Is it really October?


Well, today we turned the calendar page over to October. The chill in the air this morning certainly felt like October, and it sure seems like the last couple of days, more and more leaves are littering the sidewalk. I decided to walk down to Biddle and Emmons this morning since it’s been well over a week since I made that trip. I noticed alot of people have hauled out their harvest and Halloween décor since I last passed by. The large and stately homes along Emmons Boulevard have a bounty of Autumn decorations and I watched a squirrel checking out a resin pumpkin which was just his size. That gourd looked very lifelike to me and I know he also thought it was real because he swiped at it with one paw, then head-butted it. Good thing he didn’t try to chomp on it, or he would have broken his two front teeth. After a second paw swipe, it then teetered and threatened to tip over, so he quickly backed up a few paces, then took off running. It was amusing to watch him. It’s the witchin’ season and there are witches and monsters impaled on sticks in front of homes, as well as lying horizontal on the lawn à la those large, inflatable decorations that collapse and die once the timer goes off. The flattened witches remind me of the Wicked Witch of the West and how she melted away in “The Wizard of Oz”. I’ve seen “sticky-looking” cotton spider webs stretched over bushes and around trees with massive arachnids with wicked-looking smiles perched in the center. I hate spiders, but I love all those spooky decorations, though I don’t decorate for Halloween myself. I’ve not gone past the house with the macabre guillotine scene yet and might just skip it this year and stick with the tamer stuff. I got a four-mile walk in and was ready to cast off my jacket just as I arrived home. I’m hearing we have one more warmish day which will be our “treat”, then Mother Nature will pull a nasty “trick” by sending us a storm followed by cold weather. We sure got spoiled the last week so I hope the weather people are wrong and October doesn’t turn into “Shocktober”.

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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