' Oh, goodness gracious. Let your self go. Life's too short to deprive yourself of the little luxuries in life. It isn't helping anyone else. Oh, how I long to see a pic of you, with Christmas pudding and brandy sauce dripping down your chin (sigh) Will it happen? Or are you so far down the self denial path that you just can't do it. I need only add, Baileys, mince pies, double cream, Thornton chocolates, creamed sprouts with chestnuts? Just how will you resist? Obviously, only joking, but life really is too short! anyway, Merry Christmas, and heartfelt Blessings to you and your family. '
Yesterday this comment pinged into my Inbox and onto the blog comments, said as 'Obviously only joking ...' but I feel with more than enough seriousness to warrant a reply. So for those of you who know me well sit back with your coffee and have a recap, while I address the issues raised in this comment for those readers who don't know me so well ... as this reader perhaps doesn't.
I don't need to 'let myself go' - I am a really chilled out person, who has just about enough money to do and buy what I wish if I wanted to.
I don't deprive myself of any 'little luxuries in life' - I think some peoples ideas of luxuries are just different. Mine are a good solid roof over my head, warmth, health, family, including our furry and feathered friends, good food, lots of books and all the little extras that make life really good ... hot bubble baths at bedtime, a good film on the tele in front of a roaring fire, with copious amounts coffee and homemade nibbles .... what more really is there?
Sorry but I don't eat Christmas pudding or brandy sauce - I just don't like them, so no it won't ever happen :-)
I'm not down a path of self denial - We eat well, luxuriously well. Home produced free range eggs with the most glorious almost orange yolks. Home grown fruit and vegetables, picked and frozen at their peak of ripeness and full of goodness. Home made cakes, biscuits, quiches, pies and soups .... things you will never be able to buy from a shop.
Baileys, mince pies, double cream, Thornton chocolates, creamed sprouts with chestnuts - yes please BUT out of all these there is nothing that I eat!! I don't like mince pies ... although I do keep trying, I want to learn to like sprouts and chestnuts but I'm struggling ... and the others all contain milk products which I am unfortunately intolerant to.
' How will you resist? ' you ask. Easily I answer, we eat better, we eat more, we have exactly what we want and what we need. We are satisfied and what's more thanks to this year of living within our means and using what we have and what we have produced ourselves, we have paid off our main mortgage completely and done something very exciting that will give us an additional income to help our drive towards self sufficiency.
So thank you for your comment Lesley UK, it's made for what I hope is an interesting post on a Monday morning when I had no idea what to write other than ...
... Today is a No Spend Day
Todays picture is from Google Images.