Off piste

This is getting posted on UK fathers’ day.

I can’t say I pay attention to these holidays. Certainly, my mother, who was the stronger presence in our childhoods, was consciously indifferent to mothers’ and fathers’ days, Valentines and Christmas. She would do the appropriate oohs and aahs of the cards we brought home from school but she (and my father) never ever expected gifts or going out to mark the day.

The big ones in our household besides birthdays were Hannukah and Halloween. She took the latter very seriously and we always had loads of candy on hand and she seemed to thoroughly enjoy herself greeting trick or treaters while my brother and I were out causing mayhem with our friends.

In any case, this past week here has been … trying.

We have a general election coming up in less than three weeks.

I live in a newly drawn constituency regarding which there is no useful polling data. All the candidates appear to be extrapolating from old national polling data which isn’t applicable or relevant here. So, I’m spending way too much time trying to figure out who it makes sense to vote for.

I will be very pleased once we have voted because this election is proving emotionally exhausting. I can no longer imagine what it’s like in the US, though, where you’re almost always on election footing.

In any case, the perfumes I was looking at for this week will be the focus on next week’s post.

If you mark fathers’ day, enjoy. If not, I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday.

Pic: Pexels

  • March says:

    My father and I used to combine our birthdays and Fathers Day into a Sunday morning routine; it was lovely and I miss it. But I spent the weekend messing about in the garden, which was also lovely.

  • alityke says:

    I don’t mark Father’s Day. My father was a violent drunk who died young & I haven’t missed him for a single second. I did buy cards etc for DH on behalf of the boys when they were young.
    As for the election, we have an excellent local Labour MP who is forecast to be a future leader.
    I’m trying to find out the young man who scared Nigel Farage by throwing a cup of harmless liquid towards him. Very sadly it missed.
    Why was Farage touring a small Northern town in a topless bus?
    I want to buy the thrower to buy him a drink & teach him a better aim!

  • Musette says:

    Hang in there, stay off the news feeds and stay hydrated. That’s what I do, anyway…

    Took some friends to Naperville (on the train because he’d never been (insert shrug emoji) – we walked around a bit, he was charming about me having to go to LUSH (more on that, later) and Sephora (he sat outside and napped). Then we walked over to the Riverwalk and he watched herons do heron-y things while his wife and I people-watched. It was a lovely day!

  • Dina C. says:

    In our family, we mark all the traditional holidays more or less. Hubby and I enjoy giving and getting gifts, so any excuse for a gift — why not?!? Maybe it’s one of our love languages. We went out for barbecue to a hole in the wall place we hadn’t been before. It was okay, meat was good. Hopefully the voting situation in your neighborhood will become more clear as time goes by. Sounds like a murky beginning.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon,
    Politics seems to have depreciated into pig swill everywhere. Bunch of liars and self serving crap artists. It’s all too awful, worldwide.
    Good luck maintaining mental health over the next few weeks.
    Portia x

    • cinnamon says:

      There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on here — plus a lot of ‘pig swill’. I am thankful it’s not a long campaign. I am finding things to distract — and noticed this morning my jasmine is in bud so will soon fill the garden with fragrance.

  • Tom says:

    I am not looking forward to the next few month before our Presidential election. I may have to impose a news blackout on myself.

    I went to the annual Father’s Day car show on Rodeo Drive. I think I pretty much ignored anything built after 1976, and was in and out early. It was hot and it gets crowded fast, and while I’m glad it’s popular heat and crowds make me want to bite people (haven’t gone to Pride in 20 years for the same reason.

    You can see some of the pix here

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    • cinnamon says:

      There was a car show here on one of the fields at the farm shop. Gorgeous things. Scared the adolescent cow though, who hid in its shed. Hope you’re hot isn’t too hot. See there’s a fire in an area near LA. Stay safe.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks! The big fire isn’t close to here, but there was one on Cahuenga in the Hollywood Hills. Luckily they got it out fast.

        Downside of all the rain is all the growth that becomes tinder-dry as soon as it stops. And it always stops.