I think I am addicted to VarageSale. For those of you not familiar with the App, you download it onto your cell phone and you’re able to make amazing deals with folks in and around Prince Albert. A few months ago I bought a variety of fabrics with the intention of teaching my daughter and I, through trial and error, how to quilt as the weather gets colder. So imagine my surprise to receive a message last month asking if I was interested in some quilting batting. For free! Of course I was and the next day I was so pleased to pick it up. Not only was it wrapped in plastic to protect it from the elements while it was outside, it was still in pristine condition. The kindness this person extended to me and my daughter leaves me nearly speechless – something that should be marked on a calendar and perhaps commemorated as a near miracle as I am very rarely at a loss for words. Ever!
A second gift was given to our family a couple of weeks later. Someone clearing room in their freezer found a roast and thought our family would like to have it. Soon, a beautiful moose roast was in our home and a buzz of excitement was palpable as we discuss how we would prepare this treasure. We decided the best way to truly enjoy it, and extend this treat for more than one meal, was through a moose stew. The smell of it bubbling away on the stove top was excruciating and had us going to stir the mixture in the pot more than once as the broth thickened, stewing the meat beautifully and cooking the fresh vegetables to perfection. Fortunately, my children and I had visited the Prince Albert Farmer’s Market the previous Saturday so we had fresh carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic and fresh peas that had been frozen which made the perfect stew on a cold and blustery Tuesday. Rather than the clouds of snow the weather person predicted, we ended up eating Moose stew with lovely white clouds of dumplings, lightly steamed in the broth of our soup, thickening it into a lovely stew by the time the dumplings were done cooking. Thank you to the person who shared their bounty with our family. It’s the first time my children have tasted this wild meat.
Near the middle of the month of September I heard there would be optimum viewing of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and that we would have clear skies the whole weekend to enjoy viewing them. I set my alarm (because they are best seen between 1 and 3 in the morning when the night is darkest) and literally stubbed my toe making my way out the door as quietly as possible so as not to wake anyone else up. Well, no one got up but that doesn’t mean I didn’t wake them up. Once I got outside, I was slapped in the face with a cold gust of wind, followed by more, which had me sneaking back into the house for a jacket. Opening the door a crack, I faced another douse of cold air and decided Northern Lights are best viewed with a mug of hot tea. Fifteen minutes later, I stepped outside once more. I settled onto the bench at the corner of my deck and waited for the outdoor motion light to turn itself off. In order for that to happen, I had to stop shivering. I set my tea aside and “quietly” returned to the house for a blanket. By 1:45am I was sitting back outside, snuggled under a blanket holding a somewhat chilled mug of tea that was still warmer than the night air, waiting for the motion light to turn itself off. I finely threw the light an impatient glare that had it quickly putting the light out so my eyes could scan the heavens… only to see multitude upon multitude of clouds. No clear skies for us and, to insult to injury, I never did get to enjoy even one sip of hot tea! I tried again the second night and slept through the third night. And that’s when a friend posted his pictures of Northern Lights onto Facebook… arrrggghhhh!!! I know there’s a chance he saw the lights earlier in the week but I really don’t want to take the chance of finding out he saw them the night I turned my alarm off. So I’m going on the premise that ignorance is bliss.
My final gift was time. My Mom and I have been very busy during the day since July… we added two new members into our family and they require some extra time. So spare time is usually spent doing something else rather than spending time having adult conversation over a cup of coffee. That changed this week and we actually spent time watching a television program, talking and spending time ‘adulting’ over cups of hot coffee. Hot. Coffee. Do you know what a luxury that is? On the other hand, after not being able to find time to enjoy a coffee and conversation on a regular basis, I have sure learned to appreciate it a lot more than I used to. It’s something I can’t say I will be taking for granted any time soon.
As you go about your day, I hope you’re able to find time to enjoy the gifts you receive whether it’s an unexpected meal, a cup of coffee with a loved one or even the opportunity to take advantage of something that will allow you the chance to teach yourself a new skill, I hope you’re able to appreciate it and use it to your pleasure.
Have a great week, everyone!