Thinking warm thoughts …


Well, 2017 started out great for walking and then quickly went downhill.

I skipped Wednesday’s walk thinking “what’s one day?” … after all, the wind was gusting at 35 mph, and, when I took the car for a spin, I saw way too many stoplights wiggling in the wind at each intersection where I was forced to stop for the light. Walking to and from the garage took a little effort, even for me at 5 feet nine inches tall and I’m no featherweight.

Then, yesterday there was a bit of snow needing my attention and oh, it was so brutally cold. I needed no encouragement to table the walk, telling myself “hey, it’s only the 5th day of the first month of the year, but maybe it’s slippery and just a little too cold” (of course I didn’t want to own up to this lame excuse, having stated a handful of days ago that mere cold would not stop this walker in her tracks, or something to that effect).

This morning, I went out with an attitude: I will go for a walk today.  Yes, that’s the spirit.  But twenty minutes later, after sweeping still another dusting of snow, then running the car, my fingers were numb.   “I’ll just warm my hands up a little in the house and come back out and walk” was my next course of action,  but, once inside, with the heat enveloping me and making me feel cozy in the cold cellarway, I stayed put.

Tomorrow, we’ll get back on track again – there will be no excuses and no frozen digits.

While I was trudging back inside, bemoaning my frozen fingertips, with my feet encased in warm woolen socks inside my heavy walking shoes, my boss was sinking his tootsies in the sand in Puerto Rico. He has already sent some beach pics where he is standing barefoot, dwarfed by a tall palm tree and basking in the 83 degree sunshine.

Bliss for Puerto Rico’s tropical weather for Robb.

Boo hiss for Michigan’s wintry weather for me … and you too, of course.

So, I’ll just have to be content to think warm thoughts, slick my lips with my Blistex Fruit Smoothies “Triple Tropical” lip balm, with the scent of fresh pineapple and melon wafting near my nostrils that help conjure up warm images on this very cold day.

An appropriate quote for this post: Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.  But without it we go nowhere. ~Carl Sagan


[Image from 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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2 Responses to Thinking warm thoughts …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………of course it is way too cold to go for a walk outside……………………I do like Mr. Carl Sagan’s quote…………………on imagination!


    • lindasschaub says:

      I was going to go this morning Ann Marie since I said that yesterday, but, I suited up, and once outside, I decided the car should go for a run this morning instead of waiting til tomorrow since it was so bitter cold. By the time I got the car unhooked from its battery tender and extension cord, backed out the garage, out for a ride and repeat that process when I got home, I was ice cold and said “maybe not” … it was still 3 below zero windchill at that time. Sorry to lose the walking miles when it is clear as a bell out, but it’s good to be practical as well. Glad you have your exercise room so you can keep up with your walking.


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