I got $100 for Hanukkah this year; $50 in cash and a $50 Chapters card. After Shabbos was over I went out to Chapters and spent it all! Well, technically, I have about $9 left because I bought Thank You cards for my Hubby and I don't think that should come out of my present money!
What did I get for all that money? Mostly I spent $42 on a book that I've been wanting to buy for about 30 years! It's a book by John Seymour titled The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It and it has pretty much everything you might ever want to know how to do in it. Want to plan a 1 acre or 5 acre farm? Want to keep bees? Make mead? Set up a cowshed or dairy? Make wine? Spin wool? Thatch a roof? It's all in this heavily illustrated book.
I read it years and years ago and it's been in the back of my mind ever since we started talking about our retirement plans. It was the single best purchase I could have made with my gift card! I also bought a paperback and the latest copy of The English Garden magazine, which I buy every time I see a new issue. Because I spent $50 I was able to buy a lovely soft off-white blanket for myself for $25. My Eldest Daughter got this same blanket in dark grey earlier and I fell in love with it immediately. It just feels so warm and soft, perfect for sitting on the sofa and reading a book.
I got my Starbucks card from Bankrupt Betty at Bouncing Back from Bankruptcy in the mail Thursday or Friday so I stopped for a decaf white mocha once I paid for my books. (The Chapters I went to has a Starbucks at one end.) Mmm, mmm good! Thanks!
So ends Hanukkah this year....