Season’s greetings …


Do you waver between choosing Summer or Fall as your favorite season? If so, it seems Mother Nature aims to please everyone these days.

She keeps toggling the temps between Summery warmth and Fallish chill. Yesterday was blustery and cold and today warmed up to be just perfect – in my opinion anyway.

While I’d have preferred a long walk at the Park, I had a hybrid type of walking day, factoring in grocery shopping and mowing the lawn, but all the while racking up steps on my pedometer.

When I left the house this morning it was downright chilly and I was wearing a coat. At Meijer I grabbed a cart and got the majority of my shopping done before it got too crowded in the aisles. Then I set the cart aside and went “travellin’” around to get some more steps in. The only problem was that after I’d done three laps around the perimeter of the store, I could not remember where I left the shopping cart. Oops! I usually park it in the produce while I dash to and fro grabbing items from other aisles. But I didn’t that today because the big boxes loaded with pumpkins were in my way, so … I had to embark on a search-and-rescue mission for my loaded shopping cart – not so easy with loads of shoppers on a Saturday morning . I even went to Customer Service because one time they thought it was abandoned and took it there to await its owner and/or reshelf the items. “No, they hadn’t seen a cart, but good luck” they said. Finally, I found it, happily intact.

Like the weather which fluctuates between seasons these days, that is Meijer’s M.O. as well. They are all decked out for Halloween, right down to the scary skull lawn ornaments but the Christmas decorations are starting to fill the shelves as well.

I stocked up on leaf bags, though the trees around my house haven’t shaken off their leaves yet, and, I treated myself to a new snow shovel … now, that’s really thinking ahead, but the last few years, snow has arrived in mid-November, and stayed ‘til Spring.

The Fall season brings pumpkin-flavored everything – now there’s even pumpkin egg nog. I’ve never tried pumpkin egg nog and decided to pass it up, but, I must admit that I paused briefly when I saw the holiday eggnog. Isn’t that a little early – why, the Christmas songs on WNIC haven’t even started yet.

Later when I went out to cut the lawn, I kept the pedometer strapped on to measure my steps while doing the yardwork. I thought about putting the gardens to bed this weekend, but I felt a little guilty doing so. The roses are still hanging on, looking just as beautiful and vibrant as if it were mid-Summer. On the other hand, however, the Coneflowers are ugly with their brown and dead cone-like centers looking like oversized burrs. I saw a few spunky-looking Black-eyed Susans peeking out between the roses, and I had to admire their tenacity, as I’ve not given my garden much TLC this year. And, speaking of tenacity, I still have bright-yellow dandelions thriving in my front yard on this October 10th.

By the time I came into the house, I had abandoned the coat and was in short sleeves. The warmth of the sun felt good on my head and those gentle rays helped sustain that golden brown tan I have on the nape of my neck and forearms just a wee bit longer, because all too soon our bare skin will be covered up and we’ll all be looking like Swiss cheese again.

[Image by photographer Stefan Kunze at Unsplash]

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 Season’s greetings …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Holiday egg nog. I can’t believe how they push all the seasons into one big year. I love egg nog but not all year long. I remember my mother making it with real eggs. Can you imagine we never got sick by drinking it with real whipped cream not the kind in a can. Those were the days. Thanks Mom!


    • lindasschaub says:

      I’ve never heard of pumpkin nog before and I think it is way too early to think of holiday nog! My mom used to make egg nog too, although she didn’t use whipping cream. She an old egg beater that you had to crank up with one hand and guide the beaters around the bowl with the other hand. When she made egg nog the whole house would smell of vanilla … mmmm. It was not thick at all, but I used to really like it.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..that was a nice commercial for liking the autumn weather that’s trying its best to stick us with its temperature change…………………… I prefer the summer weather and please don’t even begin about Christmas music………………………and I’m not real fond of any eggnog……………………………………………….lets just keep on walking


  3. lindasschaub says:

    It is too early to think Christmas food yet – I used to buy a small container of Calder’s Dairy egg nog for the holidays … have you had it before? It is New England style egg nog, really rich and thick and creamy and you could stand a spoon in it and it would stay there. It is really pricey, but we got it once a year as a treat. Now, I just get a quart of C.F. Burger for between Christmas and New Years. I really like this weather and wish it would stay like this til Spring. Wishful thinking!


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