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Haven't worn a watch for years.... and the last one I had was a cheapo from Argos I think it was.   I couldn't care less about cars - as long as they get us from A to B safely that's all I require!

I know I'm in the minority but I don't care about that :)

However, I obviously believe that each person has the right to own/buy whatever makes them happy (as long as they can afford it) 

In normal times I do like to support Charity shops and that's where most (not all) of my clothes come from.   I've never been a follower of fashion - I just buy what appeals to me at the time!

I'm  just a simple soul really and the older I get the simpler I become :laugh: 

As my mum used to say "It takes all sorts to make a world"

 

 

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Couldn't agree more, Margie.  The more possessions we have, the more we worry about them. Maintenance, being stolen, getting damaged, etc. We just tie ourselves in knots worrying about things that aren't important.

 

My mother's maxim was that we should have enough for our needs and little else.  Material possessions have never meant anything to me. They're just a problem.  Each to their own but I prefer to keep it simple.

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12 minutes ago, MargieH said:

the older I get the simpler I become :laugh: 

 

Love that, I always finish on my daughters Birthday card with "Love You, Stupid" always makes me chuckle.

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I'm not one for fancy clothes. A trip to Downtown or Edinburgh Woollen Mill once a year or less satisfies me. I only own one pair of shoes so I reorder the same style when mine are wearing a bit thin. I'm not really into material things other than I do like a nice car. We hardly ever eat out and never go to the cinema or theatre. A very boring and mundane life I lead but I've done all the things I've wanted to do years ago.

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I think it's true of many people that the older we get, the simpler our lives become. We realise that the dross, the materialistic aspects and the effort required to  pursue the goals we thought were important in our youth just aren't worth the bother.

 

It depends on what makes you happy but I firmly believe that happiness comes from within, not from anything obtainable externally.

 

Others may disagree. It depends on your personal concept of happiness.

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Keeping it simple is a Utopian idea that simply won't hold water. Sounds fine and dandy until it's forced on you and you actually have to live it. I'm thinking of China under Mao, everyone wears the same clothes has the same hairstyle and all property is communal. You never have to worry about work, a job is assigned to you, like it or not. You won't have to worry about a car, you're not allowed to own one. Housing is not yours to own, again it's assigned to you according to the value they place on your work. And that just for city dwellers...

 

Aborigine, Amazon tribes and African bush people could not live simpler lives but I for one would be a bit peeved if I had to give up my possessions and adopt their life style. A loin cloth and a bone through the nose really is not a good look on me.

 

Material possessions don't mean much - until some bugger nicks 'em.

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One of the main ingredients for happiness is freedom. Yes, it comes at a price. We only have to look at the Rolls of Honour for two world wars to see that. However, we can all have freedom in our heads, regardless of the political system in which we live. That doesn't cost anything.

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It's not often I wear a watch even though I've got a few nice ones. Even bought a very nice Polex in Turkey once. When I'm going to a place I'm not sure about or a rough area I definitely don't wear a watch.

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8 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

 However, we can all have freedom in our heads, regardless of the political system in which we live. That doesn't cost anything.

 

That opens up a whole different philosophical argument that would be fascinating to explore but here is not the place..

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Brew, I agree with much of what you've written ... I suppose 'simple' to me means within the framework of my daily life here.  

Luke chapter 12 verses 15 - 21.  is one of my favourite parts of the Bible

I KNOW,... it's 'religion' but  most of the people on here won't read it anyway :)

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29 minutes ago, MargieH said:

Brew, I agree with much of what you've written ... I suppose 'simple' to me means within the framework of my daily life here.  

Luke chapter 12 verses 15 - 21.  is one of my favourite parts of the Bible

I KNOW,... it's 'religion' but  most of the people on here won't read it anyway :)

 

Margie I could write a whole diatribe on that passage, not least that in the absence of knowing of his untimely demise the man made prudent provisions for the future. I do understand the point he makes of the relationship between God and mammon but don't think Luke used a very good example to get his point across.

 

Personally I have no issue with bible quotes in support of an argument.

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The problem is that I live a ‘simple’ life surrounded by material possessions none of which mean very much to me but I’d probably miss them if they were gone. Having a few acres of land enables me to keep my fellow men at a distance. It must be miserable to be couped up in a high rise flat. 

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I keep my fellow men at a distance by editing them out of my head, unless I like them and wish to allow them in.

 

I've worked with a good many people whose personalities and behaviour were at odds with mine. I just edit them out. They are there, physically, but mentally they aren't.  It works for me.

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3 hours ago, Brew said:

 

But you have in the past boasted of the designer label clobber you lie to wear...;)

Have I "can't remember"      :( :rolleyes: sorry Brew misread quote again   not sure if missreadhas 2 s or 1 

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8  00 TIME TO SAY THANKS TO NHS STAFF

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

I'm not one for fancy clothes. A trip to Downtown or Edinburgh Woollen Mill once a year or less satisfies me. 

 

I haven't bought anything for several months. Waiting for Primark to reopen.

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Seemed to be less out clapping tonight for the NHS?

Probably all on there way back from Skeg? 

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We were out clapping at 8pm and then we all sang Happy Birthday to an eccentric bachelor neighbour who is 80 today.  He had no idea that word had got around that it was his birthday.  We all gave him little presents and cards and one neighbour made a luscious birthday cake made with fresh raspberries and with an exploding candle on top!  The cake maker disappeared for a couple of minutes then brought out the cake all cut up.  It was a lovely sociable half-hour, standing in the middle of the road eating cake and chatting to those near neighbours who we’ve only seen from a distance for 2 months.   

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My day is getting better, would like to get my grandson a moped 50cc for his 16th Birthday, find out that he has to take a training couse before he can put L plates on. Phoned a trainiing instrutor to find out cost, the lady was very informative, and explained that  before training he has to have a provisional licence. She told me to go on to the DVLA web site, to apply on line, so easy/pesy so  I went to see cost ect. Guess what they are not taking any more details for provisional  licence while the Virus is here.  SO Watch This Space.

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Sounds like " Catch 22" Mary1947.  Thing is, most kids his age can most likely already know how to ride motorcycles....Bloody nuisance, this Covid19.

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Today for the first time since March 10 th I went out!!! Nothing very exciting though, only been"out" down the road but today I went "out, out" and I really enjoyed it. It was only to buy a few plants but driving through the countryside and passing vineyards was a real site for sore eyes. So much has changed in the last few months so I appreciated the drive. Grapes are starting to form on the vines all the trees are in blossom and everything is sooo green. The only thing that spoiled it was having to wear a mask in temperature of almost 30 c. 

My son and husband are going back to work tonight for the first time and they've been lucky as they've had quite a few bookings. He's got his tables sorted according to the rules and has also tables outside as the weather is good.

Hope it all goes well for them as they really haven't worked to full capacity since Christmas, mainly because the local council decided that as the restaurant is in the old part of the village ( high up) that the road had to be redone in keeping with a lot of the other roads . The road was dug up,and cordoned off so no thoroughfare. Corona virus arrived so no work was ever done obviously. But they had blocked the road completely so,no one coming from the new part of the village could get into the old part unless they did a long detour. 

Ive rambled on a bit but I feel free today. :laughing:

 

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Nonna, Pleased you've had an 'exciting' day - well, more exciting than your last few months!  It's good that your husband and son are getting back to business... hope it will go well for them.

i went for an hour and a half's ramble with a younger friend who is struggling mentally and emotionally more than usual with the current situation.  Because we are in a village and there are lots of different country walks to discover, we can easily stay 2m apart yet still talk as we walk.   The smaller side-roads are mostly free of traffic so people frequently walk on the roads  .... we actually have to as pavements are often non-existent!   It was warm but windy, making it quite hard-going when walking uphill.... the village is on one of the few hills in the fens so there are a few gradients!   Didn't visit any graveyards today!!!

A lovely day.  I have so much to be thankful for.

 

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