Okay, enough with the bullshit and hate and animosity and violence and stupidity in the world.
I am making small but deliberate changes in my life, and one of those changes is to deliberately look for and find something … ANYthing … that makes me smile, even a little bit.
I don’t get out much, for a variety of reasons, mostly because of money-and-mobility issues. But there are things in my local errands and even at home that give me a reason to smile.
Here are a couple of things.
Several years ago, when I still had a membership card for Sam’s Club, I got a giant container of pretzel sticks. Even giving a BUNCH to my daughter, what was left lasted a long, long time. But since then I have been using the canister to hold bagged dry cat food. Handy, convenient, and it keeps the bugs out. But today in particular this gives me a bit of joy because it is FULL! It hasn’t been fully full in ages, maybe a year or more….? Usually it is half-full when I put in a new bag, but more often it seems like a quarter-full or less. That I was able to buy two bags at once (it was on sale!) and even had to shake it down to finish emptying the 2nd bag … wow.
No, no … I realize it is just cat food, and something I get all the time. But seeing the container so completely full speaks of a bit of abundance, which is a rare commodity around here.
Yup, it’s my stack of ‘bar mop’ towels that I use mostly for dyeing clean-up but also for everything else around the house because I refuse to pay for paper towels. I have 6 or 7 dozen or more, and right now today, except for the one on the refrigerator and the 2 at my bedside, they are ALL CLEAN at the same time. They will get used and soiled and dirtied quickly, but they were piling up because of our recently cold wet weather. I washed half yesterday and half today and now they are done and that makes me feel SO GOOD.
Oh, and a bonus bit of happiness — I was actually able to get all the things on the chalkboard when I went to market, including a new flex-tip lighter for the stove (these things last forEVER) AND a new little lightbulb for the refrigerator (FINALLY).
I’m not flush or anything, and had to get small sizes or fewer-than-normal of the things I did get, and managed to fill only half my granny cart and kept the budget under $70. But still…. I have some things to smile about for today.