SAD comes and goes I find. Thank you for your prayers, emails and text messages. I’m feeling better. The sun is shining. I made some significant progress on my thesis yesterday and today I’m having a rare day off from my studies. Yay.
I’ve been longing to make our home a bit more homely. Somehow it’s always been a bit sterile. That’s in part cos I can’t be bothered with ornaments and the like.
Anyway to cut a long story short I decided to buy a new secondhand sofa to put in the dining area opposite the table. I went down to ecotori (recycling centre, a bit like freecycle in the UK though it’s not free) expecting to find something yesterday. There were two I was interested in – a reddish one which would have been ok (45€) and a blue one which was a bit longer and was really nice (85€), but which didn’t have removable cushions. Since I had no money with me I didn’t buy either, but went home to find out when TS could help me and when we could borrow FIL’s car (it has the hook for the trailer on it).
Set off this morning to see what they had. Both sofas were still there but then I spied one that hadn’t been there yesterday but which had no price tag. It was a deep red (burgandy-ish) and had large removable cushions with covers that can be removed too (for cleaning). I thought it might have been sold already. No. It had just arrived. Found the boss who gave me a price (80€) and then I found out that I could get a 20% discount as I’m a student. Yay. 64€ and it was mine.
TS and I went to get the car, picked up the trailer, and then when we got home DD helped us get the sofa in. It’s lovely and really comfy. And a price we could afford – and which we won’t fuss too much if the dogs get it dirty or the puppies gnaw on a little (though we’ll train them not to!)
Tonight I have a not-so-nak*d chef coming round to make supper (some other friends are joinging us as well as TS and his girlfriend) I can’t wait to hear / see their verdict on my purchase.
P.S. realise that this post makes this purchase sound a bit like retail therapy (grin) which I suppose it is in a way. What I forgot to say is that I’ve felt my spirits lift a bit too – and as I was vacuuming and cleaning today it was great to practice the presence of God. Sounds super pious but isn’t. God is good, and somedays it’s as if there’s an open heaven that shows that to me. This morning was such a day.