Rainy days and Mondays.


I am grateful for that beautiful weather yesterday, which prompted me to take a five-mile walk and write a post with photos describing that trek, so that you, too, could join me on that journey.

This week we will endure a siege of rain … we have three days in a row of solid rain, a thunderstorm tomorrow and a record-breaking 64 degrees.  There are flood advisories due to all that rain and the snow which must melt and go somewhere.  The weather is beyond wacky this season.

The online Weather Channel said no rain until 11:00 a.m. today, so off I went, sans umbrella, having placed all my faith in this weather authority, and believing three days of walking in a row could boost my mileage stats, which are pitiful so far for 2018.

But, the Weather Channel made a bad boo boo, because after I walked the 3/4s of a mile to the Park and arrived at the pavilion area, it started to mist a bit.  Well, a little mist was no reason to miss a walk because my internal GPS had already programmed my feet toward Council Point Park, so I was staying put.  Furthermore,  I figured I was not made of sugar, so I continued on my journey, the only person walking there by the way.  Halfway through the first loop, it started to drizzle, followed by many splats of rain.  By this time, doubling back to the beginning of my route just made no sense, so I chose to finish that loop and then head home.

So, here’s what the other walkers missed.

The heron was not on terra firma, but he was out of that weathered tree and in his usual spot, feet firmly planted on the Creek bottom, and scanning the water for fish.  I made a point to look at the Creek’s water level and it just met his pale gray underbelly.  The length of those gangly legs was hidden in the murky water.

It was weather for ducks and they were out in abundance, just a stone’s throw away from the heron, paddling their wide webbed feet through the chilly water.  It would have made a nice picture, but the camera was tucked inside my jacket, the rain was falling, and the grass was a slushy mess, and, had I made a misstep, I’d have resembled a swamp creature.  Rainy days and Mondays are tough enough without taking a plunge in the Ecorse Creek.

With the exception of one squirrel who decided a little rain wasn’t going to stop him from snagging a few peanuts, the rest of his brethren stayed cozy in their nests.  I can’t say that I blame them.  They probably knew I’d leave a pile of peanuts as my calling card on the picnic table before I left.  Kind of a modern twist on “Kilroy was here”.


[Image from Emmzett at Pixabay]

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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4 Responses to Rainy days and Mondays.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………..you were brave to try to walk this morning…………………..I’m glad to hear that there are a lot of ducks in the creek because our pond isn’t all the way melted yet……………….maybe tomorrow for sure we’ll see some life come back to our neck of the woods

    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – there were lots of ducks each of the days I was there – no geese yet though. I wondered if your pond was still frozen solid as the Creek was all three days I was there. I heard on WWJ that the Ecorse Creek at Southfield and Outer Drive was nearly overflowing its banks. How can that be as those streets run parallel? Maybe that is in Dearborn as it winds around more there … the Ecorse Creek is pretty large and goes through several cities. At least you had an uneventful trip to go downtown yesterday (for a change) … stay dry.

  2. Uncle Tree says:

    Darn weather anyway! Even Kilroy would have shorted out and headed home.
    Good on you for sticking your neck out, like that Heron. 😉
    Uncle Tree sticks sticks out on a limb, quite frequently.

    • lindasschaub says:

      I hate when I get stuck in the rain – and it was a chilly rain. Today it didn’t rain but I didn’t go as far … Sunday was just picture perfect and I walking at the Park for almost two hours and did five miles. Our weather is just crazy – just finished the post, and turned on the weather … we will drop 30 degrees til tomorrow, and the rain continues, but maybe light snow this time tomorrow. Mother Nature is conflicted bigtime!

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