Hello there, dear ones. I hope you are all doing well and had a wonderful, lovely weekend. I'm happy to tell you my husband and I had a fun and enjoyable Shabbat, and then holiday, with our families. In the picture above, you can see the gift my husband gave me for Shavuot. Isn't he a sweetheart?
Now we are about to become busy bees once again. There are so many things to do that I hardly have the time to even write down what needs to be done, so I won't forget it.
Something I have been pondering lately: how often do we discover we have too much stuff for our tiny (or not-so-tiny) homes to contain, and end up throwing it all away? In the past, things were handled more carefully and taken better care of. When you had something you didn't need, you would give it to someone who needed it.
Recently I discovered a lovely Israeli project - a website dedicated entirely to giveaways (www.agora.co.il). People discover items in their homes which might be in a perfectly good condition, but became unnecessary with time, and post messages about wanting to give them away. The variety of things being generously given away is enormous - from computers and books to baby clothes and furniture.
Except for our bed (sidenote: mattresses are still lacking, which means we are still sleeping on an air bed), we don't have a single furniture item we bought brand-new for our home. Everything we have was either given to us as a gift, or found and restored by my husband. Yes, it means our furniture is a bit mismatched, but to tell you the truth, it seems insignificant when I think of how much money we saved.
My husband and I have already participated in the message boards of the website I mentioned, both as givers and receivers. Why throw away if you can give away? Why choose to be another victim of consumerism if you can bless someone by giving away something you don't need? Be creative. Research and get for free, or buy second-hand, or make it yourself. Swap and save.