Takin’ it to the streets …


With last Wednesday’s snowstorm just a distant memory, I set out on a walk this morning. I needed that walk to get the kinks out.  For the second day in a row, I woke up feeling like a steamroller ran over me, the result of shoveling that heavy snow on Thursday morning.  On Friday, I e-mailed my boss, Robb, when I checked in, and said “every muscle feels sore – is it because I am getting old or from shoveling all that snow yesterday?”  I figure he’s been around nearly a decade longer than me, thus more worldly and would provide me with the answer.  He merely answered “Yep” … well that was a noncommittal lawyer’s response so I’ll assume it was all that heavy lifting!

Yesterday, when I went outside to run the car, I toyed with the idea of taking a walk, but I could see icy patches and snow-covered sidewalks as I glanced up and down the street, so I took a pass on that idea. Today, however, it was much better … especially on the sunny side of the street.  In fact, I was surprised to see for those many homeowners, that had not shoveled their snow, the sun had done an admirable job of clearing away the white stuff and even the ice.  Hmmmm.  Of course, I live on shady side of the street so the sun is basically no help to me.

The streets, however, were clear as a bell, but the sidewalks, as I mentioned above, were dicey in some spots, so I took my trek to the streets most of the time. On a busy weekday morning, that’s not a great idea, but on a sleepy Saturday morn, when very few people are out and about, it works well.

It was a beautiful morning and the sun was shining brightly – that sun makes all the difference in the world, no matter how cold it is. It just makes you feel good.  The sights and sounds along the way suggested that if you weren’t so bundled up, those songbirds twittering from way up high, several woodpeckers with their rhythmic rat-a-tat-tat on the trees along Emmons Boulevard, and many wind chimes tinkling gently in the breeze, might just make you forget it was February and you’d think that Spring had arrived.

Well, almost … sometimes you must use your imagination just a little.

I did not see a single soul while walking, but I passed two good-looking snowmen on the Boulevard – both were roly-poly and quite large. The first had red candy eyes, a long and very crooked carrot nose and skinny twigs for arms.  The second man of snow had been pumping iron as he had much larger, thicker twigs for arms.  He was sporting a black wool scarf wrapped tightly around his “neck”, but he was wearing a rather blank stare because the creator of this snowman left off the eyes, nose and mouth.

I was surprised to see that the Creek was not frozen over and the Canada geese were enjoying a morning get together. They were squawking, and in the still morning, the raucous sound seemed even noisier than ever.  As usual, one or two of the geese feel the need to “shout” over the others to get their point across.  And, if the shouting doesn’t work, wing-flapping and hissing is a sure way to get the other’s attention.

There’s one in every crowd I tell you.

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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6 Responses to Takin’ it to the streets …

  1. Callie says:

    The sun is certainly a welcome sign !
    Makes the world brighter & more beautiful.


  2. Marge Aubin says:

    I am very happy to see that the snow is gone. The snowmen won’t last long hopefully. The ice is still out there so please be careful. Yes you are probably sore from shoveling your snow and your neighbors. Not once but many,many times this winter. Your neighbors said Thank you. .


    • lindasschaub says:

      Marge – I could not believe the snow was gone from the street and my driveway only 24 hours after I shoveled all that heavy snow – I was amazed. Today, there was ice and it was no fun picking my way around it to walk. Tomorrow it will ALL melt and Monday into Tuesday morning we get 1-2 inches more snow – what? As for your snow, when I shoveled on Friday morning – it was not the same snow I shoveled at my house on Thursday morning … it was exceptionally heavy snow, despite me doing it in layers. The snow at your house on Friday morning was light and powdery – that surprised me. That is probably why it melted so fast. Most was gone from your walk/driveway today – but your porch looks lethal. Good thing it will be 57 degrees Sunday.


  3. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…..you have a wonderful way of describing ordinary things………to make them enjoyable……………………………….


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