Whoa! Year 2014 brakes to yield to Year 2015!


Image and copyright by Rodney Campbell: https://www.flickr.com/photos/acrylicartist/8675363004/

The big subject on the early morning weather report was about the brutal temps, but also the fast-moving squall that zipped through the northern ‘burbs and might be headed to the other counties. “Bummer” I thought, as that will dash my plans to head to the Park for one last jaunt in 2014.

But the sun came out, and Lincoln Park remained unscathed, so off I dashed before the squall came a callin’.

The picture I chose today from photographer Rodney Campbell is actually entitled “Mallard Puts On the Brakes” which is similar to the title of this post. I thought it was an apt title as we close out the year and begin anew tomorrow … a clean slate and a new year stretched out before us.

Well, this morning, just as I approached the Park path, I heard a cacophony of honking and quacking and wondered aloud what was going on. The raucous ramblings were amplified in the quiet Park. Thinking there was a predator of some kind antagonizing my feathered friends, I hurried along to the other side of the path which runs parallel to the Ecorse Creek.

No, nothing was amiss, but a huge flock of Canada Geese were taking off and entering V-formation. I wanted to shout at them “why are you guys still here?”, but they were already out of earshot. Obviously, those honkers either scared the ducks or were meddling in the mallards’ territory and got them all hyped up. It was very loud and you couldn’t hear yourself think for a few minutes.

Today I noticed that some parts of the Ecorse Creek were frozen over – you certainly couldn’t walk on the ice though. Occasionally, the veil of ice was broken and the mallards had gathered there and were placidly swimming with their peers shortly after the commotion died down.

As I walked the length of the Creek, I looked over to see the ducks preening themselves or diving for food and they made me even colder than I already was. I was wearing a heavy down jacket made of goose and duck feathers, yet I was far from warm, so they astounded me that here they were in the ice-cold water and below-freezing temps and swimming along without a care in the world. It must be that slick oil coating on their feathers. I’m not going to try oiling up my melon-colored coat – I’ll just whine about the cold instead.

I did two loops on the pathway and called it done for the day and the year. That brings my total walking miles to 565 and driving miles to 273. Now there’s a Sunday driver for you.

I’ll rest on my laurels and sleep in tomorrow … besides, it is supposed to colder than today, so I’ll stay tucked in my warm cozy bed instead of heading out.

Happy New Year to everyone and all the best in 2015.

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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2 Responses to Whoa! Year 2014 brakes to yield to Year 2015!

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Just think 2014 has only a few hours to go. I wonder what 2014 will write in it’s memories. 2015 should come in with a soft bang just so the ducks don’t get all shook up. Linda I will see your blog next year. Happy New Year to all.


    • lindasschaub says:

      It will get those ducks all stirred up again Marge. Wonder if they will be fireworks in the neighborhood? I thought I heard them the other night. 2015 will be a better year for you. Happy New Year to you, Jeff, Kim and Chris.


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