Break out the beach wear!


It was supposed to be drizzly and foggy this morning so I figured it was a stay-at-home day. When I peeked out the door I was pleasantly surprised to discover the weather folks were wrong. You win some – you lose some. Their early predictions are for a white Christmas so we’ll see where that goes.

It was already a pleasant 45 degrees when I turned off the radio and began suiting up to go for a walk. The suiting-up equation was different today, than for the past few days. Subtract the Sherpa hat, wool scarf and heavy gloves and add instead the red wool headband and terry stretch gloves to be good to go. Ahhh – that equals comfort for this balmy, and not even brisk, morn. Heck … it’s almost beach wear weather.

It was a little murky when I left the house for my Sunday stroll. There were wet patches on the pavement, but no ice – way too warm for ice. Winter officially arrives one week from today, yet it felt rather Fallish – almost like an October day. All my senses were in gear while I walked along. I saw the lifeless leaves still covering many lawns, as the snow and freezing rain made it impossible to collect and bag ‘em before the yard waste pickup deadline the tail end of November. I heard my feet crunching through crumpled-up leaves and in the distance was the scrape of rake tines on the concrete. Musty acrid air filtered through to my nostrils so someone surely was burning leaves fairly close by. Were it not for the twinkling lights and collapsed Christmas figures on homeowners’ lawns, you wouldn’t know we were immersed in the holiday season.

The snow can stay away all Winter if it would like … a snow globe effect for Christmas Day only is my wish, just so our world looks like the carols suggest it should.

Each time I travel to Council Point Park, I am convinced it is the last time – for 2014 anyway. No, I’m not morbid, or a fatalist, but it is December in Michigan after all. I’m just being a realist.

As I walked around the perimeter path I took in the drab beauty of the Park and its inhabitants, most of which seemed to be camouflaged right into the background. Like the squirrels hiding their peanuts, I shall tuck that picture away in a corner of my mind, to be pulled out in the dead of Winter. It will remind me that one day Spring and new beginnings will return, just like clockwork.

Last Winter’s slick snow and icy sidewalks put a kibosh on cruising to the Park on foot for months, so I took to the exercise bike in the basement to keep my legs strong and conditioned for when walking season began anew.

It was an unremarkable trek this morning – perfect for a Sunday stroll. I almost laughed when a gentleman zoomed past me on his mountain bike on the trail. I saw the back of the bike had a small artificial Christmas tree strapped to his bike seat. I thought I might now have to eat yesterday’s words, i.e. disparaging men’s decorating efforts, and proclaiming that it takes a woman’s touch for decorating at Christmastime.

See … that five-mile walk made me fit as a fiddle, and a philosopher as well.

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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2 Responses to Break out the beach wear!

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    It was a warm fall day. Not to many people were out. Many, many houses were decorated for the holiday. Its fun to watch the different decorations. I hope this weather proves to be are winter weather. How many miles do you have now for 2014?


    • lindasschaub says:

      It was beautiful – hated to come back in quite honestly. I wish we’d have a Winter like we did in 2011-2012. As of today, I have 238 miles – had I not had those morning thinking I shouldn’t go out as the scrapper would come by and scare Buddy, I would have been able to tack on some more miles. If it stays mild this week, I am going to shoot for at least 550 for the year – remember you said I should shoot for 600 after I reached my goal and I said to myself “no way”.


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