I got spoiled with lots of soft sweaters (including a gorgeous cranberry Alpaca one - yum!). And a new pair of shoes: black quilted leather heels with patent leather toes. Delicious!
I had a a pal over to see the new place. I was in a cooking mood so I made fusilli with shrimp and homemade pesto. Yummy! I also made kale chips and baked blueberry spelt muffins since I was feeling all Gwyneth.
Sunday, I dressed up. It's church and I am not the type of person to show up to the house of God in yoga pants (OK, that sounds a little judgemental I realize, but it's how I feel.) I wore an Anne Klein alligator-print embossed leather skirt in a deep espresso colour that I got at an 80% off sale in the summer. I paired it with a navy sweater and I wore a camel-coloured wool coat (I live October to March in a coat that looks like a sleeping bag since I am always freezing, but for church, lunches downtown or work stuff, I wear pretty coats.)
I'm liking this let's-enjoy-what-I-already-own thing. It helps me stay out of the stores and keep to my budget.
I've been pretty focused on how I spend my money. I've been reading an awesome book by Sarah Ban-Breathnach (remember Simple Abundance?) Well, it turns out that she and a rogue ex squandered most of her Oprah money and she is in the position so many of us find ourselves in: rebuilding our financial house. The book is called Peace and Plenty, and I'll do a full review of it once I'm finished. Ban-Breathnach takes quotes from a number of women's magazines that were dispensing financial advice during the great depression. One of the quotes I loved was from a 1928 copy of Modern Priscilla:
The word budget seems to frighten some people. They think of it as a beast which will devour, or as a tool by which the homemakers arbitrarily, almost automatically, cut themselves off from the possibility of ever obtaining the things they want. On the contrary, it does, if well made and well used, prevent careless expenditure for things outside the scheme of life. It prevents us from wandering thoughtlessly into debt. It insures the purchase of many things which, however desirable, would have been counted among impossibilities or extravagances, if the careful survey demanded in making the budget had not shown them to be possible.
Budgeting is what makes dreams possible. I love that idea! So, of course, the trick is figuring out our dreams: what we want and where our priorities sit. A pal of mine is having a visioning board party at the end of the month, so perhaps that will help me clarify things a bit.
I do know that one of my budgetary line items will be flowers, especially in the winter when we are so starved for colour. I found these gorgeous fair trade roses at Sobey's for $9.99. The cashier said that they will last about 10 days. So, $1 per day! Gorgeous and worth every penny!