Eating local is not only something I believe in, I love doing it! Mitch continues his bread baking and I get to enjoy the baguettes every Saturday. I add cheese, and this time of year, sliced tomatoes with salt, olive oil, and basil. A few years ago I indulged in a $9.99 pair of herb scissors which don't get used much except when fresh basil is available. Still one of the best purchases I've made, and in my favorite color!
I more recently, although pre-pandemic, bought a serrated utility knife (6" blade and perfect for coring and slicing tomatoes). It was a much bigger investment, but also really, really worth it. It matches the utility paring knife I purchased about a year before. I'd actually not had a utility knife, but had a serrated one that was beyond inexpensive. When looking for a new paring knife I realized I needed a utility size, so I indulged. The serrated version was an easy sell. They are each used all the time.
One of the decisions I made (and remember I am a senior citizen, without children or other dependents) during the pandemic was, to the extent I can, to quit putting things off. Instead of "why should I?" I've changed the question to "If not now, when?" I trust in my instinct to not over consume and to make worthwhile purchases, and not everything I want is a product!
How I am indulging myself:
- I put on as much jewelry as I feel like wearing on any given day.
- I wear my pearls every day (mostly inside my top) unless it just doesn't work with my neckline.
- I take a little time off from my lists and projects to enjoy -- the back yard, a good book, a trip out, a walk.
- I cook what I feel like cooking -- which sometimes means I have to not indulge in something else.
- Same with eating. I eat wild rice and steamed veggies (or tomatoes) for lunch on weekdays so I can eat my Saturday lunch without skimping.
- I am enjoying my processes.
- I let myself do things just because I like them.
- I knit with yarn that brings me pleasure.
Today I am hoping to knock this out before I go to the oncologist. The upside of a cancer diagnosis: It is a total focuser!
While I have no worries about my breast cancer outcome (all positive), It does bring age and mortality into sharp focus. I've had some ongoing problems with tendonitis, arthritis, and muscle soreness as a side effect (they are never positive!) of the estrogen blocker I was prescribed. It makes me now have to take care with how much I knit, and take more breaks from it. I have put in hours of physical therapy & exercises, wear a brace at night, and a wrap during the day. I suspended taking the medication in April. This means every stitch I knit has to count. I am having a wonderful time knitting what I want. If not now, when?