Keep your walk­ways safe for ‘posties:’ they’re Santa’s lit­tle helpers

Wiarton Echo - - FORUM -

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.

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