It’s Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime …


Just as that old song by The Jamies says – it’s Summertime. Today and tomorrow anyway.

It was an icky and sticky morning when I ventured out in considerably less clothing than my walks earlier in the week. Even so, when I stepped out of the air-conditioned house it felt a sauna bath.

Since it rained off-and-on yesterday, I figured I’d walk down to the marina. But, there aren’t many trees on Emmons Boulevard in Lincoln Park, so I was sweltering as I walked along, even in the early morn. Once I crossed the Ecorse Creek footbridge, the canopy of trees all down the street provided some welcome shade, that is … until I reached the train tracks and the shade was gone again. It was downright hot by then, so I turned around and headed back home.

I also felt hobbled somewhat by my new walking shoes. They are not quite broken in and felt like lead weights on my feet, almost as though I was wearing Dutch klompen as I trekked down the street.

Despite yesterday’s significant rainfall, many homeowners, in an effort to keep their petunias perky and their lawns emerald green, had their sprinklers turned on, so I was forever dodging the sprays of water and stepping out into the street. I saw several robins racing through the sprinkler spray, trying to beat their brethren to the worms that would likely be available in the moist lawns and I saw many sparrows drinking and splashing in the puddles on the road. Quite honestly, I almost wished I could join them.

I’d have enjoyed a longer walk today, but the sun beatin’ down on my head did me in. The good news is that my miles walked this morning helped me reach the half-way mark to my eventual goal of 500 miles. I was having some serious doubts about reaching that milestone, let alone 500 miles … but onward and upward.

Ok, Summer – you put in an appearance, so … may we return to the cooler temps again?

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 It’s Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I love the watermelon picture. It is hot! Tomorrow will be like today. Please don’t walk in weather like this. I went out for a few minutes today in the car ,it was hot.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Marge – Yes it was hot, hot, hot. I did go out this morning but it was early so not so hot – I really don’t like being out in the hot weather for walking, working outside or anything. I went same route as yesterday – most of Emmons has big trees so not too bad, but Lincoln Park is sunnier unfortunately. Remember what happened to me a few years ago when I was mowing the lawn – you stopped the car and said “your face is red, you should stop now” … I said “I’m okay and you waved by and I ran over the mower cord about 0.30 seconds later.


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