|Inspired by Ikebana|
In between making flower arrangements, I went to the computer store today to buy a new computer cord. I showed the broken plug to the sales person, and he said I don't need a new cord! He said I can use the cord as it is. I asked him if it was OK to use it without the grounder and he assured me that it was. He said come back when the cord no longer works. He said otherwise, I'd have to buy a whole new charger and that would come to $60, but it was perfectly fine to use the cord with the two-pronged plug as it is. So, I decided not to worry about it!
The big craft supplies store is right next door to the computer store, so I decided to go in and take a look! Not that I needed any more craft supplies or, even wanted any, but I just wanted to look around and see if there were any good deals. They had scented jar candles on sale for 3/$10, but I didn't buy. They might have made good gifts, but I had been able to buy some for $1.69 each, on sale, one year and $1.99 or under would be the price at which I'd buy more. I lingered for awhile in the yarn section. I had put myself on a yarn diet until I used up my yarn stash and I am just about finished with my stash, but very few yarns were on sale and those that were on sale didn't appeal to me and weren't reduced enough to make me want to buy them anyway because they were such a good deal. So, I just walked out of the store without buying anything! How sad is that?
I did go to a different garden center located at the other end of the shopping center/mall. I wandered around, looking at the various plants and trying to get over the sticker shock! There were some begonias selling for 5/$5.00 (or $1.39 each), and I put five of them into my cart and then, took them out again. Begonias need a lot of water and they'll just get burned up when summer comes around. Eventually, I bought two 6-packs of calendula for $2.49 each. I know they will tolerate the sun in the front garden, so I will plant them in the front flower beds to give a spot of color where the snapdragon plants have died out. I am hoping the snapdragons self seeded; I know the calendula will.
On the way home, I stopped at one of the local Chinese restaurants and treated myself to lunch! Today would have been my step-father's birthday, and as he was of Chinese descent, Chinese food in his honor seemed right. I've fond memories of being picked up from school by my step-father and driven straight to the Chinese restaurant his sister and brother-in-law owned and being treated to Chinese food, at least once a week, if not more often! I was eight when I first met him. He was a dental surgeon and my mother had taken me to him for braces. Three years later, he became my step-father. I called him Uncle; he always referred to me as his daughter and called me his rainbow. Actually, he had a whole bunch of pet names for me! After he died I found out that he had saved every single letter I wrote to them when I was at college. He always told me not to cry when he died, but, of course, I cried.
I had a quiet evening, resting, after I came home from my shopping. I had planned to do some housework, but I didn't do any of it! Instead, I read, phoned one of my friends and chatted with her, and, in general, relaxed.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Flowers from my friend's garden
- I don't need to buy a new cord for my computer
- Memories of my step-father
- Being able to go to the crafts store and come out without buying anything!
- More flowering plants for the garden
How was your Saturday?