All the leaves are brown and the skies are gray …


I was thinking about this very song, “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas, as I walked down the driveway to begin my walk this morning. It was chilly and windy – the sky looked dark and somber.  Inside my down coat, I visibly shivered and almost scurried back into the warm house, but, it was clear and dry … so off I went.  Even though I’ve met my goal, I’ll try to eke out some more miles, so next year I will have more steps to strive for in my 2017 yearend goal.

Shortly after leaving, I saw a flock of Canada Geese streaking right overhead, their dark bodies looking like silhouettes in the gray sky. As usual, I heard the familiar honking before I saw them, their noisy conversation preceding their arrival by a minute or so.

Most all the leaves were not only brown but swirling around my shoes, and now absent from the trees. I can see the nests of the squirrels and big birds through the bare branches – I wonder if they know their hidey holes are laid bare to the world now?

Though I thought I had all the cold-weather gear I could need to go out this morning, I may have to rummage through the cedar closet and grab a few more woolens. It was months ago, when I took a first pass at grabbing some heavier clothes to keep me warm on my walks on those very brisk days.

Three and a half miles later, I arrived home with red cheeks and as soon as I opened the door, my glasses fogged up and I couldn’t see a thing … well, I guess we’ve been blessed so far this Fall with fair weather, so I shouldn’t complain too much.

I have to make the most out of the next few days, since the weathermen are forecasting the first significant snow event this weekend. It won’t hurt my feelings if the snowflakes decide to take a hike because it means I will take one of my own in their absence.

In the meantime, a little dreamin’ about California never hurt anyone …

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day

I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

~From “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas

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 All the leaves are brown and the skies are gray …

  1. Majorie Aubin says:

    Snow! Oh well we had been blessed with nice weather for a long time. Maybe a few inches..gee I hope so.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Marge – Well, when I wrote this post, and you responded to it last night, there were no predictions about today’s snow, nor this 3-6 inch snowfall nonsense they are now predicting for Saturday night … how many days until Spring?


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………I felt cold reading your blog today………………..maybe I should wear some woolens while reading your next one


    • lindasschaub says:

      You just may need warm snuggies going forward when reading this blog and venturing outside Ann Marie. It was not nice this morning at all … too blowy and cold. The snow was swirling around a bit, but not sticking anywhere … that sure changed later in the day though. And I hear we are getting 3-6 inches of snow on Saturday into Sunday morning. Not looking forward to that at all. I took a quick peek outside before the sun went down and it looks like tomorrow morning will be a shoveling event, not a walking event.


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