When will Spring spring?


This time I think it is finally on the way, though I won’t hold my breath (which is still coming out as frosty vapors as of this morning).

While the past few Winters may have received the moniker of “The Winter of our Discontent”, last season we kept snickering over our good fate to have breezed through this past Winter unscathed … up to about three weeks ago, that is.  Then we began to be repeatedly slammed with Winter-like conditions after the calendar date signaled Spring’s arrival.  Query:  what does the calendar know anyway, because even we hardy Michiganders are saying “enough already!”  I’m pretty sure everyone shares my sentiments.  Spring … we are waiting with bated breath for you and we have not given up hope yet.

But today dawned sunny and bright and miraculously was without rain, snow, sleet or whatever other ugly things have been falling from the sky of late. Just sunshine to light the way for a nice walk on a frosty April 12th morn.

Soon enough there will be more new life though … the barberries are leafing out and I noticed the lilac trees in the neighborhood are just beginning to turn green, and soon, the fragrant lilacs will bloom and fill the air with a heavenly potpourri.

I am sorry to say that monitoring the magnolia tree for blossoms is now over for this year. Just as I predicted, those promising buds died right on the tree.  There was another magnolia tree across from Ford Park, and, while not as stupendous as the one on the Boulevard, its buds are similarly unopened with their brownish sheaths all wilted and closed.  I thought those buds had died last week already, but I confirmed it today – they never had a chance once those frozen temps began.

We are all subject to the whims of Mother Nature and sometimes there is no wiggle room at all.


[Image from Pixabay]

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 When will Spring spring?

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Linda, I love your heading. It depicts phases of your blogging right up to your glasses. The lilacs should be out soon. The Robins are showing us the ground is thawing by plucking those meaty worms out. Spring is slowly greeting the sun.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I’m going to put you in charge of this blog with all your great Spring descriptions Marge. Thank you for noticing I changed the header – I only did it within the past few days and I bet you are the only one who is that observant to notice it. Though I think more people just get the subscription e-mail and it only has the blog post image in it, but the people who follow at the “News Herald” and “Oakland Press” only get the link so they may have noticed. I have had the same header image of a bunch of ferns since February 2013 when I began the blog and it was time for a change. I tried to pick a collage of pictures that represent this blog.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………I missed hearing from you………………….yes I was upset too to see our magnolias didn’t get a chance this year………………….and I actually got to see lots of daffodils blooming all over ……………………..walking is promising…………..hope all around us


    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – Such a disappointment. I had the camera ready for that beautiful tree on Emmons; I’ve taken pictures of the other one in the past. Such a disappointment. I hope we are done with Winter for good – yes, hope is all around us. You feel that in the Spring don’t you? Glad you liked the new heading. I just changed it a few days ago … I thought I’d tailor it to the blog, so got my old pic of when I was 2 years old, a fountain pen, an old typewriter, some walking shoes (that girl looks way more stylish than me) and my picture. I am glad you like old pictures … I will show you more soon.


  3. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………….by george the heading is different……………………………….that little cute girl by chance isn’t you is it?


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Thanks Ann Marie – Yes, that was me back at age two. We had just moved from an apartment in Toronto out to the suburbs (Oakville, Ontario). It is a colorized picture, but I didn’t do that – as long as that picture was in the album it looked like that. I liked it as I thought I looked really shy.


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