Saturday, August 6, 2011

Gift Giver and a Calm Day

We had visitors in from out of town. I made the old fashioned country breakfast they used to love on Saturday mornings. We had such a good time sitting around the table and laughing about the shenanigans we got up to back then.

Then my daughter and I painted the rest of the day. It is so nice to listen to music and just escape into a canvas. Where life's elements are touched and expressed at the end of one's brush.

I don't have anything earth shattering to share.

I read the banks changed the debt rating of the USA to we aren't AAA or AAAA or whatever big shots who have tons of money and who borrow tons of money are allowed to have before those loaning them money start wanting to make sure they are going to get their money paid back.

Of course the little guy has been putting up with high interest rates and impossible conditions that keep spinning them into more debt for many years. Now maybe the government will understand what everyone else has been experiencing.

It isn't all of the bank's fault. The laziness, consumerism and thoughtless wastefulness and buying of crap and not living below our means so we can afford to save for an emergency or something special, all had a role to play in our economic woes.

I think the cost of oil has made the biggest difference. It tends to be what stops everything else from growing. It only proves more and more how we need to get on with producing individual solar and wind power for our homes. And find alternative ways to get back and forth to work or wherever. It only makes sense that we do this now. Crude oil is a finite resource.

One step at a time and the rudder will steer things in a different direction. It takes buying less crap, conserving and saving up for a solar panel or wind turbine or low mileage car to avoid the huge iceberg facing us.

I never think what we are facing is hopeless or impossible. I do stop to smell the roses and enjoy a summer breeze. After all, life is too short to take it so seriously we forget how to appreciate the moment we are experiencing right now.

And this is a good one.

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