Tuesday Musings.

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Nope, in case you were wondering, I am not simply resting on my laurels, nor slacking off on the walking regimen since reaching 1,000 miles.  That’s mainly because the weather is once again conducive for walking without fear of taking a tumble on the slick sidewalks or roads.  Unbelievably, it was 41 degrees when I set out this morning.

I walked yesterday, and today as well, adding another 7 ½ miles to my total.  No more goals this year … the rest is, as they say, just gravy.

The landscape around the neighborhood, and/or the Memorial Park parking lot, is nothing special, and certainly not picture perfect, so I didn’t tote along my camera.

Gone is most of that pristine snow that blanketed our state after a trio of snowfalls last week.  Admittedly, that snow might have once looked like the pretty image conjured up in Christmas carols, or pictured on the front of holiday cards, but now it is reduced to a sloppy, brown-tinged mess.

But, I am happy to be down to the dregs of the snow – good riddance to it.  As you know, I’m no fan of snow and ice anyway – a white Christmas does nothing for me.  So, tell me “bah humbug” or give me the moniker of “The Grinch” if you want, but, I’d be happy if the lawns stayed as green as Mr. Grinch all Winter.

I had to chuckle when a friend posted a meme on her Facebook page that read “if you’re praying for a blizzard, please go to Dairy Queen.”  Ha, ha … I echo those sentiments, but, unfortunately our nearby DQ closed in mid-October.

I finally took the car for a spin this morning, that is … further than just the end of the driveway.  My long-time followers and friends know that I am such a Winter Weenie because I despise driving in snow and ice.  In case you were wondering, this is the main reason why, when faced with snow and ice in the neighborhood, and at Council Point Park, I had to come up with an alternative way to get those miles walked, rather than just getting into the car and heading to the mall or to Meijer.

But, even though I am a white-knuckle driver in the wintry weather, I still prefer walking over driving all year around.  Since beginning this walking regimen in 2011, I started doing  a lot of errands on foot, until some minor electrical problems with my car happened and the mechanic said to drive it more.  I am happy to report I’ve driven 779 miles so far this year – this is more than double my usual amount!  Even the owner at the gas station where I fill up, put his hands in the air and exclaimed “you’re back again!”  I got the same reaction when it was time for my yearly oil change and the guys remarked that I was a real gadabout this year.  I take all the jesting in fun because they know me and my driving habits, and it is 100% true.

Actually, the roads were clear the past few days, but, since I work from home, there is no reason to crud up the car with salt and slushy grime unnecessarily, just to put it back into the garage, so I waited until the snow was totally gone from the street.  My boss scoffs at how I baby my car, saying “my vehicle is a box on wheels, a means to get from Point A to Point B – I do not understand your infatuation with keeping your car in showroom condition.”

Tomorrow I will trek down to Council Point Park, on foot, camera in hand, and pockets brimming with peanuts – hopefully the perimeter path is without snow or ice, so that trip will make my day and probably the furry critters’ day as well.

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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9 Responses to Tuesday Musings.

  1. I love the references of Scrooge and the Grinch. I couldn’t agree more. I like the first snowfall, then after that… I’m done. Give me back the 70 degrees temps with a bright blue sky and sun. 🙂

    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Beckie and I spent years commuting to work in downtown Detroit on the bus – standing waiting on a bus that was late, or never showed, in the freezing cold, snow or rain … especially the snow … wasn’t fun. I’ve grown to hate the snow even more nowadays as it messes up the walking … walking clears my head and makes the day 100% better.

  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….I do feel the same about snow and ice……………………….I never dream of a white Christmas…………………………….hooray for your car to get some fresh air instead of being caged up in that dank old garage……………………………

    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – I wish tomorrow was the first day of Spring, instead of the first day of Winter … the car needed a run as it hadn’t been out since December 8th … I think I can try again tomorrow and Sunday too before the snow flies – ugh.

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