If we're already in the frugal living train this week, allow me to voice some not-very-connected thoughts I've been having (just as, no doubt, many who are considering how they can do more on less).
I wish I could be the one who does the shopping. I'm the one who writes the shopping list around here, but as you well know, there's a world of difference between writing a shopping list and actually going into the store and loading the cart. Every time my husband comes back from the store with the week's hoard, I'm having these nerdy health-freak frugal fantasies about how different our freezer and pantry shelves would have looked under my supervision. We would never, of course, have soft drinks of breakfast cereal in the house, we would forget how a tub of ice-cream looks, and we'd improve our shopping cart so much, both health and budget-wise.
I wish we didn't have to keep a dog. I know this will sound awfully coarse to all the dog-lovers out there, but we only keep ours for safety reasons. We do like our dog, of course, but not enough to forget she's a constant financial drain, in terms of food, vaccines, flea shampoo, tick collars, etc. We've toyed with the possibility of installing a good alarm system instead, but the area is just teeming with large animals such as wild boar and deer, and they pass right below our verandah. The alarm would be constantly set off.
I wish we lived at a time and place where a person could walk through an empty area, pick a piece of land, and build a house there without worrying about permits, building regulations, or paying off a mortgage. So many people could do very well if they were just given a plot of land and a pair of hands. Sometimes I watch historical films with adorable huts in the middle of a forest, for instance, and think to myself, "these people might have had no plumbing - but they had no mortgage to pay off, either!"
On a totally unrelated note, here is a photo of our white Silkie, held on Shira's lap, and doted on.
I wish all my Jewish readers a health-safe, spiritually productive Yom Kippur.