So, being the financially distressed man I am, I’m always looking for ways to save a penny, or even better, a dollar. Obviously one of the best ways when it comes to food is buying things when they’re “Buy One Get One Free” or coupon clipping. Now, the Sunday paper is madness to me. Its $3. I’d rather spend the $3 on a meal rather than spend it on the paper hoping the coupons aren’t ALL for shampoo. (I shave my head, you know). HOWEVER! I learned recently that the SPANISH version of the Sunday, albeit MUCH smaller and more condensed, still has the same Sunday coupons in it….and its FREE!!!! YAY! So, I grabbed one last Sunday and there were TONS of lovely coupons in it. Most notably, a coupon for $1 off Johnsonville Sausage. Now, I’m not a REALLY big meat eater and its for only one reason: meat can be pricey. When it comes to requiring proteins, eggs and beans can do the trick at a fraction of the cost. So, I generally lean towards vegetarian because its cost effective, not for any moral or ethical reason. (Not yet, but that does seem to be changing more….I’ll talk about that later). SO! While many people have Meatless Monday, I enjoy MEATY Monday, and throw in an extravagance of meat into my one meal a week. This week? I’ve got one stellar coupon for sausage.
At Publix, said sausage was on sale for 2 for $5, making the $2.50 a piece and with my coupon my weekly bit of meat was going to be $1.50. I was like a kid in a candy store. Yay! Now, when I got to the register, my sausage rang up 2 for $6. “Pardon me, ma’am, but I think the sign said 2 for $5.” She and I walked on over, she saw the sign and said, “I believe you’re right.” Now, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but Publix has a strict policy. If the price listed doesn’t ring up correctly, either over or under regardless, you get it for free.
I’m enjoying my 6 links of free sausage 🙂 Sorry to boast on my blog about free sausage, but don’t you love when good things like that happen? I smiled for most of the day, truly did.
Then Kara come round to spend some time with me as I sit here knitting and knitting and knitting and getting orders out. She’s offered to help stuffing or sewing, but I just can’t let my bears into someone else’s hands. No matter who it is. And you know how much Kara means to me, but I just couldn’t These bears begin and end with my touch. And that touch means something. You can feel it in the bear, you can see it in his face. He wasn’t mass produced and assembled by 5 people. He was worked up, knit up, born from the fingers of one little man yearning for something better in his life.
So, Kara worked on this granny square afghan I’ve had tucked in a bag for about a year now. I work on it for a few minutes here and there with scrap pieces of leftover yarn, but my focus is on my teddy bears, so I don’t deal with the afghan too much. While Kara works on that, and I on the teddy bears, we have some of the best talks. Sometimes we gossip like catty girls, sometimes we delve into politics (one of us is a socialist, the other is a capitalist-I’ll let YOU figure out who is who 🙂 ). Today we spilled into religion, and don’t ask me why, but good conversation happens that way. It HAPPENS.
We were talking about man being created in the “image” of God, and I thought, “I could be wrong, but I feel its ‘likeness.'” And from there we had this great concept rolling about how man wasn’t created with 2 arms and legs and eyes and such in the form of a human as an image, but as a LIKENESS, man was created as a creator, to be a creator of life, a pro-creator. As God created Man, so man CREATES life. If man was created in God’s “likeness” then it would be as a creator replicating the GREAT CREATOR Himself by giving life, producing life, CREATING life. Interesting. And we talked about the idea of how truly solid the 10 commandments were when you think about it. And how it kinda hands over to this discussion. “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” It doesn’t say, “Thou Shalt Not Murder.” Or “Thou Shalt Not Take Another Life.” It says simply, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” Period. No debate, no discussion. I created you in my likeness to GIVE life, not take it.
Life is in YOUR hands, Mankind. You leave Death to me.
And as we had this talk, I thought, “you know….this just might be my last Meaty Monday.” I just don’t know how I feel about people who say, though, I only eat this and I only eat that. When you’re hungry, you’ll eat anything, and I DO mean anything. I once had to a can of Vienna Sausages that was 2 years expired because I was hungry. And yes, I paid for it later. So, I’m debating in my head the idea of strict vegetarianism, for myself. I dunno. I don’t like food pretentiousness. I don’t like it when people get high and mighty about wanting to help feed the poor, but then make selective decisions that seem pompous. “I’m Gluten Free….so, by all means give my wheat to the poor.” It just rubs me wrong sometimes. But, I felt my free sausage was a much loved blessing. So…..ah, bah! I just want to be a good man. That’s all…I want to do what is right by all things alive. Not for my own selfish sustenance. So, maybe my one meal of meat a week will slowly fade out. “Thou Shalt Not Kill…..” No exceptions.
Funny how a day of free sausage and knitting can lead you to change your beliefs all in one sitting. Too funny….As if God was saying, “Here, Gregory. I want you to have this on me….now, really REALLY think about what it means to have it.”
My friend Robin sent me this lovely pic of her newly adopted teddy bear. Couldn’t get enough of how nicely held he was. So, I thought I’d share it with you. I REALLY REALLY want more of these pics. Please send them! This little guy is proudly residing in Virginia. Apparently, he’s sitting on a table as I write this blog, overseeing the building of some cabinets with moral support. Love it!!!