Each season is pleasin’.


Here in Southeast Michigan, this week of wonderful weather finds us with nothing to grouse about pertaining to Mother Nature (unless of course you got drenched while trick-or-treating on Saturday night).

We’ve had three days running of record-breaking temps, blue skies and sun galore.

While the leaves are cascading down around us and the calendar states that it is indeed Fall, don’t let those bare-looking trees fool you as they belie this mini heat wave which sure feels like a September, not November, day.

Right now, we are lucky enough to have our seasons bundled together.  How so?  Well, it feels like Summer, we know it is Fall and the holiday hoopla we associate with Winter has already begun.  WNIC, a local radio station, began broadcasting Christmas music 24/7 on Monday.  Yesterday, a beautiful 60-foot tall Norway Spruce found its way to Campus Martius where it will be adorned with three miles of twinkling lights in anticipation of the November 20th tree-lighting ceremony.  Hines Drive has been closed for weeks so workers can put up the annual light display.

On my walk this morning, I noted that the same homeowner who was the first to put up the Halloween decorations, had a Christmas tree in his front room window. Down the block, another home featured icicle lights, reindeer and snowmen … the latter two didn’t know how to act in our warmish temps.  Even the previews of the Black Friday shopping ads have already been circulated.

The picture above was taken in Elizabeth Park by my friend and neighbor Marge Aubin. She forwarded it to me and commented on my recent post about the leaves swirling around.  She remarked that someone in the neighborhood was burning leaves and for a moment she was transported back in time to when she was young, and, while the leaves were burning, the kids had potatoes cooking in the fire.  Marge wondered if kids do that now and I suspect they get their tater off the BBQ or out of the microwave.  They probably don’t sit around that pile of burning leaves mesmerized by the flames or the crackling sound as the leaves shrivel up.  I think today’s youngsters live at a faster pace than we ever did.

While walking this morning, I thought of Marge’s statement, which got me thinking about how adults perceive the seasons as opposed to when we were kids. As children we didn’t really associate the falling leaves as a prelude to Winter, nor were we exasperated by the endless amount of yard work that Fall brought:  mowing, putting the yard to bed or the endless raking and bagging of leaves; we only wanted to run and jump in the leaves, giggling as their crispy edges tickled our noses.  We didn’t associate the importance of harvest time and Thanksgiving traditions; we only anticipated Halloween for the chance to change our identity for the evening and gather goodies.  Wintertime was not be dreaded for the ice and snow and treacherous driving, but it was a chance to make snow angels, build snowmen or go sledding with our friends.  None of the tedium of the Winter season was part of a kid’s agenda.  Spring was a time to play outside with our friends again, not be bogged down with yardwork as everything greens up and grows out of control.  Summer was our time to recover from the rigors of learning the three Rs, so we played outside with our pals from dawn to dusk with nary a care in the world.

How long ago those carefree days of youth seem now.

As to our weather – well, it will turn the corner tonight and rain will spoil tomorrow’s walk for me. But there is always the next day to enjoy one or more of the four seasons, because we are “Pure Michigan”.

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 Each season is pleasin’.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Wow Linda you brought all the seasons together. I think the seasons were happier then. Of course are responsibilities were minor than. I hope the rain will clean some of the stained sidewalks


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Yes Marge – and I often long for simpler times. That rain was pretty powerful for awhile wasn’t it? Maybe it did pound the pavement and clear away the stains from the leaves and hopefully that wind sent the leaves down to Fort Street. Now that Rita’s tree is empty, I will embark on a 8-9 bag cleanup this weekend for sure.


  3. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………..gosh………………….I missed a special quote by some unknown person giving me food for thought…………..but I enjoyed Marg’s Fall tree picture……..lets just enjoy this balmy weather because we know whats coming all to soon……………………and now-a-day-kids have no idea on what to do by a bonfire………………………..


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – I’ll find another thought-provoking one soon for you – I promise. It is a beautiful picture, isn’t it? Marge’s pictures inspired me to get that camera because I could not shoot up close and zoom in – it would have been great for that caterpillar I showed you last year. Today was not so bad, but a little blustery. I had some errands to do though – had a short walk, then got more steps in running around Meijer and around town, but would have preferred a longer walk. Hope you are back walking again and feeling like yourself again.


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