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day 50 – Pentecost

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Here we are at the end of the 50 days of Easter celebrating Pentecost with a red Liz Claiborne hobo. Liz made this bag with some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. I took these photos in 2015, which is likely when I got this bag, as it’s the earliest post I can find, but a couple of years later, I remembered that I got it for $8. A fitting choice to welcome the hot fire of the Holy Spirit.

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Just look at the detail on this stitching and check out the logo – it’s thick brushed nickel with a cutout design for the LC. Below you can see the detail in the ring and studs that hold the bag and strap together. And don’t get me started about the zipper—butter with a pull very similar to the logo plate in heft and feel.

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COVID-19 gave me a year where I completed all posts and most of them on the day or the day after. I’d rather miss a few days being busier and have no one get this illness. Since my only control with COVID-19 is to stay home and away from people, I need to find wins amid a lot of loss. I wish COVID-19 was the only issue that made me sad and angry, but there are lots to be sad and angry about these days. I will continue to pray for my enemies, seek joy in small things, and love my loved ones even more.

I have a feeling I’ll be back to the blog before next Lent. Making no promises, but my feelings usually hit the mark. Especially lately. Peace all and thank you for joining me on this journey I call life through my love of hauling stuff around in what I consider to be beautiful vessels.

day 26

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Here is my beloved and long sought after laptop backpack by Swissgear. I shopped and shopped and shopped for this bag for months. Extensive research and visits to TJ Maxx involving lots of sitting and pulling zippers, carrying them around the store on my back, and comparing various backpacks finally led me to buy this one for $35. It has served me well and is still in great shape. But it’s also taught me what I want in a backpack. Maybe need, like a luggage strap.

So, I’ve spent more time than I want to admit over the last few weeks researching backpacks. When I say researching, I mean serious research. Not just searching, but watching videos of people reviewing backpacks. I’ve ordered a couple, and they went or are going back. I have another couple on the way. I read Amazon reviews, then go elsewhere to shop. And I assure myself: I’m not the guy who spent $1400 to find the perfect backpack. (Nomatic. He’s right, but I can’t afford it. Maybe.) I’m obsessed with backpacks and finding the ideal… ones. Not just one. I told you, it’s an issue.

When I think about why now? Why, when I don’t have anywhere to go, am I obsessed with backpacks? The same reason many of us are obsessed with unreasonable and unrealistic concepts while sheltering in place.

Hope. Faith. Confidence and belief in a future where we’re still here, and we’re able to go somewhere. What’s keeping you going?

day 13

img_9339Here’s one I got at TJ Maxx a few years ago by Echo. I got this same bag in two different patterns and used the other one more than this one. I couldn’t even give it away because the design wore off the top of the bag. This one is in much better shape. It’s great for carrying all my stuff, including a laptop, as long as it’s in a sleeve. There’s a cool outside pocket that’s only attached at the top, which makes the perfect phone pocket.

Full disclosure: I almost quit the blog a couple of days ago. I haven’t talked about COVID-19 much, but my husband and I are high risk. Anytime one of us coughs or sneezes, we’re looking around like, “who was that? Are you ok?” So it’s a very stressful time for everyone, of course, and we’re no different. The other day, one of us got sick, and I felt like the blog was irrelevant. But, we still have lots to be thankful or and to celebrate in this Easter season. I’m grateful we’re all doing ok and managing our symptoms, taking our medicine, adding health practices, and doing our best to lose weight and keep stress down. We have to do everything we can to be proactive so that we can minimize our risk factors. Take care of yourselves and each other, friends. Take care and peace.

bag 24 – claimed

Yesterday I mentioned a practice I’ve deployed in years past when I’ve looked at my bags and decided I didn’t want to get rid of any of them. I’ll go to the thrift store and get a few for the sole purpose of the giveaway. Some of you might think “hey, that’s cheating!” – to which I reply, “it’s my giveaway, I make the rules.” We’re both sorta right.

Sometimes, I’m traveling and need an extra bag because I didn’t take enough photos or didn’t bring enough bags – spring breaks in Connecticut at David’s parents’ house comes to mind. My mother-in-law loved to thrift, and we usually hit at least one thrift store while I was there. God rest her soul, those days are gone.

Now, I have no choice but to dig deep and keep going with my Lenten discipline. When things get tough, we’re called to do the same. It might not seem like a difficult thing for many people, but I’m not many people. I’m the only me there is. The next seventeen days of this giveaway, you can believe I’m sacrificing things I’ve grown to enjoy. And that’s ok. There’s much more at stake than my bags these days, so I can woman up and give of what I have.

This virus reminds us that things don’t mean as much as people. Last night, after getting the news that my COVID-19 test came back negative, I got the best sleep in over two weeks. But then again, my bags are art. They give me comfort. We all have those things that provide us with comfort, no matter how much we have or don’t have. More critical than bags are my three loved and surly children. And my husband, who may or may not put the soap back in the right spot. And all my dear family and friends. So on with the giveaway.

Here’s a cute pastel yellow (trust me) Fossil bag for someone who loves a place for everything. Large inner pouch, front flap pocket, back zipper pocket with credit card slots, and room for more stuff – this bag will keep you organized. The leather is thick and soft. The adjustable strap of cotton canvas and leather converts from shoulder bag to crossbody. $6.99 at St. Vincent de Paul. I was just about to put my stuff into it and use it, but whatever. I have another yellow bag that I bought myself for Christmas a few years ago by the SAK, so it’s all good.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 24, your name, your address. Thanks and peace.