I enjoyed an exhilarating experience this weekend! After a morning of housework, followed by an afternoon of babysitting our 23-month old, we ran down to the local HEB to pick up a few food items. And then ... wait for it ... we stopped by Goodwill. Yes, we just felt like junkin' for a few minutes.
To my great surprise, I spied some Noritake stoneware, simply lovely stuff. Microwave safe. Dishwasher safe. Beautiful design. Mint condition.
After several moments of hunting through the shelves, I had 12 cups, 12 dinner plates, 12 bowls, and 5 salad plates. The cups were 1.99 each; the bowls were 2.99 each; the dinner plates were 3.99 each; salad plates were 2.99 each. Terry (hubby) looked up online to discover how expensive this set was new, which further convinced us of the treasure. It was very nice quality and very expensive new.
A young man who worked there stopped by while I was loading the basket and congratulated me on what a great deal I'd found; he didn't understand why they hadn't held it and put it in the Saturday auction -- it had come in, he said, just a little bit before we had arrived.
Then, while the cheering still rang in the back of my head, a small problem surfaced. When we added it all up, we started thinking about it. We already have some beautiful pottery that I've wanted to start using every day. We just haven't started using it as daily dishes.
Come to think of it, as fantastic as this deal would have been, we truly didn't need the stoneware.
We also didn't have the money, really, to pay for it ... and feel good about it.
I loaded it all back on the shelves and rolled my cart away. Yes, I rolled my cart away from an awesome deal ... and it was exhilarating. Absolutely!
But not as exhilarating as this sunrise in Chadron, Nebraska. We snapped this in November of 2009 ... it was breathtaking.
And as pretty as that Noritake was, it simply didn't take my breath away ...
That's all I've got for today.