HUGE blessings in a SMALL scheme

This week has been full of blessings. Fall began. We got some nagging small needs taken care of. We won $25 at trivia in cash and first in housecash. I was commissioned to make a shawl and fingerless gloves. Another friend wants arm and leg warmers. We made a handfull of money on Ebay. Geoffrey has realized if he wants something new he has to get rid of something old. That’s a big lesson with a father who collects stuff. The temps have warmed back up and the fall garden is creeping along. We may get baby salad greens yet!

I got to buy cat food. They were so happy.

Pagan Pride is next Saturday. I’m hoping Beth will get to come up for it. Steve says we can go for a while. Last year, it was more like a venders heaven except for the music – Emerald Rose was there. They aren’t coming this year so we won’t stay a long time. I love my Emerald Rose lol! It’s also Steve’s birthday. We’ll fit in a free birthday dinner and some trivia with friends to close the day. You know what they say about the best laid plans!

I haven’t wandered a store looking at things with a dollar in my pocket in 3 years. People think I’m stretching the truth when I say that, but it’s true. When I went to Mexico for my daughter’s wedding, I got to buy things šŸ™‚ A month and a week later, I was laid off. That’s really the last time I let myself buy something I wanted. I always leave my money at home when I go to the store! So yesterday, I went to Hobby Lobby to buy the yarn for my friend’s shawl. They didn’t have what I needed so I looked at what they did have. I looked at knitting machines and remembered how badly I’d wanted one back when Vanessa was a toddler. I laughed because I’ve lived without it just fine. I started searching for a crochet hook my friend Tina said made working with the specialized yarn the shawls are made from much easier. I couldn’t remember what it was called but I found a different one that LIGHTS UP. OMG! lol Something so simple as a new crochet hook has had me feeling like the world is kind again! I bought it. I was not struck by lightening, nor did I let my ‘gramma voice’ overwhelm me. I bought the lighted crochet hook and a pk of 3 small batteries to keep it going! I am so excited to use it. I also feel a little silly to be so giddy over a $5 purchase. (I bought a box of candles too.) I got home and tucked the rest of my money away. I’m over the need to shop. lol I MAY, however,Ā buy a pack of universal sewing machine needles because mine are very old and dull. I want to search my sewing box first in case I have some.

Steve has agreed to learn to work the Ebay sellers tools. I figure he has the collection to sell, he should be responsible for getting it online. I can’tĀ feel the value in old jerseys and sweat shirts and vintage games and handheld toys that only eccentric grownups will want. This way, I can not get yelled at for doing it wrong, and he is responsible for bringing in money. He’s always wanted to be a flea market dealer person. I hope he has a backyard, Ā shed, bedroom, 3 closets and attic full of treasures. It’s too close to my “I hate this crap” place for me to nicely help him. I am going to try to sell a few of the used clothes we ended up with from helping Steve’s brother move. His sis-in-law had some beautiful things all with tags that she said we could have or donate. IĀ dislike working ebaby but it seems to have a place in our lives right now.

Hubby will go off to work for his brother today and I’ll finish the pink shawl I’ve been working on. I started itĀ 4 days ago. The fringe will take a bit because it’s hand knotted. These are so pretty – I will be totally ok if they don’t sell. I want one for myself! I also have a movie I want to watch today. G will wash dishes and vacuume.

I think the day will be a good one. I plan on it!

here’s my list of things we can handle this week. It’s my whole list! It’s also all on Steve and I’ll kill him if he doesn’t handle it timely. I don’t have money for penalties.

  • Steve’s shoes
  • emmissions, tags, taxes on the Jimmy
  • Steve’s driver’s lisense renewal
  • buy a chain saw for this winter
  • buy and install the regulator forĀ the window in the Grand AmĀ so we can sell it
  • money for a used washing machine ($75 put aside)
  • possibly get G’s tooth fixed ($250 put aside for it)

WOOT! WOOT! We have a bit of gas money too!

 

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About Green Jean Granny

I believe in and practice positive living with a bit of a barb it seems. I love YARN, music, reading, history, and gemstones. I am passionate about the Earth. I am a true homebody. I've said I was Pagan for years to separate myself from a churchy upbringing and judgmental family that left me outside of its beliefs. I believe it's our responsibility to tend and protect the Earth. I basically do my thing in a (not so) quiet, amused way. I believe in the power of my own hands, the energy of combined prayer, and caring for the earth. I attend a nondenominational Christian Church. I have 6 kids, all home-born and successfully breastfed. The oldest 5 are grown. The youngest is attending Community College and living at home. I'm the oldest of 9, daughter of a missionary mother who lives in The Republic of Congo, married to the son of a preacher, with 3 spoiled dogs and and an add on (my daughter's pit bull lives here for a bit while she hikes the Appalachian Trail. Right now, there is small balance after yrs of unemployment. My disability was approved due to degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia. I believe we owe it to ourselves to protect our mental health. It's precious and the one thing we can control. I dislike my own housework and I talk too much. I bought a house in North Carolina and after trying to get my husband here for 6 months, he had a stroke. I'm a two-time caregiver. Steve's got hemiparesis and diabetes and is learning to walk and trying to use his right side again. It's slow going. Our 10 kitties were rehomed by rescue after his stroke.
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