A bonus day and butterflies – it doesn’t get any better than that.

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Today was a bonus day because the weather people got it wrong, again. They ALL predicted rain in the early morn, so I went to bed without pulling the alarm and decided to sleep in. I figured it be great to wake up to my internal clock for a change, then curl up in bed and listen to the pitter patter of the rain on the patio roof. Unfortunately, however, I awoke to see sun streaming in down the hall from my room. Grrrrrrrr. I high-tailed it out of bed and looked outside – a beautiful day! I hurriedly ate breakfast, downed a cup of coffee and got ready to leave. I was out the door by 8:30 a.m., but it was already kind of warm and humid out there. Nevertheless, in the quest for the goal of 500 miles walked in 2014, I set out on the premise that it was a “found” walking day. I sped down to Council Point Park before it got too awfully warm and humid and did one turn around. I didn’t pack goodies as I left in a hurry and soon after starting on the trail, who do you think sauntered over to see me, but the pair of squirrels I fed yesterday? (At least they looked just like those two, and besides, one bold and brazen fellow put a paw on the tip of my walking shoe to ensure I got the message he was there and ready for goodies. Well, of course I gave a mumbled apology of “next time” and kind of slunk away. Oops!

On the way home from the Park, I saw something beautiful that I’ve not yet seen all Summer – butterflies. Several of them in fact … a pair of beautiful tiger swallowtails honing in on the sweet nectar of a purple coneflower, and then a gorgeous monarch alighting ever so gently on the butterfly bush pictured above. My neighbor Marge and I are still bemoaning the loss of our butterfly bushes which were magnets for these beautiful creatures. I lost all three of mine last year and Marge’s big butterfly bush was a casualty of the Polar Vortex and the brutal Winter. Since I walk so early in the morning, and the temperatures have been so much cooler than usual this Summer, I’ve not even glimpsed a single butterfly. I remember from when I tried to create a perfect environment for butterflies in my backyard, that they prefer to sun themselves on a flat rock that has been warmed by the rays of the sun when they are not busily dining on the nectar of red and purple flowers. They tuck themselves in a safe place until the air temperature is warm enough for them. Those butterflies were a delight to see, but after I returned home, just as I walked along the side of my house, I noticed that Marge’s magnolia bush was in full bloom for the second time this year. I didn’t notice it earlier in the week but today a few white cabbage white butterflies were dancing in mid-air, flitting all around that magnificent magnolia bush. The sun is now setting before 9:00 p.m. and these coolish temps of late have sure made it seem like Summer is speeding by, but seeing all those beautiful butterflies tells me we still have quite a way to go yet. It was a nice excursion and a double bonus since I expected to be on the inside looking out all day.

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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