New Appreciation

Day 324

One  wholly unintended , yet not unwelcome, consequence of our Simple Year project has been that people are keen to give us things.   That is how I obtained chicken wire, pony tail holders, various school supplies and a leak free travel mug.  All of these items (with the exception of the hairbands) were given to us second hand and were things we actually needed.

Recently, I was sent a new plunger by a friend after my post about overflowing toilets.  She did buy it new.  But, just for grins I checked Ebay and there were ACTUALLY three used plungers listed.  If that does not prove my point that you can buy ANYTHING used, I don’t know what does.  My new plunger is like NASA toilet technology and described as Patented Heavy Duty All-Angle Super-Power Plunger, it even has an online video.  I hope I don’t need to watch it to be able to use it, because I don’t want to watch a plunger video.

I was also saved by a friend when the repair to my beloved teapot did not hold.  Super Glue you LIED.   A couple of days post restoration, I picked up the pot, started to pour my tea while just holding the handle.   The pot after becoming dislodged had flipped on its side and  was expelling tea all over the counter and subsequently my shoes.



I expressed my unhappiness with the situation at my office.  Clearly at least one of my coworkers decided it was in everyone’s best interest to make sure I had my daily caffeine intake.

Because he brought  me in an extra teapot he had.

I love it, I love it, I love it

I love it, I love it, I love it


This year has given me a new appreciation for gifts when they are truly needed.   I LOVE my new teapot and DELIGHT over that new plunger. And believe me, as someone who once got irritated at my husband for surprising me with a new carpet cleaner for Christmas, that is a major shift in thinking.  And although my kids still don’t do a happy dance when given things like socks and underwear at least they don’t complain–as loudly.


4 Responses to New Appreciation

  1. I chose to live with less in my early 30s. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I exchanged “things” for time. I am well taken care of but I don’t often have the newest “toy” or fashion or have fewer new toys or fashionable things. In the end though, now 20 years later, I can say what I do have is a life that has been tremendously meaningful and full of wonderful experiences. I have had what many people wait until they retire to have: a life that I have shaped. Time is a commodity that cannot be bought, can not be recuperated, and in my experience, can never be regretted. Time is where I have found that which is sacred. I am thankful that my mother taught me that one must make time for what matters.

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