Ramblings on books, journey and timber – Information – Rockford Register Star

It seems like it could be a very long winter for us here in the north. We’re going to have the cold and the COVID to deal with. If you’re a reader, head to the Voices Book Nook in the old Lincoln Mall and take advantage of the half price book sale that runs through Saturday. You can pick up all kinds of books about travel, adventure, puzzles, love stories or whatever your turn on to spend those long days at home. They even have puzzles, CDs and various other items to choose from at a very reasonable price. I’ll stop to replenish my supplies. I like to have at least 10 books by my bed and challenge myself to pick them up and read. Their opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Many of my friends have asked me to share this information with you. If you are traveling south on vacation or winter and need to spend the night in a hotel room, I have a suggestion that I read in a travel magazine. Go with a slightly upscale hotel this time, don’t cut off. Remember that the dirtiest thing in a hotel room is the TV remote control. So if you are wiping buttons, etc., you’re doing it especially well. The article also suggested that you bring your own pillowcases and simply put them in a plastic bag the next morning until you are where you can wash them. Because your face is so close to the pillows, you want them to be yours that you breathe on instead of the hotel’s.

Also this year I have changed my mind about many things. I always put fall decorations on Labor Day weekend. This year I did it a week earlier for surgery on my thumb. So I enjoyed the fall decorations for about 12 weeks.

So what’s different? I put my tree up very early. We don’t have a Thanksgiving dinner here with the family this year. It’s just us and the cats. So why not put the tree up so I can enjoy it for at least eight weeks instead of just five weeks? I put a lot of time and effort into decorating the house so I start very early.

I plan to have the fall carried to the storeroom on the 11th so I can start moving furniture for the trees. It will take me about four days to decorate the house. So I hope to be ready by the 15th.

I have one big worry: without many presents under the tree, the cats could hit the low hanging ornaments. I used to quickly stuff the wrapped boxes under the tree, but this year I haven’t bought a single gift so far.

Big boy Lucca likes to sit under the tree because of the warmth of the lights. The little guy, Cheddar, who is noisy about anything and doesn’t understand he’s a cat – it’s going to be another story trying to keep him away. I have to have the spray bottle ready for him. So put your tree up early and enjoy it every day that you can.

Ann Young says this is a different year so be different. Email: [email protected]

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