Yesterday, in the middle of a work day, my mouse decided to die so I had to go to a large discount department store immediately. As I walked down the aisle to the electronics section, I suddenly saw all the cards for all of the seasons. They literally had Halloween cards, Thanksgiving cards and Christmas cards. I really couldn’t believe it. I understand that inflation is affecting everyone, but trying to rush the seasons is not the answer. Even on the TV, the stations are starting Christmas shows next weekend. It’s just too soon. For each time of year we need to savor and enjoy those moments. In many parts of the world, winter is cold with rain, snow, sleet and freezing temperatures. It’s part of the reason that the tropical islands are so appealing because people can escape, if only briefly, the cold weather. There are parts of the world where winter is mild. For the cold sections, people tend to utilize the mountainous resorts for snow skiing and snowboarding. Of course, cold weather makes all of us think of hot chocolate. In Ireland, the halloween decorations are on display until the last day of October. The first day of November begins the Christmas decorations. They remain until the end of December. They obviously do not have Thanksgiving as that is an American holiday celebrating the first meal between the native Americans and the future citizens of the country. Decorating for the fall I include dried colored leaves along with anything festive that shows the changing of the colors of the leaves. This is true in both America and Ireland. Spring arrives much earlier in the milder locations rather than in the cold sections of the world. I love February in Ireland as the trees begin to blossom and that is also true in Washington, D.C. for the cherry blossom season. In the Good Gus series, greeting cards were not utilized even though they started in the fifteenth century. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books is coming soon!