Thursday, December 01, 2011

More Changes, More Shopping, More Joy

Well, I realized this morning that I hugely missed sitting at a table in front of my window, so I grabbed a bistro table from our front porch (leaving one out there, though it's not like we'll be sitting outside till next spring), lugged it upstairs and now all is extremely well.

I mean, I'd been putting on my make-up, paying bills and clipping coupons at this tiny (needs to be cleaned) footstool:

...placing even a tiny lamp upon it. But then it's as though I awoke! And realized that just wasn't working and was all kinda pathetic, really.

Sometimes? Sometimes I think we put-up with being uncomfortable and just choose to complain about it rather than actually expending energy to make a change. And then we wonder (duh!) why something feels wrong inside. Pro-activity and knowing ourselves well are much better choices than complaining and staying the same.

Anyway, after living here three whole months I finally made it over to Salvation Army just little over a mile away where I found the most perfect winter coat (my last one has been demoted to shoveling snow status). It's another long black wool one which fit so perfectly that it felt like I'd slipped on my own coat the first time. And since Wednesdays are half-off day, I paid just $5 for this close-to-new warm frock. (Is God good or what?)

I also bought two nice sweater tops and oh! Four books, also, which I narrowed down from six. Here they are:

Oh my! What treasures. The home fashion book is from 1965 and the colored photos are so Daisy Cottage-ish, though Kim's sense of whimsy is way better. And Tom and I have already begun reading the mid-life crisis book, but oh dear, has that (Christian) author ever got our number! By his standards we seem to be quite the average middle-agers and he's already inspiring us to not just settle for oh-hum, but for more--for excellence during these middle years of much change. For appreciation of lessons learned, also.

I'm sure I'll enjoy the other two books as well. Don't you love it when you find just the right books, and for only pennies (relatively), too?

And then it was back out into the cold and rainy mist and over to JoAnn's Fabric's where I'd not been in a few years. It's a small one, so they had no miniatures for my dollhouse, though I did find some perfect stickers to use as tiny artwork, oh, and gold paint, too. And here's what I came home and did with that:

... brushed some gold along the decorative top of my mirror (though it's all 'gold-er' than this photo shows).

It feels wonderful to be creative again. And how great to be able to walk out of stores without buying a single thing (which I did 5 times lately) because of feeling too blessed already, too well-cared for by God. It's like realizing the decades of 'retail therapy' are over and now another new season has arrived, namely, a time to attune my ears to listening to what other people need and to shop for them, instead. Oh, the possibilities!

Truly, I think we find great happiness when we step into the right season at the right time, not looking back or ahead, wishing for other seasons altogether. But just splashing around in the Grace-filled "now-ness" of it all.


It's always a delight to awake and find your comments to my posts. I so enjoy the interaction and hearing what you think!



Rosemary said...

I always enjoy posts about your thrift store finds (especially books). You have such a knack for finding bargains (well, you and God together, that is). Life is truly good when small, simple things bring us so much pleasure.

Annie said...

Oh, Debra, that bistro table looks darling there. I think maybe you'll need to find something else for out front come spring.

Is God good or what? He's good. Things are tight here at Chez 256 and right now I have a turkey with cranberry stuffing, cucumber salad, and fresh asparagus ready to cook for dinnner...all free. My mother always over-buys and she headed back to Atlanta today.

Anonymous said...

The coat find was such good news!! One never knows what will be found...often in unexpected places!! Contentment in this stage of life is good...nice you found some lovely books too. And how nice that these stores are closeby too! Funny how finding such things is even nicer really than shopping the full priced stores.
Elizabeth in NC

a8383 said...

Hi Debra, Could you please tell me the author of the midlife book? I am sooo struggling with this. I don't want to be one of those life-is-over-now-i'm-just-waiting-to-die people. I am trying to think of this emptying nest/ midlife business as "Act 3." Sounds like that book might be helpful! Have a great day! Angela

Sara said...

Another lovely glimpse into Hobbit Cottage,I love it! Over the last several years, I too have discovered the pleasure of window shopping and the pleasure (who da thunk it?) of coming home empty handed! Love you my sisterfriend.

Debra said...

Rosemary--thanks for letting me know! Sometimes I'm not sure what people want to read about and I appreciate finding out they don't mind hearing about my thrift and book finds. :)

Annie-- thanks for telling me you like the new set-up! You're such a great decorator and that means a lot.

Elizabeth--yep, nearly always I can count on Salvation Army to hold small treasures and how nice to be able to afford things there! :)

Angela--sure! His name is David C. Morley, M.D. And thanks to you, too, for letting me know that addressing the mid-life stuff is still relevant here in my blog. There's so much involved in being this age, isn't there?!

Thanks Everyone... Debra

Debra said...

Sara! We were commenting at the very same time. How like us to do that. :) Thanks for your kind words about my home--I so enjoyed seeing yours in the photos you shared at your blog the other day. So welcoming and cozy! Yes, window shopping is often nicer because we can enjoy so many things and yet not clutter up our houses. Gotta love that! And love you sister girlfriend, too.... Debra

Morning's Minion said...

A Goodwill Store opened in our area less than a year ago. My daughter and I have always been thrify shoppers [of neccesity] but it becomes something of a delightful game. So often we find something really lovely--to wear or for the home--at such great prices. We remind each other that these things were put there and 'just waiting for us!'