Spring forward …

03-12-17

So, here we go again, springing forward, just when it was light enough to take the car for a spin, and still get in a decent walk before I started my work day. But, the bonus of an earlier sunrise is a’comin’ … I just know it.

I wish I could say the same about Spring.

It is barely one week away from the start of Spring, and the weathermen are predicting three or more inches of snow over the next two days. It looks like Mother Nature will get the last laugh as she watches us humans first scramble for shorts and tee-shirts, then reach for the parkas and woolens a short time later.

And, don’t you just know that a pair of groundhogs named “Phil” and “Woody” are laughing and saying “I told you so!”

Meanwhile, today was a beautiful day to venture forth. Since it was so bitter cold, I waited until mid-day to take my walk. I had intended to go to Council Point Park, but, I thought I’d take the camera and see if I could get any pictures of those geese standing on one leg, still as statues, to use with this blog post.  Unfortunately, though I had all the time in the world, a beautiful sunny day, and the camera handy to capture that shot, the geese were gathered on the grass, their legs tucked beneath their study bodies, similar to the above image created by my artist friend Maggie Rust.  Maybe early morning is a better bet to catch them in their flamingo-like stance?

I took the car for a spin two days in a row due to the bitter cold and the predicted snow. As I rolled past the Dairy Queen, the marquis touted “Tis the season – DQ is open” and I’ve got to believe that they counted on that Spring-like weather hanging on a lot longer than it did.  They figured customers would be queuing up to get their Blizzard fix … now they will get their fill of frosty wonders by looking out the window, and driving, walking and shoveling it.

I got a full-fledged walk in this morning. I’d been favoring my foot, and, in so doing,  I’ve been knocking at least a mile off the daily walks, so today I did four miles, and it felt great.  My foot is doing much better, and I hope that good report is the byproduct of chugging down 12-15 eight-ounce glasses of water a day since the beginning of March.

This Winter season has been a little loosey-goosey, and, on the heels of that wicked wind last Wednesday, we are about to pay the price for our unseasonably warm February.

[Image of Canada Goose (2015) by Maggie Rust]

About lindasschaub

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, and 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 over three 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, although 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.
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2 Responses to Spring forward …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda ………………..you sure aren’t : “a loosey goosey.”……………….if you went for a cold walk this morning……………………with you pink toes and all……………………

  2. lindasschaub says:

    I’m glad I went on that long walk Ann Marie, because it does not look like I’ll be going again anytime soon. In fact, when I went out to shovel this morning, there was crusty ice under the 2-3 inches of snow. It was nice yesterday – snow was light and fluffy, but blowing everywhere, including in my face. But it must have melted or we had freezing rain after I got in, as this crusty ice beneath the freshly fallen snow, made it hard to shovel – couldn’t get it off the sidewalk/driveway. I think we should have just glided right into Spring and forgot this nonsense. My foot is getting so much better – still swollen, but not red or even pink, and not as tender anymore. All that water and the new diet regimen must be working. Did you get to the soup kitchen yesterday in the bad weather?

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