Sweet: My daughter surprised me with a small blue vase she had seen and thought I'd like...which I did. She bought it for no other reason but that
Sour: She's moved out this weekend, and we're not sure we'll have Thanksgiving this week together
Sweet: Jack has more work this week...HUGE yay!!
Sour: He and I won't have Thanksgiving together, since he'll be working. I'll pack him a bang-up meal, though!
Sweet: The air is springlike here...such wonderful, incredibly beautiful days!
Sour: We're losing a few plants either to the temp changes or to the fact we were over-eager in putting manure on some of them
Sweet: Our neighbor brought us a third trailer load of free manure!!
Sour: Jack's leg is preventing him from doing any work on the hardpan that we're trying to tun into garden beds for spring.
Sweet: Our bills are met as of today
Sour: Tomorrow's bills look bigger due to circumstances
Sweet: I'm feeling healthy, have gotten some outdoor things done, am working on the indoor ones, and am sleeping well at night most of the time
Sour: I'm missing my daughter and for some reason really really missing my family dog we had to give away 4 1/2 years ago. Very strange to feel that at the same time as missing my daughter, but sometimes you just need your dog. I need to GET a dog, but it wouldn't be responsible right now. Not that I'd be entirely responsible if I were the only person in this household, but I have a hubby who reminds me there'll be a right time, and he's right. Doggone it.
Sweet: I've loved looking at the Dogs Available for Rescue sites.
Sour: I'm in love with one of them and can't rescue him. Note to self: Do NOT look at rescue dogs right now...
Sweet: I'm glad my daughter has survived her teen years and is now a young adult. There are so many things I love about her!
Sour: Did I mention I'm missing her?
Sweet: We are well stocked now for most of our dry staple foods.
Sour: Jack was told he can have NO starches or dairy, except yogurt, oatmeal and maybe beans. Most sugars are out, too. NO bread, cornbread, desserts, breaded things, cheese, milk sour cream, etc etc. This is a GOOD thing for his health! It's a BAD thing for the pantry now stocked with so many starches.
Sweet: We did get the freezer, and stocked it with frozen turkeys on sale for $.79/lb. We're ecstatic about this!! There was enough budgeted for that to get a few bags of fish, too. Fish is our weekly "date meal" we usually have as a treat at a restaurant once a week, if finances allow. Now we can have it at home, deliciously, and if we want to get out of the house for a "date" instead of staying at home, we can just have a cup of tea out or some 2 for 1 coupon special, which we like just fine.
Sour: As we were almost done in the checkout line buying all those turkeys, the man in front of us told us of somewhere we could have gotten them for $.59/lb....whoa!! But it would have involved a pretty long drive, and all things considered, we went ahead and got the $.79 ones anyway. No problem :) I just wonder how much more $$ we could have squeezed out of the $.59 ones if I had just called around first...
In the end, the sweet wouldn't be nearly as sweet without the sour. And I'm grateful for the whole shebang. We're keeping a lot of things in prayer, namely our need to sell our vacant residential lots that are sitting in this stagnant market. And we're praying for others, too...friends and loved ones far and near. It's true that life's much bigger than just our little piece of it :) God is good, and I always think of that simple Robert Louis Stevenson line from A Child's Garden of Verses (something I always read to my daughter when she was younger)...
The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
I wrestle with anxiety, sadness, and restlessness over many developments that have arisen as challenges in areas not on the above list. I also am beset with gratitude, gratitude, and more gratitude for all the things I'm blessed with. If I'll keep a child's-eye view, I WILL see so many things from a much more "royal" perspective...
:) Til later...