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Perspective and practice: When to change either or both

We have been in a good, consistent groove in our household for while with the way we function. We have some pretty specific practices in place for handling the budget, school, household chores and general everyday stuff. But today I turned on the television-the one with the antenna on top that I’ve previously written about-and found that the five good channels we used to get now consists of one that we can hear clearly but not see, two that look mostly fuzzy but can’t hear, and one that is just not there anymore. We get ONE channel in decently. My husband called an antenna installer and learned that, because we live up against the mountain that we need a line of sight over, we pretty much won’t get much of anything out of an antenna than we hadn’t previously gotten (which we were reasonably content with) and at this point maybe even less-even with a giant old-fashioned style mounted antenna on the roof since we can’t be sure what caused this disruption to begin with.  We also learned that the tree that has been bare the better part of the year since we moved into this house has caused further disruption by doing the darndest thing: growing leaves. So, faced with absolutely no television reception early this morning (except for a very low-budget Christian talk show out of Texas that manages to come in quite clearly) I fiddled with the antenna a while with no luck. I grabbed my laptop and a cup of coffee. My toddler grabbed his shoes and pointed out to the back yard. I thought-heck why not? So out we went in pajamas and sandals, with coffee and laptop and his breakfast in tow and sat outside for a change of scenery. As I sat there watching him puttering in the back yard, digging in the dirt, inspecting rocks, sitting on wet grass and happy as can be I considered if it’s worth the $35 a month for basic cable and if it fits our current goals and plans. It occurred to me as I sat there, enjoying the warm early morning summer sounds of the desert, the buzzing bees, the chirping birds, the little dog next door yapping out a hello to my dog who was lazily ignoring it, that sometimes changing your vantage point, even if it’s just sitting outside when you normally don’t, can help change your perspective on your needs and your wants. Inside the house, as I’d poured my coffee, I was seriously considering finding that $35 for cable in my budget today and calling the cable company this afternoon. But as I sat out there, watching my child play, surfing news online and tapping away for this post, I found myself at peace with the sounds of summer around me. I still need to review whether our household practice of having no cable is going to continue or not, but I’m taking the weekend to consider this practice from another perspective. I’ll keep you posted.

How about you? Do you give yourself time and space to consider your choices carefully? Do you just jump in right away and hang on?


5 responses »

  1. We are going to be canceling the cable soon. We will be keeping the internet through the cable company though. Because with Netflix and Hulu Plus we can watch a lot of stuff through the Xbox. Everything else can be watched on various websites. It will save us a ton. Just trying to get caught up with everything on the DVr before we have to give it back though. lol. Figure if it is already recorded for us, we might as well watch it.

    • I love this! Thank you for sharing! When my kids were little, I always appreciated the moments unexpected and that cost nothing financially. One day we went to the local pet store for a “field trip” because money was VERY tight and we (I) needed to get out of the house. While there, a baby python started to escape in front of us. The kids and I will always remember that moment and we reminisce about it often and that memory makes us laugh. 🙂

  2. Mistie thanks for commenting. You made some great points about using alternative ways to catch your favorite shows! Enjoy catching up on all the DVR’d shows before you make that cut! I’m missing my local morning news but not sure enough to shell out $408 a year plus taxes and fees for it.

  3. Mary Ann Freeland

    I just can’t get myself to give up my Dish Network. I’m a news junkie and love Fox, the #1 news station. I have enjoyed looking out my front window when it’s snowing while listening to “The Message” on my Dish Sirius. Now that the weather is warming up, I’ll be out on my deck enjoying the sun and going to the lake to rest and read. Also going to enjoy having all the family up to enjoy the lake. I’m really looking forward to summer. Not too sure about August. I’ll be going to Disney World, the hottest time of the year in Orlando, Fl.

  4. We’ve considered giving up cable. The biggest catch for our household is football season. Its important to my husband and I respect that. But we were wondering if there’s a way to watch football online????

    Good post. I really like you. 🙂


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