What came first – the chicken or the egg(nog)?


Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 is “Earth Hour”, an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund.  The event asks you to “join hundreds of millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for one hour to show your commitment to climate change” … nearly 60,000 people have committed at the WWF site already.

Well, the climate is a’changin’ here on our planet, that’s for sure, and the past two years Mother Nature has given us plenty to yak about, especially during the Winter.  We’re already a week into Spring, and while I was running errands this morning, the snow flurries were flying and it was freezing.  Yikes!

On my “to do” list, I scratched off taking the Winter coats and hats to the cleaners for a couple of more weeks at least.

I parked a good deal away from the grocery store to get some fresh air and add some steps to my trip.  Then, I racked up another two miles from shopping and schlepping groceries from the car into the house.  Today the miles driven and walked are the same for 2015 – 46 miles to date.

The store was bursting at the seams with Easter goodies and paraphernalia, even though folks were bundled up in heavy coats, and warm wool hats and gloves.  The frosty temps seemed absurd once you saw the array of pastel frilly dresses for young girls and the brightly colored baskets, towering white chocolate bunnies and foil-wrapped eggs sitting on vibrant shades of plastic Easter grass.

At 24 degrees, with a wind-chill of 12 degrees, who can think of next week’s big holiday, no matter how many treats you tossed into your cart?

Those Saturday shoppers and their peeps crowded around the aisle where those sweet and sugary marshmallow “Peeps” were displayed.  “Peeps” continue to corner the Easter market and have squeezed out the other seasonal items, even the perpetual favorite – jellybeans.  There were boxes and boxes of pastel marshmallow chicks and bunnies, sure to please every palate.  And, if that sticky marshmallow sweetness isn’t your shtick, you can always buy “Peeps” cupcake wrappers and cake decorations.  Did you know that now you can even get “Peeps” Easter milk which is inspired by these marshmallow treats?  If your kids swigged down a glass or two of marshmallow eggnog, or chocolate marshmallow milk, they’d be bouncing off the walls for sure.

Tomorrow afternoon, the City-sponsored Easter egg hunt will take place, hopefully not at the same time as the one or two inches of snow the forecasters are now predicting.  That’ll put a kibosh on this annual event.  Can you imagine the little nippers scrambling around Memorial Park in the snow, clutching their baskets and taking a booted foot to part the white stuff and find those plastic eggs packed with treats and fast-food coupons?

At least the tall guy dressed in his furry bunny costume and posing as Peter Cottontail will be warm.

Perhaps the parents, as they clamber to get up close with their cameras, will make some warm and fuzzy memories to share with friends and family as well.

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 What came first – the chicken or the egg(nog)?

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I love your picture. You know if the weather was warmer we would complain about something else. Don’t get me wrong I detest this long cold weather. I remember when my kids were young we all packed into our Vega for the Easter weekend to our cottage. Friday after my husband got home from work the car was packed,four hours later we were unpacking the car in a flurry of snow flakes. We got up early the next morning, what a surprise winter clothes in 80 degree weather. I have a picture of my kids sitting on a 5 foot snow bank no coats but winter clothes and sweating.


    • lindasschaub says:

      That’s funny! You should scan in that picture and post it for Easter weekend. When my mom/I changed the color of the siding from green to blue, we had the rep from the siding company come to the house on Mach 31st. He had just moved here from Texas and said he had never seen snow. It was a beautiful, warmish day and weather forecasters were predicting a 4-5 inch snowstorm. My mom told him “well you’re going to wake up to it tomorrow morning” to which he said “no way!” Sure enough we got that snow and he called her back first thing in the morning – he said he had been out walking around in it, touching it, holding some in his hands – marveling at the snow (see, we just take it for granted). It was warm and most of it melted that same day later in the afternoon.


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