I would ban the word “absolutely”

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

I would not actually ban it. I do wish it never be spoken out loud as a placating answer. I read through a few of the other answers before answering myself. I agree with the person that said “no words should be banned”.

Daily Prompt, let’s try this for awhile

Write about your approach to budgeting.

“My approach to budgeting” is the prompt. Ha, I am on social security only. I have nothing to budget. I buy necessary items, end of budgeting.

Seriously though, I struggle to decide which items I think I deserve to spend my monthly Social Security check on. I buy food mostly that is on sale. I shop at Aldi’s for some things. I look for clearance items every store I go in. I don’t eat a lot of meat. I was thinking the other day now that my monthly food stamps will be reduced what are the least expensive foods I can buy that are 100% healthy. My first thought is bananas. No other fruit or vegetable is cheaper per pound than a banana. Of course we are paying for the peel and sticker too. I wish I could compost my peels. I supposed I could if I drive my compost to my son’s house to put on his pile. I am going to try grow my own microgreens, and lettuces. I am not sure how cost effective it will be after I have to purchase seeds and account for failures. I am also going to attempt to do sprouts, but again the seed is NOT inexpensive. I have a hoard of seeds to get started though. I also need to factor in the amount of gas it would take for me to shop more often if I did not have homegrown fresh produce.

One thing that really does not fit my budget is pedicures. I however consider them “healthcare” as I can no longer take care of my own toenails. They are too tough to cut with my strength. Too precarious with my bad eyesight to use a tool to make it easier. I also can not reach the bottom of my feet to massage them. And the warm towels, I don’t have a steamer to warm my towels to a toasty soothing hug to wrap around my bottom legs. So my approach to budgeting is I think I am worth a pedicure as soon as my claws start ripping through my socks.

Also this years budgeting included both expensive 15 Geranium seeds and 4 packs of seeds at Dollar Tree for $1. The bunnies that mowed down last years wildflowers (pictured) will appreciate it.

I Have Baby Tomatoes In Less Than A Week

I planted 19 varieties of eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes Thursday, now Monday, I have baby beefsteaks sprouted already. I hope everything I planted thrives. When it snows outside like it has this weekend, this gives me hope of a green future. I need to make room under my grow lights. I have a heat mat on my piano bench that is not near the grow lights. I need more lights. I have tons of seeds, mostly left over from last year and years prior. I did buy more, I can’t stop myself.

I took my first high potency Vitamin D today

Not pictured are my vitamin D capsules. This was the lasagna my boyfriend made for Christmas dinner. Like most things he cooks it was delicious. Unlike the meds I am prescribed I don’t have to read a bunch of warnings that make me scared to try it. I was scared to start the vitamin D, would it make me get sick to my stomach? Would it cause another stroke? WTF? I put off starting it until today because yesterday my stomach was already a little queasy for some reason. I did take it today, I have pains in my feet and arms but I think it is my usual pains that happen too often lately.

Later today I hope to do some baking experiments. Perhaps I could try to take a pic of my finished cookies if they are edible.

I sold a postcard yesterday ($4) and a lot of books today ($12) so that is more than I sold in December. Hopefully I can get back into the habit of paying off my credit card. I have not listed anything new in a long time so I hope to get back into the groove of doing that the rest of this week too. I am hoping the extra vitamin D gives me the energy to do everything I need to do. Maybe even the energy to post here more often. I often wonder how I managed to write everyday within a year after my stroke. I was still taking a daily nap back then. Most days now I can do without a nap as long as I don’t wake up too early.

What really prompted me to write a post today was an article about a women “earning” $1.5 million on an only fans account. She wants it to live off grid. WTF? I am not going to open an only fans account, that would be futile since I am basically the furthest from sexy I have ever been. Please brainstorm with me other ways I could earn enough to buy some real estate to live off grid, with my little greenhouse in a food forest and random rock collection.

Indigenous Peoples Day

A vintage postcard with the incorrect name of group of people on the back

If you have read my blog over the last 11 years or so you know I sell vintage postcards on ebay. Many images are amazing and haunting at the same time. Every card (but also movie, book, government document etc) that uses the word “Indian” to describe the indigenous Native American people that were here long before oppressive white settlers and opportunists should be called out. It is a shame that most people in the USA don’t recognize other groups of people as fellow humans. We should be sharing knowledge and learning traditions not making them jump through hoops for entertainment.

On a related note, a bloated orange oaf, twice impeached, twice popular vote loser who still has a cult of moron followers should be zapped every time he calls someone Pocahontas.

Today is World Postcard Day!

I will be listing this cute postcard either today or sometime this weekend on one of my ebay accounts. I sell about one to two cards (sometimes more or less) a month between the three of my accounts I have postcards listed. My 4th account has other items for sale, mostly right now stuff I am selling for my boyfriend that he got from his coworkers grandfathers estate. He had a small quantity of postcards but I do not think I listed any of them yet. I also use the 4th account to buy postcards both to collect and to resell.

Postcrossing dot com is a site set up to send and receive postcards from around the world. It is a great site. I have been a member there for about two years but I have long amounts of times I did not send any cards. Mostly due to the time it takes me to select a card for the recipient and then actually writing it out. It makes my hand cramp writing so small. I also spend most of my day just trying to live, like feed myself, shower and do errands, recover from an activity (both mentally and physically) I have done recently. So I spend great amounts of time in the spring gardening for example, so sent no postcards for months. I now have got back into it about a week ago. Being I did not realize it was world postcard day today, I did not reserve one of my slots (I have seven right now) to post a card today. What I have done today to commemorate, besides writing this post, is to look for postcards at the thrift store (they had none), and I bought two elephant postcards on ebay (where I usually find my postcards for my collection).

My postcard collection mainly consists of places I visited and vintage elephant postcards. I might do a youtube video someday about my postcard collection. I was hoping when I went to the Brimfield antique show in September to find some to collect or list on ebay. Because of my foot that I hurt a week or so before I did not walk around very far. The one booth that had ephemera and postcards was disappointing. I did ask him if he had any elephant postcards and he said no. I did find one or two in his booth that I would have bought to sell if I knew the price. I asked him and he said the price should be on it (I did not see it). He said he would have to make up a price then. I glanced at some others and noticed some but not all were priced, however they were in the $5-20 range so not the price I pay for ones to resell. After coming home and discovering a youtuber that actually went there to buy postcards for his business I became more hopeful I could walk around more if I go back in May. I however have hundreds of postcards waiting to be listed. I only managed to scan less than a dozen this week and I still have to finish listing them.

Ironically it was while I was rearranging my hoarder hole, that I twisted my foot. It took over a month for the pain to go away. This week is the first week in a long time I could actually get up and walk without pain. So I resumed rearranging my hoarder hole. It is still not done. I exhausted myself taking one shelf apart and putting another together with the extra shelf. It did not go as planned but I did manage to get the “extra” shelf on a different shelving unit. I also got smaller bruises this time and I can still walk. Hopefully this week I can finish the area which is almost half of my living room. My desk is still piled too high with stuff to sort and I hope I can take care of that as well. Intermixed with my ebay items are my crafting and art supplies. I tried separating them into opposite sides of my desk but I drastically reduced my ebay inventory by donating the larger items and it is hard for me to gauge the space each will take up but still make sense organizationally. It might be a continual work in progress.

Anyway, I hope anyone interested in postcards to collect, send, or sell commemorates in a way today to spread cheer. Future goals of mine are to design my own cards to send and sell.

Another Ebay Rant

I have 4 ebay accounts, my first one I started in 2012 (after my stroke, to help make my car payment). I sold for years with nothing but positive feedback, if people bothered to leave feedback. I estimate only 10% of buyers leave feedback. Once, a few years in, I got one negative feedback. It was for the way I packed his comic books, even though they were mailed as described in the description in the sale. Many more years passed and still only positive feedback. Then a few weeks ago I got a negative feedback on my newest account (still years old). The person instead of asking for a refund/return when she got her item proceeded to take the plating off ruining the item. She messaged me several times before leaving feedback. If I cared to spend an hour or longer to call customer service I could probably have it taken off. Anyhow I finally shrugged that off, not all buyers are honest or kind. So today I got a neutral feedback from someone else (on a different account thankfully) because they did not get their postcard (not the one pictured). I refunded them as soon as they messaged me, it was sent untracked so it could have been lost in the mail or delivered to someone else. They got their couple of $$s back, and they thought it best to leave me a neutral feedback….motherpluckers. I don’t sell much, maybe one item per month if I am lucky. I sell mostly postcards and I am still going to continue handwriting the address and putting a real stamp on which means no tracking. I feel like ebay is always sending me negative energy. They keep changing their site so I have to do multiple more clicks if I even remember to check each account. Back when I started and many years after I could see everything needed on the same page. There I could easily see what I sold, if it was paid, if it was already shipped, what was unsold and could be relisted, and the current active listings. Not anymore, now it is good luck remembering what to check and where to find it and hope it is only one or two extra clicks per item. They also even changed sharing to pinterest which was one click after listing…now I have to click back on the item then click on pinterest, then click which pinterest board I want to share it on.

I want to say rant over, but is it? Will it ever be? I don’t forsee anyone at Ebay to even understand what I am talking about. I want to know if any of their employees or programmers ever sold items on ebay.

Dear Religious Propaganda Sender:

I believe in Science! I have read parts of your horrible book full of terror, perversion, and the call to stone people to death. I implore you to go to your local library and read lots and lots and lots of other books. If you want to discuss geology or botany with me feel free to write back. I kept your stamp to craft with and I hope you recycle the rest of this paper.

P.S. The person you addressed this to died in 2003! I will just sign my name as current occupant in case this is some kind of scam.

Have a lovely day!

Sending this off tomorrow, if I get more propaganda from them it is on…I have some text from non-fiction to send back to them.

Ebay Rant

some kind of milkweed?

I have been busy the last few weeks and have not listed anything on ebay, except for some items for my boyfriend. I tried to list some postcards today, or at least make drafts, now that I finally got my new computer to recognize my printer/scanner. In the past I scan the front and back of one postcard then try to throw up a quick draft on ebay so I can delete what I just scanned. I do it that way so I don’t mix up which one I am doing at the moment or mismatch the fronts and backs. I am not sure if it is a stroke brain thing or my scanner app is totally shit thing, but I get confused too easy on what order the postcards are. Back to my rant EBAY IS CHANGING THEIR LISTING TOOL AGAIN!!! FFS!!! it is taking me longer and more frustrated, I barely got the front and back of one postcard on draft and only managed to rotate one and I give up. I was also reminded of how shitty their only two choices that come up to list postcards is shit too…Ebay is constantly trying to be something else and I just want to scream. I have sold about 2 or 3 postcards in the last 90 days…I am wondering what kind of videos I can make to show my postcards since they will be allowing videos on the listing tool soon.

I don’t want to try etsy because I am not going to pay to list my stuff, some of the postcards I sold the last year have been listed for almost 10 years. The listing fees would accumulate to more than anyone would buy a postcard for.

In other my calming news, my wildflower container is ready to bloom it’s second type of wildflowers. (not in the above pic, that was from a walk) The zinnias that I did not plant are blooming out front. I planted some in the middle of my wildflower container but mine are still puny. I will give them a little miracle grow this week after the storms are over. I decided if my bloom this year I will add zinnias to my list to plant every year. The county finished the garden in the apartment lot. It has tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard, some sort of cucurbits (nothing is labeled) and a few rows of radishes. Someone (not sure who) put a religious sign in it. I am not religious, and seeing the sign makes me want to puke.

When my granddaughter was here we saw some baltimore orioles. I purchased some bird feeders and put the oriole orange colored one out. I have not seen them since. I still need to put up another pole to hang the other feeders off. I don’t want them close to my patio since I think it would attract mice and squirrels.