Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005
The Budget Squeegie
While the date on yesterday's entry said Saturday, it was actually referencing Friday. This is now in fact Saturday. A very wet, cold, windy Saturday. So windy, in fact, that I've got a feeling I'll have storm damage to report for the weekend news. There have been breezes off and on all day, but what just blew through was one hum-dinger of a wind. The clouds are hanging low over the mountains and the air is crisp. Not snow weather (at least not yet.) Just cold and nasty, with sleet mingling into the rain. The Weather Channel says it's 36ºF at 4:48PM so heaven knows if the rain could change into the big snow for which we're long overdue. The temperature actually dipped a couple of degrees while I stood and watched, so it's entirely within the realm of possibility.
I'm watching through my window and the clouds keep getting darker over those mountains, though the sun managed to break through briefly.
This weather doesn't lend itself to leisurely strolls outdoors, but this afternoon I did go ahead and take my antiques walk, ambling down two blocks of antique storefronts. I found several things I love, including an alternative I'd never considered for a nightstand. I was looking at some antique radios. They stand about 35" high, give or take, have extraordinary wood details, and some have a nice flat tabletop on them.
Despite liking the look, I won't be buying one. The one I saw that would lend itself best to the use was $400; others ranged upward to $700 or more. Way out of what I'm willing to spend for a place to set an alarm clock, lamp, and book, and phone, and to stash a book or something comparable. If I'm going to spend that much I'll I can get a really nice bed table/nightstand from any one of a number of sites online. I did, however, spot several nice antique dressers for under $300, some under $200. Right now I have WalMart's finest cardboard dresser wannabe. We're definitely due for an upgrade!
Unfortunately this was NOT a day when I should have been out and about. My cough is still lingering, and I'm beginning to think I've got a lung infection or something comparable, and this weather really has exacerbated it. I tried buying some theraputic mineral bath that's supposed to help alleviate congestion. It did wonderful things for my skin but if anything the congestion seemed worse, darn it.
Whether it was the rain or the congestion or the cumulative stress or what, I have been downright weepy today. The novel I read last night turned out to be a romance, but it was at least well written. Today I picked up my normal 25¢ special to read while doing laundry, and ended up going weepy.
Weepy over a book.
Y'all don't know this but I don't do weepy, or at least not without significant provocation. And a book does not constitute "significant provocation." I guess that means that the stress levels are getting to me even more than I thought.
I wish I had thought to pick up a couple of potatoes. In this kind of weather I'm craving homemade vegetable beef stew. I have everything I need except, of course, potatoes. Unfortunately after my last run through the rain, I most assuredly don't feel like going outside to go buy a bag of potatoes. So I guess the beef stew is put on hold for the moment.
But homemade chicken noodle might be doable, now that I think of it. If I get going, by the time I'm hungry it should be ready.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )