Winter continues to step on Spring’s toes.
Your roving reporter did not drop off the face of the Earth, and it sure felt strange not spinning out any posts these last few days.
The weather has really been nothing special and has wreaked havoc with my walking regimen.
Saturday was a torrential rain from early morning and long into the overnight. Sunday began with freezing rain. While the trees and bushes were beautiful to look at with their crystalline branches, the ice brought down power lines and large trees lost branches, or split apart and came crashing to the ground. Before the day was over, almost 400,000 homes or businesses in the Mitten State were without power, 300,000 of them here in Southeast Michigan. Many people are still without power as I write this post and temps are only in the 30s.
Yesterday began with rain as well.
I may be muttering about this spate of nasty weather days, but in reality, I feel blessed to have not lost power like so many others in this city and beyond.
It was not back to my favorite stomping grounds today either, because I had a dentist appointment. I had planned to walk there all along, just as I do for these bi-annual visits. It is about a three-mile round trip. This morning, here in Southeast Michigan we awoke to find Winter had returned … yes Winter, the gift that keeps on giving. The flurries were flying furiously and had already coated the grass and pavement when I stepped out the door to walk to my appointment. The sidewalks were a little slick, so I decided to walk along Fort Street, which was not so safe, but no snow, and I was facing the traffic. Coming home the snow had subsided and I could walk on the sidewalk.
My appointment to get my teeth cleaned was for 9:00 a.m. and my dentist always pops in at the end of the visit for a look-see. I was looking forward to seeing Dr. Kelly, so I could crow about my 1,050 miles walked last year and to see if he accomplished his fitness goal as well. He is a runner and has a unique way of maximizing his miles in the year. Dr. Kelly and a few running buddies set a mileage goal that matches the year. So, last year, they had to run 2017 miles altogether, between the three of them. The trio does not run on a daily basis, but usually fulfills their year-end goal. I saw Dr. Jiddou today since Dr. Kelly wasn’t in because he participated in the Boston Marathon yesterday. Boston was having some crummy weather as well, but Dr. Kelly finished up and sent the staff a shot of him doing a thumbs-up gesture at the finish line.
Tomorrow is a potential walk, then we are getting a few inches of snow tomorrow night, so I’ll fast forward to Friday and a weekend that is promised to be sunny and dry – that’s just great and I can’t wait.