Shades of Summer, er Spring.


The non-stop beautiful weather has been simply glorious. It is hard to believe that one week ago we were dealing with slush and ice and snow, and, here we are now with temps feeling like Summer already.  We are poised on the brink of 80 degrees for tomorrow.  Those blue skies were not even marred by clouds and had nothing falling from them.

Walking was accomplished multiple times, and I even ditched the hat and gloves and dragged out the camera, though nothing intriguing passed my way. I sure was not the only one out and about.  I saw the dog walkers, as well as the dogs who take their owners for a walk.  They all came out en masse to enjoy the day, and, it seemed that everyone I passed was wearing dark sunglasses.  I guess they were trying to channel ZZ Top band members; I didn’t check if those folks were sporting Ray-Bans or cheap sunglasses.

I was thinking that even though we had a mild Winter, the first hint of Spring, (that season which sure took its sweet time getting here), is just as pleasurable as after a prolonged and brutal Winter season. We hated those few bouts of ugly weather as they intruded into our supposed Spring – I think we’re all becoming softies, aren’t we?

I noticed the ornamental trees are showing their Spring bling with blossoms dripping down and looking like frothy drinks that spilled over the side of the cup. The smell of fresh-cut grass and pungent fertilizer pellets permeated the air.  The birds were singing boldly and with confidence that Spring was finally here and they were joyful to be making that proclamation.  These sounds and smells of Spring, and the fertilizer pellets in the ridges of my walking shoes, were my takeaways from this weekend’s walks.  The big trees seem to be holding back and waiting a little longer before leafing out, and then they will canopy the City, and especially Emmons Boulevard, in shades of brilliant green.

In the meantime, the dandelions are roaring and old Mother Nature’s work sure is not boring.

Do you think many folks will play hooky tomorrow?

I’ll leave you with this thought:  “The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” – Henry Ward Beecher

[Image by 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 Shades of Summer, er Spring.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I am getting excited for the whole burst of Spring. As I was reading a book yesterday and gazing out my front window the squirrels would catch my eye and really I could say the trees where bursting with the beginnings of leaves. The rabbits were running back and forth a cross the street, I think they wanted to meet the new neighbors. Wow! Green instead of slushy white, love it.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……….thanks for Mr. Henry Ward Beecher’s quote…………………’s lovely………………lets just enjoy this time of the year……………………


  3. Marge Aubin says:

    Trees are beginning to show there spring wardrobe.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I love those delicate flowers on the spindly trees – it is terrible that those two huge magnolia trees died due to the cold spell – I see your magnolia bush looks like it be blossoming soon Marge.


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