The High Cost of Light Bulbs…Or Not…

IMG_6039-2 copySometimes…I amaze myself…or…disamaze myself…as the case may be. Recently…all the spotlights in the kitchen went out…and because I was concerned at the cost of replacing them…visions of hundred-dollar bulbs danced through my head…I popped in regular lightbulbs. Well…you might guess…these didn’t last very long…and they didn’t put out as much light. So…last week…I bit the bullet…I grabbed my life savings…and went to the hardware store…carrying a bulb along for reference.

I was pleasantly surprised…to find the bulbs were cheap…so cheap in fact…that I bought extras…so that in five years when it happens again…I’d be prepared.

Bertha…laughed at me…of course she did…who wouldn’t…I had fretted… worried…spent a few months in a dimly lit kitchen…and wasted some regular 60 watt bulbs…because I was certain that it would cost too much to replace them…instead…of…checking to see how much they cost.

She reminded me that I could have called the hardware store to see how much they cost…I could have Googled them if I was too timid to call…but instead…I just assumed

And…we all know what that got me…

I tried to argue with her…they were so big…they were so pretty…they were so bright…they had to be expensive…what was the point in checking when my budget was challenged…

She wouldn’t have it…saying that it was like a lot of other things in life…when I assumed things would be a certain way…so I didn’t even try…holding myself back in the process…

I hate when she’s right…but she is…I have been guilty of doing that…but mostly…now…I don’t do that anymore…and…then…a light bulb shoots…

Busted!

Jane

Hungry Cats…

This morning…Bertha…reminded me of one of my favorite of her sayings…Jane Carroll

Joys are like stray cats…the more you feed them…the more you get…

I love this…Berthaism…probably because it brings back the memory of a time when we had about twenty stray cats…they mostly lived at the barn…and they were mostly too wild to interact with…but…we kept feeding them…and they kept multiplying…

But…as I was sort of…basking…in that image…Bertha…whispered something else…

It’s the same with worries…

Hmmm…guess I need to be careful about which cats I’m feeding…

Jane