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It's FRIDAY...

...kinda hard for us to tell since Ronnie hasn't been working.  Now we we are able to do everyday what we would have done on the weekend.  Sleeping late (ok, that's just me), yard work (yeah, that's just Ronnie) surfing the net, watching the tube, savoring the first morning cup of coffee, going into town, visiting....  We just do it whenever the urge hits us.   

That is the beauty of this new life.  Yeah, sure we have had to cut back in a lot of ways but I have really started to realize how little we actually need.  Of course there are still a lot of things I want.  LOTS of things.  Did I say LOTS?  Ok, just making sure.  But those things aren't really needs.  And I am really happy and content with the way life is now so I really don't mind not having the wants.  It's an easy tradeoff for me.  That's today.  Might wanna ask me in a few months.  We haven't had to give up cable yet, which I think I could do without anyway especially once we move to our new little home town.   I haven't had to give up real Coffee Mate (is that an oxymoron??) yet or our once every couple of weeks trip to the Outback or the internet.  Yep, giving up the internet might freak me out a little.  And, I have to admit, we still don't always make the best use of our time.  We haven't invited our neighbors over for supper yet and Ronnie hasn't been fishing as much as he is able to, but maybe we are just pacing ourselves.  Anyway, back to the beauty of this new life.

Our grand-daughter participated in a beauty pageant a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday.  It felt so great to be able to go!  Even though we made a one day trip it was excellent!  We knew in the back of our minds that Ronnie did not have to go to work so it didn't matter if we got a little tired from the trip.  We could take the whole week to recoup if we needed to!  Nothing was in the back of our mind keeping us from enjoying that moment.  We got in at about 2:30 a.m. but it didn't matter and guess what!!  We didn't even sleep in the next morning.  Ok, that may be a lie I don't really remember, but seems like we got up early.  Last night there was something we wanted to do...until we realized we really didn't want to do it.  So we didn't.  We waited til today and it was much more enjoyable.  Easy trade off...so far.

We are trying to consciously find ways to simplify.  We have tons in the pantry.  Why are we going to the store and getting more??  For example we are almost out of coffee (which has been downgraded from Maxwell House to Hill Country Fare without much of a noticeable difference).  First thought in our head, "oops, better go get some".  But then I realized that we have several packages of herbal tea in the pantry.  Do we actually have to have coffee?  Are we really that rigid?  No, we aren't Ronnie isn't.  Ok I am, but I am willing to try to change in order to keep this life.  So I proposed we just replace our morning coffee with a steaming, aromatic cup of herbal tea and get them out of the pantry.  Good idea, Jenn! (time will tell) Little things like that. 

So, HAPPY FRIDAY, to all of you looking forward to a couple of days off!!  Have any special plans?  Any "home" work you need to knock out? 

Whatever the weekend holds for you we hope it is a wonderful, blessed couple of days in which you get everything you want and need to get done, done! 

Thanks for using some of your time to stop by and visit here at Casa Causpanic!  We love it! 

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