Three corporate executives fly in three private luxury jets to Washington to beg for tax payers' money.
Astronaut drops $100,000 bag of tools into outer space. OOPS!
Arizona Department of Transportation wide load seen going down the Interstate 10 freeway, accompanied by two pilot cars and 3 (yes, three) Arizona Highway Patrol cars. Is that not overkill?
AIG wasteful spending just goes without saying.
Annie's Granny can make a pound of ground beef feed two people and two dogs two meals, if necessary. Yes she can.
End of rant.
On a lighter note, my daughter called the other day and asked what I wanted for Christmas. I never know what to tell her, as I really have everything I need and I'm too practical to spend much on things I don't deem necessary. I told her to just send a card, but she won't hear of it.
That night I was reading the SFG forum on GardenWeb, the subject being seed swapping. I've never swapped seeds, because I hang on to my leftovers for years and years and use them all up myself. I never save seeds from my garden, either. I always fear they will grow into something other than the parent, and take up valuable garden space to just end up as something we won't eat. This year, however, I have joined the ranks of those who are trying to spend less. To at least cut out the useless spending (unlike those in the above rant). I began by saving seeds from a huge acorn squash, a very large jalapeno pepper, a giant red bell pepper (all grocery store purchases), and three colors of marigolds that I know will stay true because they were from my own volunteers.
But I digress. Back to the Christmas present....it dawned on me that one thing I really want as well as need are garden seeds! I rushed over to the Ed Hume Seeds seed rack, one of my favorite places to visit when I'm in a day dreaming mood, and chose all the varieties of seeds I would like to plant in my 2009 garden. I didn't go overboard, as I still have seeds from 2008, but I didn't hold back, either. My order ended up totaling under $40, including their very reasonable $2 shipping. That was well within the $50 limit we set for Christmas presents, so I emailed daughter and told her what I wanted.
Can you believe I'm actually really excited and looking forward to this gift? It's practical, it will save a ton of money over store purchased produce, it will give me the joy of doing what I really love to do (grow a veggie garden), I will be able to spend the remaining winter days looking at the seed packets and day dreaming about the first day of April 2009, when I'll be back home to begin planting them in my garden. The perfect gift.
Happy one-month birthday to my new granddaughter, Alicyn!