I'm reprieved! Since setting my goal to wash windows by the end of the week, it's been raining, rainy, windy and otherwise unpleasant. I read a book instead.
It's called "Hey, Idiot!" subtitled "Chronicles of Human Stupidity" by Leland Gregory. (I never said I read classic or high brow books.)
There are some funny and some bizarre things in it, but the one that struck me was this one:
"'I just spent a lot of money getting my brakes repaired, and I didn't want to wear them down.' Excuse given for speeding to Anderson, Illinois, police officer."
Misguided frugality or miserly beyond measure? Laugh if you want, but take a moment to consider if you're doing anything similar. I found that I was.
This may sound silly, but I bought a package of socks earlier this year with the intention of giving them to a woman who needed them. When the time came, the socks seemed like a chintzy gift, so I kept them. They've been in my bureau drawer ever since.
You can guess what happened from here on out. The weather's been nice and I moved to sandals, which were a little uncomfortable, but I thought I could get by. I really didn't want to "wear my brakes down," but I do learn. Eventually. The hard way sometimes, but I learn.
They're nice socks, too.