Scurrying and hurrying along on Thanksgiving Eve …


It is the busiest travel day of the year, and, just like the fallen leaves, people are scattered here, there and everywhere.  Consequently, the perimeter path at Council Point Park sure was not one of the most-traveled places.  Unbelievably, there were just a measly two people walking along the trail this morning, and one of them was me!  Because the other walker was leaving as I approached the pavilion area, I walked solo on the trail, except for those pudgy squirrels who came running up to greet me.  Perhaps most of the regular walkers were scurrying around getting last-minute goodies for the holiday table, or were put off by the relentless blustery and cold weather.

I think the Park maintenance crew has high hopes for warmer weather, perhaps that coveted Indian Summer that we never got, because all the picnic tables are still grouped together in the pavilion area.  It looks barren there these days, except for the sparrows who occasionally converge to look for crumbs they may have missed from Park picnics enjoyed long ago.

As to me, I was, and still am, on a mission.  I wanted to reach that 900-mile mark today, and I did just that; in fact, I passed that milestone and ended up with 901 miles by the time I got back home.

I was hurrying along, not just because I was cold, but it is the last day before a holiday weekend, and wanted to get everything off my “virtual desk” before I shut off my work computer, so I could come here and write this blog post.

The upcoming holiday weekend will be four days of dry but cold temps, so I’ll be able to pile on the bulky clothes and bulk up my miles as well … hmm, what will my next goal be?  Do I shoot for the moon and try for 1,000 miles, or be satisfied with 955, which will be 200 miles over my original year-end goal?

I’m ready, willing and able.

But … the rest of this equation depends solely on the weather.

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 Scurrying and hurrying along on Thanksgiving Eve …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Dear Miss “Shoot for the Moon”…………………………………go ahead give it a try…………………yes I was one of the many that couldn’t walk this morning because I had to get up early and start baking so everything could get done ahead of time and delivered for tomorrow………………….


    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – last week when we walked together, I mentioned to you that if I could keep up the good pace and get out as many days as possible, that I could indeed get to 1,000 miles … it is highly dependent on the weather, but I am taking into consideration this four-day holiday weekend (four long walking sessions) and five more weekends left in the year (10 long walking sessions) to bulk up the miles more since I have more time to have long walks on the weekends. It will probably rain or snow and mess me up a little, but I bought those hiking boots a few years ago, so I now think it is “doable” – I’m excited to try. I figured you might be up baking and getting everything ready for Thanksgiving and miss your walk yesterday, especially since you were tied up;at the soup kitchen for Thanksgiving morning.


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