Seems like old times.


In my recent blog post entitled “Glimpses”, I mentioned the sighting of a raccoon at Council Point Park on my morning walk.  Although I’ve not spotted him (or her) since that day, I won’t give up looking yet.  That post about the raccoon sighting piqued my friend Ann Marie’s interest, and she responded to that post by commenting that she wished she could be walking at Council Point Park and seeing the sights I wrote about.  I replied to her that we should reconnect some time before the snow flies.

This morning we got together to walk around Council Point Park.  Since Ann Marie moved to Southgate in the Spring of 2015, we’ve kept in touch by e-mail mostly, as our walks are now taken in different venues rather than around the perimeter path that we both have so enjoyed.

Ann Marie and I first met in September of 2014 when I had stopped in my tracks, right in the middle of the walking path at Council Point Park.  I had my camera trained on a big fat caterpillar that was slowly inching its way across the asphalt path.  This was no ordinary caterpillar – it was a Woolly Bear caterpillar to be exact, and I was trying to capture its image, especially the black bands on either end of its fuzzy body.

In January of that same year (2014), we added some new terminology to our vocabulary.  “Polar Vortex” was a new description that we tossed around casually after we endured that record-breaking cold spell.  According  to folklore and “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” did you know that studying the appearance of this rust-and-black-colored caterpillar will give you an indication of the weather for the upcoming Winter season?  The Woolly Bear caterpillar has 13 rust-colored segments of its body, representing  13 weeks of the Winter Season, so … legend has it that the longer the black endcaps of this caterpillar are, the more severe the Winter.   Yes, it’s folklore, and it’s fun, just like the Groundhog’s prediction every February 2nd.  I don’t remember how that caterpillar looked and the picture, just like that Woolly Bear was fuzzy, but I do know the Winter of 2014-2015 was a brutally cold and excessively snowy season.

You can read about the folklore attached to this Woolly Bear Caterpillar at this link from the National Weather Service:

So, on that September day in 2014, the two of us bent down close to study that caterpillar.  It was easier for Ann Marie, because she is at least a foot shorter than I am.   After the Woolly Bear’s photo was taken, and I told Ann Marie about the meteorological aspect of this bristly critter, we continued along on our walk companionably.  So, a friendship began and we walked together whenever we happened to land on the walking trail at the same time.

Today we did the reconnect and walked along together once again, our mouths going a mile a minute.  We didn’t see that elusive raccoon, but we filled our morning with chatter, a four-mile walk in the Park and a mutual enjoyment of Mother Nature’s offerings that was ours for the taking on this beautiful September morn.

Since we didn’t spot a raccoon to feature with this blog post, I’ve included an image from my artist friend Maggie Rust which she calls “Twins” – so, how about these two peas in a pod?

I’ll leave you with this thought:  “A friend is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


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 Seems like old times.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………….I surely liked your blog today……………………..I enjoyed walking and talking with you too…………I actually was telling my neighbors about you and how you were taking a picture of the caterpillar’s stripes…………………..I do like that folklore and will share it with my neighbors tomorrow when I see them. You are a great walker and have nice long legs to get a good number of miles to add to your 2017 goal…………………..yes lets do it again


  2. lindasschaub says:

    I’m glad you liked it Ann Marie … our walk went by too fast didn’t it? We should schedule another walk before the snow flies. Maybe we can admire the color of the trees at Council Point Park or expand our horizons and go to Heritage Park if we can establish a meeting point there since it is so much bigger than Council Point Park. Let’s do it!


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