Local water fowl may need fur coats, and … it’s Friday the 13th.


Well, my boss continues to be tucked away in places much warmer and sunnier than Southeast Michigan. He is now on business in Garden Grove, California, then on to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Meanwhile, his trusty sidekick is still holding down the fort virtually and giving him daily weather reports on what he is missing here in the Mitten State.

Today I changed up my recent morning routine, as I took the car for a spin and myself for a walk. Tuesday was snowy, Wednesday we had black ice, and yesterday, I got as far as the garage when the sky suddenly opened up and I got soaked in the space of about five minutes.

So, I’m no quitter and tried it again this morning, but, at least today was somewhat sunny, but much colder than Thursday.

Have you noticed the days are getting longer? I watched the sun put in an early, albeit pale, appearance, then it was good to see the blue sky and a few more rays of sunshine, rather than the gray and gloomy skies we’ve had lately.  It put me in a better frame of mind and made me realize that yes, we are inching toward Spring … very slowly mind you, but creeping along nonetheless.

As it was clear and dry, a walk was in order, requiring only warm clothes and a lucky rabbit’s foot since it was, after all, Friday the 13th.  I was constantly eyeballing the concrete for black ice, while being mindful not to step on any cracks or beneath any ladders.  No black cats were out and about – whew!

My trip wasn’t quite three miles today. I walked on Emmons Boulevard, and, not to be a wimp, but it got very cold, and, with a wind chill of about ten degrees, I passed over the footbridge, walked a block or so in Wyandotte, then turned around and quickly headed home.

I glanced at the Ecorse Creek as I crossed over the footbridge and the past few days of mild weather has kept the murky water flowing. Thus, the mallards were flocking there to nibble on the reeds near the creek banks, dive for grub and dunk their heads into the chilly water.  I watched several ducks as they preened and distributed the oil through their feathers to waterproof them, adding another layer of insulation from the cold.  I know my down coat is warm thanks to fowl feathers, but I can’t imagine how feathers keep those same fowl warm in these brutal temps.  There were some areas where a light skim of ice was present on the water’s surface, but not enough to deter the ducks from paddling around right beneath where I stood on the footbridge.

Today is Friday the 13th.  Are you superstitious?  There seemed to be less of the usual media chatter surrounding one of the unluckiest days of the years.  Perhaps the auto show charity preview tonight, and all its glitz and glamor, has taken precedence over scary occurrences … the next Friday the 13th will be in October, which is fitting, as it falls within the month we celebrate Halloween.

[Image by J-Lloa at 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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6 Responses to Local water fowl may need fur coats, and … it’s Friday the 13th.

  1. Majorie Aubin says:

    Boy if I were you I would ask my boss if he would want a side kick to travel with him.
    I did notice the days are getting longer.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I agree Marge – he was supposed to call me while on the road from Garden Grove, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico today, but I’ve not heard from him yet. I looked on the map and it is about an 850-mile trip and takes 12 hours (it would take me twice as long as I’d try to avoid expressways). As to the days getting longer, I don’t notice at night, but I have noticed in the morning, especially yesterday when the sun was out. Yeah! And, I heard it will warm up to 55 end of next week and no snow. It could have been like that while Robb was gone and I’d have taken more walks instead of dealing with snow/ice/rain and brutal cold and grumbling about the weather.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………….the only way that I noticed that the days are getting longer is by my checking the actual length of sunrise and sunset……on my ……………phone every day……………you can’t fool me with that line about Spring is near……………………..ho ho ho


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – I don’t have a smartphone, so I have to rely on WDIV weatherman Paul Gross to tell me the exact times, but on sunny mornings, like yesterday, you can really tell a difference. The sunrise is about one minute earlier every day now. Woo hoo! No, it was pretty cold yesterday – hard to think Spring-y thought. Today was beautiful though. Went to Council Point Parks to commune with the squirrels and ducks.


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