Just a note …


… to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Mother Nature gets a lump of coal in the toe of her stocking … in my opinion anyway.  Once again there was a one-two punch bringing a lot of snow and bitter cold as well.

I was able to get six miles walked at Council Point Park on Christmas Eve, but this wicked Winter weather had me shoveling this morning, and just heading back to my old standby, Memorial Park, to walk a few miles there.

The fresh blanket of snow at that locale was beautiful, and it sure was inviting to make a snow angel, but I decided I had better pass up that idea as I was already cold from shoveling and trekking through all that white stuff.

Enough already with this snow and cold!

I embarked on a mission to digitize all my photo albums as part of my year of organizing and containing clutter in my life, which was my New Year’s resolution for 2017.  This project was necessitated by the fact that some of the albums had begun falling apart.  They were stored in cardboard boxes in the bottom of a seldom-used cupboard, so free from dust, or sunlight and seemingly in good shape … or so I thought.  However, I watched in horror as the fabric margins which contain the three-hole punches that fit into each album’s metal posts, just tore away and the pages were lying loose in the boxes.  Also, many of the plastic overlays on the pages had become yellow, or the photos had slipped around beneath the plastic film and were no longer attached to the sticky backing.  I knew the integrity of all the photos was in jeopardy, thus this project.  In fact, this picture sustained some damage with its mysterious-looking white blobs.

It has been fun to revisit all these albums and scrapbooks, including some vintage, sepia-toned photographs that belonged to my grandmother that are nearly a century old.

This is one of my favorite Christmas photos.  It was circa 1961 and I was five years old at the time.  I vividly recall my new turquoise velvet dress with the lace trim, though no color pictures of me wearing this dress exist.  I remember getting the xylophone from Santa and I am sure my ping, ping, ping on the tin keys with a pair of wooden mallets drove my parents crazy, but not too crazy, because they signed me up for accordion lessons when I was seven years old.  How many times can you play the scales or “Lady of Spain” before your parents are wringing their hands in despair or shoving their fingertips into their ears?

I guess if you can’t be a little drummer boy, the next best option is to be a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead … and she played a mean xylophone.

I hope all your Christmas memories are as fond as this one is to me.

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 Just a note …

  1. sharonchyy says:

    What a post😮Is really good to revisit old albums because life is only as good as the memories we make🤠only they’re gone faster ! Keep enjoying your holidays dear😍🎅🤶💃🏕✌️

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thank you – yes, we tend to look at old times as bright and shiny and never tarnished … most of the time I guess that is true … the years have a way of making us overlook some of those not-so-great things, but the pictures, for the most part, capture the best parts of our lives, then we sometimes want to turn back the hands of time.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………….you looked so cute in that picture…………………….so did you ever learn how to play the accordion??…………………………………..actually that happened to me too about all of my pictures starting to fall apart in their OLD albums


    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – thank you for the compliment. I remember that turquoise dress and I wore it with beige tights … I did learn how to play the accordian and have pics with me playing it … I will send you one or two of them. I took lessons from age 7 at the Ontario Conservatory of Music which was near where we lived and any kid who was going to learn an instrument or take singing lessons went there. I took lessons until we moved here in 1966 and I was 10 years old. There were no music stores or places around here that had accordian lessons, so I never took lessons after that time.


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