Thirteen geese a’ honkin’.


Slowly the temps are creeping back up again and this morning was not so chilly as in recent days. I got in a five-mile walk. I was enjoying myself so much that I was tempted to saunter past the driveway and stay outside a little longer, but then I find myself scrambling all day to catch up at work. As it turned out, we were not so busy and I could have enjoyed a longer trek.

It had been more than a few days since I’d walked the perimeter path at Council Point Park, so that was my destination today. The foliage on some of the trees is already starting to turn, and, though it is subtle, the leaves are already brushed with tinges of burnished gold, orange or red.

Since Labor Day, many of the regular walkers are now MIA. Some, I know, have jobs in the school system, so once the new school year begins, they walk in the Park either at night, or strictly on the weekends.

First, the serenity of my morning Park promenade was interrupted by the clanging of the railroad crossing gates, followed quickly by a long train rumbling along on the nearby Emmons Boulevard tracks.

After the train departed, I quickly returned to my woolgathering while I walked along, but soon that aura of tranquility was interrupted by a flock of geese, who must’ve just lifted off from grazing in the nearby baseball field. There was a baker’s dozen in all and they were honking their heads off. Luckily their flyover was not near me, so I didn’t need to duck. Up, up and away they went, albeit rather haphazardly and out of sync, as they attempted to follow their leader. Well, I guess the migrating season is still young so there’s plenty of time to perfect the “V”. Obviously, they must not have gotten the memo that warmer temperatures will be here by week’s end, but, I suspect they, like me, saw some of those huge inflatable Halloween creatures now adorning some homeowners’ lawns and figured it was time to vamoose to a warmer clime.

A gaggle of geese can make you giggle sometimes –alot of noise and energy from very large and beautiful birds gracing the great sky above.

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 Thirteen geese a’ honkin’.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I sure wished the weather would stay comfortable. But like you said the leaves are turning and people are racing the season. Halloween. Let it be for October.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Really! And now weatherman says the weather is above average for the next three days; a few days ago it was way below average. I agree with rushing the season. It is bad enough when the stores do it.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………..I like ……”a gaggle of geese makes you giggle…………………………you are so good on your play of words……………………as for me I’m going to live one day at a time and enjoy this warm weather ……………..don’t tell me its going to get cold again soon…………………..


  3. lindasschaub says:

    It is just beautiful today isn’t it? I would have liked to go for a longer walk, but decided to go for my flu shot at Walgreen. They didn’t start giving shots til 8:30 so walked a little before anyway and walked round trip from my house. This is just perfect. Glad you liked “giggling at a gaggle” … I heard on the news this morning that some of the monarch butterflies are already headed to warmer climates … not so much in the large migrating groups, but singly. I bet the groups of them would be beautiful to see.


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