Sunny Sundays

Dec 2, 2019 | Food, No-Niche Posts, Photography

Cooler temperatures, blue skies, and sunshine mean one thing: long walks in the park. Kickerillo-Mischer is still top of my list of favorites. The alligators haven’t been spotted in the lake since Hurricane Harvey; I’ve asked a few times. But that’s good news for the raptors, apparently; the fish are more plentiful and a large osprey was circling the lake, diving for his dinner, skimming the surface of the water. Graceful, snow-white herons watched from the shore. Even a gaggle of geese strutted about in the woods.

Chinese geese are so called because they descend from the wild swan geese of Asia. According to Ashton Waterfowl, “there are two kinds of Chinese geese: those that hate the world and everything that moves within it, and those which have to be picked up and carried to their shed. They are so tame that they prefer to stand around your feet and won’t be driven.”

My experience with geese up until this weekend has been limited to wild Canada geese, and they’ve invariably been of the first type. While camping with my son at Lake Somerville, many years ago, I encountered a small flock of Canada geese. I gave the giant birds a wide berth, as three teenaged girls approached, presumably to pet the cute beasts. “Stop. No. Don’t,” I thought, silently, not even bothering to channel my inner Willy Wonka. Those girls ran through five campsites without stopping to ask permission to enter. The birds grew bored by the fourth. 

This flock of Chinese geese waddled right by me, their feathers unflapped. 

Listen While Reading!

A walk in the park is a great way to burn calories! Homemade traditional Scottish Shortbread is a great way to replace them:

Cream together two softened sticks of butter and a half cup of sugar. Mix in 9 ozs. of all-purpose flour. Bake at 300º F for 35 minutes. Cut and let cool, or scoop out of the pan with a spoon and eat warm!

Almost too easy…


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


    • Holly Jahangiri

      LOL!! Fine, be sarcastic about it, but look – eagles and hawks aren’t domesticated OR dominated (even when they’re captured and trained to hunt with humans), but they’re pretty serene in the certainty that they are our superiors in the first place. Geese are not really evil, they’re more like cranky, ill-tempered old men, snarling “Get off my lawn!” Pretty sure if they had hands, they’d figure out how to wave a gun around. Also pretty sure they’d have crappy aim, and probably shoot each other.

  1. Jyothi Nair

    ha ha… poor girls or poor geese? I have seen a few Geese by the community lake when I lived in Chicago with my son for a few weeks. They were a great source of entertainment during my evening walks.

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Can’t say I feel sorry for either of them. The geese were clearly the aggressors and probably enjoyed the chase. The girls learned a valuable lesson about Canada geese (but I’d bet dollars to doughnuts they think they’re “Canadian” geese if they even know they’re geese). It was highly entertaining. Might’ve been different had the geese CAUGHT them. Which they probably could have, but I’m betting the geese were smart enough to know they had no use for three silly teenaged girls. Whatever would they DO with them if they did catch up?

      I like Chicago. My uncle, aunt, and cousins lived there when I was a kid. Gets bitterly cold in winter, but it’s fun to swim in the lake when it’s summer. And I love the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Art Institute, and the Field Museum (in that order). So many fun things to do nearby. And pizza. Definitely pizza.

  2. Rajlakshmi

    Glad there were no raptor sightings. I would be really really scared if I spot one because I wouldn’t know what to do. I have spent many years of my school life being chased by geese. We had to cross a rather grumpy gaggle every morning. The ones in my hometown were completely white, but grumpy nonetheless. Love that easy shortbread recipe.
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    • Holly Jahangiri

      The osprey is a raptor. Gorgeous bird. I did see one, but was so entranced I didn’t even think to take out the phone and get a photo.

      Enjoy that shortbread, but beware anything that easy that’s also delicious and full of calories! It’s so much easier than the exercise needed to shed the excess pounds! (But SO tasty!)

  3. Corinne Rodrigues

    Geese can be aggressive as hell. I’ve seen them chase many an unsuspecting young child. My Mom used to say they’re almost as good as guard dogs!


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