Herself: Had a very relaxed day.
Reading: Finally back into the newest of the Dresden series.
Balance: Got the grocery shopping done. One week: 42 bucks.
Menus: Chicken, pear, and walnut salad. Baked potatoes and a cheese and tomatoe salad. Chicken, cilantro, and BBQ pizza. Pork chops with baked apples with green salad. Lite sausage, apple, and cabbage stir.
It’s not just those who have been laid off who are counting pennies, the state is broke too. The trickle down effect reaches us all with government employees getting IOU’s, and college students finding their classes truncated mid summer.
I must admit that I hadn’t expected to have so few classes to relearn how to paint. Selfishly, I had been thinking the world was rotating in its orbit just as it always had. We who had already crimped back on our spending suddenly find ourselves not spending at all in a world only now adjusting to balanced budgets.
The only thing I really had to buy for this class was paper and a tool box. I’d saved my paints from college and was grateful the moths hadn’t eaten my brushes. Yes, good paint brushes are made from animal fur. No, I was a failure at contributing to the economy for this class. Yes, I need a tube of a nice acidy green so eventually I will be a bring a few of my pennies out into public.
Or will the one tube cost twenty bucks.
I find myself rethinking my priorities these days. Here the budget was planned to include an oil change on the Toyota, repairs on Grumpy, rebuilding the downstairs bath, and a kitchen counter….the bath and kitchen being very worn originals. Our enthusiasm and research for changes on the downstairs half bath have been shelved until himself is once again employed…although the pictures remain up.
I’m always hopeful.