Keep your walkways safe for ‘posties:’ they’re Santa’s little helpers
ith the passing of the Santa Claus parade, we know that the Christmas season is upon us. Not that shopping is the reason for the season but the thought of gift giving comes in many forms. The rush, the online ordering, the deadlines should not be a surprise. Just plan to do these things earlier. Of course Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only marketing ploys, you must realize that non in-store shopping will cause a delay in receiving the product. Just plan for that and don’t be in a rush to get anything early at this time of year. No need to blame labour disruptions for the lack of poor planning. Just for a test of the postal system, a gal ordered a parcel that was due to be delivered by Nov. 22. She received it two days early on Nov. 20! Then she continued to follow the tracking system that kept saying it was still in the system and not being delivered due to natural disaster or bad weather. This continued for another two days up until Nov. 24. So you can’t believe everything that these big corporations are reporting.
When you have an easy ’out’ of legislating a back to work option, why would there be any dealing with the workers? I am sure that Santa and all his reindeer are grateful for all the help so be kind to your postie!
If you are expecting parcels, keep your driveway clear, your steps clean and have dogs safely put away. Don’t forget about keeping your mailbox clear of snow and ice. Remember some of these Santa’s helpers will be forced to work in the dark so any way we can help to keep these workers safe would be appreciated.
Somehow the bills have made it on time and never stop coming! Some things never change.
On a cold, damp November day we made our way to walk inside the mall to get some Christmas gift ideas. There was a performance of a children’s play. It was nice to see the delighted children and their parents gather around. We continued on our way with no real ideas for other gifts except we both bought for ourselves! Hey - now we have gifts that we can say to each other, “how thoughtful” knowing the presents won’t need to be returned. I know that is not how it is supposed to work. We still will walk the streets of our little towns and find that perfect gift for others!
I always treasure gifts that are made locally or by the giver. I like to do the same. Busy hands are a blessing for the maker as well as the receiver. When our children were poor students trying to pay for expenses away from home, they learned to shop from donation stores. This is a great idea! To re-use is always better and keeps us out of needless debt.
Giving back through volunteering and money donations helps to build our small communities. The Mar Women’s Institute have been silent but not in their donating dollars. They have given to the local skateboard park before the construction phase. At this time of year it is giving to local food banks. Different and unique charities have been researched and donated to. Stay tuned for more details.
We can all learn from the different needs in the communities to make this a better place.
During last week’s winter white, we managed to do some hiking on the Bruce Trail because we were with a group. We were close to the edge at Dyer’s Bay taking in the beauty. Then we hiked “The Glen” on the way to Owen Sound, this time under and between rock walls. Somehow the trail did not seem as rugged with the snow filling in the cracks and crevices but we were just as cautious. With all the various side trails, we could pick the loop we wanted to be on for the length of time we had. I am sure that without the company of others we would have never gone but would have missed out on all that outside beauty just waiting for us! Like Paul Thomas, the Echo’s Colpoy’s Bay correspondent has said, just get outside and enjoy.
We are not the only ones fixing up the outside of our homes. Two big beavers on top of their lodge in Sky Lake were busy “mudding up” the dome. I’m sure I saw a Santa and reindeer ready to be attached to the top of the lodge. Must be a bit of snow in my eyes. The beaver must like the rise in the water level making the entranceway into the lodge safe again. There is so much to see along that lake and yet a cruiser is still needed to make sure speeding doesn’t occur. Time to slow down and keep us and our animal neighbours safe.