You gotta hydrate … or hibernate.

Brown Bear

Summer’s heat and humidity have made an encore performance and will linger over the next four days. I lost track of whether it rained or not last night, and, since it was sooooo muggy, I thought Council Point Park might be buggy, so I opted to trek down to the river instead of the Park to get today’s walk done.

My boss has been on vacation this week in the Upper Peninsula, so I was able to get some long-ignored cleaning done in the house, tackled and tamed the weeds, plus laid in some provisions for the Winter, the latter of which was probably my most-favorite chore of the trio.

When I headed out, the streets were bare, so I suspect alot of people headed up North early to enjoy the water in the warmer weather. Even the songbirds were silent as I wended my way down to Wyandotte to the marina and back. I missed the train by a hair, so there was no need to stop at the railroad crossing and lose momentum.

While walking, I was thinking that there never seems to be enough perfect weather days (in my opinion anyway), and, our sometimes-fractious Michigan weather makes us either sweat or freeze – thus, there is no happy medium. If you’re not a Winter sports enthusiast, you may spend most of the cold-weather months hunkered down in the house, hibernating like a bear. If you don’t enjoy being on or around the water during the Summertime, you’re basically relegated to parking yourself near a fan, or enjoying the A/C. I don’t like the extreme weather at all, and I’m not looking forward to this batch of 90-degree days.

It seems impossible that August will be half over tomorrow, and, even more incredible that pre-season football is here already. Currently, the Detroit fair-weather sports fans are all agog over their Lions, but their Tigers not so much – perhaps the players, like this bear, should go into hibernation the rest of the 2015 season. (Of course, tying these critters together in a sentence could only make me have an earworm for that famous line out of “The Wizard of Oz” … lions and tigers and bears … oh my!)

I got home, and checked the pedometer – five miles today. I’ve now walked 353 miles to date this year and hope to stay on target to get to 400 by Labor Day. The docs tell you to stay hydrated in this heat and humidity, but I didn’t take along a water bottle, so I headed to the fridge, just as soon as I got home, my tongue hanging out for a tall glass of cold strawberry milk. I grabbed the half-gallon out of the fridge to pour some into a glass. As I watched in horror, big globs came out of the container and plopped into my glass. It looked more like strawberry yogurt – blech! I had a big glass yesterday and the date wasn’t expired – well, I’m not expired either, so all that mischief happened after I had a big swig yesterday. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate … well, it was just plain old H20 today.

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 You gotta hydrate … or hibernate.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Oh!l am so sorry about your strawberry milk. You could have borrowed a glass of milk if you wanted. It had a slight breeze with the humidity hitting the high temp marks. I am glad you are on your goal. Your bear looks bored.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I should have brought my glass over … I forgot I had apple cider. Been buying it through the Summer at Meijer. They say you can freeze it as well – have you ever tried that? It was hot, hot, hot – as long as we don’t have severe weather I’ll deal with it, but I liked those cooler temps better. I thought he looked bored too – I was looking for a cartoon of a bear hibernating and there were none, so had to go with this one.


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