Paraskavedekatriaphobia.

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I opened the door this morning and peered out. First I glanced to the left, then to the right … there were no black cats or ladders lurking about so I ventured out. One cannot be too careful since it is Friday the 13th after all. While I do not suffer from “paraskavedekatriaphobia” (or the fear of Friday the 13th), if I’d have seen a black cat coming at me, I would have crossed the street in a heartbeat. I certainly did not want to have another angst-filled odyssey like this past Monday. Well … there were no chilling effects this morning, except perhaps the temperature! I knew before I left it was windy, but to paraphrase Gordon Lightfoot’s ode about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – I think the “Gales of November came early”. The wind was whipping around out there pretty ferociously and despite layering up in a tee-shirt and a sweat suit, I was shivering. A long-sleeved turtleneck sweater would have been the better choice and speaking of turtles, ten minutes into my walk, I was almost turtle-like, as I started slinking down into my top and pulling my hands into my sweatshirt sleeves to warm up.

Then, just as I was musing that in yesterday’s post I had suggested cooler temps would be nice, I glanced at the sky which was an ominous dark gray. It was that same kind of ugly sky that portends snow might be on the way. Snow way!!! This morning I was walking loops around Ford Park and a house across from the park had a wreath with snowmen decorations hanging on the front door. There must be some unwritten rule, similar to not wearing white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, that dictates one cannot put out Christmas decorations before Halloween. This would be fodder for Jeff Foxworthy to add another sentence to his spiel about “you know you’re a Michigander if …” – yup, the calendar dictates one event but you celebrate another.

Well, those of us who live in Michigan are used to the widely varying temps and as the saying goes “if you don’t like the weather in Michigan, wait five minutes”… the way I see it, we Michiganders are made of sturdy stuff and who wants to live in a place where the weather is the same all year long anyway? All those who are smitten with the Mitten raise your glove-encased hand now on this near-frosty Friday the 13th.

About lindasschaub

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, and 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 over three 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, although 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.
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