Three months ago I had an awakening. It was when my daughter asked me if I planned on being the richest person in the cemetery. No, that was never my intention. My intention was to be prepared for a catastrophe. I realized then I was so programed for catastrophes that I was denying myself the little pleasures in life. Things like a glass blown pumpkin, a terrific candy bar, the really good hair color. I have recently purchased those three items.
Today, for the first time, I went into Michael's craft store to browse, even though I had buying yarn on my list. I don't think that store missed any thing when it comes to crafting. I had to ask what a couple things were for, then I stopped asking and relaxed while I browsed. I wouldn't know what to do with most of the items available. I do know what to do with yarn. I bought two skeins of 100% wool yarn to make dryer balls for stocking stuffers. They were on sale for 4.99 a skein. I can get five sets of two out of those two skeins. I like dryer balls for two reasons: 1. Once they are made there is no longer a cost associated with using them, and 2. They are environmentally friendly - not only to the environment - but because there is no petroleum in them your skin is safe from oily residue that dryer sheets and liquid softeners leave behind.
I also bought a large skein of yarn and a small skein to make slippers with. The brown yarn will be a friendly color for walking around and the light pink will add that touch of 'girliness' we all benefit from. The large skein was not on sale, but I used a 40% off coupon for purchase. So the cost was 6.50 for the large skein and 1.99 for the small pink one. All of the yarn was made in the USA. Another plus for me because I'm trying to be aware of where things come from. A word of caution - I am not a Nazi about this - or anything else. I feel good when I buy an American product, but I realize everyone in the world needs to make money to feed and care for their families.
On to my second purchase (type). Disposable bread pans and cupcake holders for Thanksgiving dessert. They're so cute and will enhance my baked goods.
None of these items were a necessity. They were fun to buy with the dream of what they will become. I'm learning how to dream. It feels so good to shed some of my fear and enjoy life a bit more.
How about you, dear reader? What do you do to enhance your life - just a little? Comments are a welcome treat for me.
Look at all this gorgeous yarn. Soon to be made into items that will be useful. I love it!