Archive for September, 2014

The Joy of Delayed Gratification.


2014
09.29

It’s been a busy month, and a really expensive one, too. Dinners with friends, auctions, gas for road trips, entertaining, veterinary bills, higher car insurance rates… you know how it goes. You can plan and budget all you like, but life has a way of intervening in all kinds of ways.

So when I saw the PERFECT bench for my Little Free Library at the Serendipity shop, I was hesitant to jump out of the car and plunk down the $24 for it. Not a lot of money, but it wasn’t quite close to my next Social Security check, and I have a few rules about my cash: I won’t put anything on my credit card unless it is an absolute necessity, and I won’t take money out of my savings account for fun stuff.

But there it was, sitting on their lawn just waiting for ANYONE to take it, when in truth it belonged to me. (At least heart-wise.) I’d drive by every day and look for its green paint. I’d watch to make sure nobody was sitting on it or looking at it. I’d watch for the little cut out hearts on each end to make sure it was still there.

And finally the check came, and I rushed over there and pulled off the sales ticket. It was mine! Paid for up front, with no money gone from savings, nothing added to my (thank you GOD) zero balance credit card. Whew!

There was a sign behind the counter, too: “I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT WHEN I SAW IT.” I was glad I didn’t have to say that.

Here’s the bench. It’s a beauty. It needs a little TLC, but I don’t plan to put it out there until next spring, so I have time to think about what color to use. Or time to think about which friends might take on the project if I buy the paint for them? Of course I have someone in mind, and they know who they are. (But that’s a story for another day.

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Sometimes it feels good to have to wait for things. In this day of instant gratification, of which I often indulge, it is nice to have something to look forward to that you can’t have right this minute. Sometimes when you wait and think about things and consider their possibilities, it seems all the more wonderful when you actually get them.

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Meanwhile, for instant gratification I found these lovelies at recent auctions. I bought this whole box of glass figures just to get this weird little ostrich. How often do you see something like that? You will if you come to my house. He’s in the kitchen.

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And while they’re technically not from an auction, they’re from a roadside stand in Trego, Wisconsin, and I’m hoping the deer won’t eat them. The second one is actually somewhat silvery. Who grows silver pumpkins? (Some farmer in Wisconsin, apparently.) I love these.

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One last thing: A funny sign a friend found on Grand Avenue. I noticed the other day they erased the “Ass,” though you can still see the remains. I’m glad he caught it when he did!

Photo Credit: Don Fraser

Photo Credit: Don Fraser

 

Your Sex Questions Answered.


2014
09.14

Not by me, of course. That would be a colossal waste of both our times. I am neither a teacher nor a doer at this particular time in my life, but hope springs eternal.

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I found this wonderful old 1934 book at an auction and paid $3 to learn everything a modern mother and father should know. My first thought was that mothers and fathers probably already learned enough about sex just by becoming mothers and fathers, and now they are too tired to do anything about it. It’s the rest of us who could use some info!

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Inside the book, aside from a wealth of sexual information for mothers and fathers only, there is a handy conception wheel, which tells you the two days you may conceive. (I’m guessing there are more than two, just from watching “Judge Judy.”) The rest of the days are “free time.” Who knows what mothers and fathers may do with that? We can only imagine.

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The author, Hildegarde Esper, has quite a reputation in the world of books and movies. Along with her husband (whom I presume helped her with her “extensive research”) she produced a lot of controversial films, such as “Narcotic” and “Maniac.” Wow.

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She was quite a gal; ahead of her time, and some kind of free thinker. You can read more about her here:

http://www.mondo-digital.com/maniac.html

PS: I know my friend Dave is going to say “Oh, I know all about those two,” but some of us have been very busy since 1934.

Go. See.