Duh!

This picture makes 'em look better than real life - kind of a "glam" shot!
I've had these garden gloves for at LEAST three years.  I was wearing them the fateful evening   my husband and I contacted (and conTRACTED) poison ivy!  They sat on a cabinet top for a couple of weeks while I tried to figure out how to wash them.  I knew I needed to get the ivy oil off of them.  I didn't think it wise to wash them with other items; didn't want to run even an extra-small load in the washing machine just for them; and couldn't figure out a good way to hand wash-them.

While conversing with a friend about my dilemma, she asked, "Why don't you just throw them out and get a new pair?"

Duh!  I believe they cost me $1.99.   I'd definitely had my money's worth out of them.  They had a small hole in one of the fingers.  Why hadn't I thought of this myself?

I got home and promptly tossed them into the waste can.  It's the end of the gardening season, so I expect I'll find a pair on sale soon.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 
let us also lay aside (throw away?) every weight, and sin which clings so closely, 
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1

Sometimes it takes a "cloud of witnesses" to remind us 
to throw away the useless, dangerous, old and worn habits and/or sins
and move in a new direction.
Thank God for my "cloud".
Another lessons learned.

16 comments:

  1. Sometimes the obvious is so not obvious. Love how you put this together with scripture. Perfect.

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  2. Glad you finally figured that out! After 3 bouts with P.I. I think I would have definitely decided they weren't worth the risk of keeping! Donna

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  3. Donna, I THINK you were the friend, weren't you? I came home and jotted a "draft" of this post to develop later but didn't say who the friend was. When I went to develop it this morning, I'd forgotten who it was. Oh, the joys of aging!

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  4. Great lesson! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I so understand, sometimes it's hard to discard an 'old friend', even if it is a pair of gardening gloves that have already served their purpose!
    I think that's why I'm so surrounded by clutter!

    I love this quote and I love the lesson!

    And your previous post sounds like you are describing me! Another wonderful lesson!
    Thank you!
    Love and Prayers,
    Eileen

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  6. Yes, we sometimes carry "thrifty" too far, don't we? Glad you have such a helpful friend, and that you are teachable, Rebecca--that's a commendable quality!

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  7. Jeanette - "Thrifty" definitely describes me. But in this case, I just wasn't thinking outside the box! That actually scares me more than thrifty!

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  8. AMEN Chicky! THROW OUT THAT OLE SIN... and those nasty ole gloves too! :) Both are dangerous!!

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  9. Aren't we funny sometimes? Glad you had a 'well, duh' moment! You KNOW how I feel about Poison Ivy, etc...

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  10. Crack me up! I think I ought to work the word "duh" into my epitaph, so many are the things I shoulda, woulda, coulda known had I only been thinking :)

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  11. We often hang on to things that no longer serve us well, because of familarity. It's good to ditch the old things and start fresh.

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  12. Haha, your post really made me smile, I have "duh" moments quite often and literally slap myself on the forehead sometimes when I realise that I've missed the obvious. xo

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  13. It's that Thrifty Style of yours. I can totally relate... Yes, thank God for our friends who speak wisdom into our lives! :)

    Blessings, Debbie

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  14. Yeah dear Rebecca, I think you can wash everything and it'll get fixed too! hahaha...duh alright, lol! My goodness poison avy is really bad, I'm so glad you're both fine now! Sorry I haven't been blogging, but we were having our home interiors painted and we also had the window treatment changeg, so after each of this jobs there came me to clean like a mad woman, I'm exausted! Lots of hugs sweetie. FABBY

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  15. When I was a little girl, I got a book named: The Lady That Put Salt In Her Coffee. The story characters when through all kinds of ways to make the salty coffee taste good....then finally somebody said just pour it out and get a new cup......

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  16. a very good object lesson... love it!

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