people use in Winter, in lieu of the meds? Yes, it saves money and time … but why did it happen?

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      • I had low Vitamin D levels years ago and that got resolved without any hair loss issues.
        I postponed getting the blood test done for months, assuming that it had nothing to do with vitamin deficiency. Boy, was I wrong. The 8 pills look like oval Emerald squishy gels. It could be lack of sunshine or not eating enough foods with Vit D. It’s a big mess of not having an appetite, eating irregularly, fatigue, muscle aches. I don’t want to be bothered with the work of preparing my food and eating it. I cook for the kids and Chris, but I don’t feel like eating it. weird! These days I’m trying to eat regularly…seeing my scalp in the mirror is a big motivator,
        Those dangerous challenges can kill. I never heard of sniffing cinnamon. Back in the college days, a classmate got dared to drink the standard size bottle of Tabasco. He ended up in the ER.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You will have these side effects for the duration of the pills (8 weeks I think wasn’t it?) That’s terrible. You have to force yourself to eat now – important to keep healthy more than ever now. I heard a story on the radio that Tom Brady goes to bed at 8:30 every night. He gave a list of what he does not eat – no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol, mostly veggies and lean protein. 8:30 p.m. – I have struggled to get to bed at 10:00 nightly, my new year’s resolution. I have never heard of drinking the Tabasco sauce – why would you do that knowing it would burn your insides? The frat groups are bad for some of those dares.

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      • I read about Tom Brady’s sleep regiment too. Impressive how he can keep up with it.
        It’s good to know that it can be done, but we can’t be too hard on ourselves. That’s his job and he has to abide by strict diet and rest to play well. We don’t have to run, jump, and tackle. lol.
        8 weeks of vitamin D, once a week. Strange, isn’t it?! I can’t notice a stark difference in hair falling out, but I see short wisps of hair on the top of my hairline. Maybe this will help!! I’m trying to go on daily walks with the kids for Vitamin D. Ellis says she’s pale and says tanning may help. Where does she learn this stuff?
        Frats are notorious for awful pranks and dares.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That is good news Esther – wisps are good. I don’t know what to attribute mine too. About a year ago, when I first noticed it, I Googled around and saw it could be from not eating foods with selenium. I bought some Brazil nuts as it said to have a couple daily. I bought a hammer and a small cutting board as I was not going to risk taking out a crown with those hard nuts. I also read to eat more tuna and salmon, so started doing that … no difference in my opinion, but I know I had a lot of hair and see it coming out more and more every day and it makes me feel sad … always my crowning glory. Were you prescribed a specific shampoo to use too? Good for the walks if it is sunny for Vitamin D. Soon, hopefully, the sun will be more meaningful and you can get natural Vitamin D.

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      • And a few minutes later…it’s back on. Whew. This is new stuff for us. 🙄😜😅

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s great and I can “like” this post! How scary though. I’m glad it’s back on and hope it stays on for good!

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      • Thank goodness for the people working at these electricity places!! Our power came back on a few hours later and it’s been on since. Makes you realize our dependence on electricity for so much of our daily lives. But how do you downscale electricity use?!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know it – I am worried as we have this brutal cold coming in end of the week and they say gusty winds … already have angst that we’ll lose power with the very cold weather. I am a weather worrier.

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      • I can see why you are a weather worrier! The weather is fickle and fierce where you live. If I had frequent power outages, I’d be on edge too.
        Yesterday was Groundhog Day, and according to Punxsutawney Phil, we have 6 more weeks to go!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I am worried this weekend – -2 real feel and 25 mph winds, gusting to 35 mph. Makes me nervous. I have lost food and no longer buy perishables for more than two weeks in the Summer when we have all the storms and volatile weather. And it seems to me we have far more volatile Summer storms than ever before, likely climate change rearing its ugly head again.

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      • It’s a cold weekend for you…hoping you get no power disruptions. Such a waste to lose all that good food.
        The weather is volatile and getting more so. Today was sunny and mild; this time of year is usually when we get rain or colder weather. Way below average on the rainfall here.
        How do we reverse the effects of climate change?!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Al Gore warned of climate change years ago and I remember people scoffed at that notion. No one is laughing now, but at least they are going to be involved in international efforts at climate change once again … that’s a good thing. I worry about the storms in the Summer and that’s why I got a weather radio. I follow a meteorologist on Twitter and he Tweets updates on volatile weather, even when he is off. He is good about that. I don’t like leaving the laptop on in a storm but I don’t have internet on my phone, so have no choice as I like to know what’s happening. That’s why the weather radio is good now. The alerts will come thru. I am such a weather worrier Esther. You have a lot going on with your weather … I’d be in dire straits living there and worrying all the time, though I’d prefer to get rid of Winter for sure.

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      • Weather radio is a great idea. We rely so much on electricity that if power goes out long, our devices will run out of juice. Maybe you could have a full charge on your computer so it’s not connected to an electrical socket. But then, what if the power outage is long and you use up all the battery?! Weather radio is a smart idea.
        We have mini LED lanterns, but our big flashlight ran out of battery. Kids have been running around with it for play and when we finally needed it, nothing. Speaking of…we need D batteries for it.
        Your temps are low this week and snow in the forecast for this weekend. Stay safe and hope the power stays on with no interruptions. hugs…

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I never untether my laptop so it should be fine for a while, so that is a good idea Esther. I listen to a weatherman, who, even on his day off, constantly tweets weather reports during severe weather. He has done this for years and part of the reason I went to Twitter.

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      • Good plan. It’s always good to be prepared!
        I know Twitter has great up to date information, but I haven’t ventured there yet. It is a great resource if you use it well and not for sparking fury or reaction from others.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I just follow some nature sites and the parks I frequent and the weather mostly. I follow the news station I listen to as I don’t have TV. It helps me keep up with trending topics too, whether they are political or human interest stories, celebrity deaths, etc. My favorite person on Twitter is the woman who takes the videos with her iPhone of the birds that come and sit on her hand and eat seeds and treats from her hand. They alight on her open palm, and take seeds from her hand. I enjoy her videos and her still shots as well. She is a bird lover so 99.9% of her still shots are various birds she sees in the park she frequents daily.
        They are soothing and peaceful videos and she always annotates the videos with a little comment. She is also has a YouTube channel – this is a Chickadee from the other day:

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      • Maybe when I have more time I’ll check out Twitter. I remember you mentioning the Twitter bird lady. It amazes me how some people have an affinity with animals and feel so natural around them, like you with the squirrels. I didn’t grow up with animals, so it’s kind of foreign to me to interact with them. Growing up I used to dog-sit for my aunt; thus, little fear of dogs, except for the large growling ones.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I like watching her videos as they are soothing and peaceful. We had dogs (one at a time and untrainable – either them or us were not good in that regard), so we had birds and were successful and lucky to have loving and talkative parakeets and canaries with wonderful singing capability. I worry about the big dogs I see along the route to the Park.

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      • If you need another soothing thing to look at, you should check out cute pictures of dogs and cats, as well as other baby animals. Oh my gosh, they will put a smile on your face and give you a chuckle!
        I hope those big dogs you see are leashed and not running around loose. Dangerous for small critters and people. Keep clear of them!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I follow a nature site on Twitter and they do feature a lot of baby animals – between those and Jocelyn’s bird pictures, it does give me a calm and peaceful feeling watching them, especially now, in this topsy-turvy world we are living in right now. Those big dogs are usually in yards, but have been known to jump the fence or break free from being chained up and go sailing over the fence. We’ve had instances where small dogs have been mauled by large dogs. It gives you cause to pause when you see some of these big dogs.

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  8. Pam Lazos says:

    The land equivalent of this, Linda, is feeding the pigeons at Rittenhouse Square Park in Philadelphia. After a minute, there are pigeons flying in from all over the city!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Pam, the pigeons are as bad as the seagulls – they see food and have to have it right away. We have a local park where people often grill on the BBQs around the park and the seagulls will swoop down and swipe buns off the grill. I have a post I’ll be doing in a few weeks about that same park. A man and his kids were in the parking lot and brought a bag of cut-up bread. There was one seagull on the boardwalk – suddenly the sky was filled with them, in a scene reminiscent of the movie “The Birds” … the noise! Just amazing!

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  9. I love that the father and daughter feeding the ducks together. Great for the ducks and a good lesson for the child in caring and generosity. I also love the red hood and orange duck feet!

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