The meat and greet.


It was another scorcher this morning, even though I left early when it would supposedly be cool outside. I was already sweating not even a block from home, thanks to the 69 degree temperature and high humidity.  I decided to walk down to the river and try to get a few pictures at the marina.

As I stole through the sleepy neighborhoods, it was quiet, save for the occasional breeze which stirred wind chimes and made some melodic music, but, that breeze was not discernible enough to keep Old Glory from hanging limply on holders and flagpoles. Homes boasted their red-white-and-blue swag along fences and facades.

A sure sign that the warmer weather has arrived, is the increased sidewalk art. I studied the many cement panes with drawings and squiggles and decided I liked these “girlfriends” pictured above the best.

The closer I got to the river, the warmer it got, especially those lapses between the welcome shade from the big trees on the Boulevard. Something that was not welcome, however, was the smell of fish, as it wafted from the Detroit River as I wended my way through Wyandotte.  Well PU!  Remember we used that expression back when we were kids, whenever something smelled horrible?  It got worse as I neared the water, so I made an about face and headed for home.

I watched a woman pull into her driveway and she flipped open her car trunk lid and it had a cache of picnic goodies inside. Munchies galore peeked out over Meijer bags, as did bottles of Pepsi, packages of hamburger buns and disposable cups.  A bag of charcoal briquettes was propped up in the corner of the trunk as well.  There will be BBQ doin’s at that house over the weekend.  Maybe today for National Hamburger Day?  For many, it is the first time for grilling this year and it will be a smokin’ hot weekend to do so with friends and family.  I heard a piece on the radio that there is a resurgence in using charcoal briquettes instead of propane gas, as that method of cooking guarantees tastier grilled food.  Growing up we had a kettle grill in the backyard and a Hibachi to use at picnics.  It seemed to take forever for the food to get cooked and we’d nibble on cold salads and munchies until our dinner was ready to eat.  Now you fire up the propane grill in minutes and can even use a smartphone app to ensure grilling perfection.  I wonder who is the official grillmeister in the family these days – the man or the woman? Or do they share responsibilities for the outside cooking?  It used to be the dad’s domain – so you ladies – if you’re the grillmeister of the family, well … you go grill, er … girl.

I was happy to be home to cool off after my four-mile venture, and, yes you can call me a spoil sport, or maybe my moniker should be malcontent, but I am already looking forward to next week’s more moderate temps.

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 The meat and greet.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    It really is to warm for this time of year. We should work into hot weather. I hope tomorrow will be a little less humid. We do need the rain. The grass looks brownish. Don’t get sun stroke out there.


    • lindasschaub says:

      No, I don’t like it this hot Marge, and the humidity was terrible. A little better today though. Now we need rain – the grass is not as green and turning to seed already.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………… today is National Hamburger day………………………..I didn’t know…………………..I like the sidewqlk chalk art………………….isn’t this what we waited for all winter………… don’t feel the humid day if you walk early…………………..we’re lucky we can do that……………don’t worry we’ll get some more cooler weather………………


    • lindasschaub says:

      I like the sidewalk art too Ann Marie – this one was cute I thought. I had a beautiful one last year with fish … quite good. I don’t think they had sidewalk chart when I was a kid … of course, we didn’t have sidewalks either … it was a new sub with gravel roads and driveways back then. Heat is nice, but not that humidity which is why we enjoy a.m. walks.


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