Woo hoo! Election Day is over. And so are the political commercials.
Oh, did you read what NancyR wrote in my comment box last time regarding my slave wages from Opinion Outpost?
"The $6.80 might seem like a small amount, but considering the wonderful bargains you find at local estate and yard sales, who knows what treasures you will be able to purchase with that money?"
Oh wow. She is so right! I mean, just think... In the past, with $6.80 I bought all this:
And for another $6.80, I bought the head vases:
.... along with the clock:
I bought all of this for that same amount (except for the teapot):
And for another $6.80 I bought the chickens, the soap dish and soap:
Plus the clock and the phone:
And I could even sell this stuff on Craig's List if I needed to for additional money in my apron pocket.
So thanks, Nancy, for that perspective. I'm gonna remember that.
Speaking of Nancy, I emailed her yesterday that I'm one of those people who thrives on certain challenges. I mean, Tom and I have always lived in small houses, but rather than pine away for a money-gulping monstrosity, I welcome the challenge of making a little home feel larger. I'm brainstorming and seeking clever places for all our junk, er, everything. And when I have it (Life) too good, too easy, I actually feel like I'm cheating, being happy with what anybody could.
I even enjoy cooking something from what appears like an empty cupboard or by using, say, something unconventional like a grandfather clock in which to stack my books or using coupons and myriad little ideas so to save money.
Those kinds of challenges make me feel, well, awake. Excited to get out of bed in the mornings so I can think, make-do and create all afternoon.
And perhaps that's why I've enjoyed these joblessness months way more than a normal person should. That, and the way that God continues to bless us so openly with joy and tons of visits from Grace.
And speaking of blessings, a huge thanks to the three of you who submitted your email addresses for me to pass along to Opinion Outpost! That blessed my socks off--totally. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.