Those daisy, er … dazy, er … lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer. #Wordless Wednesday

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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78 Responses to Those daisy, er … dazy, er … lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer. #Wordless Wednesday

  1. Beautiful!! I was smiling just reading your title this morning, and now enjoying these gorgeous photos … it’s a treat to “follow” you Linda. ~ DC.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you DiAnne – your comments made my day. I am glad I chose this for a blog title then, because originally I was going to call it “Fresh as a Daisy – NOT!”because of this unrelenting heat wave.

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    Daisies are the best. So cheerful. Happy Wednesday, Linda!

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  3. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………….the beautiful daisy in all its splendor…………………………..thank you they’re beautiful………………………AND…………..so does Mr. Bee…………………………….

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the daisies Ann Marie. I kept inching a little closer to Mr. Bee to get him front and center in the picture (without him attacking me). Glad I finally succeeded! This was in the Southgate Nature Preserve a couple of weeks ago, not far from where you live.

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    Great photos Linda! Especially capturing the bee on the daisy. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Ruth! I kept taking a photo of that bee until I was right on top of it. Voila – an almost life-sized bee. Hopefully you all escaped the wrath of Mother Nature this afternoon?

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        We had heavy down pours yesterday evening and again this afternoon. No damage except how the gardens might be effected. Was it bad in your area?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Sorry to hear about the very waterlogged gardens Ruth … we got some rain, but didn’t get that heavy rain yesterday and I heard 30,000 people lost power from yesterday’s storms. With today’s storm, 126,000 people are without power. Mother Nature is on a tear for sure this Summer. I’m okay here so far – the severe storm warning just expired. I’ve had the radio off for three hours because we were supposed to get storms and I wanted to hear when they started as I’d shut the computer and A/C off then We may have dodged a bullet, but I turned on the radio just now to discover there’s a bad police situation just a mile away.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        That’s disturbing to have a situation going on close to home. I hope it turned out ok.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, it was Ruth and there was nothing more on the news this morning. I searched a few online news stations and nothing either. It was a barricaded gunman, who shot his partner (not clear from comments of neighbors if it was a girlfriend or wife). The police did a flash bang, then apparently he committed suicide. But people took pics of the neighborhood while this was going on and the police had long guns and were running up/down the street.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        Scary for those in the area and very sad.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes and I don’t know why nothing was on the news about the outcome.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        Odd – perhaps it was kept quiet because of who it was? or relatives needing to be contacted?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I never thought about the relatives aspect … not a peep on the news. I listened to the overnight news (on WWJ, you can rewind to the last 24 hours of newscasts) and they said they were awaiting the police to confirm what had transpired but never hinted what happened.

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  5. Love the daisies!

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  6. J P says:

    I do like daisies – they were the first flower I could identify. They are so cheerful.

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  7. Beautiful daisies! And I love the bee! Daisies are one of my favorite flowers and you sure captured them well. 😊

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Sabine! I love daisies too – always perky, whether in your garden or as wildflowers, which these were. I hoped the bee would come out clear in the photo … I zoomed in on him (or her) as best I could.

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      • A busy bee can be difficult to capture fully focused. Sometimes I take perhaps fifty shots and only a few turn out well. Nature has a way of keeping us engaged. Next time better luck!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The bumble bees are the best and I like when they settle in and you can get the fuzzy details of their bodies. I take so many shots that the last batch took me the better part of a rainy Sunday to sort through. We sure couldn’t take that many shots when it was film – we’d cringe over every missed or blurry shot.

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      • Yes, bumble bees are cool! I remember the film days quite well and it always makes me appreciate digital photography. If it’s blurry you just delete it.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        When I was younger, in my early teens, I recall my parents sending rolls of film to Kodak in Rochester, New York for processing. When they started having photo services at CVS or Walgreen, plus those one-hour photo services, things really changed for photography.

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  8. Joni says:

    I always loved that song, and currently have it on the main menu of my blog! Great pictures Linda. With all that rain the daisies were abundant this year. Thanks for the e-card which I just opened tonight. I had saved it when you sent it, and then set it aside for a few days, but haven’t been on gmail much. I owe you a long email one of these days…..

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I always loved that song too Joni and figured it was perfect for these daisy pictures. They look perkier than I feel – that’s for sure. The grass is very green here which is unusual because by Fourth of July the grass is usually brown and crispy. The flowers all look great from all that natural rain. It’s time for me to check out the volunteer gardens again. I was there last week and the Tiger Lilies were out, but the Trumpet Vine was just starting to bloom. There were no butterflies which I was surprised.

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      • Joni says:

        Yes, it’s nice not to have to water but I’ve had to drain the water off a few of my pots which don’t have drainage holes and now have root-rot. I can’t believe the forecast – two semi-nice cooler days, then rain all next week again – where the H is summer???

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I agree with you and our Sunday is going to be not just rain, but torrential rain, all day long. The Summer that never was. Today the weatherman said it was below normal as it was so cool. The nursery, now out of business, where I used to buy all my annuals, gave tips and said to use some rocks in the bottom of pot, especially if it did not have good drainage and you could not drill extra holes in the pot (like it is resin or cement, etc.) And to use a good planting soil, not just the loam you get that you put into garden beds. I used to use the moisture control potting soil which helped a lot too. Here is how it is advertised:
        “Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix absorbs up to 33% more water than basic potting soil (versus potting soil that does not contain sphagnum peat moss, coir and wetting agent) and feeds up to 6 months.”
        I am assuming this is weather for the rest of our days … just great. Makes me rethink my ideas of recreating the garden I had before the Polar Vortexes killed most everything off. If it’s not too dry, it’s too wet. Look what is happening with Ruth’s crops … earlier she was needing to water those crops constantly … now waterlogged and like you, root rot.

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      • Joni says:

        It’s a big ceramic pot and I’ve never had that problem before. I already replaced the soil once but didn’t have any rocks to put in the bottom, but one of the dipladenia plants is already dead I think as all the leaves fell off. Oh well – I’m not replacing it at this point in the season, esp. as I haven’t been sitting out much anyway due to the weather. I have used the special soils before, but was lucky to find any soil by the time I planted as with the earlier warm spells it was all sold out. It is depressing to see a summer with so much rain, when we hardly had any all spring. I did see Ruth’s posts. We’ve been watching reruns of Downton Abbey on Sundays so I guess it will be another stay inside day!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Back when my garden was still flourishing, every time it was going to rain, I took all my knickknacks and yard art and and put them in the garage and lugged all the pots under the patio roof. It seems hard to believe I did that, but I did because I had had big rainstorms ruin my potted plants before, especially hanging baskets. I know Marge came right out and said I was “nuts” but you want them to look nice an entire season, not just for a couple of weeks. I used to have those hanging bags, three across on the chain-link fence that faced the street. The impatience bags were high maintenance as they had to be watered twice/day as they had full sun most of the day and if you didn’t deadhead or pinch them, they got leggy. I used to buy a fourth bag to use in case one of the other bags withered or got root rot. I was a little neurotic about the garden back in the day … I do admit that. I looked ahead and we have rain every day now through next weekend and Thursday is severe again! Poor Ruth’s garden/crops. I was at the Park a few weeks and two women I’ve not seen before were discussing TV shows and what to watch. One said “have you seen Downtown Abbey or the Crown?” Other woman said “no” and the first woman said “if you have Amazon Prime you can see them for free.” So I looked and maybe I’ll try DA then. I’m on my last season of Mad Men, then was going to watch Schitt’s Creek, then maybe try DA, but that is many seasons I see from looking at what’s available.

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      • Joni says:

        Oh watch Downton Abbey Linda! It is so good. Mom and I have been re-watching the seasons on PBS on Sundays if it’s on. I was hooked right from the very first show. Simply the best series I’ve ever seen – the characters, the setting, the plotlines. It’s so fast-paced, with lots of story lines so it will take a few shows to keep them all straight. I did not like the Crown, could not get past the first couple of episodes as it kept flashing forward and backward, and really I don’t care enough about the monarchy to watch a whole season of it. I never got into SCreek either, as the story line didn’t interest me, nor This is Us?. The forecast is depressing – even today it was cloudy and not all that warm.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        OK, you have convinced me Joni as I don’t have to pay for streaming it … it is part of the subscription. I only was going for SCreek since I knew it had some awards and was Canadian (if I remember that part correctly). I did check to ensure ALL the seasons were on there i.e. free for a few, pay for the rest, but all seasons are there and I was surprised how many there were. That will take me all Winter for sure. I still get e-mails from PBS for All Creatures and I got one in the Spring that they started filming in March or April for the second season and it would air in the UK around the holidays, so likely for us a while to go before we have it here. The weather is awful … it rained very hard this morning, then off-and-on all day and stormy weather every day this week, one day severe. I am already worried about the severe weather.

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      • Joni says:

        Go for it! There are six seasons with 8 episodes each I think. We watched the first two of Season Three today as they seem to be on PBS on Sundays from 3 to 5:30. It’s still good even seeing it again, but then I love history and the era it is in. I have no hope for this week weatherwise, but will do house stuff at mom’s indoors. I’m trying to declutter a bit before I have the maids in, and the Reliance plumber is coming one day for her, and the Reliance A/C guy for me – it’s always something needing fixing isn’t it? We didn’t get too much rain. I’ve been walking after supper instead of in the afternoon – it’s cooler and dryer then. I think I’ll read a book tonight instead of working on a blog….too tired.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        OK, that’s about six months’ time for me to watch it as I’ll just watch it Friday nights, two episodes at a time. I was thinking it was 13 episodes like most American shows are. Now that I think of it, ACG&S was only 8 weeks wasn’t it? I felt like that last week. The A/C guy came for a check-up on Tuesday and Jim the Handyman for gutters and some other small patching up on the roof and tuck pointing up high. So two days in a row and I still have to have the plumber – I just have put it off until later in the Summer. I have to make an eye doctor appointment and want to take my car in for the A/C issue … I hope there is no leak as it is too warm after being serviced last August (recharged) and I want to get a new battery. This one’s not old but after last Winter and not driving much due to COVID and not wanting to have to go get gas, plus I’ve not driven that much this Summer due to the rain/heat, they recommend getting a new battery if it sits in extreme heat and not driven, just as bad as in the cold. It is 11 years old, but only has 8,600 miles on it. Read a good book and just do a Wordless Wednesday!

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      • Joni says:

        I had my car in for the annual checkup and the mechanic said it’s still in really good shape, so I’m keeping it until something major happens. I will – just uploaded some sailboat pics for a WW, but tomorrow. Good night!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My last car was a Buick Regal and I had it for 21 years. I loved the car, very pretty with Landau Roof and pin stripes and mirror stripes. I saw it in a parking lot at the dealership as I drove by. Someone special ordered it with the roof/trim, then changed their mind. I had a lot of electrical problems with it like stopping on a dime while driving it … very scary. That took many months for it to do this when I had it at the shop. I once left it there a few weeks and gave them permission to drive it with their “coding device” so that hopefully it would “code” and they could fix it and it did, they read the codes and it was fine. At the very end, I’d park it in the garage and a brake switch kicked on and drained the battery. My mom said we should not be in the car or keep it as it just wasn’t safe. We didn’t know it was the brake switch until after I got this car, but it had too many quirks so I got rid of it – broke my heart. Good you have sailboat pictures – perfect for Summer. I e-mailed you an idea for when you run out of post ideas in the Winter maybe.

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      • Joni says:

        That sounds scary! My Honda is very reliable still and I do like the blue color. Only car choices now are black, white and gray it seems.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I loved the Regal but it had a ton of recalls, among them a “mushy horn pad” – that’s what it was formally called. The horn would start honking for no reason and wouldn’t stop. so I removed the fuse when I went into a store or put it in the garage. The mechanic I go to now, put a horn button in the middle of the steering wheel and rewired the original horn so I could press the button there and it no longer went off on its own. I’m not a horn honker, but it was dangerous if it honked at someone who had road rage. This car only has had the GM ignition switch recall (simple fix with a small key ring attached to the regular car key) but one problematic thing is the doors on the driver side won’t open unless I reach over and open them. It’s a pain when going grocery shopping and would be bad if I was involved in an accident – no way for a Good Samaritan to get inside unless they had something to smash the window with. The manager told me it is a common flaw with GM mid-sized cars and they couldn’t guarantee if they took the car door apart it would fix it. That’s what they said about the horn honking too – no guarantee it would stop the problem. I like they are honest there.

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      • Joni says:

        Kate just posted re a “car system failure” accident she was in. I wonder if it is similar to your car just cutting out suddenly. I do remember reading about that problem with some models, but can’t remember which. Scary stuff anyway.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Wow, I’m a few days behind in Reader and got here late due to a bad storm. I will go read it … they said when the computer fails, it just fails … I know it was scary when it just cut out and no matter the speed, it just stopped.

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      • Joni says:

        Kate replied to my comment that it was a brake failure which is just as bad I think.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I agree and I saw in the comments the car was totaled … reading that story makes me afraid to leave the house on four wheels. Between the drivers who go the wrong way on the expressway, the freeway shooters (yesterday we just had the 22nd one in recent months), speeders and those who text/drive, I worry every time I take the car out.

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      • Joni says:

        Is it safer to drive around local like to get groceries etc? I worry about the number of drunks or high on drunks drivers on the road, as there seem to be more and more of them getting arrested, esp. now that weed is legal. They get jail for a few weeks and then they do it again.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        With the exception of going to Lake Erie Metropark (30 miles roundtrip) and Elizabeth Park (18 miles roundtrip), most of my walking spots are not that far away. Grocery store is three miles round trip; allergist four miles round trip. I don’t take the expressway anymore – people drive way over the posted limit. Neighborhood surface street driving is just as risky and that’s what I worry about too because weed is legal in Michigan now too, but also worrisome is people high on whip-its. Do you have people inhaling whip-its there? Everywhere you walk, you see these silver bullet-looking things scattered on the ground … they are filled with nitrous oxide (which you, given your studies, know is laughing gas). People buy the canisters which are available to use in machines to make whipped cream, especially popular if you make a lot of frothy coffee drinks. Last year someone was high on whip-its and jumped over a drawbridge as it was opening to avoid waiting for the freighter to pass … yes, sailed over the bridge and landed on the other side, where he was promptly arrested. I told my friend Ilene (who lives in Kingsville, Ont.) about Kate’s accident and she wrote this which makes you want to just stay home. (Murray is her brother) “That is too bad about your fellow blogger’s accident – they happen so fast. Murray’s neighbor was just a short way from his home when his car was struck. He has a broken hip, broken ribs and I think a broken leg – not his fault. We just never know when we get behind the wheel.” We have a lot of pedestrian fatal accidents and not just people walking to/from work in the dark or catching a bus in the early a.m.

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      • Joni says:

        I’ve never heard of Whip-It’s….what a strange world we live in now.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know Joni – every day it’s a new thing to hear about.

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  9. Is that Nat King Cole? Who doesn’t love a Daisy!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it is – you are right Wayne. It’s such a Summery song, I figured it would be perfect for these wild daisies. I agree with you – daisies are perfect in my opinion, whether they’re in the garden or out out in the woods.

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  10. Sandra J says:

    Daisy are such a delight. I just love them. 🙂

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  11. Daisies and bumble bees make me so happy! 🙂 Little sun replicas…

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  12. clarejk2014 says:

    Lovely photos. 🙂 Daisies are underrated but are very pretty.

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  13. Laurie says:

    Beautiful daisy pics! I love the time in July when everything is blooming and fragrant! I was trying to get a photo of a bee in some lavender when I was in Oregon. Nope! He was too quick for me!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Laurie – I love daisies too and I think the bee was enjoying itself perched there. I hurried to take the picture and it just stayed there after I was done. A bee in the lavender would have made a pretty picture. Guess you are back now … I know you’ve had an enjoyable month away visiting your family.

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  14. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I love daisies! My bridesmaids carried them. Also love the photo with the bee. Glad you escaped injury getting that perfect shot!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I love them too Nancy. That would have been pretty to have at a wedding, since they stay so perky unlike some flowers that wilt so quickly after you cut them. I was lucky, no bee stings … I’m so busy trying to avoid ticks, bees were my second thought that day.

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  15. Prior... says:

    beautiful Linda – the daises have a different feel one each photo

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  16. Daisies are such cheerful flowers… uncomplicated and easy. I love the photo with the bee. I’ve been taking a bunch of pictures of my neighbors’ sunflowers and the bees that are buzzing around them. I’m happy when the bees are happy!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Janis – I kept inching closer and closer hoping to get a close-up of that bee who was very intent on staying on the daisy. I like when you see a huge sunflower and sometimes there are a dozen bees in the middle seedy part. I’m happy too as it means the sun is shining and you feel all is right with the world when the day is sunny and bright!

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  17. Are these wild? I love daisies too!

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  18. Daisies are such happy flowers! You found beautiful ones to capture!

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  19. Hello. Daisies are the best flower. They always look so happy 😀

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