Be warned! I feel this is going to be a slightly eclectic and rambling post...
Today I felt a sudden urge to call a dear old friend I hadn't talked to in ages, thinking we might get together as I was passing through her town and could make a stop. During the conversation I realized I forgot to congratulate her on her birthday, which was yesterday! My cheeks burning with shame, I immediately suggested we go somewhere to celebrate - a rare treat for both of us. We had a lovely lunch out (split a dish and were as full as could be).
After lunch we browsed through some shops, among them one with supplies for babies and toddlers. Seeing the prices, I said to myself, no wonder people claim having children is expensive! It certainly will be, if we buy everything ready-made and brand-new, without thinking of creative solutions. I doubt babies need the latest style of clothes, furniture and toys.
The first thing I thought of after looking through the clothes section was, how useful sewing can be! Even a few simple hand stitches could save a lot of money, I think. The prices of baby clothes, compared with how tiny they are, are absolutely ridiculous. Also, since little ones grow out of their clothes and shoes so fast, re-using them is a great option. I know I wouldn't say no to a bag of second-hand baby clothes in good condition!
... Overall I had a wonderful afternoon, and here I am, relaxing and unwinding, counting the simple blessings of today:
- My husband's smile in the morning, and encouraging words to help me start my day;
- The ability to enjoy good food, good conversation, and friendship;
- The sunshine, the light wind and the time and open heart to enjoy it all;
And oh! I wonder if any of you can tell who the little friend in the picture is. I caught him on camera not far from our home. It's some sort of small rodent, I guess, but I couldn't figure out which exactly - and he wouldn't let me any nearer than this.