(*above – my op shop finds)
(* above – The cleaned-up little pot, figs and mango from a friend, my beloved diffuser and oils, and my favourite teapot – another op shop find)
Today I had an impromptu (well, decided yesterday) day off. Since late November I have been working overtime – one evening per week, and 7-3 on a Saturday. This is on top of working full time Monday-Friday. It’s a government job with “flex time”, meaning that I can work extra hours and save them up for a day off. I had 7.5 hours up my sleeve ( the equivalent of a standard day), so yesterday I decided I would cash those hours in today…
I slept in until about 9am and then pottered around a bit, before going for a drive up the coast (the beautiful Western Australian coast, that is), having a walk on the beach, and browsing a few different charity shops. Charity shops, or ‘op shops’ as we call them locally, are one of my little hobbies, but I am certainly becoming more selective in what I allow to make its way home with me…
Today I stumbled upon a brand new hardcover recipe book, published 2017, called “Monday Morning Cooking Club – It’s always about the food”. I can only surmise that this was an unwanted Christmas gift or some such scenario. I have seen this book for $50 in David Jones (department store) – it cost me $5. It is the third in a series. I have seen the other books – they are loosely based on Jewish cooking, but incorporate all sorts of dishes – this book is filled with mouth watering offerings including salads, tagines, beautiful cakes, desserts and breads.
I also found a little cut glass pot with a lid. It was dusty and overfilled with synthetic smelling candle wax, such that the lid could not even sit properly on the jar. However, I could see the promise and potential of this little treasure. Once home, I poured boiling water over the wax and it slipped out easily, I washed it thoroughly in soapy water, gave it a polish and it was restored to its former glory. It would make a nice little sugar bowl, or I may re-purpose it as a home made candle using my essential oils – it deserves to have a beautiful natural scent in it. This was $4.
This was a lovely day off for me, and was just enough of an indulgence to restore and rejuvenate my soul. I grapple with accepting all the overtime sometimes, but it pays well and will not be available forever. I am all about self-care but I’m also practical and sensible, and can see the obvious benefits of building wealth and ‘making hay while the sun shines’. I like financial security and I love travelling, so I keep these benefits in mind. Last year my husband and I had a lovely trip to Europe (Scandinavia and the Baltics) of which I will talk more in another post, and it encourages me that we can think about another amazing trip some time soon 🙂
I’m realising that, as life is busy, it serves me well to cherish my down time and be selective with what I fill it with. Today was perfect.