Half of August is gone already and suddenly September is looming large.


I returned to walking again this morning after a three-day hiatus.  As I headed through the neighborhoods, and then down Emmons Boulevard, I could not believe just how green the lawns have become after the periodic rainfall and those gulley washers we’ve had over the course of the last week.  In fact, if I didn’t know better, I’d think it was Spring.  The grass has become lush again instead of hard and crunchy and it looked like Mother Nature took her green crayon out of the Crayola box and went to town.  Sadly, there is no resurrecting the flowers in the many porch pots and hanging baskets that simply curled up and died weeks ago.

I was at Meijer earlier this week, and saw a sure sign of Fall … no, not the back-to-school supplies that magically appear every year just as soon as the Fourth of July items are tucked away. I mean the colorful garden mums that were lined up like soldiers outside the main entrance, the handy and beautiful replacements for your withered-up flowers and plants.  It’s way too early for Meijer employees to artfully arrange those chrysanthemums and a few colorful gourds onto stacked hay bales, for that would be truly rushing the season.

As I crossed the footbridge, I noticed that even the Ecorse Creek was no longer covered in green scum, but has returned to its original murky-brown color, yet the Creek is still devoid of any ducks or geese. I walked down to the tracks and back and saw no one my entire four-mile trip.  Perhaps a lot of people are travelling, or at their cottages enjoying a last gasp of Summer, knowing that time is ticking before they must get into the grind again, especially if they have kids. Soon the long, yellow school buses will be rolling down the street and those lazy, crazy, hazy days of Summer will be in the rear-view mirror.

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 Half of August is gone already and suddenly September is looming large.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Granted the last two months have been very hot but I still don’t wasn’t summer to end. Little people will be starting First grade and older people will prepare for graduation. Time flies.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………..yes I felt the greeness too…………………….all around with the much rain that we had…………………….I got wet on one of the days and yes I missed some days walking too


    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – Everything greened up nicely – I have a dandelion with a “flower” out front. I lost a few days walking – Tuesday, the rain … although in the morning it had dried up nicely, but I didn’t go out. Wednesday were the two doctors’ appointments. Monday, I took the car out for a ride and ran a errand or two so was later getting back, so scrapped a normal walk, but hated doing so. I think I’ll get to 500 miles by Labor Day, which is my goal because Labor Day weekend is the five-year anniversary of the walking regimen, but like you, hate to miss any days, especially the good-weather ones … last year I got to 718 miles … now to meet that or exceed that, the weather will have to cooperate (like last year) … not so sure about that … last year was extraordinary for Winter weather.


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