Everyone has seen an infomercial where the narrator says, “But Wait! There’s More!” Followed by a pitch that makes a good deal even more good. Better. Hard to pass up. Will this pillowcase made of some cotton grown near the Nile Riverbed complete your lifelong search for peace? Probably not. But many still buy one, anyway.
The Babe and I love to go through the “As Seen on TV” sections of any store. Things that look massive on TV are miniscule in person. Things that look small on TV may also diminish in size in person. How to distinguish a good deal from a bad one? I suppose you can abstain from purchasing; you can purchase with caution; you can purchase in person if possible; you can research the company, the products, their complaint resolution process, and so on.
When I engage in any investigation of a product, I search to see if they send it from China. Those are a little shaky. I have purchased some beautiful tops and leggings from a company called Zulily. I love their clothes. Trouble is, I feel some sort of betrayal for purchasing so much from China. It’s unfortunate we closed down all of our textile mills in the 1980s (cue the Bruce Springsteen song, My Home Town), sending not only production of dry goods but also their construction into clothing overseas. It was all about money. We couldn’t do it as cheap as they could. But wait, so much more happened because we were all about the money. Look where we are now. It seemed like a good idea. Ironic how things happen.
After all of this thinking about China, I’m going to make my clothing when I’m ready for smaller sizes. We’ve done well so far and want to continue becoming healthier. At our ages (68 and 70), it’s not about looks or anything, it’s about healthy choices. We want to live to see all of our grandkids graduate from high school. A challenge, since the grands range in age from 11 months up to 13 1/2 years. Quite a span!
So, the Babe likes to tease me about having a fabric store in the hobby room downstairs. I have both quilt fabric AND clothing fabric, so my stash is pretty big. And I make the commitment to use it, as much as I can, in 2021.
And, I want to publish a book in 2021. I am looking at creating my LLC and getting a young artist to help me with illustrations for my children’s book. We’ll see what January brings. It’s exciting, you know? And I need to get back to the novel. I want to finish that in 2021, possibly publish it a year from now. The future is bright, folks. For all of us. We’re learning what’s important, and we’re making some serious changes in our lives. And it’s all for good.
Join us in making 2021 the best. We all need this! Start by being more positive, learn to relax. Be on time. For everything. For everyone. Be Kind. Be Courteous. Be Supportive. Be Grateful. See you tomorrow!