8, yes, 8 pounds of sugar

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What happens when I attend Bible Study one evening, and ask Alan to go to the grocery store and purchase the weekly “Buy 3 and get the lowest price” items? Yes, I end up with 8 pounds of sugar.:-)

I do like to use sugar in iced tea(I am a Southern girl), a teeny bit of sugar on my healthy cereal and yes, I use a bit of sugar in baking. Do I need 8 pounds of sugar at one time? No, I do not.

Last Saturday, I mentioned to Alan that we should take advantage of the great “Buy 3-get low prices” at the local store. He said, “We don’t need that many eggs or that much sugar or that much cheese.” Smiling, I replied to him that if we purchased one pack of eggs, one pack of cheese and one 4 lb. bag of sugar, we would really be saving money in the long run. He didn’t agree and so, I decided to go along with him, secretly knowing that since Tuesday is Senior day, we would get the items then and save even more money with our Senior discount.

Tuesday evening, he drove me to Bible Study and then he went to the store. There was even a list for him to follow. Sweet man, he tried so hard to get the correct items.

After class, as I sat down in the car, Alan asked me to please, please not send him to the store alone anymore. Funny thing is that he always goes to the store alone, when I am not feeling well. Sweet, sweet man.

He explained that he found most items on the list, but, the store was out of cheese. My first question was, “Dear, did you look for the nice display of cheese? ” Then, “Did you ask anyone for help?” No, he did not ask for help. Sweet, sweet man.

His response was that he went through the check out line, and while the cashier was ringing up the items, he noticed on the computer screen, that he was being charged full price for the eggs and sugar.

The nice cashier explained that the special was for buying 3 of certain items. After discussing with him about getting another package of eggs(Thank you, dear sweet husband, for not bringing home 36 eggs), the decision was made to get another 4 lb. bag of sugar. That would make 2 bags of sugar and 1 package of 18 eggs. Sounds like I need to do some baking, doesn’t it?

The line behind him grew longer, as the cashier asked another employee to get a bag of sugar. They must have thought something was wrong with this first bag, because after going to the “sugar” aisle, that person came back with one bag.  “No, no, we need two bags of sugar.”

Back to the “sugar” aisle, and back to the check out line, finally 2 bags of sugar.

Good thing Alan likes to chat with people, as the line grew longer as everyone waited for this sweet husband of mine to get his 3 items. 🙂

Alan is the sweetest husband. He didn’t really complain about the situation. He just requested that next time I have “special” items, that I would go to the store with him.

Now, I must use up that sugar. It won’t go bad, just knowing that 8 lbs of sugar is sitting in our kitchen, makes me feel the need to bake. haha!

We could have been grouchy about this little situation. Instead, God gave Alan and me a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves. We thank God for His humor and His love and mercy.

The next time something happens that could make you grouchy, just take a moment and pause and look for the joy in the situation and then, laugh out loud. You might just make someone else happy. And, if you need help finding something in the grocery store… just ask. It might prevent you from having 8 pounds of sugar on your kitchen counter.

Blessings and giggles, and baking,
Mimi

 

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“Newbie”

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Yes, you read that correctly. I am a “newbie” to writing. So, what exactly do I mean by that?  Well, I was introduced to the love of reading and writing by my parents. At a very young age, I watched both of them reading the newspaper, magazines and books. Sitting on the floor next to the recliner, my parents would hand me whatever they were reading. I soaked in the information like a sponge. They took me to the library each week. We visited the bookmobile in our neighborhood. There was always a love for reading in our home.

In elementary school, teachers blessed me with their love of stories, poetry and the art of writing fiction. One of my favorite things to do is to read a good book, and I read a LOT of books. I also enjoy writing reviews for books.

As my love of reading strengthened, the love of writing strengthened as well. I have written several children’s stories, but, have never pursued publishing them. Illustrations are needed and that is not my gift. God has another plan for me right now. I am writing my first inspirational fiction story. The writing process is definitely a learning experience and I am gleaning everything I can from Christian authors.

I am very thankful to the authors who are encouraging  and uplifting me while I attempt my first story. Where would I be without those precious prayers and words from family, friends and special author friends? The words of wisdom from authors are very important, as they have been on this path already.

Also, other “newbie” writers are very encouraging. They know exactly how I feel. There are times of great inspiration and times that the page in front of me is empty. That is the time for many prayers.

My goal is to write stories that inspire and encourage people and show the love of God and His glory. My belief is that a story can be told and God’s message can shine through that story.

So, if we meet and I can’t stop smiling and asking you questions about reading and writing, please understand. I am so excited about writing that sometimes keeping my feet still is a hard thing to do. Dancing with joy! That’s me!

One day, I won’t be a “newbie” to writing. I thank God for all His blessings in the journey of writing.

Do you have something that you have put off pursuing? Maybe now is the time to ask God for His guidance with that special project. 🙂

Have a glorious September day,
Blessings and writing and reading forever,
Mimi