Made in the shade.

It was another sultry morning when I left for my walk, and the atmosphere was just oppressive at 75 degrees and 90% humidity. As I headed east toward the River, I felt a wee bit of a breeze, but when I turned around to come home, the hot sun made me feel as if I should melt into a pool like the Wicked Witch of the West. All that would remain on the sidewalk would be my heavy walking shoes and socks, lanyard and fanny pack. People would remark “I know her when ….”

The canopy of trees along Emmons Boulevard make it very shady to walk when it is so hot out, even though the leaves are falling rapidly now, just like it was a Fall day. The lawns and sidewalks are littered with colorful and crumpled leaves. I heard WJR’s Garden Doctor tell us that the trees are stressed due to the erratic temperatures the last three calendar years. Stressed trees? Hmmm. Well, trees … just join the crowd.

Speaking of trees, every time I stroll down Emmons Boulevard I pass the treehouse that I have written about several times before. I’ve yet to see kids playing outside on the treehouse porch, but it is always early when I pass by. I had to smile when I saw the newest addition … a wicker picnic hamper on a wide rope which must be used to transport lunch from the ground to the treehouse. Those kids have got it “made in the shade” as that rather dated expression goes. I can remember my parents using it to describe lucky people who had it all. I know alot of love and effort went into that treehouse, which, in a very few days will be relegated to weekend and occasional after-school visits only.

Meanwhile my refuge is straying to the shady side of the street, where the trees aren’t stressed, until this heatwave abates.

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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