While I don't start decking the halls till Thanksgiving, my official start to the holiday season is the annual Northville greens market, which I always attend with my friend, Jan, like THIS LAST VISIT in 2019.)
We missed it last year for Covid reasons, but this year we ventured out to do our traditional day -- the market, shopping at our favorite store (Gardenviews), lunch at a favorite restaurant and then a stop at Trader Joe's!
And everything was different. It neither better nor worse. Just different.
Rather than being held in the cute little town square, as it has been for as long as we've attended, the market moved to a large lot on the edge of town. And rather than being simply greens, you could also get cookies or breads or lots of apples. Not bad. But not the same.
I loved the wreaths and soon you'll see the one I bought on my front door. I got a plain one, which I'll dress up with pine cones and berries.
The booth it came from also had these cute little reindeer pots. I didn't get one -- but I would have liked to!
Then it was off to Gardenviews. Gardenviews was more or less the same -- an absolutely gorgeous store that does Christmas well.
But for whatever reason, it felt different this year. I suppose it's because I usually find so many things I want, it's difficult to control myself.
I'll admit, I did have a little trouble leaving one of these fellows behind. But they were a bit pricey and the last thing I need is another Christmas thing!
While I did buy one little gift, and saw some charming things, I left feeling a bit deflated.
You know that feeling, don't you? It's wonderful. But it just isn't you? Well, it just wasn't me.
I didn't take any photos from lunch but when we went to Guernsey, our favorite restaurant, for their fabulous broasted chicken, we were in for a big shock. Not only had they expanded, but it had gone from an almost diner-like place to a more upscale grill with a full bar, new booths (and not as many, I think) and very bright colors. And broasted chicken was NOT on the menu anymore. Nothing was bad. It was just different. (And kudos to any restaurant that could actually expand after nearly two years of Covid challenges!)
At least Trader Joe's was comfortably the same!
All that said, we had a wonderful time, doing something we truly enjoy -- a tradition for many years. That was followed by a delicious dinner at Mark and Jan's, accompanied by wonderful conversation.
Good friends, good shopping, a good day.
Even if part of it was different. But then, maybe I'm different too -- not buying just to buy something or because it was just so cute. Maybe it's just change.
(And speaking of change, I heard on the news today that after the first of the year, Dollar Tree is raising prices to everything is $1.25. Which is still a ridiculously good deal. But a far higher percentage uptick than our temporary inflation rates.)