Here it is, the last day of May, 2019 and a mere seven more months to reach my goal. So, I’m just like this girl featured above, trying to get my steps in and keep a smile on my face at the same time. I’m up to 362 miles (583 km) as of this morning’s walk. After it got lighter in the morning, I was able to add an extra mile, even a mile and a half to my daily tally. If it was a storm in the morning, and it cleared up at day’s end, I walked after work. Just this week, I had computer issues at work and two mornings were spent dealing with our tech, so I walked in the evenings to not lose any steps. In the evening, it’s not the same ambiance and experience at the Park, and I knew that would be so, but I went anyway. So onward and upward to meet my goal – fingers crossed I make it, but I must admit my confidence is sagging a wee bit. Sure, there are seven months left in the year, but December cannot be counted on for regular walks due to potential snow/ice, sometimes even November for the same reason, and, when the sun rises later in the morning in late September/October, my steps get cut down. And there is always the weather to factor in. I understand we will have a cool and rainy June, a dry July and a very hot August. I still have 880 miles (1,416 km) left to meet my goal – there will be a whole lotta walkin’ goin’ on for this gal!
I saw a story on Michael Posner, the walker I told you about that is trekking across the U.S. on a 3,000-mile (4,828 km) journey. Mike took a few days off this week to visit his home state of Michigan for a wedding and a benefit concert, then he was back on the road again. This side trek means he is not walking through Michigan near me now. That’s a bummer, as I thought I might like to join him for a few miles if he was close by. This was purely a social visit in his hometown and no walking was done. You can click here to see a recent article The Detroit News did on Mike’s walk across America.
My favorite meteorologist says this is not the wettest Spring on record, though it sure feels like it – we had rain 25 of 31 days this month. I hope that June will be drier, but I’m not going to complain as the weather across the U.S. is not just abysmal like ours – it is also deadly. It takes my breath away to read about the damage from the worst tornado outbreak in a few weeks’ time in history. Some tornadoes were in Ohio and Indiana, essentially states that are Michigan’s neighbors
Another casualty of so much rain, often on the weekends, is there has been no chalk art on sidewalks and driveways to photograph and share in my posts. Perhaps the kids don’t want to waste an afternoon creating chalk artwork that the rain will just wash away. I can’t say that I blame them, do you?
I made a grand find last Sunday at Council Point Park. Some enterprising young artist (or maybe more than one) had taken their chalk and created a slew of flowers and abstract images, including this girl featured at the top and bottom of this post. They were smart to draw under the pavilion roof where their artwork is protected from the raindrops. The drawings were vivid and the artist(s) left some of their chalk behind, and I was tempted to be like my friend Ann Marie who often leaves a message in chalk when she sees chalk drawings.
Just like the first picture below that features the sun, we are also enjoying a sunny day today.
Hope you like the flowers and flourishes in the images below. I’ll leave you with this quote:
“Look at life with the eyes of a child.” ~ Henri Matisse