I arrived bearing gifts.


This morning I was ready to hit the ground running … but Mother Nature stopped me in my tracks.

Oh, I had heard all about that dusting of snow in my neck of the woods, but, I really wasn’t sure just how much snow had twinkled down, until I peered out the door.  Wow!  Mother Nature did an admirable job, in a short amount of time, making it look as if she took a sifter full of icing sugar and gently shook it over the landscape.

Admittedly, that snow was pretty and festive-looking, as it clung to trees and bushes while the flakes continued to drift down.  That dusting of snow wreaked havoc on the roads, with scores of accidents, and once the snow left Downriver and ventured elsewhere, a woman in Ann Arbor went around the bend too quickly and her vehicle plunged right into the Huron River.  Oops!  She was okay – the car not so much.

The slip-and-slide factors and those furiously flying flurries made it an easy decision to hang out in the house a little while longer.

Within a matter of hours, however, this nuisance snow had stopped, and magically the concrete and roads were clear, though the fresh coating of snow still remained on the lawns.

I suited up and booted up, then hustled down to Council Point Park before the snow decided to make a return visit.  There is already a lot of chatter about the Christmas Eve snow event and now the prediction is one to three inches of holiday snow to give us a white Christmas.  The result is it will require shoveling, cause slippery roads, no doubt be iffy for walking, and, as I said a few blog posts ago, I’d rather have a dry, green Christmas, instead of a sloppy white Christmas.

I arrived at the Park and no walkers were there – perhaps everyone was at the grocery store or mall on this Super Saturday.

The path was fairly clear, a bit damp from the earlier snow, but it was not slippery.  The fresh covering of snow in the Park was pretty and looked picturesque, contrasting nicely with the tall evergreens, with the white crystals still decorating their boughs, plus it made it easier to spot the squirrels … though truthfully, I think they spotted me first.

With my pockets bulging with peanuts, I must admit I felt a little like Santa Claus dispensing gifts to the little ones.  But, no elves, or even Mrs. Claus, needed to be present for this close encounter of the furry friend kind.

I headed home with rosy cheeks after enjoying my chilly walk, having added another five miles to my total.

[Image of Santa by Suju from Pixabay]

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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4 Responses to I arrived bearing gifts.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Linda……………..today is December 26th and I went to the Club House to use the exercise equipment because of the icy snowy walks and roads!………………..I actually dread using them……..I love walking…………………….but I did survive an hour working………..20 min. on the bike, treadmill, and stepper of some kind……………………..


    • lindasschaub says:

      Good for you Ann Marie – better than walking in the ice/snow and the cold. That was a good workout. After the first of the year, since this cold weather is going to continue for a while, I am thinking of going onto the bike in the morning instead of walking – I am going to walk this week, until the end of the month to get a final total, and that’s it til this cold weather breaks a bit. I do like riding the exercise bicycle, but, even with this insulation job I had done, it is bitter cold in the basement and will not be fun for going down to ride the bike, but at least I won’t sweat.


  2. wow, what a nice long write up, the animal used as the character was so funny……you quite a funny girl………………………….i saw the comment you gave on me for who are you…thanks alot


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