Sunday, October 06, 2013
Sunday Afternoon Tea
I was taking a break from household obligations... as in cleaning and organizing in the kitchen... by perusing a favorite magazine. The pictures of lovely rooms caused a pause in the flipping of pages as I wanted to drink in the beauty of the room. That article was soon followed by another which promoted the wearing of pretty aprons in the kitchen as women of another generation did out of necessity.
The articles once again helped me realize that we are, for the most part, drawn to Beauty. Some of us love seeing our dwelling places as a blank canvas on which we splatter a little paint here, hammer a nail in a wall there for a picture, and fill with those items which cause our heart to sing.
God created us to love Beauty... He understands... He gets it!
I was looking through the first few years of blog posts (now in the eighth year of writing) and came across the post where I almost quit blogging. Some will remember the comment that sent me into such a tither that I thought (for awhile) I no longer wanted to write about anything... much less the subject of Living a Beautiful Life on a Budget.
For the anonymous comment was that I "knew how to work the system" as they knew my family had a very limited income due to my husband's disability but I was able to buy pretty things for my house. This was obviously someone who had not read Coffee Tea Books & Me very much or they would know we received no government assistance from "the system".
At the time, my husband was on Disability which is not government assistance, it is part of what we pay for when we have enormous amounts of money taken out of our check for FICA (Social Security insurance). It eventually merged into regular retirement benefits when he turned sixty-five or sixty-six... can't remember which. Yes, he is older than I am!!! He says he robbed the cradle.
While it upset me greatly at the time, a few friends reminded me I should take it as a compliment if someone thought my house looked that nice. For it is sad that one should think only money can make a beautiful home. Except for the inherited furniture and the items purchased when my husband worked as an engineer, much of what I decorate with was purchased for a fraction of their original price.
For you see, those of us who love to be surrounded by Beauty and who also takes great enjoyment from the hunt receive a double blessing. I love to show people around my house and point out my thrift shop treasures. It's as if they were with me on that hunt for treasure.
I find it more fun to purchase clothing and things for the house on a limited budget than it ever was when I shopped at the mall. I may only have $5.00 to spend at Goodwill or a thrift store but each time I enter through those doors... I enter with great anticipation as to the treasure that may be available that day.
It makes it even more remarkable when it is a "God Wink". You know, when you find something for pennies... or just a few dollars... at a thrift store, resale shop, or even a garage sale that you have desired for so long but could never afford full price!
How wonderful it is that you felt His leading to check out the thrift store that day and know it truly had to be God who engineered the timing so that what you desired was donated to the store to be there when you were shopping and had the money to spend at that visit.
Or perhaps you passed by a garage sale and decided to stop and "look around", only to find a longed for treasure for yourself or a loved one.
Don't let anyone tell you God does not care about the little treasures of your life. You know otherwise.
Picture: Apron Gals