Last Friday morning was like something out of a Sherlock Holmes story, the fog covering the area in a misty fuzzy way, softening the harsh outlines of homes, street lamps and other objects, as if they were in a dream. The Fog Horns sending out their mournful tunes of warning and yet mystery.
The colors from the leaves of the street trees and my fruit trees in the back yard were just soft blots of color, even the paths in my garden disappeared into nothingness, and I felt the house was shrouded from the world of hectic and frenzy shopping and we were into a world of genteel manners as if Mother Nature was saying breathe, relax.
I love mornings like that, it puts everything into the right mood of fire places and cozy chairs and a good book, but because of the slipperiness of the ground and such we decided to hold off putting up the outside lights and instead decorated the inside of the house for Christmas. The T-Rex was taken down and stored away before the rains came, I just could not take the chance of his internal workings being damaged.
Later on in the week we’ll purchase the two trees to put up in the house and plan on going to the Dickens Fair this coming weekend. That is an event I never want to miss. The children and their mother are coming with Sis and me and we plan on an early start because of traffic and possible rain. Hopefully my brother can come with us if his brother in law will take care of the twins, they want to go to some sporting event, or watch some games on T.V. I’ve never seen such divergent differences in taste between all 4 children, but then being different is what makes the world go round.
Thanksgiving was wonderful, good food, good people, good conversation and NO politics, that was my rule. And plenty of left overs to handout for the next day, well more like almost the entire week. It was a bountiful feast.
But I think Christmas Eve and Day will be a bit more low key, immediate family and those few friends who have nowhere to go, gifts will be given a few days early to be opened at their homes.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers will be getting together with their children for their gathering. My friends, their children, are still dealing with all the paperwork and Insurance about re-building. They did sign up for the government to clear away their property, but getting their house rebuilt will be a long process, I don’t mind my house guests if they have to stay for a long while, they are very nice and are developing their own routine and rhythm to their current surroundings. So it is working out well.
One thing that both I, my sister and the Rodgers agree on is how horrible this “Black Friday” mania is, I mean is it more important to shop till you drop starting on Thanksgiving than being with one's family? Whatever happened to having a day of rest and being with family or good friends?
My sister and I prefer to do our shopping on Saturday and rest and relax on Sunday, unless something happens and we have no choice but we have found planning our week for “chores” is best, of course medical/dental appointments, hair appointments, vet visits always have to be squeezed in but that it what Calendars are for.
I have found on line people, young people who are turning to living in another era as if it were Victorian times or the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, to the point where (unless it’s a uniform) they dress that way, their homes are decorated that way and most modern things are banished, with the exception of flip phones for emergencies, medical/dental procedures, the computer is banished into an armoire, the flat screen T.V. is put into a vintage T.V. cabinet. Of course one has to have a modern land line telephone, but those are the few concessions. Even I have done that, it makes the pace of living so much easier, I’m not locked into having that smart phone stuck to my ear. And it is far less stressful.
Sis believes eventually there will be a backlash to all this mania shopping and lack of a day of rest, we may not see it but it will eventually happen, she believes.
Interestingly enough Poland has actually voted on phasing out Sunday shopping, I have copied here an article from USA Today~~~~
FROM USA TODAY
Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020
The Associated Press Published 8:27 a.m. ET Nov. 24, 2017
WARSAW, Poland — Poland's lawmakers on Friday approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020 despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs.
Proposed by trade unions that want shop workers to spend more time with their families, the bill got support from the ruling party that adheres to Catholic values. Critics say it would negatively affect Poland's economy, eliminating tens of thousands of jobs, and hurt supermarket chains, which are mostly western.
The lower house, dominated by the ruling party, voted 254 -156 with 23 abstentions to limit Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month from March 1 until the end of 2018; only on the last Sunday in the month in 2019; and to ban it totally starting in 2020. There will be, however, some exceptions that will allow Sunday shopping before major holidays like Christmas and Easter. Also, online shops and bakeries are to be exempted from the ban.
The bill still needs approval from the Senate and from President Andrzej Duda.
Frankly I can see that, with the exception of emergency services for humans and animals, and of course gasoline stations because some people need to travel a long distance home, and public transportation, and I don’t think it will hurt jobs, because it will create longer hours for those businesses to be open. In hot areas where the temperature can climb into the 100’s such stores such as Wal-Mart are open 24 hours with serious air conditioning because it’s far more comfortable to shop at night. So things can be re-adapted.
We’ll see how it goes in Poland.