Today was muggy and buggy …


… and “sluggy” as well.

What a difference a day makes. I was really enjoying that cool, pre-Fall weather and along comes the heat and humidity again.

I left before it got too hot, but, I guess I didn’t leave early enough, because I still got warmish while walking.

I headed to Council Point Park because we are having rain today, and the next few days, and since it is always kind of buggy there after a rainfall, I’ll not be visiting for a while.

The mosquitoes were out in full force so I picked up the pace a little so they didn’t have time to hone in on my arms and legs, but a few hungry bloodsuckers got me anyway. It seems I saw more slugs than usual today. They all seem to be industrial-sized specimens this year, and watching them sliming across the sidewalks sometimes make me recoil just a bit. But, at least I no longer see them, or their handiwork, in my own front and back yards. That’s because a few years ago I took care of them with a diet of Molson Canadian beer and “Sluggo” pellets, but, unfortunately not before they chomped through the leaves of every one of my perennials and butterfly bushes first.

I heard the hum of the A/C units once again as I walked through the neighborhoods – no wonder, there was 90% humidity already.

That moist air made the smell of the pine trees just exhilarating, so it sure overpowered the scent of grass fertilizer and the pungent aroma coming from the Creek as I walked along the water’s edge.

There were crinkled-up leaves, tinged with yellow and red, scattered on homeowners’ lawns as well as in the Park. I find it hard to believe so many leaves have turned colors and dropped off already, especially with this rainy and chilly Summer. It won’t be long until the leaves on this gnarly old tree pictured above will be bare and the tree will look more misshapen than usual.

I saw a few industrious squirrels with their front teeth clamped down on still-green acorns as they scampered to and fro, no doubt looking for a hiding place to store them. Perhaps the squirrels have been reading “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”, whose editors beg to differ with the favorable El Nino prognosis for a mild Winter. The Almanac’s editors essentially said “Pfft” to the El Nino predictions and have forecast that Michigan should expect the usual snow and cold, as early as mid-November, plus, they are touting their prior accuracy in predicting the past two snowy and cold Winters.

Well, time will tell, but, I think those colorful leaves littering the grass on August 29th are definitely not in sync with this warm and muggy day.

I got my five miles in and am now just shy of reaching 400 miles to date for 2015, a mini goal I had targeted for myself for Labor Day. So I’ll be really happy to reach that milestone early. Onward and upward!

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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6 Responses to Today was muggy and buggy …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    You will hit 500 miles before December. I admire your stamina in sticking to something you truly want to succeed in. Good for you.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Marge – believe it or not I was thinking I would not get to 500 this year when we had all the rain, then some mornings when I had appointments (eyes, allergist, handyman, AC check-up … all on nice walking days) … I have walked 200 miles from July 2nd to August 30th … I will be able to get to 500 easy now, but by end of September, the sun will be getting up later and only get a 2 mile walk in at best and still get back home not too late.


  2. Marge Aubin says:

    Both pictures are great.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Marge – after I posted Saturday’s picture and saw them side-by-side on Patch, I realized they kind of looked similar, even though the ducks were taken on Emmons at the footbridge, and the gnarly old tree is at Council Point Park. They look the same unfortunately at a glance.


  3. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………wasn’t it last year about this time or was it 2 years already that I met you bending over taking a picture of the stripes on the back of a large caterpillar predicting the upcoming winter ?………………….time flies………………I’m content with the present warmth…………………..


    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – Time does fly, but you’ve had a busy year due to getting ready for the move and then the move so the year flew by even faster for you … it was just last year when I saw that wooly bear caterpillar at Council Point Park. I’ve seen one yellowish-colored one this year … they are just a moth. I only knew that as I saw the same kind of yellowish-colored caterpillar last year crawling up my neighbor’s wall and so I Googled to find out what it was – just a big moth it turned out. I liked the cooler weather – I hear we are having a big heat wave this coming week. OK, if we must, but no volatile storms please.


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