Happy Earth Day 2016!

04-22-16

Hello Earthlings! How did you celebrate this special day dedicated to Mother Earth?

On this April 22nd, the day we have annually commemorated our planet since 1970, it dawned without that pesky rain which tainted our Thursday and threatened to encroach into our early drive-time Friday.  But, that miserable rain left behind a calling card – the muggies, and even some fog, not to mention a few longish worms along the sidewalk.  I went out to run the car and deemed it suitable to walk, so I returned inside and duly suited up with all my walking paraphernalia, sans camera (it was nice, but not all THAT nice).

I read or heard recently that we share our planet with 9 million living species, and that little factoid just amazed me. I had no idea that there are around 7 million species on land and 2 million in our oceans.

I was thinking about that fact while walking and listening to the occasional birdcall, or, when I watched that robin nab a worm from the soggy ground and a minute later, there it was dangling from its beak. A couple of squirrels were so into their game of hide-and-go-seek, that they were oblivious to this human being that walked right past them.

More trees have leafed out, but there are more to come, so it was not entirely that blur of bright green that has taken so long to get here this Spring, a season which seems to have been evolving in fits and starts.

Well, I’m no tree hugger, but I do my best to save the trees by not using any writing paper. Despite having a virtual job, I keep all my notes in my head or else I use the sticky notes program on my work and home computers.  I just love that tool and always have a virtual yellow sticky note on the side of my computer desktop.  It is so chock full of places to go on the internet, thoughts to include in blog posts, or reminders to myself, that occasionally I have to save that skinny vertical note as a Word document if I need to search for something I “jotted” down.  So … to the trees, I’ll take a bow and you can thank me now.

I was also doing an admirable job of not polluting Mother Earth with my car by an aggressive walking regimen, but, while the added mileage was good for my health, it was becoming detrimental to the car, so I need to drive it more and now must forego my game of who generates the most miles – the car or me?

I hope you get a giggle over this googly eyed “Moss Man” like I did, and that you, too, did something special to take care of our planet today. Remember that it’s our safe haven and I don’t believe we can count the planet Mars, or even the moon, as viable options to live – in our lifetime anyway.

I’m still dwelling on that nine million species, and we are merely one of them – fancy that! I leave you with this thought:

“The earth is what we all have in common.” ~ Naturalist/writer Wendell Berry

[Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay]

About lindasschaub

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, and 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 over three 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, although 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.
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5 Responses to Happy Earth Day 2016!

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    It was nice today. The grass is greening and the dandelions are swaying in the breeze. Oh Spring I love it

    • lindasschaub says:

      I love the description of the dandelions Marge – some are that big! I remember one time there were tons of dandelions out the front and my mom gave me an old paring knife – “here – dig out all the dandelions today” … it was a Saturday. I worked out there all day and they were gone and a few days later they were all back. Never again … I decided everyone’s got them and they add color to the yard. 🙂 P.S. – I still had dandelions in the Fall for some reason.

  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………Happy Earth Day to you too……………………does that enormous species number include our arachnids?……………..when I was walking this morning it was raining…………..but I kept on going and it stopped……………………it was a beautiful day

  3. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………….about those sticky notes are they the real yellow sticky notes or are you talking about something inside of your computer that I know nothing about

  4. lindasschaub says:

    Hi Ann Marie – on my laptop here they are called “Sticky Notes” and it is a free program that came with the computer. At work, they are called “Notes” but I like my “Sticky Notes” better – it stays there all the time in the corner of my screen, but doesn’t interfere with e-mail, internet or Word. When you got your laptop after you moved to the apartment in March 2015, did you get Windows 8 or 8.1 or Windows 7 on it? I’m thinking since it was new, it was probably Windows 8.1. If it is Windows 7 (what I have), you can search in your programs in lower left-hand of computer (click the Windows “ball” and in search box put “Sticky Notes” and it will bring up the program). I’m not sure myself how to do Windows 8.1 but I looked on YouTube and here is a video how to do it. YouTube is a wonderful resource for computer questions. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G1UVHK1_TY

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