Jack Frost waved his magic wand once again.


For the third day in a row, we’ve had freezing fog and Jack Frost wasn’t just nipping at your nose, but leaving a trail of icy crystals on the grass, sidewalks and streets.

I suited up anyway, figuring I’d test the sidewalks, and, if there was any slip-slidin’, I’d head right back into the house.

Happily, the ice wasn’t bad along my pathway, so I began to walk.  The freezing fog was really quite beautiful.  It was a tad misty, similar to a heavy fog in Spring or Summer, but, at ground level, there was an almost-iridescent look to the sidewalks and streets.  From a distance, the lawns and grassy areas looked to be covered with snow, but, up close the grass resembled toothbrush bristles – all stiff and white.

I trekked down to the railroad tracks, and, while gazing into the distance toward the Detroit River, I saw how the horizon was very blurry.  I heard the foghorns repeatedly sounding in the distance, and those low bellows interrupted the relatively quiet morning, along with the sound of ice scrapers being worked furiously to rid the car windshields of accumulated ice.

Along the way, plopped atop those frost-tinged blades of grass, were quite a selection of white wire holiday lawn decorations.  Tall, twiggy-looking trees needed no ornaments, as they were already iridescent and the frost crystals made them seem even more delicate looking.  There were gentle-looking reindeer grazing or looking off in the distance, plus several of them were pulling Santa’s sleigh.  The occasional polar bear or penguin, and, of course, the obligatory delicate angel with white metal mesh wings, all seemed to meld into the frosty landscape.

And then there were nature’s own ornaments – rose buds and daisies hanging onto their stems for dear life, frozen in time and appearing as if they had been dusted with a liberal shake of icing sugar.  They reminded me of those delicious Polish deep-fired pastries called “angel wings” that we used to buy at the old Vinewood Bakery in Wyandotte.  They were delicate to behold, yet once you bit into them, they crumpled into many pieces and the powdered sugar flew everywhere.

I decided that the layer of frost that had settled on a pile of crumpled-up, yellowish-brown leaves looked like a gigantic serving of the breakfast cereal “Frosted Flakes”, so, by the time I arrived home, I was ravenous – perhaps it was the long walk on a cold morning ,or … my imagination went a little wild while visions of icing-sugared goodies danced in my head.

[Image by photographer Gabriel Garcia Marengo 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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2 Responses to Jack Frost waved his magic wand once again.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Wow! I can see the ice crystals winking at us with your discription. I really enjoyed your blog. Be careful with your walk.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Thanks Marge – the nicest freezing fog was last Wednesday – more frost than today, but still beautiful today. I was surprised it was okay for walking – I will test the waters again tomorrow before launching out. I don’t see an issue with getting to 700 miles before year-end (unless we have that predicted bad weather 14th-15th) … so then will rest on my laurels. Glad you enjoyed this one.


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