Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Teapots, cookies, earthquake insurance... and stuff
A very sweet commenter mentioned the teapot in the previous post. It was a Goodwill find for just a few dollars. It was missing the lid but, of course, I immediately thought it would make a great planter. I had some silk greenery put back in the garage and I borrowed my husband's wire cutters to snip them so they would easily fit in the teapot. I may plant a vine in it... haven't made up my mind.
I have wanted a teapot with shamrocks on it as well as one to use as a warm weather centerpiece on the dining table... isn't it amazing how God provided both... and in my budget. (Linda, this is the teapot I told you about!)
It was also mentioned that I'm a diabetic and I bake cookies. I've talked a lot about this in earlier posts.
Yes, my ministry is baking... which has a bit of an irony to it. I wanted to become a pastry chef (once I wasn't spending as much time homeschooling) but that didn't work out after developing Juvenile Diabetes. I did, however, keep my baking for friends and family... one must do so when they have the spiritual gift of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. Don't worry, I've been a diabetic for a long time now and have gone through two complete sets of nutrition classes... in Detroit and where I now live... so I know how to handle my hobby/ministry. :)
My husband did call our insurance agent on Monday. We've had the same agent for a long time and just adore his assistant. As soon as my husband told her who he was, she said she knew what he was calling for... earthquake insurance. He had a good laugh as she told him they had been inundated with requests. For my California friends... we can get earthquake insurance for about $40.00 a year. Of course, we won't be laughing if the "big one" hits the New Madrid fault!
I'm meeting my two friends for lunch... the "usual suspects" as I have called them here before... former neighbors from my old neighborhood... Sheila and Suzie. I'm glad we're meeting at Panera so I can have a bagel and coffee instead of buying a meal. Our gas prices have gone up to $3.66 a gallon and we all know what the grocery store is like these days... eating out has to be very cheap if done at all.
We did enjoy going to a favorite Chinese buffet for lunch on my husband's birthday. We have to go there when Christopher is not with us as he is severely allergic to MSG (as is Stephanie). It was a delicious lunch for less than $5.00 each (I do not know how they can continue this price but it fits our budget).
Now... off to lunch, I have so much lawn work waiting when I get home!