Just grin and bear it …

Today was another beautiful day – in fact, I’d call it a “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” kind of day. Why? Because the temps were like the porridge that Goldilocks sampled when she trespassed at the bears’ abode … not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

It seems impossible this is already the last week of August and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Where did the Summer go? It took so long to get here and now September is on the horizon.

I guess there is nothing one can do, except just grin and bear it.

I left later than usual for my walk, so it was warmer and feeling more summery than the last few days.

I passed a big perennial garden on a corner lot where I saw bees buzzing over some gangly Cosmos, and a cabbage butterfly flitting around, hovering for a second or two over the Black-Eyed Susans, before cherry picking its next bloom to sip from. The bright and sunny morning even attracted a tiny hummingbird, and I heard the faint whir of its wings just as it nosedived into a row of Cannas. In the still of the morn, the cicadas chimed in with the songbirds to create a beautiful tune.

These impressions are indeed what Summer is all about.

But, I must tell you, that as I walked along the sidewalks on Emmons Boulevard in Wyandotte, I couldn’t help but notice alot of crispy leaves littering the lawn and green acorns were strewn across the concrete as well. I’m buoyed by the predictions of an El Nino Winter, so maybe the cold weather and precip won’t be as severe as in the past two years, making the season a bit more bearable.

Speaking of bears, it seems like every time I turned around this past week, there was a news event about bears. As a long-time collector of teddy bears, I have an affinity for those large furry critters.

Did you hear the new Giant Panda twins’ squeaking noises as they cried out for their mom? While they are not so cute now, just wait ‘til they get their black and white fur and familiar markings.

Early last week, a video made the rounds on the internet, which showed a couple of bears who made themselves right at home in someone’s swimming pool and hot tub. At the tail end of the week, a different video emerged where a whole family of black bears decided to cool off in someone’s backyard pool, even enjoying the pool toys. Videos like these make life just more bearable in a world which is often full of gloom and doom.

Here is the video of the black bear family in case you missed it; see if it doesn’t make you grin too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMRmMLBaYt4

I hope you enjoyed this perfect Summer day, whether you spent it on dry land, at the beach or in your backyard pool, and hopefully da bears did not take it over!

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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4 Responses to Just grin and bear it …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I just love the bear, honey pot and bee picture. The weather was just fabulous for August. I hope September will show her true colors in the fashion that August did.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I liked that picture too – I was looking for a picture of a bear smiling and the honeypot was making him smile so it worked. I hope September is as nice as August. I was surprised to see so many leaves on the ground when I walked, and in the backyard. We had a cool/rainy Spring and part of the Summer so I wonder why that happened?


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda..you sure know your flowers…………..I’m going to keep the expression “just grin and bear it” as the summer slips by us in the next few weeks…..thanks …..AND……I love the bears in the pool video……thanks so much ……….we don’t watch the regular tv so I never get the common news……………..that was so cute…………………and I just saw my first tree turning colors Saturday morning on my walk………………………….good grief………………………….


    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – I used to like perennials and annuals and did do a lot with the landscaping/flowers back in the day – since I started walking I have just roses and some perennials in the backyard – no more annuals. All that maintenance takes away from walking. I don’t have TV anymore either – going on five years, but I heard about the bear family on the radio and saw it on Comcast where they have the featured videos of the day. They had this link. They were really enjoying themselves weren’t they? I saw leaves on the ground in my backyard this morning – that surprised me since we had such a cool and rainy Spring/Summer. Surely it can’t be those few days where it got so hot? I don’t like to think we are headed to Fall already! – Linda


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