If so, can you help me understand mine? Or, maybe help him understand me? Some days I just look at him and wonder what the hell is he thinking? I promise you . . he does the same with me every hour of every day.
Over the weekend he bought some kind of gizmo to track how much electricity is getting used by each item. Know what I say? Who cares! And, if we want to save electricity, let’s just disconnect the stove, 2 ovens and the dishwasher and eat at McDonald’s for breakfast, White Grill (hamburgers) for lunch and Hardee’s for dinner and maybe go to Burger King or Sonic for special occasions because that’s about the only choices we have here. Oh . . the grocery store does sell fried chicken.
So, where does he bring it and plug it in? Guess! Yep . . my sewing machine. This is the plug for the surge protector that has my sewing machine, a halogen light, an Ott light and the little light that’s attached to my sewing machine.
I’m probably safe though because he’s already lost the directions and he can’t figure out how to read it and with it plugged in where it’s plugged in, he’ll promptly forget all about it.
A month or so ago we talked about a budget. It was more Vince talking and me listening. He thinks I spend a lot of money. I think I’m pretty darned frugal and he should’ve known me 25 or more years ago. He’d be real thankful for my spending habits nowadays. We didn’t come up with a budget but decided to just buy things we really need and think about our purchases.
The next week, he went shopping. He bought this printer. For Chad to take to college supposedly, though he’s still looking for one that might be “better”. What makes a printer for a college kid “better”? It just needs to print, right?
I went searching for other printers in the house. Here’s one . . still in the box. No telling how long we’ve had it.
Another one still in the box.
This one has been used. Two paper trays. I like that! There’s one just like it at my computer. I have two printers at my computer. Both are wireless so all the computer in the house can use them. Honestly there are times when I have them both printing so I’m not complaining about that. I don’t care if we have 20 of them if we’re using them all. It’s having them sitting around in boxes aging that drives me nuts. There are more . . I just didn’t spend time searching.
And, in the spirit of buying only what we need, he bought a new GPS.
Same day he decided that one of these wasn’t exactly what he wanted and he ordered another one. But . . why do have them both still?
And, we already had a GPS. We’ve had it for almost 2 years. We’ve updated. It works fine. I love it. I never get lost with it. Doesn’t help me much when I forget to take it with me though. But, there’s never a time I can remember when we need the GPS at the same time unless we’re together. We now have three of them.
I suppose this could all be compared to why I have more than a few sewing machines and it could be said that I am justifying what I do and complaining about what he does but Singer 301 and Featherweight machines are hard to come by and when I found one for $50 or less, I bought them. I don’t do that anymore . . mainly because I’m not looking for them but also because I don’t need them.
Oh yes . . the generator. I almost forgot. When we moved here, everything didn’t fit on the moving van. Wonder why? So, we left the generator and the garden tiller behind. I still haven’t figured that out but by the time the packers were finishing up, I didn’t care what they left . . just hurry up and get out!
I walked upstairs over the weekend and this is what he’s looking at on his laptop.
Me: What are you looking at?
Vince: I think we need one.
Vince: OK. We won’t get one.
Want to bet we have one before Christmas? I understand that generators are good to have but if we’re going to get one, I want it powered by natural gas, hooked to a gas line and I just want to flip a switch and never miss a beat. In a real, long term power outage, having to get gasoline to power a generator makes it just not worth the trouble. I say keep a full tank of gas in the car and leave town if there’s no power!
I’d best get back to sewing because I left all those lights on and the little gizmo is tracking my power usage . . while I’m sitting here griping! 🙂