Cheep and kitschy digs #Wordless Wednesday #House Sparrow

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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54 Responses to Cheep and kitschy digs #Wordless Wednesday #House Sparrow

  1. Pam Lazos says:

    So pretty 🤩 Linda. Feels like fall!

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  2. Anne says:

    Very kitschy indeed! I wonder if the sparrow will actually move in.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      This Children’s Garden is kind of unusual Anne. You should see it at ground level. It caters to kids.
      The bird was funny hanging outside of the birdhouse, sitting on top of it – very protective so I am wondering if he already had a family inside.

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  3. peggy says:

    That sparrow seems confused by all the unreal creatures around him. Ha

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  4. rajkkhoja says:

    Wonderful capture picture.

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  5. Wonderfully whimsical!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Barbara – the side of the barn and inside the white fence with gate is a treasure trove of children’s toys embedded among the flowers and potted plants. This birdhouse and its occupant had me smiling too!

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  6. Aw, that’s a cute title and wonderful photos.

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  7. Laurie says:

    Such a cute birdhouse! I don’t know if I ever told you this, Linda, but my son in Colorado builds birdhouses as a hobby. He has them hung up all around his yard. Most of them are not as elaborate as this one. My favorite one is one that he made out of an old globe that he got for free. Now Atti is learning to use tools by building birdhouses with his dad!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That’s a great hobby doing woodworking Laurie, especially since Atti is learning how to build birdhouses alongside his dad. Three decades ago, my former neighbor enjoyed woodworking and had a shed and saw and then took his saw and workbench to Florida every Winter as he had a mobile home there. He’d build log cabin bird feeders and bird houses all Winter. He built one for me and mounted it on a PVC pole in the middle of the yard – you popped the lid open on the hinge to load it with seed. Atti will enjoy nature just like his parents (and grandparents).

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    Why is there a big bug on there? If I was a bird I’d be freaked out about it. Just saying

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I’d be freaked out too Ally. They have this Children’s Garden at the Emily Frank Gardens and a lot of oddball things have been nestled into ground cover and surrounded by flowers or potted plants inside this fenced in area under the barn wall. The birdhouse rises above this “garden” in which you see the eagle in the background and a lot of Crocs filled with flowers. It’s kind of odd to see and I took some pictures looking in which I hope to make into a post. I have a ton of photos on my photo card, but just grabbed the sunflowers/goldfinch shots and this for now.

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    • Dave says:

      I’m with Ally. The cricket (or whatever it is) is creepy. I’m okay with the birds and the bee (ha) but that other insect must go!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It does look a little creepy, I must admit that Dave and that insect was about the same size as the Sparrow! They have a whole garden filled with toys amongst the flowers and potted plants. I took pictures of the Children’s Garden by standing over it as it is surrounded by a white wooden fence.

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  9. Jessica says:

    Oh my gosh, how CUTE!!!

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  10. Prior... says:

    Love the bird house and then of course the birds and the beaks

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  11. Yikes… it’s the Carboniferous Period when the insects were bigger than the birds! (Actually, there were no birds in the Carboniferous Period!) 😁

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That creature sure is scary Tom. I heard a fun (or maybe not so fun) fact yesterday and thought of you as you often have ants featured in your photos. Did you know that for every human on Earth, there are estimated to be about 2.5 million ants — or 20 quadrillion in total. Yikes!

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  12. That birdhouse is great, Linda. I’m glad it’s occupied. Our next-door neighbour has one in their garden, but the birds did not use it this year for some reason. I think they’re supposed to be cleaned out at least once a year, so maybe the neighbours forgot to do it?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I thought it was clever too Hugh. It very well could be why your neighbors aren’t getting birds, although Sparrows like the one in these photos, are famous for evicting smaller birds from birdhouses and moving right in and using those former birds’ nesting materials. My neighbor put a row of birdhouses on her deck railing and Wrens moved in and not long afterward, Sparrows were the only occupants in the boxes.

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  13. TD says:

    Appears to me that the sparrow is too big to fit into the hole, Linda. The brave sparrow wasn’t frightened by artistic surroundings from my point of view. I believe the sparrow preferred a more natural woodsy place to explore more and took towards the fence. Fun post!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Now I never thought of that TD – you make a valid point. This little bird appeared to enjoy posing this way and that, but just hanging off the front of the birdhouse, so he likely took a test drive through the opening and discovered he couldn’t get through!

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  14. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Though the sparrow doesn’t seem bothered by that giant insect, I agree with the folks above who think it would look better down in the foliage! The Children’s Center sounds like a great place to take the grandkids!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I agree Nancy. The creepy insect didn’t fit in with the rest of the whimsical stuff. This garden at the side of the red barn has toys, a table and chairs, a rocking horse, all “planted” amongst the flowers. All this is in an area with a gate and a white fence around it. I’ll bet a lot of people put their kids in there and take pictures. I took pictures too when I went on July 31st – no kids playing as I was the only one there. as it was early in the morning. I hope the pictures came out okay to do a longer post. I didn’t look at them yet as I only took these birdhouse pics and the sunflower/goldfinch pics off the camera card. I have a lot of pictures on there stored up for the months I won’t get out as much. Winter is coming and it felt like it the last few days after all the heat and humidity.

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      • Nancy Ruegg says:

        Fall did seem to arrive early this year. I suppose we’ll have a longish, hot Indian summer in October, making pumpkins and corn stalks look out of place!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Being 10 degrees below normal when we were 10 degrees above normal seems a little wacky to me Nancy. Weather whiplash is what they call it. Was it last year or the year before we had a very long, hot Indian Summer and people put their pumpkins and gourd decor out and went to carve their pumpkins and discovered they had turned to mush?

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      • Nancy Ruegg says:

        I remember an October, maybe seven years ago (?), when we were still in shirt sleeves most days well past the middle of October. Maybe that was the year of mushy pumpkins!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Nancy, I know 2017 it was a warm Fall and I’ve written about my friend/neighbor Marge before, so this date sticks out in my mind. It was December 3, 2017, a Sunday. Marge had passed away in August, but December 3rd would have been her 80th birthday. I came home from walking at the Park and did another walk in the neighborhood as it was so mild and I hated to go inside. People were putting up Christmas decorations, wearing a tee-shirt, no jacket! I stopped next door at the end of my walk to mention to Jeff about it would have been his mom’s 80th birthday and I was thinking about her and him. Jeff was sitting in the yard on a lawnchair, in shorts and a tee-shirt. I think back on that day and that was when it really hit home about climate change and how our seasons quit being normal.

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  15. What a cute bird house with all the trimmings. 🦉

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  16. Very cute! Maybe the bird isn’t “kitschy,” maybe he is just eccentric. 🙂 I love the whimsy.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Janis – it is a very whimsical place. Wait til you see the actual Children’s Garden – a mini paradise for kids that is in a fenced-in area where toys and tables and chairs are embedded amongst the potted plants and a lot of flowers. I like whimsy too; I have to occasionally have posts and/or photos that substantiate the “whimsy” part of my blog title.

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      • I prefer gardens that are a bit “messy.” Not crazy about things all lined up in neat little rows.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Same here Janis. In my City, I’ve gone on a walk in other neighborhoods and stopped to take photos at a home on a corner lot – it must be a triple lot as it’s so large and there is no grass, just ivy ground cover and wildflowers everywhere. In Spring there are lots of tulips, all pale pink and very pretty, but after that, wildflowers and statuary – they like frogs. It is similarly a whimsical place to go with the many frogs nestled in the ivy and flowers.

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  17. bekitschig says:

    Love, love, love. Cheap and kitsch is certainly a timeless combination!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I knew you’d like this Jeanine and since you’re busy, I figured if you didn’t see it, I’d send you this link. In fact the post before this one, was taken at the same gardens and I mentioned you in the last paragraph, just your name and your blog as I promised something kitschy for Wordless Wednesday. There is a children’s garden apart from the flower garden. It’s a fenced-in area and inside are toys embedded in the flowers, hanging on the barn wall along with a mish-mash of other things. It’s different. I took lots of photos and will make a post this Winter when I have more time. I’ve got photos from July I’ve not separated yet.

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  18. J P says:

    I am not normally drawn to kitsch, but your pictures captured it well, especially the bright colors.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I thought it would be something fun JP. I have been featuring birds every Wednesday for Wordless Wednesday for weeks now and having some fun doing this. I figured this whimsical post helps substantiate using “Whimsy” in my blog title. 🙂

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