Tuesday Musings.

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The jury’s still out on whether it is Summer or Fall.

Getting dressed is becoming a real challenge these days and I don’t always get it right.

These roller-coaster temperatures remind me of the story of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” and how she tasted the bears’ bowls of porridge – “too hot” or “too cold” or “just right” is what she declared, as she sampled each successive bowl.  During my morning walk last Saturday I was “too cold” and could have used another layer; on Sunday I was “just right” and yesterday and today I was way “too hot” and needed to remove a layer.  Shucking off your coat or hoodie is one thing, but when you’re only wearing a sweatshirt and you get really warm, well then you have a problem.

But, weather-wise it’s been a great run of dry weather and it’s helped me amp up the walking miles for my year-end goal.  We’re on the cusp of a few rainy days, which we certainly need, but it will put a damper on any walking.  I’ll just keep my fingers crossed the rain is later in the day, or even better, overnight.

But, I am a realist, and we sure do need that rain.  When I worked in the yard over the weekend, the garden was extremely dry.  I ended up hand-watering the entire front and backyard gardens because the earth was so parched.  In an effort to be creative and add a little Fall flair to the front yard, I got a cute girl scarecrow and tried pushing that scarecrow’s stake into the front garden, only to find that dirt was hard as a rock, even after watering.

Well, the weather folks have been using that “D” word  a/k/a “drought” for a while, but that sharp, pointed stake, which could not even put a dent in the earth, confirmed what Paul Gross, my favorite weatherman, has been preaching about for at least six weeks now.

But, I was determined this perky farm girl with the denim dress and cute straw pigtails would grace the front yard, so I figured I’d prop that scarecrow in the corner between two bushes.  Patiently, I arranged her this way and that, then stood back to see how she looked.  Her one arm was at an awkward angle, so I gave it a tug, and next thing I knew, her entire straw-filled arm fell off.  Oops!  I tried some quick surgery to tuck the arm back into place but it was a lame effort and she looked a little lopsided.  So much for harvest décor.  I’ll just keep admiring everyone else’s front yard decorations, like this cute scarecrow which I pass every day enroute to Council Point Park.

scarecrow

This hot weather may convince you that Summer is still flourishing, but it belies the fact that Fall is here calendar wise.  The days are really getting shorter all of a sudden and many leaves are fluttering down.  The musty smell from the ever-growing carpet of dead leaves in the bushy areas of the Park was filling my nostrils as I walked on the perimeter path on this humid morning.

The squirrels are savvy and know this weather is a fluke, and thus are still scrambling over for their daily share of peanuts, some to enjoy within my view, and the rest are carted off to squirrel away for leaner times.

squirrel

The perimeter path was crowded this morning, with many walkers and runners enjoying these unseasonable Fall temps.  Most of us were carrying our coats or hoodies, or had them looped around our waists, since it was chilly when we left home, but once Mr. Sun takes a notion to shine at full strength, Mother Earth heats up quickly.

I added another five miles to my tally on this absolutely beautiful Autumn day.

About lindasschaub

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, and 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 over three 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, although 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.
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2 Responses to Tuesday Musings.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………it’s easy to add up your miles when you walk 5 miles each time………..just count by 5’s………………….you’re always ahead of the game……………I got a feeling you learned that from your mother……….you go girl!

    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – I’ve really amped up the miles since the cooler weather set in the end of August. I am not a fan of the hot weather and I was not walking as many miles when it was so hot and sticky. The five-mile trip every morning will soon have to stop (except on weekends) as the sun is getting up so late now and the later I leave, the later I get back and have a snack/get cleaned up to start work … October is such a bad transition time for a.m. walking – by the end of the month, I’m usually lucky to get two miles done until the time change on November 5th. You are correct about my mom – she was persistent too!

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