Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday. Things around here were busy as usual but we would have it no other way. When Jackie retired five years ago, people asked him what he was going to do with himself to fill his time. Most told him he would lay around and get fat and lazy. Well not only does he eat more than ever and not gained an ounce, he still doesn't have enough hours in the day to get all the things done he would like to do. In fact he often says that he doesn't know how he had time to work. The same told me that I would get tired of having him around all the time and not only did that never happen I cannot imagine not having him around. And then there were those who told him that we would never be able to financially survive on his pension. He would be quick to tell them that they didn't know his wife. And while I don't know if this is a compliment or not, he has told more than one person that I can squeeze a dollar out of a dime.
All joking aside, if Jackie and I were not united in what we felt was and was not important to us to live a happy and fulfilled life we would not have been able to live on his pension. Neither of us care about new, fancy cars and trucks, vacations or eating out. Most of our clothes we purchase at the thrift stores when we go to visit mom. We are happy here at our little farm, and despite the fact that I wish we had better groceries and medical care available to us, we think it is our own little piece of heaven here on earth. We could never find the happiness and peace we have in anything material we could buy. We each spent so much of our lives lonely and praying to find the other piece of our heart we find our joy in the simple, every day moments of life.
It is sad when you think about it, how much time we spend giving the best part of our lives and ourselves to an employer who really has no emotional attachment or concern for us. I realize that money is an essential part of life and that people must support themselves and their families. But perhaps if we stopped looking for happiness in all things money can buy, got off the fast track and decided to be content with less we would find the happiness that evaded us and we worked so hard to find was right in front of us all the time.
Just a reminder, don't forget to check out the gallery for a peek into our life and I while the recipe section is not entirely operational I am adding recipes.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.