Spring has returned to the Mohawk Valley. It’s been here already once or twice in 2016. Then cold weather and snow returned. Then we had some gloomy, rainy days, which, truth be known, I kind of like. However, yesterday and today the sun returned in full force, and I am loving it.
Yesterday I enjoyed a walk and some running around (it was Scattered Saturday, you may recall), but Steven was sick with a cold and could not join in my enjoyment. Today he is feeling a little bit better. We just took a lovely walk, so in lieu of my usual Wrist to Forehead Sunday or even All Leading Ladies All The Time, I offer a humble Pedestrian Post.
I wore my crazy old lady hat and sunglasses but no jacket. I found a white cotton long-sleeved shirt to put over my t-shirt, because I didn’t quite want bare arms. Steven, since he is still convalescent, wore a hooded sweatshirt (our generation does not call them “hoodies.” I’m not even sure if a hoodie is the exact same thing or if there is some extra quality attached). Fashion choices settled, we set out.
We headed towards downtown Herkimer, past my beloved Historic Four Corners. I pointed to the 1834 Jail and said, “That’s where I got hung.” That, of course, was a reference to the play Roxy, in which I played the title role. I’m sure it is one of those parts I will carry around with me forever, and that’s not really a bad thing.
As we walked down Main Street, we were sorry to see all the empty businesses. I wish the area was more thriving. At least there are a few bright spots. Valley Exchange is open Sundays now; that’s always a fun place to look around. Roma’s Pizza now occupies the space that was formerly Brian’s Roast Beef Deli. I’m fond of Linda’s Consignment Shop, and The End Zone is a nice place to stop in for a beer unless Pete’s Tavern is more your speed. Collis TruValue Hardware still seems to be going strong.
Turning down Albany Street, we saw that Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner was, as usual, doing a booming business. Hummel’s Office Plus had some clearance items out on the sidewalk. We did not stop into any of these businesses. In fact, I’m sure I missed mentioning a few. Sorry. What do you want from me, I’m an amateur blogger not a downtown-boosting advertising agency.
We continued down Albany Street to Caroline, enjoying the sunshine. I think sunshine is nature’s cosmetic, because almost any scene looks better in the sun. As we walked we discussed our plans for the afternoon. I want to sit out on our deck or front porch, perhaps with a beverage. Steven wants to study his lines from Leading Ladies (I guess I have to mention the play at least once).
One last sunshine-related note: I washed our sheets and hung them out on our clothesline. I am SO looking forward to the sweet smell when I go to bed tonight. I feel certain it will make Monday a little more pleasant. Hope to see you then.