Ol’ Man Winter is testing my mettle and meddling with my miles!  #Wordless Wednesday #Grrr!

#Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

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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72 Responses to Ol’ Man Winter is testing my mettle and meddling with my miles!  #Wordless Wednesday #Grrr!

  1. That photo says a lot!

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    Nice photo that shows a snarl like you mean it.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Ally. It’s from my neighbor’s backyard and there are two other characters nearby, similar, but a little smaller. I figure the snarl comes from having all that snow on top of its “head”. 🙂

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  3. Laurie says:

    It IS tough to run or walk during this nasty cold spell. I am looking forward to getting some warmer miles in when I visit my sister in Florida next week!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it is Laurie and I did this post last Saturday, which was a bitter cold day, still icy and freezing rain was that evening. Yesterday it was 12 degrees when I went out and today, just 24 hours later, it was in the 35s with no wind. The weather makes no sense these days. We have bitter cold weather again on Friday and into the weekend, but no big snows, so I’m happy to get a chance to recoup those miles lost. I was wondering if you were still going – you mentioned awhile ago, it was Florida for January. You’ll get a lot of miles in now!

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      • Laurie says:

        I think you sort of get weather 1 day ahead of when I do. It was 9 degrees when I ran the trail race last Saturday. It warmed up this week and today is in the high 40s, but it’s supposed to get very cold again this Saturday. Of course, I have another trail race that day. We leave for Florida on Sunday.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s very cold for running Laurie. Well, we got to 37 this morning, but there were loads of accidents as it rained early a.m. and there was black ice. So, it was a walk the garage to run the car and better luck tomorrow. Good luck on Saturday’s trail race and have a safe trip to Florida.

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  4. That’s the expression when it was told how much longer this pandemic will be going on!

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  5. bekitschig says:

    What a cool photo!!!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Jeanine – that tree stump guy (and a few other smaller ones) have been in my neighbor’s yard for at least 25 years. When I was taking those snow photos in my own backyard last week, I saw him with the snow on it and thought “Ill bet that’s what Ol’ Man Winter looks like!”

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  6. Dave says:

    That stump looks like the gatekeeper to an enchanted forest!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      He’s got quite a personality going doesn’t he Dave? He and a few of his friends have been in my neighbor’s backyard at least 25 years. When I was taking snow pics last week, I decided he looked even more interesting with snow on his head.

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  7. what???? so cool and shocking. I can imagine so many silly photos to take with it. lol

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  8. Old Man Winter personified! What a great snow photo of a cool sculpture!

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  9. That’s me all winter!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      When I complain about the heat and humidity in Summer, I always tell myself there will be a day in January or February that I will want to kick myself for whining about a hot August day!

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  10. Annika Perry says:

    A fun photo, Linda! 😀 Definitely not happy and more likely than not bemoaning his lot!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Annika. We had some snow last Sunday and I went out in my backyard to take some photos of it. My next-door neighbor has had this figure, as well as two more similar figures, in their yard for well over 20 years. I decided it was perfect to be the persona of Ol’ Man Winter.

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  11. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….THAT’s how I look when I go outside in the winter!!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That’s me too Ann Marie, especially if I’m grumbling about missing a walk on a non-Polar-feeling morning. I didn’t get out this morning Ann Marie – black ice on the sidewalk and driveway when I went out to run the car, so didn’t attempt a walk. They said there were some car crashes earlier from black ice.

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  12. Haha perfect picture Linda, it says it all!

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  13. J P says:

    If you asked him how long before winter is over, I think he would be stumped. 🙂

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  14. That’s a funny photo! How many days until Spring? 🤔😜👀🦥

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  15. That would be my face if I had to live in the snow. 🙂

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  16. Prior... says:

    old man winter is such a unique find, Linda

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It’s funny Yvette – that tree stump character and two slightly smaller ones with similar-looking faces have been lined up along the fence in my neighbor’s yard for a least 20 years and I was out there taking pictures of the snow and it struck me “that’s Old Man Winter!” It seems there are blog-worthy or photo-worthy shots all around us, sometimes without looking to hard to find them. 🙂

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      • Prior... says:

        wow – that is fun that it has been there that long and then you were inspired to grab a photo for the blog – it truly does look like old man winter – hahaha

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know … isn’t it funny how you see things all the time as ordinary, then all of sudden you see them in a different light? I was taking photos for a Wordless Wednesday about how pretty and pristine the snow was in the backyard. That character however didn’t fit in that topic, so I tucked him away for a week. Then this past Tuesday, I went out to shovel and my neighbor on the other side left out a yard ornament, a mother and child. I noticed it before, so decided to wait until the snow was piled up enough on it, then take a picture and entitle it “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!” I think he looks like Old Man Winter too – a grumpy old guy.

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      • Prior... says:

        I like the connection to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!” (and as noted many times before – you are so good with weaving in these fun phrases, songs, etc. into a post idea)

        and the snow does have a pristine look to it – and often a quietness.
        Each time I look out at my neighbor’s on the right – my heart goes out to the widow who lives there (her husband died earlier this month from leukemia) and I see signs of the husband all over the yard and lawn – he took really good care of his lawn and yard (and shhhh – ironically that might have contributed to his demise – because guess what – he used “roundup” – and ugh – that has been known to cause leukemia – and I sent the wife the lawsuit information but not sure what she did with it – she is still in shock)
        anyhow, it is a little haunting to imagine my neighbor gone and not out and about doing his thing anymore.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You swell my head Yvette. 🙂 The snow does look so perfect until the soot descends on it or it gets dirty in the street. To see freshly fallen snow is very peaceful. That is very sad with your neighbor and yes, the manufacturer continues to say their product is safe, but look at that long list I saw a few years ago of seemingly healthy food that might have been contaminated by the use of Round-up. I remember being shocked about Cheerios and Quaker Oatmeal and I think Triscuits as well. Scary. Many years ago, we had the sewer system replaced on various streets in the City – ours was one of them. I was mad as I had just spent an entire Summer landscaping the front and backyards and part of the landscaping was at or near the easement in the backyard. I took photos of my garden after receiving the letter advising what the work entailed. (And, as it turned out, they never touched our backyard.) A neighbor on the opposite corner however had a huge flower and veggie garden. There was also a rock garden with perennials in between. He would have received the same letter, but that night he came home from work, took one look at his backyard which had been decimated by a steam shovel and had a heart attack and died on the spot. The neighbors were shocked.

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      • Prior... says:

        oh that is such a sad story about his shock death – wow – and to think a letter and some mental preparation could have prevented that.
        that is so sad

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes it was sad Yvette and yes, we got letters detailing the work to be done. So it was a shock to see it. They plowed everything up. Lots of people plant or put a shed on the easement. Across the street from us, they had a double lot and she had a beautiful perennial garden which she had for years. She asked if she could put her flowers in our backyard while they did the work and we said “sure” so they bought five-gallon buckets and holes in the bottom and filled them with dirt. Each plant was dug up, planted in the bucket and brought to our backyard. I watered them along with my own flowers. She didn’t lose any plants, but they used their yard as a staging area and had a bulldozer in it for August and part of September 1988.

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      • Prior... says:

        wow – glad she was able to save here plants and that you could help her

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Me too – she was very passionate about her garden. Sadly, after her husband died, she went into a tailspin, had major memory issues and a few times stood in the driveway, watering can in hand and staring into space. They were good friends of the family and I hated seeing what happened to her.

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      • Prior... says:

        oh wow – that is sad

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes it is Yvette – I tell myself that every day is a gift and I look forward to when I have unlimited time to myself because I’ve known four people now that were robbed of their golden years by dementia. It’s very scary. It seems to me on the news, at least once or twice a week a person will go missing from an assisted care facility and they are dementia patients who leave and sometimes they are located and sometimes they perish as they are lost and die from the elements.

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      • Prior... says:

        oh that is really sad – and you are right – when the mind goes every thing is lost.
        trust sad’
        and Linda – I am sure your walking is going to be a great dementia prevention thing 🙂

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