It’s not a day to be totin’ an umbrella …


… unless you are channeling Mary Poppins, because that wicked wind would send you aloft and you’d have a bird’s eye view of the city in the blink of an eye.

I knew I could finally hit the road and get in a walk this morning since that nasty freezing rain didn’t materialize. There was no stopping me now and I laced up my shoes and grabbed my gear to get going, lest Mother Nature rain on my parade.

I stepped outside the door and the wind had already started kicking in, the precursor for the 45-50 mph gusts that are still raging outside as I write this post. Really, the walking conditions weren’t perfect but I wasn’t going to be choosy.  The freezing rain we had earlier in the week left salt-stained sidewalks and streets in its wake, and there were pebbly salt nuggets everywhere.  Many homeowners had not shoveled at all, which made it necessary to tread gingerly across the icy patches on the sidewalks or just walk in the street. At least it wasn’t freezing cold; in fact, I had to remind myself it is only February 19th … winds like March, temps like April.

On February 1st, in my mind, I anticipated reaching at least 100 miles by month-end.  I kept that goal to myself, however.  The next day, the Groundhog’s proclamation of an early Spring bolstered my resolve for this goal, but I still kept mum on my aspirations, figuring I’d take it day by day and see what type of weather Mother Nature had up her sleeve.  I got in a week of walking when the inclement weather set in – snow, ice, then bitter cold, followed by more snow.

In between bouts of snow I took the car for a few spins to get the engine revved up, and, as I zipped along Fort Street, I noticed the odometer creeping ever higher. By yesterday, the car mileage had gotten precariously close to my walking miles, so … banish that thought!

As of today’s four-mile jaunt, I’m happy to say that it is now 77 walking miles versus 71 driving miles.

So, onward and upward … just don’t take me airborne like our favorite nanny!


[Image by photographer Adrianna Calvo at Pexel]

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 It’s not a day to be totin’ an umbrella …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Wow! That wind is blowing my swing on the deck knocking it against the side railing so I have to stay up and read until the wind calms down. I know you will go over 100 miles by month end.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………… surely was a very windy day we had the last 2 days …………..I worried we’d lose our electricity or have some damage done to our places here……..I did get my walk in this morning……………………it was nice………………………………. our pond is still frozen over and I heard the geese honking but they couldn’t land anywhere……………………….so they must have flown back to the Detroit River………………………I like that you’re in competition with your Tin-Lizzy………………………………about cars……someone hit my car again…… must have been at our church parking lot Monday while I was teaching religion……………………………my insurance rates will be going up…………………………


    • lindasschaub says:

      That wind was really over-the-top wasn’t it? I worried we’d lose power here as well – worry more for Buddy than for me as I can bundle up. I didn’t know your car was hit the first time … did they do a lot of damage? I always park so far away when I go anywhere so I am away from the crowd, but that’s not so safe, and I hear that people are stealing license tabs … or you might get mugged. Sorry to hear that happened to you. Friday when I walked the Ecorse Creek was frozen over but better now, but didn’t see any geese or ducks … perhaps they gave up on swimming and “fishing” there anymore til Spring. 🙂


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