One bit of advice Mom often shared with me was to accept compliments gracefully. In other words, if someone tells you they love your dress, just say, “Thank you. Don’t say, “This old thing?”
She also said not to blurt out how cheap something is. No one needs to know that bit of information. She, however, didn’t follow her own advise. I’ll give you an example.
Several years ago, when Mom came to Texas for a visit, she got to see two of my son, Craig’s, high school football games. He had played three years on a youth team with a group of boys, who now played on his high school team. Consequently, I knew the other mothers we sat with at the game quite well. They were all really nice…and very wealthy.
The first game I took Mom to was a nail biter. We thought we were going to lose when out of nowhere we saw one of our guys running down the field with the ball. We were all clapping and yelling as he put more daylight between him and the other team. We were pretty excited when Craig’s team won the game.
It wasn’t until I was at work the next morning that I noticed the diamond had fallen out of my wedding ring. I was just sick about it. Two of my work friends took me to the high school football field where we crawled around under the bleachers searching for the little stone, but it was not to be found.
That night I told Mom and Kip that I was going to the mall to have a cubic zirconium stone put in my ring setting. We didn’t have a lot of extra money to replace the diamond, so I thought it was a good solution. I didn’t really care if it didn’t have a real diamond in it anyway. I just wanted to wear my ring.
The next night, when we got to the second game, Mom looked at all the rich moms and yelled, “You all have to see Mary’s ring!! She put a fake diamond in it and it only cost her forty dollars.”
I had that “fake” diamond in my ring setting for twenty years. Kip had it replaced for my birthday not too many years ago.
Why did I tell you that long story? It’s because I’m about to give it up again.
Today, Kip had to go to a couple of places to look for a replacement for one of the blinds that broke when he was cleaning it. I rode along and asked him to drop me off at a local thrift store that I very seldom frequent. They were having a ‘pay by the pound’ sale.
Here are pictures of what I got for $6.50.
This sweater is what I would call a sage green color. The quality is very good. I threw it in the washer and dryer and it came out beautifully.
This navy blue, (wool), pea coat was part of my “pay by the pound” purchase. The long sleeved T-shirt, grey jeans, scarf and ankle boots are all Goodwill purchases.
Here are some other things I have purchased in the past several months. Everything I’m wearing except the brown boots is a thrift store purchase. All were new or nearly new.
Remember I told you when we got our house finished, we were going to be minimalists? We intend to keep it very simple and uncluttered. I’m using all white pieces I bought at Goodwill for 2-3 dollars to stage our living room.
I will post more pictures when we’ve totally finished with the cleaning and have it all put back together. We’re hoping that will be tomorrow night.
I was sick most of the day. In fact, I managed to take a two hour nap, and felt a whole lot better when I woke up. I hope the sick feeling I’ve been struggling with is behind me.
I have things to report and new ideas to write about, but first things first, right?
One last comment. I think Mom would have been proud of my $6.50 purchase and blabbed it to the world. She always said, “If Mary has $5.00, she puts it on her or in her.” She was right, but the way I shop, clothes are cheaper than food.
Love.my new slippers too!