And … it’s Summer!

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All our meteorologists were quick to remind us that today was the first day of Summer and it is also the longest day of the year. How did you celebrate those extra minutes of sunshine today?   I sure hope you savored the added minutes in your day, because it is “National Daylight Appreciation Day” … who knew?

It makes me a little sad that we now beginning that slow journey toward Winter – that just does not seem possible, and, I know I’d better get cracking on meeting my end-of-year walking goal.  The disruptions at the house, and the weather these past few weeks, have truly wreaked havoc with my walking regimen.  Today, I found myself running errands on a sunny and dry morning.  I try to consolidate all my tasks into one outing, so I don’t lose too many walking days,  I was wearing the pedometer and managed to eke out 1 and ½ miles.  The store aisles sure don’t rival the surroundings at Council Point Park.

This last dozen days, I felt like I all I needed was the butcher, baker and candlestick maker to come a’knockin’ on my door to round out the list of visitors. I’ve had the insulation job, a plumbing emergency, Comcast stopping by to upgrade my modem, Flame Furnace for an A/C check and a handyman to do a myriad of things, including screening off the bathroom and bedroom blinds, so the sparrows and their kin can no longer make themselves comfy there.  Even though their nest was removed after their offspring had fledged, those sparrows were already active once again, gathering new nest materials and swooping in and ducking under the lip of the blind to rebuild their nest.

As you know, in real estate, it is all about location, location, location. Well, the big meanie has stopped those wee sparrows in their tracks but I felt no pleasure in evicting them.

The weather folks are predicting a hot and rainy Summer up to Labor Day – well that’s too bad as there are concrete sidewalks to pound and trails to meander along … and, don’t forget about the hungry squirrels waiting to gobble up peanuts at the Park.

The weather folks are often wrong too.

So, as to the weather … I guess I’ll just take it one day at a time.

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 And … it’s Summer!

  1. Marge says:

    I think your little wrens are trying to build another nest untop of tbe one that was just vacated in the bird house you gave us.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Those wrens are pretty industrious Marge, just like the sparrows at the bathroom blind … I would have liked to see the look on the sparrows’ faces when they went to dive bomb after Jim put the mesh up on the blind to thwart them. I still haven’t been over near your magnolia bush in the front yard to check out the mom with her baby robins – they are probably long gone by now.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….hooray fro summer……………………lets enjoy every single day………………….I’m glad you are finished with all of your maintenance jobs around the house………………….


    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, I’m excited for both things Ann Marie – now comes the cleanup however – that has me pretty dismayed, especially the basement. It was cluttered and messy before, but the insulation job and big plumbing job with digging up the floor for the drain cleaning, made it a really colossal mess! This rain has me dismayed as well. I was looking forward to a walk this morning, and I did know we were expecting rain, but thought it was supposed to be later in the morning. Then the rumbles of thunder and torrential rain came so that ended the walking. Thought about going out after I finished work tonight, but was late leaving as I wanted to finish a document in case it is stormy tomorrow morning and I don’t use the computer if there is an electrical storm. Unfortunately it is late and so hot and humid now … tomorrow is not looking much better, but will make sure I get out this weekend. I have to beat last year’s record of 754 miles and with almost half the year gone, I’d better get cracking on it.


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