National Grab a Handful of Nuts Day. #Wordless Wednesday #Am I squirrelly cuz I love nuts as much as my peanut pals?

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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47 Responses to National Grab a Handful of Nuts Day. #Wordless Wednesday #Am I squirrelly cuz I love nuts as much as my peanut pals?

  1. peggy says:

    Love nuts, but had to give up peanuts when my granddaughter was born/ She has a severe peanut allery and carries an epipen. Can eat all the other nuts though. Like those squirrel pictures.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you like the pictures Peggy. That is Parker up in the tree. A friend of mine’s grandson also has a severe peanut allergy and he carries an epipen too. He is not as old as your granddaughter though, maybe 10 years old. About a year ago, his allergist started having him eat very small portions of peanut butter to try to build up his tolerance for peanuts. He had a few visits to the E.R. before that because of coming in contact with, not even ingesting, peanuts.

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      • peggy says:

        My granddaughter went through ingesting small amounts of peanute to help her allergy, but it did not work for her. She can even have problems with peanuts with air born particles. So many kids have allergies anymore.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That is amazing Peggy – I did not know air born particles were problematic. I’ve never known anyone else that went through that type of peanut immunotherapy. Sorry to hear it didn’t work. That is rough as your granddaughter would absolutely need to carry the epipen if she is that allergic. I’ve had allergy shots for years, just for hayfever. I’ve not had any reactions to the serum, but my grandmother also had allergy shots for years and she got hers at the Toronto General Hospital. Allergy clinics and allergists were not popular back then. So, she had her shots one time, left after the 15-minute waiting period and had a reaction going home on the subway. She suspected someone gave her the wrong serum or too much as it never happened before. That was the last time she got allergy shots – she was too scared to return.

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      • peggy says:

        That was scary about your mother. She was smart to stop getting allery shots. Things were so different back in her lifetime. My granddaughter had an airborne peanut problem a couple of months ago. I know a couple of people who have had airborne pean allery problems.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, too worrisome to continue Peggy. I wonder why there are so many peanut allergies now – I don’t remember kids having serious nut allergies before when I was growing up.

        I worked with a woman years ago and they moved into a new house. Before they moved in their furniture, they decided to get the house carpeted. That was done, they moved everything in and the first night in the house, her teenage daughter suddenly couldn’t breathe. This girl did not have asthma or allergies before and they took her to the E.R. – the doctors said something in the house triggered the allergies and mentioned the carpeting as the E.R. docs had seen that happen before. They spent the night in a motel and took the daughter to an allergist the next day and she was allergic to some formaldehyde product that is found in the padding under the carpet. So, they took out the carpeting, removed the padding – same symptoms as the padding had gotten into the carpet backing and fibers. They stayed in a hotel for weeks until they had the carpeting removed and then all particles removed/cleaned up and wood flooring installed to deal with her problem. I had never heard of that happening before and had been having allergy shots for years.

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      • peggy says:

        Wow – quite a story. Just too many allergy probllems in this world anymore. Glad they figured out the carpet was the problem for their daughter.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, they had already moved out of their old home and it had been carpeted as I recall, but this was made of different materials. Besides hay fever and dust allergies (not a big deal compared to some health challenges people have), I am allergic to formaldehyde in ink toner. When I worked on site, I had to wear gloves in the office when handling paper that still hot from the printer or fax machine. It used to cause deep cuts in my hands. Strange and another reason it is nice to work from home. I don’t print or fax anything, as my boss sends PDFs of work to do and I put the scanned items into my Word document using a screenshot.

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      • peggy says:

        You have an unusuak allery. Sounds like working from home eliminated that problem/

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes – it’s been great as I had deep cuts in my fingers. I tried to wait about 10 minutes before picking up something I printed, xeroxed or faxed if possible.

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  2. Parker is probably pacing waiting for you to arrive!

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  3. Looks like you and your squirrels do share an affinity for the nuts!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, I had taken a couple of photos of Parker up in the tree and knew about this holiday, so decided to have a little fun with it. I put nuts in my oatmeal and in my yogurt to give it some crunch and because nuts are good for you.

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  4. Laurie says:

    Nuts are my favorite snack too!

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  5. Prior... says:

    A little squirrel crazy can be a good thing – hahahahaha

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, a little more insanity in an already crazy world!

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      • Prior... says:

        ☀️😊and I didn’t realize you love pecans- that is my hubs fav and I just had some this morning – but I think I might like walnuts and peanuts more – but the nuts are all so different and glad we can enjoy options

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I do love pecans Yvette and I like the cinnamon or honey-roasted ones which I eat right from the bag as a treat. The rest I buy chopped up like hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts or slivered almonds to mix with raisins in my morning oatmeal. I like to vary it for breakfast and then to mix in yogurt as well. I sometimes put roasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds in yogurt, if I can find them unsalted but I can’t always find them. Nuts are good fats and nutritious for you.

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      • Prior... says:

        Sounds like you have a nice variety – and because I can’t have any wheat – I am grateful for nut flower – almond flower ! Helps with some recipes and also like coconut flour and cassava root flour –

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, a lot of people with gluten allergies are finding good substitutes so they can still enjoy recipes that they could only dream about before.

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      • Prior... says:

        Grateful for alternatives that are also affordable –
        Hope you have a good rest of your night ☀️😊🌸

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  6. I just got a big batch of Almonds in the mail from Walmart. 😁 For some reason, almonds have something in them that greatly helps me with arthritis problems.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Almonds are good for you – that’s good to know they help with arthritis Tom. Do you eat them whole? I buy the slivered almonds and mix them in my oatmeal along with raisins. As to eating the whole almonds, I am afraid I’ll break a tooth chomping down on them. Unlike my squirrel friends, more teeth will not automatically grow in! 🙂 I mix together pecan chunks, hazelnut chunks and walnut pieces and throw them in yogurt to give it a bit of crunch.

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  7. TD says:

    Cute post, Linda! Squirrelly for nuts. I love that. I do like nuts, but not peanuts. Mostly I eat Planters mix of cashews, almonds and pecans. And I recently found Fisher Chef’s Naturals Honey Roasted Chopped Pecans. I enjoy nuts in my salads, meats and veggies.

    And I like your Parker friend. I’m not a great fan of peanuts, though. I have two squirrels who routinely visit my front yard where there are two different oak trees which supply ample acorns. I call the female squirrel Acorn because she eats for 1-2 hours in the morning. She isn’t afraid of me being on the front porch or looking out the windows. I call the male Double Nuts because he is afraid of me and stops on the rail of the fence to look into my kitchen window. He eventually makes it to the oaks trees and hesitantly eats the acorns on the trees and occasionally in the grass. If he sees me, He runs away like nuts!

    For two weeks, I tried leaving them some shelled peanuts like you do. But neither one had any interest. I told my 84 yo neighbor who lives across the street and he was very happy to take the bag of peanuts eating them right away as he walked back home.

    Squirrelly for nuts with you!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      This made me smile TD. I wish I had access to an oak tree to supplement my Park squirrels’ diet. We had two oak trees in the backyard and come Fall, the constant dropping of acorns onto the metal shed roof would have the squirrels scampering down from the trees to just sit and feast without expending any effort. Unfortunately those trees got carpenter ants and had to be torn down. I don’t see any oaks in the neighborhood, but there are lots at Elizabeth Park. There is an abundance of squirrels there too – they always beg when they see humans, as if they don’t know there are acorns laying around everywhere. 🙂

      It is so easy to spoil our squirrel friends. Just one handout and they will have your number and be back like clockwork. And of course we are enamored with them and keep feeding them, even giving them more variety. I always use the peanuts in the shell for the Park (though supply chain issues are making them harder to find) and I started doing black oiler sunflower seeds for the birds and squirrels as well. So it makes everyone happy when I visit. There is a woman who does feed the squirrels dry roasted peanuts from a jar. So, they will feast on those until I come along with the peanuts they can bury (they’ve already started burying peanuts despite the heat), then they return to those peanuts afterward. I know they know their names too – I think they pass on secrets on how to lure gullible humans from generation to generation. I am the #1 gullible person in that category.

      I love nuts too and put them in my oatmeal for breakfast and put them in yogurt for a mid-afternoon snack. The Honey Roasted Chopped Pecans sound good. I buy the halves in either cinnamon roasted or honey roasted for a treat. I buy the slivered almonds as I find the regular almonds are too hard for my teeth. They say you are what you eat. That’s okay as nuts are nutritious too.

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      • TD says:

        You gave me a few giggles with your reply. I’m glad I’m not alone in the gullible category! And my brain suddenly snapped like cracking peanuts as to how Parker got his name!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Glad to give you a giggle TD. I called him Parker because when I first “met” him, I had fed him on the perimeter path and that particular day I had driven to the Park (I usually walk). I got to the car and here was this squirrel sitting beside the car. I recognized him as he had stopped me several times and had his tail flicking to grab my attention. Same squirrel doing the tail flicking as he came over to me, stood on my walking shoes and reached up to sniff the mesh bag that contained peanuts I had hanging off my fanny pack. He was pretty smart wasn’t he? One time he climbed up my sweat pants and I said “no” and tried to shake him free and had to throw out a bunch of peanuts. Anyway, I had quipped that here was a Park squirrel, “parked” next to my car. He has done that again … he has quite the personality. I used to just feed the squirrels along the perimeter path as I walked along and liked doing that, but the last three or so years, we get these big hawks that glide over the Park, so I now feed them in three areas, where they are not out in the open and a target. (Of course, sometimes they grab a peanut, then run into the field to bury it.)

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  8. I finally took a screen shot of Parker just now! 🙂

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  9. Fairy Queen says:

    We love peanut butter and we use to eat it very often, even if we’re italians 😆😁😆I love it with Nutella chocolate and with marmelade too. 😋

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Fairy Queen, I would not imagine you eating peanut butter in Italy, perhaps a marmalade or fruit spread on toast or bread, but not peanut butter. I like peanut butter with Nutella too – it’s like having a Reeses peanut butter cup isn’t it?

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      • Fairy Queen says:

        I’ve never eaten Reeeses cups but I suppose is like that, yes 😉

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Fairy Queen – You would like them. They are chocolate with a layer of peanut butter in between the top and bottom and a lot of people are upset because they are a big Halloween favorite here and due to the peanut butter contamination issue earlier this Summer, peanut butter is scarce and in limited quantities. There was salmonella in some of the Jif brand.

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  10. Joni says:

    Linda what is in that black bottle in the first picture with Parker’s photo on it? Is he into advertising now?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Parker probably wishes he was into advertising Joni. He’d get lots more treats that way. It is a water bottle that I bought, partly because it looked like Parker. I originally saw one that said “Squirrel Whisperer” but I liked this design better. I don’t like carrying a bottle of water with me when I’m out as I’m afraid it will leak – those plastic bottles seem flimsy to me, so I bought it to put in my shoulder strap holster to tote with me on the really hot days. After I got lost in the woods a couple of years ago on a scorching hot day, I decided that was a good idea. So, I found this one online and bought it for myself. I tried a few times to take a picture of just the water bottle, but the light made a glare, so I just tucked it in with the nuts.

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      • Joni says:

        It’s cute. I like the Squirrel Whisperer logo too.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I liked the Squirrel Whisperer mug as the logo was cute, but it was too big and wide. I like a smaller mug as coffee doesn’t cool off as quickly. Speaking of cooling off – Tuesday cannot get here soon enough. I left the house early to beat the heat … at least there was a breeze, but 74 when I got up this morning. Crazy!

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  11. TD says:

    ‘Park squirrel, “parked” next to my car’. I caught the park squirrel part, but not that Parker was at your car. Yes, pretty smart, Parker is, Linda!

    I would have felt fear having a squirrel climbing up my sweat pants. You handled that very well.

    I had imagined that the squirrels cracked open the peanut shells to eat right away. I will look forward to more of your adventure stories! Hope you are having a nice weekend.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      TD, I didn’t care much for Parker scaling my pant leg either. I was worried he would scratch through my sweat pants. But I did name him Parker for the Park as well. He is a cutie pie and spoiled. Today when I was at the Park, there were a lot of squirrels which surprised me as it was so hot and humid. There was a very slight breeze. They are already hiding their peanuts for Fall – there are leaves scattered everywhere I think since we were in moderate drought conditions. My favorite post of Parker was for Valentine’s Day a few years ago. I will send it separately in case the link goes to your SPAM filter.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Sometimes it is okay to spoil my pal with a cookie. 🙂
      https://lindaschaubblog.net/2020/02/14/its-valentines-day/

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  12. Parker think’s you’re nutty not squirrelly! Hahahal Cute pictures Linda.

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  13. Is that Parker on the water bottle?? I love nuts too…all kinds. But as much as I enjoy their taste, I don’t eat them often. Elliot has tree nuts allergies so no walnuts, pecans, pistachios, or cashews in our home. Guess how we found out? Costco samples at Costco…2 minutes later and a major barf in the cart and puffy face. That was a shopping trip to remember.

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  14. btw, just want to clarify, he barfed on himself and in the parking lot. Not the floor or cart…Elliot wanted me to say. lol

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