So. Remember in the book, Farmer Boy, how Almanzo fed some taffy to Lucy, his little pig, and it glued her mouth shut until the following morning? And how Almanzo and his siblings raced after Lucy so they could catch her and pry the candy from her mouth? And then remember ...
." ... how Lucy squealed! She squealed all the squeals that had been in her all night and all the squeals she couldn't squeal while they were chasing her, and she ran screaming to her pen." ?
Well, lately I've been a little like that. heh.
I mean, for the 20 long months of Tom's unemployment I stayed on a strict budget and tried to buy only what we truly neeeeded. I'd go to the supermarket and rush my cart right past the tasty stuff I didn't have coupons for. I'd need something from a department store or Dollar Tree so I'd go, but would totally bypass my favorite sections, aisles with cute dishes or fun books (my major weaknesses). You know, so to avoid temptation. Or if I did swerve to an Aisle of Temptation, I'd zing through it pretty fast, eyes darting side-to-side quickly, my cart yanking me behind it.
I tried to find the fun in the saving-money game so that I'd not miss the fun of spending and usually--not always, but usually--that worked fine.
But then Tom got this new job and hey! He worked 11 days out of 12 (good grief) and that means overtime, and well, that means extra money. So guess who's been out shopping lately, kinda like little Lucy The Pig, a bit crazy, and buying, buying, buying, instead, what she could not buy for ever so long?
But calm down... I only went a little crazy at Dollar Tree (spent a whole $15!) and got some much-needed barrettes and garden soil and edging (I'm digging a trench now for it--not my favorite thing) at WalMart, too, (where I must constantly remind myself to receive Grace, receive Grace just to stay there more than 10 minutes). And I did buy 3 Janet Lambert books online, but at bottom-feeder prices. (If the whole Western New York library system had any of Janet's books--they don't--my life would be easier. And less expensive.) And I bought a tiny rosebush from my supermarket this morning. Oh, and two new summer nightgowns from online, too (my current one practically being a rag).
And oh, it all felt so good, I will confess. And I felt giddily grateful to God.
Anyway, weren't these two little guys from Dollar Tree adorable?
(The best thing about garden decor? They distract your visitors from the fact that you have a black thumb.)
And then there were these, also from Dollar Tree:
I'm always amazed at what you can buy for $1 there. I bought two rolls of the green contact paper, actually, but I've already used most of it in three kitchen drawers. When we first moved here I placed nice woven place mats in the drawers (an idea I saw somewhere) and then each time we'd have company I'd wonder, "Hmm... didn't I use to have plenty of place mats for the table when we lived on the farm?" Duh. Anyway, now I have my place mats back for their original use and other uses, as well.
So that's where I've been, that's what I've been doing, in case you wondered.
And I'll share just one helpful tidbit before I end this. Lately I've encouraged 3 friends to start blogs of their own, but each of them told me, "Why would anyone want to read about my life? What do I have to share that's interesting?"
The funny thing? That's exactly what I said before I began this blog. I emailed those very words to a good friend, in fact. But after I sent-off that email, it was as though God said, "How about if you start a blog and let Me speak through you? How about if you share what I've been teaching you for years? How about if you look at this as an opportunity to help people?"
How about that, indeed?
Wow. God has all the best ideas and that's partly why I try to listen harder to Him than to my own dull, silly head. Nor to satan, of course, who'd rather I just sit around here and twiddle my thumbs, helping nobody. Life in response to God's ideas is way more colorful, exciting and overflowing with incredible joy. Trust me.
To complete my shopping extravaganza, I think I'll shop at Salvation Army tomorrow. It's half-off day. :)
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