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Hike, Clothes, Gas, Bath.

May 21st, 2006 at 07:38 pm

I hiked quite a bit today; it was a very nice time with good friends, and a needed workout along with needed nature time. I live in an exquisitely beautiful area of the country, and each time I drive home I realize that I donít take enough advantage of that. We hiked uphill through the redwoods, to a meadow with wild flowers and oak trees, and got a beautiful view. I had sweat on my brow from hiking uphill. We stopped at the brewery afterwards, but one of the many benefits of no longer drinking is that I was quite happy with ice water only, so it was easy to be free. We sat on the back patio and enjoyed more sun. And then Iím the perfect permanent designated driver.

Iíve arranged my first successful Freecycle pick up. A woman listed a bag of clothes, sizes 12, 14 and 16, some ďslouchyĒ, some ďdressy,Ē all ďin good shape.Ē Iím picking it up tomorrow after water aerobics. I figure even one acceptable piece will be worth the gas money, and more will be gravy. Iím hoping that someone either has gained or lost a bit of weight and that these are nice clothes that just donít fit anymore. Iím a 16/14, working to a 12, so this is perfect. I hope the pickup goes well; the concept of Freecycle, an exchange of goods that benefits both parties with no cost, is very frugal, and ecologically sound as well. Iíd be thrilled if three items work well for me, especially for work. I lack items that are slightly dressier for work, so this is a need, not a want; something I thought of before asking to pick up a bag of stuff. If the items don't work, I have a collection of thrift store donations ready to go.

Very good day; only expenditure is a full tank of gas. The gas is less noticeable than the medical as far as budget hits, but I did groan for a minute or two.

The bath water is running; a luxury that I'm not sure I could ever give up.

5 Responses to “Hike, Clothes, Gas, Bath.”

  1. contrary1 Says:

    I love Freecycle. The very best way to clean house too!!

  2. boomeyers Says:

    Keep us posted of the "bounty"!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    You can also refreecycle anything that you can't use. Even if I'm not around I'll leave a bag or two on my porch for someone to pick up. It's so easy.

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    That hike sounded wonderful! What a great way to get in some exercise while visiting with friends!

    I hope your 'new' clothes work out!

  5. baselle Says:

    Bath--even a bath with the finest scents, bubbles, oils and lotions--is far cheaper than a psychologist.

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