Muddling along in the mud puddles.


Well, this morning I felt like a little kid again, succumbing to the many puddles that had collected in the sidewalks enroute to the railroad tracks in Wyandotte. I was not surprised to see so many gigantic puddles, given the intensity of the rain yesterday, plus, there were at least three thunderstorms that I counted.

Well, no need to complain about all that rain – besides, that could have been snowflakes falling from the sky, and, in fact they had snow and hail in the northern ‘burbs. Whew, glad it was not us!

All Winter I’ve been amused by this yard ornament pictured above. That’s because, thankfully, the snow never made it to the top of that snowman yardstick.  It never even came close.  Global warming or we were just lucky?

As to the weather, just like on the first day of March, I have yet to hear a peep today about whether this month is going to exit like a lamb or a lion. Given the rain today, I’m going to say that March departs like a docile lamb.

When I stepped outside and didn’t feel any droplets of rain, I hustled out and ran the car and was soon on my way. There was a worm explosion last night, or early this morning, since the sidewalks were jam packed with baby worms crawling around; they were unsure whether to duck back into the grass, or simply slither along the concrete with their brethren.

As I passed Ford Park, I glanced over and there were a multitude of low spots in the vast fields, because massive pools of standing water were everywhere. I noted that the robins were gleeful about all the pools of water  – it was like going to the country club for them.  Those red-breasted birds were either bathing in the puddles, or simply sipping the clear water and supping on worms.

Walking up and down Emmons took some careful planning to avoid getting my shoes soaking wet, and, I soon found myself sidestepping puddles to step on grassy/muddy lawns, or just walking in the street.  I’m not in favor of the latter choice, since Emmons is a fairly busy street, especially on a weekday, but, that is how I navigated around for the most part.  I finally tired of dodging mud puddles and detected a spritz or two of rain droplets dancing on my nose, so I turned around and picked my way back home again.

A glance at the sky told me those clouds might contain plenty more precip, and, we were, after all, due for a rainy day once again. I felt lucky to have eked out a walk.  The sky sure was dark and ominous looking.  I think the solution to brighten up the sky is to take all those yellow crayons that Crayola has deemed a “dud” color, and use that hue (“Dandelion”) to color some sunbeams into that gloomy-looking  canvas above.  (So there Crayola!)

I arrived home, without the rain having spoiled my walk, or gotten my clothing wet, but my shoes were covered with mud splatters and red tree dander was embedded in the soles. I really do covet a mud room – perhaps in my next life (or next home).  I would like to just traipse into the house, park my butt onto a bench, then remove my boots or shoes, without standing on one leg like a flamingo to do so.  Not to mention that the landing is a very small area to move around and not tumble down the cellar stairs.  But, rest assured, never again will I walk upstairs with my outside shoes on … not after I spent a weekend getting the carpeting, rugs and floor all spiffed up.

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 Muddling along in the mud puddles.

  1. Majorie Aubin says:

    It was a very misty day. The birds liked it, dogs not so much. People were in motor boats fishing in the Detroit River with temperatures ranging in the low 40 degrees.


    • lindasschaub says:

      It was a little murky and misty Marge – no wonder Woody just stood at the doorwall and said “so, maybe not … I’ll hold it a little longer and stay inside with Mom!” Today was beautiful, but cold, and, I hated to waste the sunshine by going to the grocery store, but I did manage to rack up about 2 1/2 miles altogether just going grocery shopping.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………I’m still smiling picturing you taking off your shoes standing on one leg by your door………………………..what is the “red dander” from the trees?


    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – The cellarway landing is very small and barely room to turn around, and, it is especially bad in the Winter, when you are trying to take off your boots, and, if it has been snowing, your hat and coat is covered with snow … I try to figure out how to get downstairs without dripping water all over the place. I try not to step on the mat on the landing and make it all wet so that I have to walk through it later in my shoes. I leave a pair of shoes at the landing as well. Trying to take boots off standing on one foot – one day I’m going to go flying down the stairs. Today I bought a tray – like a half-boot tray, to step on … hopefully makes it easier to navigate around. Do you see that red stuff coming from all the trees these days – it has started about two weeks ago, and it is everywhere on the streets where I walk. I think it must be from maple trees as there are alot of maples in the neighborhood here and where I walk … it is red and some yellow and falls from the trees and gets embedded in the sidewalk cracks and potholes and in the soles of your shoes as well, plus It is all over the driveway and in the garage and I don’t even have a maple tree! (Just my ornamental maple and it doesn’t “shed”.


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