The Big Chill.

Mother Nature has been a bit conflicted about our Southeast Michigan Winter. Did she want this season to merely meander along or should she pull out all the stops? Maybe the old gal waited until Pugsatawney Phil and Woody the Woodchuck (Michigan’s prognosticating rodent) weighed in. After a few piddling snowstorms and several bouts of freezing rain, (all which mostly melted within a few days’ time), plus a handful of days with frigid temps, we finally got a Winter wallop. Ouch!

Yes, Mother Nature stomped her foot bigtime.

Thursday night brought 4.2 inches (10.6 cm) of snow paired with brutal temps. I shoveled that heavy snow Friday morning. Then, I was faced with a dilemma Saturday morning when I heard a news interview in the 6:00 a.m. hour wherein an E.R. doc cautioned “don’t stay outside more than 10 minutes in this weather” … hmm. I pondered those words of advice while wrapping my hands around my mug of coffee to take away the chill I felt in the house. Yes, the house, with the furnace blasting and me tucked inside, away from the brutal elements.

I hopped online to verify what the National Weather Service said about that dire forecast, especially the bone-chilling temps for the Detroit Metro area – ugh.

So, do I dare take myself to the Park, a 20-minute trek each way, as well as running clear across the Park to distribute treats? I’d be outside for a good hour to get my steps in, but more importantly, my mission of feeding the critters done.

I looked out the front door after sunrise and the streets had not been salted or plowed. But, filled with bravado, I packed up the peanuts and a large Ziploc bag of black oiler sunflower seeds anyway, donned an extra layer of everything and headed out into the temps around 7F (-13C) with a real feel of -2F (-18C) and a gusty wind of 25 mph (40 kmh). I ran the car and scoped out the street – not good at ground level either. The mail carrier came along and we chatted it up a bit. He’s usually delivering the mail as I’m returning home from my daily walk and he knows where I go every morning. I said “what are the roads like – should I venture to the Park – it’s going to snow a coupla more inches tonight – what do you think?” “Don’t do it!” he cried. Then went on to say “it is dangerously cold out here; I’m in extra layers and it’s brutal – they’ll be okay.” Well that clinched it. Sunday morning wasn’t one bit better – still the Arctic chill and snow to boot.

Until the Arctic Blast subsides, I hope everyone stayed tucked in their nests and I likewise will remain in mine.

This trek was taken just before the bottom fell out.

February 4th was gorgeous, albeit cold, for a February day in Michigan. I toyed with the idea of going to Bishop Park to see if there were ice slabs or frozen-in-midair-waves, always an awesome sight to see, plus it would give the car a run before we settled into this impending snow and Arctic Blast. But, in the end, I simply drove to the Park, catered to my Park pals with some walnut pieces and extra peanuts and got some shots of them and the snow-covered ice at the Ecorse Creek.

As I indulged my little buddies, I warned them I would likely be MIA due to the snow that was arriving that afternoon and the impending Deep Freeze. I cautioned them to “eat hardy and take some back to your nests” which words likely fell on deaf ears since I’d made this suggestion several times before and the weathermen were wrong each time and I returned red-faced the next day.

Though the landscape was a bit bleak and desolate looking …

… I looked to find some beauty and got several shots of the ice as I walked the shoreline of the Ecorse Creek. I don’t often take photos of this side of the Park. The Creek is narrow here and you can see the backyards of those homes which are located in a different city – Wyandotte.

In the distance I saw Jacob, the fisherman I mentioned in a recent post. (Click here if you missed it.)

Although the weather was cold, we had one day the previous week which was warmer and some of the Creek had thawed. I was surprised to see he was out on the ice – in fact, this was the first time I’ve seen someone ice fishing, let alone evidence that people had been walking on the surface.

I would have waved but Jacob was engrossed in fishing and tossing those fish back into the chilly waters almost as quickly as he caught them.

I stopped at the second safe haven spot where I have been feeding my furry and feathered friends. I am confident they can congregate here to nosh nuts and dash behind the log into the brush to escape a sudden hawk intrusion. I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I arrive and a passel of squirrels come running over, or the Jays, Cardinals and Chickadees alight on nearby branches while I dole out the goodies.

Here are a few of my pals that I took photos of that morning. I especially like the first shot of the Chickadee and squirrel, even if you have to squint to see the Chickadee.

I talked to them, took a lot of photos and moved on to get some more ice shots.

This is the cement landing, covered in snow just like the Creek. It sure looks cold and frosty doesn’t it?

What really piqued my interest was the double set of tracks in the snow-covered ice. I did a Google image search and it came up “a migrating flock of birds” – well, yes … that is what it looked like. I thought perhaps it was the tracks of ducks, or maybe Canada Geese?

On a whim, I remembered fellow blogger Barbara giving me a Facebook site where birders would help you identify an image of a particular bird. I wondered if Facebook had a site for the I.D. of animal tracks. Bingo! “Animals Don’t Cover Their Tracks: Animal Track Identification Help Group” sounded perfect for my query, so I asked to join the group, posted this picture and got lots of responses, which ranged from Crow, Raven, Eagle, Pheasant, Grouse, Wild Turkey and Great Blue Heron. Why didn’t I think of Harry the Heron? Of course it was Harry! I sent the group a few shots of the tracks from far away to give them a perspective on the scale/size of the tracks and also a photo I had of Harry walking across the ice in the past. I told everyone the ice was solid so the Heron would likely not find a fish here anytime soon. It was fun picking everyone’s brain and the general consensus ended up as a Heron’s footprints on the snow-covered ice.

There were lots of human footprints on the snow-covered ice as well.

All too soon I glanced at my watch and it was getting late so I had to get home for work. I knew weather changes were afoot and, though I hate to wish my life away, I would have liked to zip ahead to March.

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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53 Responses to The Big Chill.

  1. Looks very cold there Linda, do not think I fancy ice fishing myself!

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  2. Sandra J says:

    I am hoping March brings a touch warmer weather everywhere. I was surprised that it is Heron tracks, you would think they would all head south. Those long skinny legs they have you would think would get cold. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I hope so too Sandra. I thought we were going to have an easy Winter like we did last year and also the first Winter I walked (2011-2012) … I got out almost every day that year too. We have snow now and up to two inches tonight, more on Thursday and just as it starts to get normal as to temps, we go back in the Deep Freeze again. I went to send you my post of the Heron walking on the ice from a few years ago, but you had already seen it. At least there was some holes in the ice where he could fish from … no way could he fish here. That was a fun group – they exchange all kinds of animal/bird prints and try to identify them in the group.

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  3. I loved all the photos and was amused to see Jake and bird footprints. You tie everything together with lovely words.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Anne – glad you liked them. I had originally just intended to use the ice photos for Wordless Wednesday, but realized I had a story to tell from this trip, so did a regular post. I can’t tell you how amazed I was to see people had walked and ice-fished from that ice. I’ve never seen that before and there’s been snow on the ice in the past. Now, as cold as it is, would not surprise me, but not last week … I still wouldn’t go out on the ice, even in these temps. Signed – Scaredy Cat

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  4. Wallop after wallop — what a winter you’re having! The Arctic cold is no joke and I’m not enjoying my trips to the cold basement to do laundry this morning. The pictures of the snow-covered ice at the Ecorse Creek made me shiver, but the sun created some pretty shadows and some bright sparkling on the ice. Love the chickadee and the squirrel. 💙 So many tracks on the ice, the creatures have been busy. Happy to hear you found so much help identifying the heron footprints. Lovely post, Linda. You found the beauty in winter.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I heard about your snow on the national news this morning and I thought “yes, Barbara was saying a big snowfall was on the way in a recent comment.” It’s snowing here now and two more inches of snow tonight and again on Thursday night. Sigh. Just as the temps moderate, we’ll have another Arctic Blast this weekend. I put a small load of laundry in at night and first thing in the morning to warm the pipes plus have the water trickling and cupboards open to keep the pipes warm It is horrid to go downstairs as I keep the cellarway door shut to keep the kitchen warm as I sit near the door. I am pretty amazed that people would walk on the ice – that’s a first seeing that and I would not walk across to be honest with you. The ice is pretty, though it, the snow and temps are wreaking havoc with getting to the Park. I’m glad you liked that chickadee and squirrel picture Barbara. That cutie was trying to decide when to make its move to get a walnut piece while the squirrel was there. It kept looking at the stump and finally landed and just stayed there – companions munching away. 🙂

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  5. We got the cold temperatures over the weekend. Our overnight temps are in the teens. Animals prepare for this so they should be ok but I know they’ll be grateful to see you back.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Our coldest temps were on the weekend too, but now it is still below average, then next weekend same as last weekend. I know you are right about the animals Kate … I may have coddled them too much and it is not safe walking to get there. I suspect most of their time is spent curled up together in their nests.

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  6. Joni says:

    I was surprised to see how many unidentifiable tracks were in my backyard when I walked there one day. (I figured it was safer to do a few laps around the yard then the slippery street). You wonder what kind of creatures are out and about in such frigid temperatures. Great shots of the creek, Linda, beautiful in a wintry way. My dad always used that saying, “don’t wish your life away” when I would comment that I wished the school year was over, but I’d be happy to fast-forward to March too!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I’m not good with tracks either Joni and can’t tell them apart in the backyard. On this Facebook site someone posted a handy chart of all the common types of animal/bird tracks while they were trying to narrow it down. It was interesting to see.
      Glad you liked the Creek shots Joni – the ice is beautiful and the snow-covered ice as well. I’m ready to move on from the ice/snow and cold, but I guess Mother Nature is not unfortunately. I heard that expression when I was young all the time Joni and I am guessing it was in conjunction with school too. I was always told “just you wait until you go out into the ‘real world’.” March would be super, April even better!

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  7. ruthsoaper says:

    It was tempting just to click back over to your last post with that wonderful fall weather. LOL! I have to admit I have been avoiding going out. My husband has been taking care of the chickens and the dogs. I was out for a few minutes today to bring in some firewood but haven’t really been out since last Friday when I went to take my dad a few groceries. I suspect I’ll be getting his big grocery order for him this Thursday but it looks like it will be a bit warmer that day. Nice pictures of your furry and feathered friends. 40 days until spring.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know what you mean Ruth – I’d like to put myself back to that nice Fall day too. I think you should go out Thursday to grocery shop before the snow on Thursday night as we go back into the Deep Freeze this weekend again. Glad you liked the photos of my furry and feathered friends – they get along pretty well where food is concerned.
      Forty LONG days I’m afraid to say!

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  8. Margy says:

    We got the cold too. -27C right now dipping to -31C overnight. Its supposed to warm by Friday to -16C, which will feel quite pleasant in comparison! Hopefully this is winter’s last visit.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I just converted tonight’s weather – that’s horrible. Even moderating is pretty bad. We moderate by Thursday but go into the Deep Freeze next weekend. I hope that is the end of Winter for us too. They predicted this Arctic Blast about six weeks ago and it never arrived as it was parked somewhere all this time. I wish it had stayed where it was.

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  9. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………I did venture out a few days ago when it was very cold but I was dressed very warm………………..I only stayed around our apartment complex because no one shovels the sidewalks up and down Goddard Rd……………………my husband and I ice fished for many years every Sunday afternoon on Lake Erie in Brest Bay……………………..it was nice to see someone ice fish……………………….I would never would have believed that those animal tracks belonged to a GBH………………….I like how you found that out………………you’re so smart

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      My last day out to walk was Thursday Ann Marie. I don’t know why they have not plowed our street or the cross street, nor salted it either. Maybe the salt doesn’t work in this cold weather but it is slippery out there but my driveway and sidewalk are clear as I shoveled. That is the problem I find in walking to the Park – people don’t shovel the sidewalks or driveways even though there is a fine for not doing so within 24 hours. When I spoke with Jacob that day he mentioned he goes ice fishing too and has a YouTube Channel of where he goes fishing. Did you have a shanty too, or just take some small chairs when you went ice fishing? You were brave? I would not have believed those tracks were from a GBH either – why would he be looking for fish on a frozen pond, but it makes sense as I see him at or near the cement ledge all the time. Thank you for the compliment … I remembered another blogger tracking down a bird she saw by a Facebook site – she posted the photo of the bird and people identified it in a matter of moments. The tracking I.D. group had fun with the tracks giving reasons why they thought it was a certain bird.

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  10. Love the photo of the squirrel munching away.

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  11. Boy, it looks really cold where you are, Linda! I wouldn’t go out onto the ice either since slipping or breaking through do not appeal to me. Hopefully the temps, snow and ice will be in the past before you know it. Spring is just around the corner! Stay warm and safe! ☃️

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I am surprised anyone tried walking on the ice Sabine. It is miserable here Sabine. We had another 1 1/2 of snow last night, more tomorrow night and 1-3 inches on Thursday into Friday. Then colder this weekend than last! Did you get the snow to be able to make snowmen or is that later in the week? I’d be happy to ship you some of ours if you’d like. For sure it won’t melt along the way. I see the sun going down later at night – that makes me smile and trying to think positively through this cold spell. Hoping the munchkins are okay.

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  12. Laurie says:

    Awww…you are so faithful to your park buddies. The temperatures in your area are crazy cold! It might be in the low 20s here on the coldest mornings. Except for the morning of the race. It was 14 degrees then. I hope your park buddies took your warning to heart. Come ON, April!!! Where are you???

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Laurie – I am worried about them in this brutally cold weather and all the snow. We are getting a little snow Wednesday night, 1-3 inches Thursday night and a little more over the weekend, but getting colder this weekend than last! I have tomorrow morning to take another stab at getting down there but they’ve not plowed our street. I’ll walk to the cross street and next street over and give it a go, but if too slippery I’ll come back home, but it is going to the single digits again tonight/tomorrow a.m., so that is worrisome as well. It might have to wait until Saturday. If it were clear, I would just go in the car. I gave them the rest of the whole walnuts when I took pictures for my Valentine’s Day post but I had walnut pieces at the house and took them – they were a hit for the birds as well as the squirrels. We had a pretty good Winter up untilnow – ugh. I am ready for April and I will not complain about the heat, not one time … hold me to that!!!

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  13. Prior... says:

    hi linda / ice fishing truly is a tough sport!
    the cement landing covered with snow reminds me how beautiful a blanket of snow makes everything

    and Match will be here before we know it – 😉

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it is and sitting out there all those hours – this fisherman, Jacob, throws all he catches back into the water. I’m no fan of Winter, especially what we have had now for almost a week and another week before it is gone. I do agree that snow can be very picturesque sometimes. I am looking forward to March while cursing the Groundhog.

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      • Prior... says:

        I know what you mean as we have big snow headed our way in the next day or so –
        brrrrrrrr

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, ugly weather everywhere Yvette, like that horrible ice on the highway in Fort Worth and Arkansas had nasty Winter weather as well. You think of those as warm-weather states. Or used to before climate change reared its ugly head.

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi – I know what you mean!!

        and side note – right now I am sitting here enjoying the beauty of freshly fallen snow
        There is beauty tp it and I missed it so much when we lived in places that were warm winters (as I have said a few times – hahah – ) but something about a winter with snow and cold that suits me.
        BUt with that said – I will take March or April and say bring it on
        and linda – forgot to tell you that I brought in two of my geraniums to try and over winter them – in the garage that is – and it was your suggestion that led me to try it – I think you mentioned you had a friend that did that
        so fat so good
        keep you posted

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, it is pretty to see the snow Yvette, though I’m not keen on dealing with the after effects … if it only fell on the grass, that would be fine with me. 🙂 Now we have even colder weather and more snow this weekend and substantial snow next week. I think this snow is here to stay the rest of the season unfortunately. It’s killing my walking regimen and trips to the Park for my little buddies.

        Yes, the woman I rode the bus with did this every year with her geraniums and swore by that overwintering method of preserving them inside in a dark closet made them bloom better. Yes, do keep me posted how they turn out when growing season begins, okay?

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      • Prior... says:

        hi linda – and i am sure your little friends miss you when the snow prevents your walking

        and now i regret not bringing in the red geraniums too! i just grabbed the two pink ones that i lived and well- not sure why i did not think of this sooner??
        next year i will bring in the mandevilla too 😉
        but first let’s see how these make it!
        they have been sitting there stationary now but in december i bright then outside for some sunshine ☀️ and it gave whiffs of geranium every time- and so even if they don’t make it – there has been some takeaway already!
        hope your weekend is great

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I finally made it to the Park today Yvette.
        It had snowed overnight and was snowing on my walk, but I thought the snow covered the ice and I would walk in the street as it’s not as busy. Made that two-mile round trip and a mile around the Park to boot. They were overjoyed to see me – it was eight days, the longest I’ve gone. I always stop there if I am going to another Park.

        My neighbor used to overwinter all my tropical plants – mandevilla tree, hibiscus and she had a door wall off her kitchen, full sun and they did wonderfully. Then she got a dog and had to allow him to go out the doorwall – I kept them in my basement, no sun – goners in no time. If you’ve got the sun, it works better. Yes, the unmistakable whiff of geraniums. You’ll be the first one on your block with a porch pot out!

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      • Prior... says:

        hi linda / we had an ice storm here last night and almost lost power (flickered for an hour last night) better today but still super cold
        🥶🧊
        and the geraniums are in the dining room as i type – next to my small basil plant – and i took a pic to show you at some point – if i do not forget to share it – hahah
        but the sun is crucial – eh? for plants and us humans

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        We are getting that Polar Vortex cold tomorrow sometime Yvette. I was able to shut off the taps after about 6-7 days of a slight trickle and did so last night and no laundry last night or this morning, (I just run a small load each time, enough to warm the pipes), but it is very cold in here right now. We had a little sunlight today – if you blinked you missed it.

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      • Prior... says:

        what a good idea to run a load of laundry! that was new to me
        and on saturday – our neighbors had their neighbor’s trees fall on their fence – crushed it – and it was the ice !

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I used to do a regular load of laundry, but then had to fiddle with putting it in the dryer, taking it out to avoid creasing, so what I do now is I have a couple of old polyester shirts and I run a very small load, for a 4-6 minute cycle, just enough to warm the pipes. I do that first thing in the morning and before I go to bed and it is no fun going downstairs either time as I keep the cellarway door closed, so you could hang meat in the basement! My exercise bike is down there and I don’t like going down in Winter because it is so cold. I have no room to bring it up here. That’s terrible about your neighbor’s fence. I worry a lot about that happening, now with ice storms and mostly in the Summer with volatile thunderstorms and high wind. There are many old trees in the neighborhood, all in the street behind, so I worry they will fall on the house. Back in 2015, we had high winds in November and the metal shed in my backyard blew off its moorings and tumbled across the yard and broke apart. The winds were clocked at 39 mph just before that happened and my neighbor’s pear tree split in half at the same time. She called me on the phone and said “Linda – don’t get upset but your shed just fell apart in your yard.”

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      • Prior... says:

        oh wow – the shed falling apart really shows the power of wind and storms

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, and I was mad as I just repainted it. It matched the house. I did not use it for storage as I didn’t like to go into it (spiders). But it filled up a large part of the yard and now it is an open and gaping spot. I would put another shed there to look better but don’t justify it since I don’t use the shed. My father did not put a rat wall in and it was not secured properly to the ground, but still … it blew over and tumbled across the yard like a tumbleweed.

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      • Prior... says:

        yeah – it would not make sense to replace it even though i know the bald spot almost calls for it.
        and our neighbjrs out in a small shed for one thing – their mower and gas cans – she said she never wanted gasoline in her attached garage – so her shed was a lawn mower and gas house 😉

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re right – essentially that is no safe. I would not want gasoline in the garage either, but in a shed what is mice get in … could they chew the gasoline can, spill the gas. I doubt they could knock it over though. I have an electric mower, and because of that fact, I have a push mower too. If you get lots of rain and the grass gets very high, you can’t mow it easily and it is a drain on the power then – it used to cause a fuse to blow but I have a circuit breaker now. For aesthetic purposes I would like to have it back because yes that bald spot is terrible now.

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  14. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I am very glad we don’t have to go anywhere, given the ice and snow and frigid temps. But I do enjoy the view from our back windows that face a strip of woods between our houses and those on the next block. Through the middle runs a creek, so between trees and water, a number of critters live just beyond our back yard: squirrels (of course), chipmunks, woodchuck, raccoon, deer, fox, wild turkey, coyotes, and a dozen or so bird species. You never know when a window glance will turn into a marvel fest!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I miss my daily walks Nancy, but still have not gotten back to the Park and it’s a week tomorrow. We had snow this evening, so tomorrow is not looking good either. I would love to have the view you have – you’d have to tear me away from the window for sure! I’ve heard of a fox, coyote and a deer being here at this Park, but I’ve never been lucky enough to see them.

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  15. bekitschig says:

    Thank you for the metric 😉 For once it is cold over here but not THAT cold. It’s all about the layers 😉

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yep – the cold normally doesn’t bother me as I took the bus for many years so I have the cold-weather gear, but this extreme cold, paired with ice/snow is not really safe for walking. I have seen myself layer up so much, it takes 15 minutes to get suited up. And the product I was using to keep my glasses fog-free from the mask does not work well in this extreme cold – I get ice crystals on my glasses … not great for walking.

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  16. My son rented a small house on a lake last weekend and went ice fishing with 3 of his buddies. Thank goodness he has an ice shanty…lol Can’t wait to see what we get Tuesday, could be a dandy. I’m so glad your feeding the critters, with all this snow they can’t find any food!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Well, if your son is interested, all state parks in Michigan have free fishing all this weekend. It will be brutally cold though … he sure needs that ice shanty, so I guess he could not take it along if he came here. Free fishing may not get many takers with this cold, but at least now you won’t go thru the ice. I’m hearing blizzard-like weather for Tuesday – ugh. The day I took these photos (February 4th) was the last time I was at the Park Diane … I feel terribly because I fed them every day and I doubt they took food to their nests, but ate it right away or buried it – no way to find it in frozen and snowy ground. It’s been not only cold (which I could dress for), but icy on the streets. They never plowed or salted the snow from the February 4th snowstorm. If we get the 1-4 inches we’re supposed to tonight, I may not get there for days.

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  17. Sounds such a cold day. You did so well to be out and sounds like you took some beautiful pictures ❤

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Zena – it was really cold and that was a few days before we had this Polar Vortex and got down to -6F (-31C). I sure wish our temps would stabilize. Glad you liked the pictures. I got some more yesterday to put into a blog in a few weeks.

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