The past few months I’ve been redoing my space. Rearranging stuff, getting rid of stuff, adding things I really like and use.
One thing I really enjoy is feeding the birds. A few weeks ago, I bit the bullet and bought a giant bag of birdseed, as well as a plastic bin in which to keep it. (We’ve got a lot of feathered visitors!) The cats have enjoyed having another item to climb and sit on. 🙂
This weekend I finally got a second bin, for sunflower seeds, which the rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks seem to prefer.
Today I was tickled to see *both* cats found a bin to perch on. Love the multiple uses for the bins!
The seeds also make me think of a show I was listening to, I think it was Marketplace Weekend. The topic was guilty pleasures that people spend money on. They played clips of two people in particular.
One guy sounded pretty obnoxious. He made it clear that he HAD to have top-of-the-line gourmet coffee and grass-fed butter. His tone was very rude and condescending. I felt like he looked down on anyone who drank Folgers!
Then they had a woman, who sounded kind of tired and sad, but pleasant. She talked about going through graduate school and said feeding the birds gave her such joy. And if she had to have PB&J’s some days, so she could afford bird seed, so be it.
The financial person who listened to both calls gave the coffee-and-grass-fed-butter guy the proverbial high-five, while the bird seed lady? Oh my word, the financial person practically excoriated her. Said she obviously had some problems, as in, depression.
The host caught the tone, too, and made a comment about “Well, hey, she sounds like she might be lonely, and the birds are comforting her! They make her happy!”
Financial person was NOT having it, like, “Uh, NO, that woman is bonkers. I mean, seeds?” I was upset, and still am. It ticks me off because how do we know what the coffee-and-butter guy’s budget is? How do we know what kind of lifestyle he comes from (e.g., trust fund kid)? How do we know if he’s got credit card bills up the wazoo and pays for his coffee and butter with credit?
And what if the birdseed lady has managed her money wisely, paid for school with cash, and is now on a self-imposed strict budget until she gets her post-graduation dream job?
I have a student loan (bah) and I am trying to save for a house down payment; so basically, I’m not rolling in the dough, although I make a decent living. I’m frugal. But even in my frugality, I am willing to set aside some money each month for birdseed. Truthfully, it doesn’t cost that much, but the joy it brings me is immeasurable. 🙂