Flower power and foot power.


The beautiful Summer flowers are at their peak right now.  I really enjoy seeing those pretty pink and purple blooms spilling out of baskets and porch pots.  My head is constantly swirling around as I walk through the neighborhoods to check out the landscape and creative design that people have in their gardens.

Above is a photo from a home I pass daily.  Their front yard is filled with a variety of whimsical flower containers, but I especially like this flower power tricycle.  I took this picture about a month ago, and then spoke to the owners of the home a few weeks later, when they gave me a tour of their backyard, which is even more spectacular.  I was there about an hour and took a ton of photos which I’ll feature in future blog posts, but I love this hot pink trike with the vibrant flowers – now that’s what I call “flower power”!

Yesterday’s weather was just exquisite and our weekend weather is supposed to mirror Tuesday’s sunny day which was devoid of humidity and perfect in every way.  That heat and humidity crept in a bit this morning and I felt it as I walked down to Council Point Park.  I took that shorter route again and commiserated with a homeowner who had a perfectly manicured lawn for years … note that I said “had” because the Pagel Avenue construction project did a number on that perfect lawn.  The City has completed the project after nearly a year, and a landscape company came along and seeded, laid straw and then put a chicken-wire-type barrier over top of all that.  The landscape company also uses a huge water barrel on the back of their truck and they spray the newly seeded lawns daily.  I’ll be interested to see if that seed takes and I’m sure the birds have already tried to peck through the barrier to get at the seeds and had some frustration as it is “birdproof” for sure.

There were a lot of people walking along the trail at Council Point Park this morning, plus three bicyclists (without any blooms on their bikes I might add).  A young man was walking a pace or two in front of me and to my left.  He had his head down, arms bent at the elbows and moving them in a back-and-forth motion while he walked.  All the while he was huffing and puffing as he took long strides.  I heard him before he passed me up. So, I put my foot power to the pathway as well, and, just for the heck of it, I increased my speed to stay neck-in-neck with him for nearly the entire lap.  He was intent on his goal I guess, because he said nothing at all to me, so … when I departed the trail and headed for the parking lot, I turned to him and said “well, this horse race has been great fun, but I turn off here pardner” and off I went.

While walking home I passed a mini milestone.  I’ve now walked 455 miles in 2017 which leaves me a measly 300 more miles to complete my goal and beat my 2016 mileage.  With five months to go, I think that is doable, don’t you?

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 Flower power and foot power.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I love the bike with the flowers. The color is fantastic. They really love their yard and flowers. I would love to see the backyard.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Me too Marge – I can give you a tour of the yard which is beautiful. I made a slideshow for the homeowners of all the pics I took and will send it to you to view – you too will be there.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Dear Miss: Mini Milestone!………………….now this is a summer photo you need to get out and remind us how beautiful it was this summer……this coming January!


    • lindasschaub says:

      I agree with you Ann Marie … you are fearless about Winter driving as is my friend Marge – me, I’m the perpetual Winter weenie about driving and I think that is the biggest factor in my hating Winter as I do. Not to mention, so many years of waiting on the bus in that cold, snowy or icy weather which doesn’t help either.


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