Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cost of Living

Has anyone else noticed the high cost of light bulbs? Today I paid 7.99 for a light bulb that is supposed to last me 4 years. Let's hope so. It's supposed to save me $115.00. We shall see. I am trying to save where I can and the energy saving seems worth it, but the color that is emitted from soft light CFC bulbs is a yellow cast with the strength of a night light. I returned the the first batch for "Bright White" which is just that. A bright and pure white light though it doesn't seem to "flood" very well. My floodlights now remind me of the oil lamp lighting at the Amish-run grocery store, enough to light the room, but still a feeling that all the lights aren't on. I love Reveal bulbs. The truly "reveal" the true color of things, though when off they look purple. A three pack of them at Lowes was 17.99. I am truly wanting to convert to the new cost-saving bulbs, so I resisted the "bargain." I would hate to be a new home owner and have to put new light bulbs in every socket. Who knew we would need a light bulb budget?

Which brings me to mulch. Here in Cincinnati, everyone has a spring ritual of mounding fresh mulch around every plant, preventing weeds and holding in moisture. Every spring, homeowners flock to mulch yards or nurseries to buy bags of the stuff. They even buy it from football players and youth groups raising money for their organizations. A mulch fundraiser, who knew?
Anyway, I have made it my personal mission to eliminate every bare spot of dirt with groundcover so that I don't have to have a mulch budget to boot. One planter bed to go...

And then there is TV. Paying high dollars to have smut piped into your house. Almost everything is available online anyway. We've been "in the dark" before and its time to do it again. Netflicks, here I come. Knitting and a good movie are a fine diversion from the coming humidity and I don't have to touch the remote to fast forward through Viagra commercials. Honestly, what have we become?

Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?

Elisabeth Elliot

1 comment:

  1. You know, I think it is a great idea to turn off the tv. I try so hard not to watch all the junk, but when it is there I get sucked in! It is so much nicer to watch a good movie (or tv show on dvd) than to pay for cable :)

    And lightbulbs ARE outrageous!!


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