Thanks for your comments on yesterday's "whine" post. I'm not sure if things have become better with all the stress but at least I was able to escape it today to do some much needed thrifting. I'm hoping that thrift therapy is less damaging than retail therapy. It is recycling, the money goes to a non-profit organization and I get to bring vintage things into my home.
Keiran and I headed off to Bremerton this morning, first stopping at our favorite coffee shop for organic hot chocolate and a latte. I'm sure I mention this every Friday but he is just the best ever shopper. He'll be 4 1/2 next Wednesday, he's male and yet he went to 4 different thrift stores, 2 computer stores and 1 cafe with me today without any complaining. Even my daughter wouldn't be too keen on this kind of day. He's just such a pleasure to spend time with and I must admit this is what really cheered me up today.
I found a Virginia Kahl book at Value Village. I love her character illustrations as well as her writing. The entire book is written in rhymes. The drawings remind me of the Root Children. I have found a couple of these books on eBay and another at a thrift store. Each one is as sweet as the other. I also picked up a Little House on the Prairie Cookbook which I hadn't seen before.
St. Vinnie's was all decked out for Thanksgiving. I don't know about you but my Thanksgiving decoration could fit in a shoe box. For some reason, I just haven't spent a lot of time buying seasonal decorations until I moved in to our cottage. It's a home that wants to be decorated. The corn and pumpkin candles were all .15 cents each. The Pilgrim salt and pepper shakers were 1.25 for the two. The vintage Pilgrim in the back was $1.25.
We also stopped at Goodwill in Bremerton which I haven't done for ages. I really don't like to go there too often because they are so expensive. Today though I found some items to buy. I found a wool mattress pad to go on Keiran's bed. Our 1927 home is a little drafty upstairs and the bedrooms are quite chilly. This should help warm him in the night. It was $11.99. I also found a pair of professional Dansko clogs for $3.99 and a Kitchenaid Shredder attachment in box for $6.99. Both of these are to resell.
When Keiran and I arrived home, I set straight to work on Dave's computer and was able to get all of my packages mailed out. This took away a lot of my stress. We are probably going to buy a new computer and printer tomorrow or Monday. (Gulp). And for a double gulp, I think I am leaving the world of standard computers and am switching to a Mac. Dave leaves for England next Friday so I have to buy the computer, have Dave set it up and be ready for me to work on it by Thursday. No stress there....Apple is offering a visa card with no interest for 3 months so I need to get busy and make some money in three months time. Has anyone else switched to a Mac? Will the non-techie in me be able to cope? I hope it will make my life easier. I'm a little worried about the cost but we can buy a refurbished Mac and save quite a bit of money. We'll see.
Have a lovely thrifting weekend.