That cat named “Fall” has been stalking Southeast Michigan all week … today it pounced bigtime, bringing with it beyond-brisk temps and even frost. As recently as Columbus Day, that feline was content to remain near a door wall or front door, just sleepily soaking up a sunbeam, but then … on Tuesday that fat cat was on the prowl and the weather starting going downhill  ever since.

Before I left on my walk this morning, the weather report sounded dire and not too inviting to venture out … 32 degrees and a wind chill of 27. So, I dressed like it was late Fall – November maybe – and, when stepping outside, I saw my breath coming out in little wisps in front of my face.

I took the camera and headed to Wyandotte and the River, hoping to shoot a panorama of the colorful trees that are a backdrop to the marina, but the foliage is still green. The canopy of trees that line Emmons Boulevard were beautiful, however, and I got some photos there, along with shots of some spooky stuff in the neighborhood Halloween displays.

I passed by a few bicyclists, walkers and joggers, and then, several pooches, tethered to their masters or mistresses while going for their morning constitutional. I saw a Scotty dog with a tartan plaid felt jacket, and I was about to drag the camera out of the case, when its owner scooped him up and they disappeared into a waiting car.

Of course, the common thread of conversation by passersby on the Boulevard this Saturday morning was the weather, and the fact that last weekend we were enjoying temps in the 70s. While this morning was a rude awakening here in my neck of the woods, today brought a two-inch snowfall to Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Conversations were fleeting since most people scurried along, eager to get their exercise done to get home and hunker down in front of the TV to watch the U of M/MSU game later this afternoon, or, perhaps they still needed to head to the store for something special for their significant other for Sweetest Day.

Though the temps were brisk, the day was beautiful, filled with a kaleidoscope of color as the leaves continue to slowly turn shades of crimson, copper and gold. The sun warmed me up nicely by the time I was nearly home, and I decided to take one more turn and head over to Memorial Park to extend my walk.  Though I had things to do at home, all too soon those same trees will be bare, snow will blanket the sidewalks and the scenery will be blah and devoid of any color.

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ~Elizabeth Lawrence

[Image by photographer Milada Vigerova 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 Gotcha!

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Oh I love your saying today. Everyone should stop and see the leaves turn.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Marge – I have been trying to pick a quote to use sometimes – a throwback to my old “Thought for Today” … I started it because when I post on the Patch site, when they launched the new software and changed the site around in the Summer of 2014, when you post, now you have to have a sub-heading and you didn’t have to do that before. But, the sub-heading can only be 140 characters. Sometimes I use a line out of the blog post, but often I look for a quote … then I like the quote so much that I decide to use it in the actual blog post.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………… you think that Elizabeth Lawrence was a procrastinator??…….leaving something undone…………….to look at the color of leaves!!!!………………yes I froze Sat morning too because I dressed for Fall instead of winter………… the way….have you taken any caterpillars stripes ?….to predict the kind of winter………………….?


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Yes I do Ann Marie … 🙂 I dragged out a lot of clothes, and now it will be warmer this week, but that cold air came way too quickly for me. I still have to cut down all the flowers and some bushes in the backyard and it is supposed to be nicer this weekend. It was just too cold and blustery to do it … did you lose power on Friday? We lost power from 10-11:30 but on WRJ they said some Downriver cities (like Southgate, Taylor and also parts of LIncoln Park) did not have power hours and hours later. It was getting cold in here and of course worried about the little nipper – it was so cold outside. Luckily the power came back on just as the temp was at 74 … I keep it at 76 when it starts getting cold in here.


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