Chugging Away

I have been busy tying to figure out how ebay works, now that I actually sold a few things. I learn the hard way. I can’t remember everything I read, like I used to. I can’t even remember how to find things that I found before. It gets frustrating. Taping items to ship with one hand is frustrating too. Tie one hand behind your back and try it. One thing that is far from figured out is what to charge for shipping. Ebay automatically puts in some crazy amount, like $50 for a 99 cent item. I finally figured out why those items were not selling, and figured out how to change them.

Try searching for a question that was already asked. It does not come up. Then ask on the discussion board to have some snarky bitch say read the rules. I would just like to say point me to these mysterious things, that was my question in the first place. Like most things gone technical, they forget the logical step by step I grew up on. Computers were not in every home back then. Heck, there was one whole computer they had us marvel at when I was a senior in high school. I never got to touch it. Thank the stars for the geniuses at wordpress, or I would not have a blog. A blog I have to neglect while I burn my eyes out staring at ebay. Other contributors to my burn out today was my son’s back to school shopping trip. I am glad that is done. He is about as confusing as ebay.

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Keeping Up The Promise To Myself

At the same time I feel like I am letting everyone else down. I am back  trying to blog everyday. Today was a blah day, I slept intermittently last night. It was too cold. Instead of fighting with the window to get it closed, I stayed under the one thin blanket with my ears covered. I started out trying to get everything in the car to take to goodwill. I emptied one tote, which is good. I need to pack some more things up, which is not so good. I still can’t find some of my things. To add to the list of things I can’t find I have two led flashlights somewhere. Since my electricity stopped working in the bathroom flashlights would be nice to find. The candle that I was using finally gave out.  Candles are not that bright or safe. I have more candles, but trying to save them for real emergencies or parties, whichever comes first.

Cool Nights of Fall

It is still summer, I know. It does feel nice when it cools off at night. I can’t wait to decorate for Halloween this year. I  hope to make a big lighted spider web again. I could just put up the lights, the spiders have already made webs everywhere. There is a place down the road that sells mums already. I just need to find a pumpkin patch.

I tried to organize my room today. I managed to clear off my desk and printer. It is not good to let a small house get cluttered.  I will have to clean out the car tomorrow. The dog hair is thicker on the back seat than on her body.  I double checked my sons back to school list. He just needs index cards, sneakers, and to get back on schedule. Mom needs to get back on schedule too.

Just Tired

Are you there Dave?………….Dave?

I am trying to get back on a more normal sleep schedule with school coming up so fast. I was still up to almost 2 AM last night. I woke up for the second time just before 10 AM. At least that is better than sleeping until noon to 1 PM. Sunday, I was up and at it from 6:45AM onward. I can feel it today. I am still trying to get my small house not to look like a yard sale exploded from a volcano and only landed inside my house.

I scored a free plant stand from freecycle today. More organizing and rearranging, and that will go somewhere. I will then be able to take care of my growing pile of houseplants. I should take a picture of my killer cucumber plants. They almost look like pumpkins, except the flowers are small like cucumbers. It is raining here, so I might not get to it for awhile.

Never Again

I spent hours setting up my little sale, and it did look small. It was windy, so my signs blew over or away. I only had 3 customers besides my son’s friends. It was too hot. I was thinking, I would not stop in this heat and leave my air conditioned vehicle. I did not do any of my outdoor tasks. My skin gets too spotty in the sun.  I was surprised at how easy it was to pack everything away. I have a few things to take to goodwill, and the rest I will try to reprice and list on ebay…..or save for my next attempt….which won’t have to go far to be an improvement….I made $6.75 half in quarters, and I don’t need them for laundry anymore.

Paring Down and Papering Up

I am getting rid of my growing pile of junk tomorrow, hopefully. I decided to have my yard sale, ready or not. I have priced out most items and made tags. I made a big sign. I wrote out my craigslist ad. I have items, such as my ironing board to make temporary tables. I have plenty of outdoor projects to do between customers. If I only make a few dollars that is ok. I hope to learn what people are looking for at a sale. I might even meet a few more neighbors. All proceeds will be saved for my new roof fund.

My sister brought down my washer and drier today. She nearly died of heat exhaustion hooking them up. She is a trooper. I am happy that nothing was damaged getting them set up. I am happy they don’t leak. I was doing laundry all day. This is going to be short, I have a million things to get ready.

Freshly Picked

Thanks to my brother who gave me a tip of a great Auction place not too far from me. I scored this Shawnee vase for $2. As soon as I got home and made my son dinner, I put my freshly picked item on ebay. I am new to this whole buying and reselling thing. But for a few dollars, I had a good time. If I had a few more dollars, I could have filled my car full. Now they also had a box of what I thought was McCoy planters that I bid on, but because of my limited funding it went above my budget. However, it went for under $20, and I know they sell individually for almost $20. From what I have been reading, I should have done some networking. I am a tad too socially awkward to do that the first day. I felt very self conscious about walking around in close proximity while previewing. I could have taken my time, but I was scared I would not get a seat near the front. I will know better next time. I will also remember to bring a backpack and other bags inside with me. They sold things in boxes for $2, which I would have taken, if I thought I could get it out to my car without looking like a invalid. Who the hell cares you might be thinking. I think that way too, until I am actually hobbling and hitting people with my left hand that tones up under stress.

While I am on my auction high, I need to clean up. My sister is bringing my washer and dryer tomorrow. I am hoping they are easy to move, once they are out of the truck.

The Rest Of My Life

ImageI have not posted in forever it seems. I could make a million excuses. It all comes down to I don’t think I have anything press worthy to write. I have decided that if I want to keep working at this blog, I will be writing even when I don’t think my life is exciting enough. I had a birthday recently, and I believe I am about halfway through my life. I certainly am aiming high, considering my  stroke and two other little tias.I actually have more clarity in my brain. It might just be due from sleeping in whenever I want. That luxury will be gone in about 12 days when school starts back up. I have my dog back, and she is still quite the character. She loves riding in the car. I try to take her everywhere I go, but with warm weather that is not always possible. We went to a garage sale today. I only could look quick, because I left her in the car, in the sun. I thought of leaving the car running, so she would have the AC. I envisioned her shifting gears and backing out into the road. She always jumps over and sits in my seat when I get out. I found an old red wagon with metal wheels, it was only $25. I wanted to buy it so badly, but I already blew my budget this month. I did walk away with 4 little yellow squashes for $1. I had unexpected (yet always expect the unexpected) car repairs and a vet bill (already). Ashley has another ear infection. The vet did a good job cleaning out her ears. I wish I could afford to take her there every week to clean them. Even so, I don’t think that would prevent the infections. The culture he did said it was not bacterial. My car brakes went from having a funny sound only when wet, to sounding like my wheels were going to disintergrate in a short period of time.  This happened a few days after the vet trip and after my birthday shopping spree. By shopping spree I mean I went to one store to get a sofa cover that usually sells for $80 to $100, or more, for only $30.’

I did not mean to blog about my money whoas. I just want to give the background story of my financial push towards selling my treasures on ebay. If you want to look at my listings, my name is Diana14gallery. I only have a few odds and ends listed now. I have only had one successful ebay sale, and that was over a year and a half ago. I was collecting stuff in my shed for a yard sale, but I am not sure if I have enough stuff to lure people to a yard sale. My shed is a trainwreck of disaster. The roof has lost most of its covering, so it has been leaking in places since before I moved in. It also has a thick oil sludge on the floor from the previous owner. It also has more spiders than my house. These all add up to too creepy for an inside garage sale. If the weather does not cooperate on whatever weekend I choose to have my sale, it might not happen at all. I tried to list 11 items on craigslist, and did not get even a question about any of my adds. I live in a rural area, the thin population most likely does not shop on craigslist. It makes sense, why drive 50 miles to buy my 25 cent glassware. I don’t have any big ticket items to sell. Unfortunately, I still can’t use my left arm and hand to hold onto or lift anything. I still have to concentrate on not tripping over my own left foot when I walk. My dream of buying and reselling furniture is out of the question (at least the large pieces).

Chugging Along

 

    “ If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

― Michael Jordan

Sometimes I feel like I am overcoming my obstacles. I am loving my house, even with all it’s unfinished repairs. I am scoring some neat stuff on craigslist. If I ever finish a complete project I will post pictures. It felt a little cooler today, so that means more work gets done by me. My dog Ashley has been a lovey dovey peach. I took her to the laundry-mat tonight (it was cool enough to leave her in the car). She tired herself out watching everyone, with her ears perked. I love those ears. She sat in my seat every time I went inside to check on my clothes. She moved over to shotgun when I opened the door, instead of trying to get out. When we got home she came right inside, but jumped back in the car while I was unloading. Most likely she thought I would be taking her back to my daughter’s. In any case she does not like to be left home alone.