Breaking Bread #Wordless Wednesday #Munchin’ Munchkins

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 Breaking Bread #Wordless Wednesday #Munchin’ Munchkins

  1. peggy says:

    A feast for the little creatures. My husband is feeding pecans to the squirrels in our yard.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They were grateful to see me today Peggy. I had not been to the Park since last Wednesday and we had the ice, snow and brutal cold – poor little squirrels and birds. They all came over, some waylaid me along the path, before where I feed them. They like pecans – you’ll have quite a squirrel following in your yard. 🙂 I am all out of treats for them – just sunflower seeds and peanuts and I’m low on the seeds. I might have to give them people food as a treat until I get more seeds.

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      • peggy says:

        Ice and sleet here again. Second day of staying home. Such a mess. I do feel sorry for the birds and squirrels. Hopefully Spring will arrive in March. Stay safe up there.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Sorry to hear that Peggy. We were to get this 3-6 inches of powdery snow tonight … they’ve revised the forecast for a wintry mix first. It finally cleared up and I got to the Park two days in a row – the path was clear, driveway was not a treacherous sheet of ice, now here we go again. I feel sorry for the birds and squirrels too – they were happy to see me and I don’t think I’ve walked at the Park two days in a row all Winter. You stay safe there too – I hope you don’t lose your power.

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      • peggy says:

        No power outages for us. Next week the whole week will be 60 degree weather. Hope this sticks around. Think this whole country wants Spring to happen.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s good Peggy – it’s still cold enough for a power outage to be mighty uncomfortable this time of year. Oh, 60 sounds so wonderful. I agree with you – Mother Nature and her parade of weird weather has everyone wanting Spring to happen.

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  2. Happy Wednesday & happy squirrels. What a feast to enjoy. As I looked at the pictures, I wondered if some of the squirrels are red squirrels? Or maybe it is just the shading? Nice job capturing them in action eating!

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  3. Laurie says:

    I am sure your furry and feathered pals appreciate you trekking out to feed them in the snow.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I do know they appreciate it Laurie, especially when my absences have been longer like this Winter, especially during February, often a week between visits. Today I finally made it back, first time in a week and a lot of them waylaid me on the path before I even got to the three spots where I feed them. Then I feel very badly about not being there for them. I saw the hugest hawk overhead this morning. At first I thought it was an owl as the wingspan was so large, but it was likely a hawk like I saw and got pictures of last year. I fear the squirrels are foraging out in the open when I’m not around and are targeted by the hawk, easy prey as they stand out in the snowy landscape.

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      • Laurie says:

        Yes, you are probably right. Big hawks like red-tails do prey on squirrels. I guess they have to eat too, but I hate to see them chase a poor squirrel!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Me too Laurie. The older guy who walks at the Park told me he saw a hawk grab a squirrel at the Park one time. I hope I never see it. I heard and saw a bird pursuing another bird in mid-air once. The noises of the prey while being chased by the bigger bird, a loud series of shrieks were pretty horrifying and I was sorry I looked up to see what was making the noise.

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  4. Anne says:

    You certainly do provide a feast for these wee beasties!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I finally made it back this morning Anne – it had been a week and I was fretting about them. It is nice feeding the birds and squirrels regularly, then in Winter when I don’t get there, with hawks around, I worry they will become prey while foraging for food or trying to dig up snow-covered peanuts. The birds at least can can travel to other neighborhoods where they might find feeders. I put a small feeder in the Park last year and intended to add a tray feeder as well, but someone tore down the original feeder and stole the chain it was hanging on, so I just resort to feeding them on the ground.

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Those squirrels are looking fat and happy. They must love you to bits.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I think they are fat and happy too Ally. Thankfully, today I finally made it back to the Park after a week’s absence due to this horrible ice everywhere. I didn’t even get to the three places where I feed them before being waylaid by begging squirrels with expectant faces. I told them “don’t get used to me being here – another snowfall is coming tomorrow night.”

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  6. They need this extra protein and fat reserves to last till Spring. You get the humanitarian award of the month Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Wayne! They were excited to see me this morning after a week’s absence. I feel badly as I know they must be starving and they likely couldn’t forage for food as we had a lot of brutal cold temps in the last week, not to mention ice, snow and very high winds. Poor little guys. Some couldn’t wait until I left the food in the usual spots and waylaid me along the way.

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  7. Your snow is on display, too. Enjoyed the photos.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thankfully the next round of snow will be the powdery kind so hopefully the walking can resume pretty quickly. The ice has made the treks treacherous. Glad you liked the photos Anne. I was lucky to get a shot of the birds and squirrels dining together.

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  8. J P says:

    Those peanuts look mighty appetizing at the moment.

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  9. Joni says:

    That’s a feast! and a lot of snow!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      The snow made for some cute photos of them chowing down Joni and I had to stomp on the snow to spread the seeds and some still fell into the snow. They were happy to see me – today as well, my first time back to the Park in one week.

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      • Joni says:

        I’m watching the Ukraine stuff, it’s 12:30, sad as I just posted re Anne Frank’s Diary….

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’ve been listening throughout the day – very sad. I was still up/online last night when the first bombs were going off. I hope this is over soon – already bloodshed and heartache and they were interviewing some people with family still there and they are terrified for their love ones. I have never read any more than excerpts from Anne Frank’s Diary. There are so many classic books we never had in our curriculum in high school and even in college, it was the same books we read and wrote book reports on. None of the classics.

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      • Joni says:

        We were up quite late too, watching TV. It was 2am when I went to be. Reminded me of the first Iraq war, and look how that dragged on. I missed Biden’s speech today, as took mom for a drive. Went to three waterfront parks as the sun was shining and no photo opportunities at any of them – dirty snowbanks and very little ice in the river or lake. I wanted to do a WW Spring Thaw topic but may have to wait a bit.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You may have another Spring Thaw after this snowfall tonight – it will be 40 end of next week. It is on YouTube – I’ll send you the link. It was not a long address.

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  10. No wonder these little guys love you! The chubs on those guys are adorable. You can tell they really bulked up for winter. Linda, it seems you always have treats on hand for your small animal friends.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They are so sweet Esther and, while I realize I can’t take care of every squirrel and bird in the Park, I know that the majority of them know the three places I put down food, so they know to show up for it. That’s why I always feel so terribly when I don’t make it down there in Winter, when they need food the most. I finally got there yesterday, after a week’s absence. We have another storm tonight, with 3-6 inches of snow and now it will be a wintry mix. It was to be powdery snow – now freezing rain first which will gum up everything once again. I just ordered some more sunflower seeds for them today as I used them all up – they really are a hit for squirrels and birds.

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      • You have a special heart and gift for bringing treats to your park friends! It’s nice that they know where to come for your treats. I think about you when we see squirrels and small birds in our area and I wonder how we could feed them like you. Must get sunflower seeds!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you Esther – it is so peaceful watching them eat and having them gather around. My quiet time at the Park is often my best part of the day. I will tell you that the sunflowers seeds are a big draw for the squirrels. They go crazy for them, even eating them before peanuts. Get some black oiler sunflower seeds and try them and let me know how you did with the critters, okay?

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  11. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….thanks for all of your adorable pictures of the winter “chubby” park wild life in our area………………………………….I’m not able to go to the park and see the animals eating…………………………..I appreciate that………………………

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they’re chubby – not all from me though Ann Marie. Mother Nature helps with thicker fur and an extra layer of fat. I still feel sorry for them. I’m sure they spent a lot of time sleeping in their nests this cold Winter.

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  12. Love those puffy tails and chubby cheeks! 😊

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  13. Prior says:

    Enjoyed this wordless photo post Linda
    The bits of trees and snow seem to be a sunny day with snacks and winter delight

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked this post Yvette – you are right, it was a sunny day so I had some shadows going on in these pictures, but as cold as it was that day, the sun in my face made all the difference in the world.

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  14. I bet when you dropped all those goodies off they said ”Jackpot!”

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  15. Sweet pics, Linda! That’s enough peanuts for a Gorilla! 😀

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked them Tom! I cannot feed every critter in the Park, but the “regulars” who always go to the three spots where I feed them, do get heaps of peanuts and seeds – that is in the Winter mostly, or in the Fall. I am not so generous with them in the warmer months when they can forage for food. I used to just feed them as they came over or begged on the trail, but with the advent of the hawks, I just put the food in safe places for them to chow down on. Even the Sparrows get in on the action, waiting politely for the squirrels to vacate the table so they can eat, but sometimes eating spilled seeds off the pavilion floor alongside the squirrels … everyone gets along.

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  17. Your squirrels are so much cuter than the ones who keep distracting me from my chores. I bet your loving care is even more appreciated in the winter.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Those gray squirrels are really cute Janis – so petite and their nice coloring and I’m telling you that they know how to work a crowd! I do like seeing them gather around when they see me coming. It is like feeding the birds and squirrels in your backyard, only on a bigger scale.

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  18. bekitschig says:

    Oh Linda, how could I miss that? You’ve been taking good care of them!

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