My heart’s desire.

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This is a selfie of me, your roving reporter, about to head out the door.  I’ve got my coat on, even a snazzy beret, but no footwear, er … paw wear.  Hmm – decision, decisions.  Do I wear shoes, snow boots, or ice cleats – what weather havoc did Mother Nature wreak today?

Our weather here in Southeast Michigan has been unbearable …  snowy and blowy, or icey and dicey, for a solid month now.  This morning the weatherman said “folks, don’t believe a word the Groundhog told you – we have another two weeks before things relax a bit.”  Grrr to the Groundhog, who likely needs new glasses.  While I’m grateful for the spurts of good weather the past several weekends, giving me a chance to get down to the Park, or explore other venues, I’m eager to get back to my walking regimen full time.  I am sure my Park squirrels are scratching their heads, (and no it isn’t just lice or fleas), wondering why the Peanut Lady abandons them during the work week.

While my heart’s desire is better weather, your wish may be chocolate, so this bear is bearing bonbons for Valentine’s Day!

The picture above is from an American Greetings Valentine’s Day card and features this vintage American bear, manufactured by the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, circa 1906, and is part of the Yenke Collection.  Through the years I collected teddy bears too, though none of them were antique or vintage bears.  I gave this greeting card to my mom one year because she was born on Valentine’s Day – she would have turned 93 today.

Happy Valentine’s Day!   I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote:

Dr. Seuss quote

 

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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45 Responses to My heart’s desire.

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your crew.

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  2. Happy Valentine’s Day Linda! 💖

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  3. susieshy45 says:

    Bear hugs to you, Linda Valentine Bear. Hoping the Valentine’s day weather is to your liking, with plenty of warm sunshine, un-slippery walkways, furry friends, nature, fresh air, plenty of exercise and lots of love,
    Susie

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Susie – bear hugs back to you! We actually had a balmy day and even some sun, but that didn’t happen until late in the day. I looked outside and saw some of the ice has melted, but not all of it. Tonight when it dips down below freezing, it’ll ice up again, but nothing like the other day when it was like a sheet of glass, and even the snow was slick and crunchy. I’m hoping that Saturday and/or Sunday the cement will be dry and ice free. Crossing my fingers for that and I can get in a walk to the Park.

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    I know it’s a hard day when you are missing your mom. Sending you big hugs. I love the Dr. Seuss quote – so true. ♥

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  5. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Happy Birthday to your mom in heaven!

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  6. Laurie says:

    What a beautiful quote. You gotta love Dr. Seuss. I always think about my mom on her birthday too. Hope you are feeling OK today. I sometimes get a little blue on that day. My heart’s desire is for spring weather too, but I did enjoy the chocolate-covered strawberries Hubby gave me for Valentine’s Day.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Laurie – I have always liked Dr. Seuss and I have two favorites: this one and also: “Do what you want and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” I just shared that quote with Ruth Soaper because of her comment last week when I said it was good to march to the beat of a different drum sometimes. I have thought about my mom through this day – it was hardest the first year as she passed away on January 31st, two weeks to the date before her birthday. And all the ads on the radio or social media about Valentine’s Day hit me hard. Spring would be nice and soon. We actually had balmy weather today but late in the day, and it melted some of the ice, where the sun shone on it – unfortunately large portions of the driveway are not in the sun. Tonight it will freeze over again. I always hear the ads for Shari’s Berries and they sound so delicious … my mom used to take the big strawberries when they were in season, and wet them, then roll them in strawberry Jell-o crystals. She had some plastic “stems” that you used to roll them … they were delicious. We tried dipping them in chocolate one time, but they didn’t look like the professionals. 🙂

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      • Laurie says:

        Another good Dr. Suess quote! Our balmy weather was on Friday – actually got up to the mid-60s. We have a Fire and Ice festival here in town that began that day. They have dozens of huge ice sculptures all over town along with food trucks, a chili cook off, music, etc. The weather was great for the people but not so good for the ice sculptures.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I thought you’d like that quote Laurie. We had one balmy day and now snow started tonight at 6:00, then another ice storm on Tuesday. We have the Plymouth Ice Festival – it’s not near me and I’ve never gone to it, but I like looking at the photos when the media covers it. When they had it this year it was bitter cold and they joked nothing would melt unlike some years, when the ice carvers lose their creations once the sun came out. It always sounds like lots of fun.

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  7. AnnMarie Stevens says:

    Linda……………………..thank you for sharing about your mother’s birthday………………………………and i love Dr. Seuss’ quote………………….nice to think about.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – Yes, Valentine’s Day will always remind me of my mom and her Valentine’s Day birthday. The first year was really tough as it was two weeks after she passed away suddenly. I do love this Dr. Seuss quote – his quotes are quite diverse and I’ve never read a quote I didn’t like, but this is one of my all-time favorites.

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  8. Happy Valentine’s Day and great quotes. I’m sure your mom is looking down and missing you too!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Joan – I like Dr. Seuss and this is a favorite of mine. I think my mom is looking down as well. (Probably frowning at the dust and clutter right now.) I have used some vintage pictures of her in the past. When I scanned in all the photos from family and travel albums as well as scrapbooks a few years ago, I found a painting someone had done of my mom when she was young. I don’t know if it was done from a photo or a sitting. It is not on canvas, just on heavy stock. I don’t recall seeing it when I was younger and we sat and looked at old albums and she pointed out her relatives … my grandmother came from a big family (9 kids). It was a nice find.

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  9. Mackenzie says:

    Hope whatever Paw wear you decided on it suited your adventure well! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day to you too & I love that Dr. Seuss quote 🙂

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  10. Shelley says:

    Aw, such a sweet post – I’m sure your mom is smiling while seeing you thinking of her and the furry critters, including the bears on her birthday! Your kindness warms my heart!

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  11. 🙂 Tell Dr. Seuss that each one of us is the world, though we may not realize it.

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  12. susieshy45 says:

    Linda,
    You need to visit this blog( if you have not done so already)-https://littlesundog.wordpress.com/about/
    Susie

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  13. Valentines must be a bitter sweet day for you Linda. It being your Mothers birthday. Wherever she is I wish her a great birthday and thank her for having such a wonderful daughter!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes it is bittersweet Wayne, and the first Valentine’s Day was real tough as it was two weeks to the day she passed away. Although my mom had many orthopedic medical issues from being hit by a car at age 11, those issues persisted through the years, and especially the last nine months of her life, then she developed sepsis and passed away 12 hours after being admitted to the E.R. with that diagnosis, so I was still in shock two weeks later. Thank you for your heartfelt comments – they mean a lot to me.

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      • Sorry to hear about her life long suffering due to that car hitting her.There must be millions living with injuries caused by cars!
        I lost my mother in 86 to bone cancer. I miss her very much and my father as well (83).

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thank you Wayne – my mom did suffer with 42 orthopedic operations in her lifetime. From the time I could walk, she warned me never to go between two parked cars – ever. This is what happened to my mom and one car didn’t see her and drove into her. Only her ribs were broken and her clothes were torn, but she had an ear infection and because of the broken ribs, infection went into the bone, and a few months later she developed osteomyelitis, which is an infection of the bone. Back in 1937 they didn’t have the powerful antibiotics like they have today.
        The disease went through her body. I am sorry for your two losses as well … cancer is such a horrible disease and they need to find a cure for it, before worrying about sending man to the moon or the other research they do that seems frivolous to me. Many friends of our family have died from cancer, and in several instances, both the husband and wife. I have not seen my father since 1983 – he decided he no longer wanted to be in this family and announced on Christmas Day he was leaving. He is still alive and living in Germany – I have not been in contact with him since he left, nor do I want to be, but my friend who is interested in genealogy tracked him down for me.

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      • we each have our own challenges,they are different but affect us in the same way.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, this is very true.

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  14. So sweet. How lovely your mother celebrated her birthday on Valentine’s day. ❤ Dr Suesse is never wrong either.

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