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Coffee Talk 03.14.21

Greetings, and happy Daylight Savings! Thank goodness for smart technology. When I woke up this morning, my phone, the clock beside my bed (Echo Dot), and my watch (Apple Watch) were already synched to the new time. I will never understand why my car can’t do the same thing.

It usually takes me days to change the clock in my car because I only think about it when I’m driving, and of course, it won’t allow me to adjust those settings while I’m driving. (How can it know I’m driving, but it doesn’t know that it’s Daylight Savings?) At least I figured how how to change the time on the stove and microwave, so that’s done.

Anyway! Are you Team Daylight Savings or no?

I am not a fan. I belong to the camp who believes Daylight Savings Time has outlived it usefulness, and all it is to me is a pesky disruption to my routine. For some reason, I can travel from time zone to time zone with no trouble adjusting, but when I have to move my clock ahead an hour for Daylight Savings, I’m out of whack for at least a week. And so it begins…

The big news in our household is that Becca starts back to school tomorrow, after being virtual for the past four months.

Our county has finally met the markers they set for our schools to reopen five days a week. And all the parents say, Hallelujah!!!

It was almost a year ago to the day that our schools were closed indefinitely and without warning, and our lives came to a screeching halt. Phrases like “flatten the curve” and “social distancing” and “remote learning” became household terms, face masks became a fashion accessory, and hand sanitizer and paper towels suddenly became a valuable commodity.

The funny thing is, people really thought it would be over in a couple of weeks. Even at the time, I remember thinking, How do you get rid of a pandemic in two weeks???

Of course, I had no idea what a pandemic life would look like or how long it would last, but I just had a feeling it was going to be a long haul. And here we are, a year later.

But I don’t want to spend a lot of time dwelling on the events of the past year.

I know the effects of this pandemic year will be felt for many months and possibly years to come, and I do not for a minute want to minimize the pain and suffering people have endured this past year, or the long-term health problems the virus has bestowed on some of its victims.

And yes, if we look hard enough, I’m sure we can find some silver linings in this whole debacle, but I’m ready to put it all behind me and move on to the next thing — whatever it is life has to throw at us, whether it be good, bad, or indifferent… I just want to move. on.

Happily, it looks like we’re headed in that direction. That little pinprick of light I was seeing at the end of the tunnel… it’s getting bigger. We are getting there, friends!

Not only is the light at the end of the Covid tunnel getting bigger and brighter, I’m starting to see the light at the end of the winter tunnel as well. It’s windy and chilly here, but sunny and bright. I actually broke out my trench coat for church this morning! I can’t wait until it’s nice enough to put away the winter duds for good.

I did pack away most of it this week, but I saved out a few key essentials, and I still find myself wishing I had some of the boots I packed away. This is such a tricky time of year for dressing.

What I try to do is mix lighter and heavier pieces, but it can take some trial and error to find combinations that look right together. Today I wore a lighter sweater with white jeans and suede ankle boots, and I was happy with the result. Maybe 23 Days of Spring Fashion should be 23 Days of Transition Season Outfits…

Okay, I’m rambling. I need to get off here and find something to do to relax and recharge. I’ve been feeling really burnt out lately, and I’ve got a book I’ve been wanting to start, so this is looking like the perfect day for that.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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33 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 03.14.21

  1. I am originally from Pennsylvania. I moved to Phoenix 24 years ago and I don’t miss daylight savings time, driving on black ice, or shoveling my car out of snow. I would much rather shovel sunshine 350 days out of the year.

    1. Hi JoLynne!

      Just curious if Becca is actually attending classes 5
      days per week? Here is DE our district is “hybrid” and my son only attends in person 2 half days per week (at MS level). 😩

      1. Yes. It’s actually 4 for high school, 4 1/2 for middle school, and 5 for elementary. 🙄 But there is no more splitting up the population. They can all attend “full time” if they want.

      2. I’m in Delaware, too, Kendra. My grandchildren go to Sussex Academy Elementary and they go 2 full days a week.

  2. Hi Jo-Lynne! I’m a huge fan of Daylight Saving Time. (Hint: There is no’s’ on the end of Saving). I think we should remain on DST year-round. I love the longer days and having more light well into the afternoon/early evening. Agree it’s outdated but would want it to be permanently DST to allow more evening light.

    Anywho, yesterday I needed to return a pair of denim to Talbots which is a huge long drive so I opted to head first-time to a Talbot’s Outlet store which was closer. Not only did they happily return my regular Talbot’s purchase but they had the same Talbot’s items as the regular store for a huge savings. As I’m reducing and changing sizes every few months this is a blessing. I don’t really want to pay full-price for a six-month wearing, you know what I mean?

    Happy PA is opening up. Here in Cali we are getting better and indoor dining just reopened but it was so jammed with maskless diners we are avoiding it altogether. I get it – we’re all way over it – but those pesky spikes keep resurging. Hopeful to get a vaccine ‘soon’. Planning a ‘revenge’ vacation to make up for last year.

    1. Also on team daylight saving. Love having light later i the evening. In the winter, the day seems to stop as soon as we eat dinner…now the day continues on and after dinner walks and outdoor things happen. Wish we could keep it all year. Curious why you think it has outlived its usefulness.

      1. The purpose originally was to save energy, but that doesn’t really apply now. It’s interesting to read the history about it. Also, I was kind of surprised to find it only started in 1918. I thought it went back further than that.

    2. See, I’d much rather have the light in the morning. But I would take it either way – as long as they just stopped switching back and forth. It’s the back and forth that I hate and find really pointless.

  3. I live in Canada in the province of Saskatchewan. We are on Daylight Saving Time year round. We never have to change our clocks and never have (as far as I can remember). I’m very grateful we don’t have to deal with the time changes. Yukon has recently followed suit and no longer switch back and forth to DLT. Other provinces are looking into eliminating it, also. Like you, I’m not sure if there’s any real benefit to it.

  4. You look so fresh and lovely in today’s pic, Jo-lynne! I too wish we could stop switching our clocks back and forth–just pick one and stick with it already! I imagine there’s much consensus for it.

  5. First of all, YAY BECCA!!!!!!!

    Great news…

    Second, because we have been in for this past year, we just noticed that the clock in our car is/was an hour off….didn’t bother to change it….now it is correct! ha ha. ( I’m not sure it this is a good thing or a bad thing).

  6. I’ll probably feel the time change tonight more than this morning.. and yes it’s time to do away with it! I do like the fact that at 7:30 tonight it will still be light out! Bring on the longer days.. yes transition is a great idea there’s no hard switch from winter to spring in my neck of the woods. I just got home from a baby shower!! How nice to do something normal again ( we went in small groups) so we didn’t at any one time exceed the max of 10 people inside. Yah for Becca!! That’s progress.. our schools have been full time since September except university’s only a few went back … so our son had his final year!of university on line here at home but hopefully we have some sort of grad to look forward too!! I will say I was at a loss as to what to wear To the shower as an outing like that has been awhile🤷‍♀️

  7. I grew up in a farming family and Daylight Savings was wonderful for farmers who need more daylight in the evenings. I can’t imagine how frustrated my dad and brother would be to have to stop working an hour earlier in the spring/summer/fall if the time didn’t change and allow for “longer days.” I personally am not a fan of the switch off of Daylight Savings in the winter and it gets dark at 5:00pm….evenings seem to last forever inside! Opinions on this are very personal and vary greatly!

  8. I completely agree Jo-Lynne. I like the extra daylight at night…but the back and forth drives me nuts. I do have to say the highlight of my day was learning my new car changes the clock automatically! Sometimes it’s the little things, lol!

  9. I bet Becca is excited to get back in the classroom and see her friends. I hope that the reopening of the schools won’t impact your FL trip. Yesterday we ended up with a high of 87 and now at 4p it’s 86. This is way too early for us to be having this warm weather. Later in the week the highs will be back in the comfortable 60’s. So like there, it’s challenging deciding what to wear one day to the next, and my need to plan my outfits in advance is not an easy thing to accomplish now. I hope that you are having the relaxing afternoon that you need and deserve.

    1. So it looks like I can comment from my laptop now with no issues. (I cleared history in my Chrome browser settings yesterday.) I’ll try from my iPhone again another day (don’t want to clutter your blog anymore today).

      1. All this time I thought you had brown eyes, Jolynne,
        But in the above pic they look blue or hazel. What color are they?

  10. I love the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day! I do love “getting up with the sun” but, practically speaking, it’s freezing cold here in the early morning hours for a least another month. We are much more likely to use that extra hour of daylight to get outside after dinner.

    Hope this doesn’t come across as snarky…but I have never understand why people struggle so with the time changes. Sure, it will seem like the alarm goes off earlier tomorrow but really, after a couple days It just seems like the new normal. Don’t we all have those random days when we need to get up am hour earlier and we just deal.
    Again, really not trying to be rude, but this just strikes me as one of those things we have all decided to collectively whine about 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

  11. I love DST……since I don’t get home from work until five or later, I love the extra light of the evening. But like you, I wish we could just pick one and stick with it…..I don’t like the switching back and forth either.

    What book are you starting? I just finished ‘The Four Winds’ by Kristin Hannah and am looking for my next read.

  12. 23 days of transition would be a brilliant idea! Just saying that can be the toughest “season” to dress for and I often feel like I get the better part of 3 months of it.

  13. Not sure if it was a joke or not but 23 days of transitional outfits sounds like a great post to me!! 🤷🏼‍♀️ (Or even a weeks worth would be good!!)
    Happy weekend!!

  14. I vote for several weeks of transition outfits. That would be awesome as spring dressing is still a month or month and half away where I live. the hardest part for me is transition shoes. I feel silly wearing booties still but way too cold to expose my bare feet or toes.

  15. LOVE Daylight Savings Time and wouldn’t mind it all year long. Here in PA, the sunrises at 5:50 AM in the summer, I can’t imagine it rising at 4:50. I also love that I can get together and walk or socialize in the evenings with friends or be able to do things outside after work.

  16. No, not a fan of the time change. I particularly have a difficult time in the fall – always want to go to sleep when it gets dark and then wake up terribly early.
    I ordered the BR cardigan. Can’t wait for it to arrive! Such a nice neutral. Also, have you tried American Giant v-neck tees? Read about them last year on the Modern Misses Darcy blog. Such nice quality. Just got two new ones. Hope you enjoyed your book! I did the same this weekend.

  17. Yes!! It works! I am an automotive engineer. We work hard to keep cars safe. It is not safe to be trying to set a clock while driving. Don’t text and drive! Your children should have trained you better!

    On some newer models, we disable this function while the car is moving. We can tell when a car is moving from its speedometer signals and other sensors as well. It is rather easy for an experienced automotive engineer to set up this safety feature for people who text and drive. And make it difficult to defeat.

    As for the clock, programming the changes in daylight time was tried about twenty years ago. Then Congress messed around, and more than once, with the dates that Daylight time starts and ends. The problem became embarrassing when clocks, most of them not in cars, changed on the “old” date. We found that most customers prefer to be able to set their own time anyway, so we do it their way.

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