Monday, March 9, 2020

When Late and Early Mean the Same Thing

by Cheryl from Jealousy Filled Donuts, the third Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton

Every so often, nature teases us with a rise above freezing temperatures, so here in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, we're beginning to feel that spring might actually be on its way.

And then . . . another blast of cold air and snow flurries hits.

My friends and I spend our weekday mornings in Deputy Donut, a donut and coffee shop run by the delightful Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, Tom Westhill, who retired after being Fallingbrook's police chief. My friends and I eat donuts and drink tea and coffee. We also knit, gossip, and laugh.

A group of retired men sit at the next table and tease us about knitting and just about everything else. We have been known to point out to them that knitting is at least doing something . . .

On Friday, Curly called across to us, "Hey, why's it called Daylight Savings Time when we're not saving anything? We're losing an hour of sleep!"

All of us muttered about getting up early starting yesterday, Sunday. Priscilla pointed out, "We don't have to. We're all retired."

After much discussion, all of us decided that today, we'd come into Deputy Donut at nine thirty AM instead of our usual nine, and we'd stay and knit until half past noon instead of noon. Tomorrow, we'll come into Deputy Donut at nine fifteen and leave at twelve fifteen. By Wednesday, we'll have adjusted to Daylight Savings Time.

We warned Emily and Tom about our plans, and they were fine with it.

So today, by the clock we were all late this morning, but according to our internal clocks we were all early, so that's how all of us were both late and early.

I'm looking forward to summer. We had some adventures here last Fourth of July. You can read about them in JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS.

And everything will be fine at Halloween, too, although it appears that there will be another book about us. Uh-oh. What could possibly go wrong?

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Are you a fan of changing back and forth from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time? Comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of JEALOUSY FILLED Donuts by Ginger Bolton.


  1. I am not a fan. It takes me some time to adjust.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Honestly, I wish they whole country would follow Arizona and just pick one time and stick with it. I know it's only an hour but as we get older its harder and harder for the old body time clock to adjust. I know when it started years ago, supposedly it was to save on utitilies and to get the kiddos home before dark. I can't see that it has done either. You either burn the lights getting ready for work in the morning or after you get home. Kids ride to school in the break of dawn or the ride home getting closer to sunset. What a joy it must be to live in a state where you stay the same and don't have to reset all your clocks, try to figure out what time it is without looking at a watch or readjusting your body clock!

    Thank you for the fabulous chance to win a copy of JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS! I've had this one on my TBR list for some time just hoping for the opportunity to read it.

    Have a wonderful week and my your body clock find rhythm with the clock on the wall.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I hate changing all the clocks, but I don't lose an hour of sleep. I don't have to be anywhere so I just ignore the time change until later in the day when I feel like it. Thanks for the giveaway! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Definitely not a fan -- I was really feeling it yesterday!

  5. Not a fan! Love this series. Already pre-ordered the next book. gretaduerst (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I don't like changing the clocks at all. It is difficult and disruptive. Many thanks for your delightful book giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I can manage in the Spring but cannot deal with the Fall change. I crave sunshine and daylight. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I'm not a fan. It takes me at least a week to adjust to the time change.

  9. I really do not think about it much except when the change occurs. Longer days of sunlight definitely improve the move.

  10. Not really a fan of changing the clocks. I like when we get an extra hour, but taking it away? Ugh!! Thanks for a chance to win!

  11. I don't have any issues with the time changing, but it does seem like it would make sense to just keep the time the same year round.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  12. I’m not a big fan of the time changes, but I do ok.

  13. I think the time changes are created by evil beings.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  14. I like the time change for Spring because it doesn't get dark till later!

  15. I prefer standard time.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  16. Definitely not a fan of daylight savings. I wish it would stay regular time. Always confused my aunt in Arizona when she'd call. Not only did she have to consider the time difference, she'd have to figure out when we were on standard time or daylight savings.

  17. Definitely not a fan of daylight savings. I wish it would stay regular time year round. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  18. Not a fan. Our state's legislature considered a bill to not change time, but it was contingent on Washington and California doing the same, apparently it did not fly.


  19. Not really but it’s been part of my life for the 72 years I’ve been in this world! We used to live on an Amish Farm...and they are always on “slow time.”..... I didn’t even realize we had changed time last weekend because I am retired now...and all these devices automatically change!

  20. I like the longer days, but it takes me some to adjust. I wish we would stay on it year round instead of changing.

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail dot com

  21. I think they should just stop it. We no longer need it. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  22. I have never liked daylight savings.


  23. I would prefer if there wasn't a time change. It definitely throws off my schedule. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  24. I grew up visiting my grandparents farm 🚜their neighbors are all Amish who do not change clocks. I wear 2watches when I visited. They are lovely people, good friends & neighbors.

    We also have a miniature Beagle who is a silly ball of fun. Throw a ball he runs for It - then 👀sees a leaf a follows it happily no idea why :-)
    He also decided He is Amish refusing to go along with day-light-savings -time. He wants his meals on STANDARD time ..hahaha..
    Why can't we all be like a my beagle :-)

  25. I am the mother of a young man with Autism. Since everything needs to be structured and on schedule, when there is a time change we deal with sleep disruptions and behaviors out of the norm. I would prefer we would just set it at daylight savings time and not be springing ahead/falling back. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  26. Nope! I especially hate changing the time on all my clocks!!

  27. Not a real fan, but it doesn't bother me overly much. If we were to pick one and stick with it, personally I'd prefer Daylight Savings time. However, I heard an interview with an expert that claims access to early morning light is important to health, and we would have less of that during the year, if we stayed on Daylight Savings.
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. No, I don't like it... my body doesn't either, lol!
    Kelly Braun

  29. No...I do not like it. Hoping that my home state of SC will do away with that. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

  30. Congratulations to Jamie Gillespie for winning the giveaway. I've emailed you separately.