Thursday, September 8, 2011

GUILTY on a Poorbaby Payday


My husband is someone who never seems to buy anything new. I think he is morally opposed to it. I have deduced this over the years by the scowl that always seems to greet me on return trips that have caused my wallet to lighten.


To avoid this tension filled moment I try to avoid it all together. In fact, I try to avoid him! Poorbaby Paydays always coincide on the one day of the week I know he will be away at work. The window of opportunity carefully constructed to PERUSE, PURCHASE, and PUT AWAY, before he next lays eyes on me! The Jersey Shore housemates have nothing on me with their GYM, TAN, WASH routine.


But on this Poorbaby Payday I have been SUBMARINED! With only moments to spare before my husband's return from work, I pull into my neighborhood court and pull into he garage. With one foot on the stairs to my craft room, who should I see driving into the court as well? Time stands still! I have been caught!




Rationale for my actions? Oh I have a defensive list ready.... "But I never go anywhere!", "I color my own hair, what else do I have to spend my money on?" "These are supplies!" and the very best, "I only spent a few dollars!"


The Dance of Buyers Remorse is very short lived as my husband knows the things I say to him are true. He will say to me he is at his most happy when he knows I am happy.


And I am very happy on this Poorbaby Payday!

20 comments:

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

And I'll be happy with you. Is that okay? :)

PinkGranny said...

I love your stories! The red gingham apron reminds me of my treasured aprons, made for me by my wonderful grandmother. They are tattered now after more than 40 years of use, but the rick rack and embroidery are so treasured. I cannot let go of them.

Kim B said...

Oh how fun, I love the I had that, especially with thrift store finds, oh it works so well. Have a lovely day! Hugs, Kim

My Vintage Mending said...

I have had this same response...until I finally decided my pennies spent were worth the smiles on my face and he did too...Sometimes he even smiles with me. How did you know I am in need of a clock....and I will only accept it if you allow me to pay for it and the shipping....you will not be out a penny on my account. It is perfectly me. I have looked high and low for a vintage clock and it never dawned on me to look for an old kitchen one. I was looking for an old industrial one. Genius...let me know so I can send you a check...smiles...they are contagious...Renee

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

Oh Elizabeth, for years I've only been leaving the house when I absolutely have to, but your adventures (and found treasures!) at the thrift shops make me want to go out and see what success I might have! I have some of my Mom's old aprons that I'm thinking of making a valance out of for over my kitchen window - I think 3 should do it. Your red gingham one is wonderful! I adore the buttons and growth chart, they are so you! And I completely understand your guilt feelings and confession! I've done the same before myself
Leslie Anne

Nan said...

I got over that a long time ago as I feel I really have earned my share in 50 years. Now I just buy whatever I want when I want it and have no comments made. The big difference being we're not poor anymore lol..

Joanne said...

I love your story...I feel your pain! On more than one occasion I have had to "defend " My purchases". I am with you. I love your pictures!
Blessings, Joanne

Ina said...

I LOVE the embroidered growth chart. Elizabeth, the best way to deal with this is to have your own 'poor baby' allowance. The two of you agree on what is reasonable and then you spend it on whatever and whenever you like! ;0

Anywho, my witchy moon arrived today and i am in love with her! Thank you soooo much! ;0

Patricia said...

The embroidery on the growth chart is absolutely cute. Parts of that pattern would make cute embroidered tea towels.
Sorry you got caught, but it is funny. Take care and keep smiling.

birdie blue said...

darling finds. i especially love the embroidered growth chart. you can't put a price on happiness.

xo
molly

Shean said...

I go shopping on my lunch break since there happens to be a Micheal and Hobby Lobby less than 5 miles away from the office. I always have a backpack with me so sneaking them in is a breeze that is until I am cleaning my craft space which we share and he happens in. Then it is honey did I say anything when you bought that new amp or computer parts. He laughs because we both have our hobbies.

Kim K. said...

You always find the best goodies. I love the growth chart stitchery.

I've also been known to sneak in craft supplies and thrift store goodies. That being said, if we were to compare the money I spent on my 'items' versus his new power tools, I'd win every time.

craftoncue said...

I love your blog! Your writing and creativity make me smile. I must say your apron reminds me for some reason of an apron my Mom made years ago with a stitch she called "chicken scratch". Great memories.

annemarie said...

Another great post - love the gingham apron. Reading your blog always makes me smile!

Mhairi said...

And after all, surely it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission?! :)
Love your story once again. It brings a smile to my face so there is another reason - 'I need to have something to write about on my blog that makes my readers smile'

Carolyn said...

I love your underwater diver and growth chart. Husbands just don't grasp the concept that we need these things. The question I hate is "What are you going to do with it?" I don't always have an answer only that someday I will need it! Enjoy your purchases, you deserve them.

Carolyn

TruthforAmerica said...

You are so hilarious! Its the same with my husband. I don't think he will ever understand my love of cute vintage things but he tolerates it as least! :)

Jess said...

I LOVE your growth chart. We just had our first grandbaby. I have been embroidering like crazy for the past 7 months. I will now be looking for a pattern like this. It is wonderful. I so look forward to your stories and pictures. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Pieceful Bits said...

Sweet, happy finds!
That makes it all worth the pennies:)
(~~)
Julie

Lynn said...

I love all of your new finds. That growth chart is just so sweet. Can I ask you a question please? What supplies do I need to buy to try to make the peg dolls with? And also, have you ever tried to make a dachshund out of pipe cleaners? I share my life with 4 spoiled rotten doxies!! I love your blog. I have now read every post available for me to read!! It only took most of a week:O) Hugs and have a wonderful weekend.