Monday, February 7, 2011

The quest for socks

Socks knit for a friend
By knitting iris
When the first cold front hit last fall, I pulled out my favorite pair of socks (they have snowflakes on them) and was disappointed to discover a sizable hole in one. I was bummed, to say the least. On the heels (ha!) of this crushing disappointment, I decided I needed more socks to get through the winter. And so began the quest. Over the next several weeks I hit various stores looking for socks I liked. I'm sort of picky and nothing I saw really struck my fancy. I resolved to keep looking.

I was folding laundry this morning when it hit me. I never bought any new socks and despite record low temperatures, my toes have stayed nice and warm. I didn't need new socks. I was disappointed about losing my favorite pair and assigned a "need" to something that was really a want. I WANTED a new pair of favorite socks. But obviously, I didn't NEED them. ...and looking back, I'm glad I didn't spend the money.

It's got me thinking today about other things I convince myself I need that are really just wants dressed up to look more important than they are. I was planning to order business cards this week and now I'm wondering if I  need to order pre-printed cards or if there's a different solution. Check out the creative idea that Gena (aka Verdant Violet) came up with for this very problem. It's part of what got me thinking too.

So what "needs" do you have that are just wants in disguise?


Friday, February 4, 2011

This is all my fault

Last Saturday it was 73 degrees here in North Texas. Sorry to those of you who are tired of winter, but I just don't like it to be that warm in January. It's a reminder that August and 100+ temps aren't that far off. Winter is my favorite time of year and usually we get precious little of it around here. So last Saturday I created a little Etsy treasury devoted to winter.

And then... Sleet, freezing rain and record low temperatures hit the Dallas area Monday night. It hasn't warmed up since. In typical Dallas fashion, the city has been more or less shut down all week. (I've always thought it crazy to close the city for 2 snowflakes, but huge sheets of ice covering the roadways are something else altogether.) Just when hope was in sight with warmer temps in the forecast...

This is what we woke up to this morning. 5+ inches of snow. Dallas has gone years without that much snow in the past, so it's big deal for around here.

And it's all my fault. This is what I get for complaining.
Be careful what you wish for...