Black Friday – Buy Nothing Day

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Today is Black Friday and there is one thing that I never do on Black Friday and that is go shopping. I don’t buy anything at all on Blackcookie Friday.

There is plenty to do if you are a non-shopper. Admission is free and so is parking at all Minnesota State parks. A walk in the woods feels wonderful after spending a day cleaning, cooking, eating, and eating and cleaning. There are 75 state parks to choose from.  Did you know that at some Minnesota libraries park passes can be checked out? Check it out sometime.

Today is also a great day to get rid of stuff. Join a “buy nothing new” group in your neighborhood and see if you can unload some of those useful items in your home that you no longer use.

The antique plate in the picture belonged to my mother-in-law and I don’t think I would ever part with it.

If you want some quiet time but would like to get out of the house head to downtown St. Paul and roam the skyways.

I plan on spending at least part of the day figuring out how to avoid the traditional American Christmas celebration completely. I have had some practice because of the pandemic. I may deck the halls with the small tree and put up a string of lights to keep the December darkness at bay.

Four days of snow

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. The weather this past week has been cold and grey and it snowed four days in a row. I can walk outside when it is cold, windy, and snowing but sometimes I like to walk through the downtown skyways. They are pretty empty and somewhat heated. I like to start my walk near Walgreens on Wabasha street and walk down to the Union Depot and walk around it a few times before walking back and exiting near candy land so I can pick up a bag of Chicago Mix popcorn before I head home.

There are events at the Union Depot but most of the time it is a large, warm, and mostly empty place that is perfect for indoor walking.

Union Depot
Union Depot – downtown St. Paul

It was an amazing election day

I vote

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I worked at the election on Tuesday from 5;30 AM to 9:00 PM. It was amazing how many people lined up to vote. Many of them were unregistered which is why there was a long line. We registered over 150 voters in a precinct that has just over 2060 voters.

It was busy and exhausting. We registered voters in the morning and in the evening and over the lunch hour too. People voted like crazy. It was thrilling to be a part of it all.

There were times when every booth was occupied and we were handing out clipboards and finding chairs. Young people showed up in droves. I won’t get all political but democracy works when people participate by voting. I feel good about this election and about all of our futures.

If you are eligible to vote in Minnesota you can register today and be ready for the next election. 

Voting is fun!

An extra hour of fun this weekend

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. This weekend we will honor that barbaric custom of changing time.  Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6, 2022. I’ll probably set my clocks back one hour before I go to bed.

The end of daylight savings time also means that nighttime will start before supper and by December it will start in the afternoon.

I like to have a plan for how to make the most out of my extra hour and generally plan 8 hours of activity for it and an extra hour of sleep. I may start early this year and set the clock back one hour before I go to bed tonight.

Fallback post card
Fall back


Christmas isn’t an emergency

holiday lightsIt is Fridays and Fridays are for fun. Last year we were advised to shop early due to “supply chain issues”. This year even though there may be an inventory surplus due to “supply chain issues” we are being told to shop now because prices will go up and because of “supply chain issues” retailers might not be able to restock.

Also, we are being warned about how expensive and horrible travel is going to be during the upcoming holiday season. A good argument for staying home and traveling some other time.

I call bull shXXt,  celebrating the holidays isn’t an emergency in fact it is optional. For some Christmas is a religious holiday that has nothing to do with capitalism. Holiday stress is manufactured and overspending or spending at all is completely optional. Holiday parties are optional too. Don’t wait for the holidays have a party now.

There isn’t any need to worry about prices going up or about merchants running out of stuff. That is all someone else’s problem. It isn’t my problem unless I choose to make it one. I understand the need to give children a toy for Christmas. What are we teaching our children with “holiday magic” and excess?  Are we setting a bad example for future generations about money and spending?

Save the planet and your sanity. Don’t buy gifts during the holiday gift shopping season this year. It will be alright. Wait until the hype dies down or wait for the clearance sales.

Weekend fun for homeowners

Yes, it is Friday and Fridays are for fun. We will see some below-freezing temperatures in St. Paul this weekend. A few hours of 30-degree weather probably won’t cause any pipes to freeze but colder weather is on the way.

Here are some things to do this weekend:

  1. Remove the hose from the outdoor spigot.
  2. Turn off the water to the outdoor spigot.

A person could rake the yard or leave it an oasis for hibernating pollinators. I rake some of the leaves because I need them for composting.

I like to bring the flower pots inside because some of them will crack.

It is a good idea to know where the shovels are. I like to get them out and put away most of the gardening tools.

If you have a furnace make sure you have furnace filers. I like to have at least 6 on hand to get through the winter. I change it about every 4 to 6 weeks depending on how dirty it gets.

maple leaves
Maple leaves