Deep December

Spent most of the day cleaning the house. Lisa did the bulk of it. She doesn’t like knick knacks or clutter so cleaning goes pretty fast. I like doing the bathrooms, vacuuming, the easy stuff. 

Lisa asked me to tidy up the basement. That’s where the bulk of my stuff is. Books, books, and more books, papers, journals, negatives, pictures, knives, sports equipment and old furniture. 

There is no good reason to hang onto all that stuff. It is not valuable, it’s only worth something to me by the memories it evokes.

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We also have plenty of supplies. Mason jars on a rack.  Preserves from last summer that will be eaten up plenty this Christmas.

A full freezer bursting at the seems. CBC and Chrystia Freeland keep warning Canadians the economy, climate and world order are going to hell. Grocery prices are high and going higher.

I don’t know what to do, so I buy a piece of meat and put it away for when we are starving.

The way things are going we’ll have to buy another freezer.

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Plenty out there waiting to get us. I wonder if we would be safer if I turned off the news.

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The bank has been calling. They want to know what to do with the small amount of money in my pension plan earned while working for the government. It comes due every year. I usually turn it over at the lowest rate of return.

They tell me the money is going to be eaten away by inflation. I know what they are saying. They tell me it may as well be stuffed in a mattress.

They look at me like the fool I am, little do they know, my freezer of meat get’s more valuable every day.

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Can you blame the youngsters for not wanting to contribute. It seems like a lost cause. 

Unlike when we grew up, they don’t want material things, that’s been drummed out of them long ago; they will never afford it, they only want stability, a promise for a future that doesn’t involve endless war and environment destruction.

The shit is coming at them like driving 90 in a snowstorm. You either get blinded or hypnotized, it takes everything you have to keep it out of the ditch. 

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Still when it is all tallied, everyone on earth has done this, it’s been an experience.

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2 thoughts on “Deep December

  1. mountaincoward

    I have to admit I pretty much avoid the news – always have done as I realised early on there is bugger all I can do about most of it.

    I like hard-surface cleaning – bathrooms and kitchens – can’t stand hoovering or dusting though!

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    1. underswansea

      I read the news all the time, CBC, BBC, CNN and others. I try to read several because they all slant one way or another.
      I don’t mind cleaning but don’t ask me to rearrange the furniture. I have no vision.
      Take care.

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