R&R or no rest for the weary?


We’ve been lucky to have glorious weather weekends throughout August and this holiday weekend as well, except for the blip early yesterday morning and the storm later today.  I feel kind of guilty enjoying our pleasant weather here in Michigan with the people in Texas dealing with all the devastation and heartache from Hurricane Harvey.

Well, it’s already the tail end of the long holiday weekend.  Did you catch a break, or was it no rest for the weary for you this weekend?  I took last weekend off for myself without any household or yard chores getting in the way, so it was time to catch up a little this weekend.  I got some R&R and did some household projects as well.

Yesterday, I worked on re-seaming some wallpaper where it was loosening, then I caulked all the inside window areas which were developing little cracks around them.  The package on the squeeze caulking tube said “strong fumes” so I did use a paper mask over my nose and mouth, but the smell lingered in the house long after I finished the job.  Hoping to counteract that smell, I opened a couple of Renuzit “After the Rain” cone air fresheners and put them out.  About an hour later, I wasn’t sure which smelled worst … the strong silicone caulking odor or the overpowering tropical scent.  I was glad to escape outdoors this morning to get some much-needed fresh air.

I  headed down to Council Point Park early and took the car for a spin.  My original plan was to park the car in the lot, then hustle around those loops quickly to see if I could indeed do five miles in under one hour.  Ever since I heard Governor Snyder walked the five-mile span of the Mackinac Bridge in under one hour for the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, I made that a goal of mine as well.  So, this morning I woke up fully intending to get ‘er done, even if it took me 59 ½ minutes.

But, on the early morning news, there was a story about this walk across the Big Mac Bridge, reminding everyone that the bridge will not be open to traffic during the walk.  The spokesman said it takes an ordinary walker 90 minutes from the time they leave their car to get across to the other side.  So, the moniker of “ordinary walker” works for me.  Besides, I am not fond of power walking as it doesn’t give you time to take in the sights, enjoy the day and just BREATHE.  You then feel a little guilty for stopping to feed the squirrels or take a picture as it slows your momentum.  So, today I just walked a little slower, breathed a little deeper and enjoyed the sights at my favorite nature nook, because not only is it Labor Day, but it is National Wildlife Day as well.

(Image of Rosie the Riveter from Pixabay/Public Domain Pictures)

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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2 Responses to R&R or no rest for the weary?

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Dear Ms. “R & R,”………………………this picture, my favorite, reminds me of you……………………….I didn’t know it was also National Wildlife Day,too!…………………………….thanks


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Thank you Ann Marie – I like this photo too and thought it was perfect for Labor Day. Every day I get an e-mail about the events of the day and they mentioned it in the e-mail, but I wouldn’t have known either.


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