Take a deep breath and enjoy the blooms and butterflies.

Did you have a hectic holiday? Well, let’s instill a little peace into your day shall we?

I was wordy last week. It seems I had a lot to say – whew! Before I transition to Autumn, Winter and holiday posts, here are some images to remind you that it is a mere 203 days until Summer 2022 – sigh!

So … how did this walk, which happened on a hot August morning, keep getting pushed aside? Time flies, it seems. The frost is on the pumpkin and snow has graced our landscape whether we want it or not, so let’s think warm thoughts.

I took these photos while bopping around the Botanical Gardens amongst the lovely blooms and butterflies. Okay, lots of blooms, but just one butterfly, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Unbelievably, with the exception of a few Plain Jane Cabbage Whites, I saw no butterflies in 2021. Chock it up to the wacky weather I guess.

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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59 Responses to Take a deep breath and enjoy the blooms and butterflies.

  1. Anne says:

    What a lot of pretty flowers to remember summer by. Here we are enjoying the colours unfolding along with the warmer weather.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it is a beautiful place Anne – you would like it as you like flowers. I do wish we were heading toward Spring and not Winter. It is snowing heavily right now – looks like a snowglobe out there!

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  2. Sandra J says:

    These gardens are so nice, I love those little purple flowers. Butterfly’s always brighten a day. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, I enjoy going there Sandra and they have renovated it some the beginning of November. They were having a Christmas tree lighting tonight at 7:00 p.m. It would be pretty to see as it is snowing heavily right now – the most-recent newscast says perhaps 4 inches of snow. They keep changing the snowfall amount. I miss seeing butterflies this Summer – I’d blame it on the heat, but I’m thinking it’s more all the rain.

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  3. Summer does have its perks, like pretty flowers and butterflies. 🌼🌻🌹🌺🌷 🦋 They help us forget the oppressive heat and humidity. Enjoyed your stroll down memory lane.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it does and no worries about slippery roads and sidewalks which tends to thwart my walking regimen. Of course I know I complained about the oppressive heat and humidity but I would trade it for Winter in a heartbeat!

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  4. Love the happy colors of summer blooms. What the heck no butterflies?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too Kim – you’re luckily to have them hang around a little longer than here in SE Michigan. I am bummed about no butterflies though. I cannot believe this Swallowtail was the only I saw – I remember your video in your gardens and I bet it is brimming with butterflies and bees.

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      • I wonder if it was because of heavy pesticides?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You know that is an idea Kim. I went last year to the Alpaca farm – I had been there once and did a post on it, then sent the post to the owners, a husband and wife who retired from their jobs and bought the farm. They raise their own alpacas and sell the wool and they also board alpacas. Anyway, they invited me to come and see them being sheared – this takes place in March. So he said contact us and we’ll tell you the date – well it was just as COVID was rearing its ugly head. He said he had not done the shearing and was keeping the alpacas away from all humans as their fur might be a hotbed for COVID germs, but would I like to see him take the honey from the hives after all Winter. I got there, he had a paltry bit of honey and all the bees were dead. He was upset and said that all the farmers were using pesticides and it was the second Winter he’d lost his bees and that was it – no more honey business. That does make sense. [P.S. – I just sent you something fun to your Gmail address.]

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Nobody can bring peace to you, but butterflies are a close second. Cheerful post, lovely colors.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Ally – the cheery colors of Summer will fade to a distant memory now that wintry weather has set in. We are having round #2 of snow and I hope the freezing drizzle doesn’t happen like it did Saturday night.

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  6. Eilene Lyon says:

    Hi Linda,
    Hope you had a nice holiday. Odd you had a lack of butterflies. We seemed to do well with them this year. That swallowtail sure enjoyed those chive blossoms! Thanks for the cheery colors this morning.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Hi Eilene – it was quiet but nice – thank you. Perhaps our butterflies stayed in your neck of the woods this year. I missed their presence. Now I know what the purple flowers are – they have quite a few of them at the Botanical Gardens and in the past have been a butterfly magnet.

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  7. Your observation may of spotted more than you realize Linda? Butterflies are like the preverbal Canary in the coal mine, a lack of them means the environment isn’t healthy.

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  8. Seems so long ago since the beautiful flowers were blooming!

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  9. Laurie says:

    I am a summer-lover, so I especially appreciate this post. I will be counting down those 203 days! Thanks for the beautiful reminders.

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  10. Pam Lazos says:

    Thanks, Linda, I needed that!

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  11. You can always tell that certain butterflies are “elderly.” They have very frayed edges to their wings, but they are still very beautiful. It’s from the beating wings repeatedly pounding on the flowers and nearby foliage (over a long span of time). As humans in America, we were brainwashed to look at wrinkles negatively, but i think that elderly humans (with wrinkles) are quite beautiful. We need to go beyond the conditioning! 😉

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  12. I love the quote at the end, it was a beautiful way to close such a lovely post!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Shelley – it is always peaceful at the Botanical Gardens – I’ve been there in all seasons – the blooms and butterflies season is the best. Glad you liked the quote – it seemed perfect for this post.

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      • It’s a great place to connect to nature, no wonder you enjoy it so much. I always enjoy the photos you share. Thank you for the perfect timing too!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It is beautiful, especially at peak bloom time Shelley. I went there yesterday as they decorated for Christmas … I follow them on Facebook so I know what’s going on there. So I went yesterday to get some pics for an upcoming post, even though I said to myself “absolutely no more photos in 2021!” That was after spending hours sorting through photos taken from Halloween on. That listed a long time – sorting through photos and swearing off taking more photos is probably akin to childbirth and someone saying “no more” then having another baby. I thought it would be nice to have somthing peaceful to start off the post-holiday … the quiet and peace was short-lived here in Michigan. Our school shooting the next day … just like the holiday parade in your state marred by the guy mowing down people in his SUV. The world is sad and scary these days. Sigh.

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      • That’s cool they decorate for holidays too.
        You’re so funny, I know exactly how you feel. I have way too many photo options and don’t really need to take more, but I do. The baby comparison…that’s funny.
        Yes, the shooting and the holiday parade instances have been in the spotlight. Both are very sad situations. The GM trial shows more how scary the world is and has been for decades. Oddly though, it’s not getting the coverage it needs.
        Sigh is right.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, all these incidents sure have marred the festive atmosphere for sure. I believe the GM trial will take another five weeks at least – it’s barely been on the news but that’s because from Tuesday on, the Oxford school shooting has taken up 90% of our local news.

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      • Indeed. Oh, yeah, GM’s trial will go well into the new year. There’s a lot of dirt to uncover there. Yep, distractions, distractions, distractions. Not that what happened there was good, it’s just if the news can be there live, they’ll pounce on that versus trying to get the information on a closed court room.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The news today was all about Scott Peterson now getting life in prison versus a death sentence because of a jury technicality. I heard the Laci’s family giving witness impact statements.

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      • It’s quite interesting to see the twists and turns in the public cases. I’m guessing many of them make you shake your head?!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes for sure – I’ve followed this case for years. Today the Michigan guy who killed his wife by poisoning her breakfast cereal by lacing it with heroin was sentenced to life in prison. He killed her in 2014 but it was ruled the wife was drug user; then shortly thereafter he was with a new girlfriend. His former in-laws said their daughter wouldn’t use drugs but he still wasn’t charged. Her parents were cleaning out a freezer and found breast milk she had frozen and kept in their freezer. No drugs in it. He was retried/guilty.

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      • It is quite pathetic how long things take in our judicial system. I saw that about that guy too. Justice finally prevailed. I hope we see more of that in the other big cases floating around the news cycles.

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  13. Dave says:

    Beautiful colors on my screen as I look out my windows to a gray, dry, December morning in Colorado, with not a bloom in sight. Thanks, Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed these colors from Summer Dave. I know you don’t have blooms, but I heard a story on the radio that Denver has never gone this long without snow this far into Fall. Hope it is the same for you as well.

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      • Dave says:

        Colorado needs the moisture, Linda, so we’ve reached a point where residents actually want the white stuff (not to mention our ski resorts). We seem to be in perpetual drought status across the state these days. La Nina pushes most of the moisture further to the north this year but we’re still hoping for a wet spring.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Well I hope you get that snow Dave – I didn’t think about the ski resorts. The second La Nina Winter in a row is not good for you and we will benefit by having the warmer temps, but lots of precip in various forms, mostly snow they say.

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  14. Prior... says:

    Oh such an uplifting post with all the nature beauty – and the title said it all to offer the lift!

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