I have never in my life, as far as I can recollect, written a fan letter. I just watched a video clip of President George W. Bush visiting the troops in Iraq on Thanksgiving Day a few years back. Such a thing is not likely to ever happen again until the White House has a new occupant. That man knew how to treat our troops. Of course, he made a speech thanking them for their service. He slapped backs, posed for photos, etc. I was even surprised when he went behind the serving line and began plopping food onto plates. He'd hand back the plate of food and then take time to shake hands with the person he was serving. I will admire and venerate that man for many years to come..............
Our service men and women deserve the very best we can give them, and if they don't come before "refugees", someone needs to answer for that!
Okay, off the soapbox now. Sorry, but those are my true feelings on the subject and this is my blog so I get to speak freely on the subject.
I have gotten a lot of unzipping and organizing done. I've deleted around 450 e-mails I'll never have time to read. I've managed to reduce the # of blogs in my blog reader by about 20 which is pretty good in that they just keep coming in.
I carried in a bucketful of dog food and a gallon of milk and carried out a big bag of trash. I also stripped the bed and have washed the sheets.............time to go put them in the dryer. They're far too big for my little indoor dryer rack. I have made up my mind that I'm going to be policing the hamper more closely. I don't think I can do a load a day--I just don't have that many dirty clothes. But, I want to do a load at the earliest time available, given whatever has accumulated. Waiting and doing more than 1 load a day makes it difficult to use that drying rack and that means I have to spend money on electricity and natural gas.
I may have a little bit of ease in my budget now, but I want to continue to live as frugally as possible so that I can save.
Someone commented that they couldn't work in a store like the one I'm working at now as they would shop too much. There are things I want/need. I DON'T need much in the way of clothes, except to insure that I have sufficient to cover my work needs. So far this year, I have bought: one pair of running shoes (for work), one sweatshirt (for work), one sweater (for work), two pairs of pants (for work), and some undies (well, just because..........) But household goods, now those tempt me.
I will at some point buy a cover for my down comforter. I am currently using one that has holes in it. I make sure the holes are carefully covered by a throw blanket at the foot of my bed, but it's evident it won't last a whole lot longer. And washing a down comforter is a total pain. It needs to be covered!
I want to get a smart phone. I don't see myself eating/drinking/sleeping with one of those, but I am finding there are a lot of opportunities to make or save money if you have a smart phone. However, I've already picked out where I am buying it and the new service with which I will sign up. One year's worth of bills from my current provider will almost cover the phone and a year's service with the new provider! Seems worth it to me. That will make the coupons, etc., just a bonus. Love that!
I am not getting any younger. There were a bunch of us lined up yesterday to punch in on the time clock. I looked around and decided I was without a doubt the oldest person there, by AT LEAST 10 years. I have no doubt that God will help me do this job. He wouldn't have let me get the job without intending that I rely on Him to get me through it. Of course, He wants us to rely on Him in everything. But, the time may come when this job is gone from my life. With prices escalating as they are, I want to save as much as I can for those days.
Well, in spite of getting 9 hours of sleep last night, I am going to go lie down for a while. That big bag of trash I carried out was not THAT heavy, but it tweaked my back anyway. I'm not shocked as that's the nature of my back right now. So, lying down and relaxing for an hour may help with that. And I know that the time is coming when my back will be experiencing NO MORE symptoms! That helps me keep going too.
I'll start working more on this house when I get up.