May 19, 2013
Over the past ten years my house has become increasingly cluttered with little things that don’t get used anymore. For some crazy reason I just can’t seem to get rid of them! I suspect that one of the reasons for that is I feel like it was a waste of my hard earned money if I get rid of them. I don’t mind giving my unused items to friends or family, but I struggle with taking things that I worked so hard to get to give away to a thrift store that claims to be a charitable non-profit agency.
I know that sounds rather selfish of me, but there have been a lot of times I’ve heard my friends and neighbors complain that they know the people that manage the local thrift stores, and that some of them keep the “best” donated items for themselves without paying the charity any money. That sort of unethical behavior just irritates me so much!
This coming weekend I am planning on taking some of my things to a local neighborhood yard sale. I have hope that I can recoup some of the money I’ve spent and help my neighbors be able to get some quality items that they might not have been able to afford if they had gone to a retail store.
Unfortunately a few years ago I had to buy a lot of new clothes for a new job I had landed, and then I ended up not wearing many of them. Part of that problem was because I had gained some weight and did not like the way I looked after I had purchased them. I had purchased many of the items online, which meant that I could not try them on before ordering them, which ended up being a problem. I’ll be trying to sell off some of those clothes that are almost brand new.
I was thinking about selling some of my used video games and used CD’s, too, but I just found out about a website that will buy them from me and even pay for the shipping fees! I’d love to use the yard sale for turning old games and CDs into cash, but if they don’t sell at the yard sale I’ll be trying to sell them online before donating them to a thrift store. I’m looking forward to finding out much money I can raise!
May 18, 2013
Back in 1971 I worked in a women’s retail clothing store. I was still in high school, so the job was part-time, after school, and on week-ends. The lady who owned the place seemed to be very pleasant to me, but my co-workers seemed to think that she was an unpleasant person to work for. When I’d arrive at work she would always greet me with a very sweet smile, and reach out her hand and give me a quick stroke on my back. I thought it was just her version of a friendly “hug” without getting deep into the embrace.
I had to laugh like crazy when my co-workers told me that the reason she did that was to check if her employees were all wearing bras! It was one of her dress code rules, if you didn’t wear one then you were sent home.
One day while taking my lunch break, I saw my boss using a steaming machine to prepare the new clothes to go out onto the display floor. I had never seen anything like that before, and I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread! I don’t know where I found the smaller travel-size version to purchase for myself back then, but I did buy one, and I have used it quite a bit over the years. I have been very lucky that it has lasted this long; I dread the day that it breaks down and I’ll have to go purchase a new one. The new ones on the market look like they are larger and heavier than the one I have had all of these long years.
May 16, 2013
Lately I’ve noticed that there seem to be a lot of doctor’s offices and medical centers that utilize a decorative waterfall in the waiting room. I’ve always enjoyed the relaxing sound of the water, and from time to time I’ve tried buying a small table-top version for home.
The problems that I’ve had with the small table-top versions, however, is that they do splash water onto the surface of waterever they are on. Since almost everything that I have that would serve as a table-top base is made out of wood, I have not been happy over the prospect of water stains/spots on my furniture.
I was looking at some really nice outdoor water fountains at www.soothingwalls.com today and was thinking about how nice it would be to have a water feature with a fountain in our yard. I think that I need a professional designer though. I would not be able to make up my mind about which one to buy and what part of the yard to install the water feature!
May 13, 2013
I like to buy a new computer every few years, but then I have the problem with what to do with my old one. People tell me to donate them to schools, (or churches) and I’ve tried to do that, but when I call the schools (or churches) and offer them my old computer they tell me that if it is more than one year old they don’t want it!
There’s really nothing wrong with them, it’s just that usually the new computers have larger drives and faster processors and I decided that I want the extra storage and faster speed. I’ve even tried giving my old computers away over freecycle, and no one seems to want them over freecycle either! So they end up filling up space in my basement, just gathering dust. Very sad. I suppose that I COULD donate them to Goodwill for them to try to sell in their Goodwill store. I think I’ll give them a call and find out if they take used computers!
May 7, 2013
Have you ever wondered what caused those ugly black stains on your roof? The last house that I owned, the roof shingles were black and I never saw any kind of black stains. But this house that we live in now, the roof is gray, and the black stains look like black streaks of ink running down the roof.
It wasn’t until I read some information about roof cleaning from www.cleanertoday.com that I realized that the streaks really are mold, and that having the mold on the roof can increase the costs of keeping the house cool in the summer!
I will definitely have to discuss that with my husband and see if he wants to clean the roof, or replace the roof. After all, the roof is close to twenty years old already, and it may be time to replace it.