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Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Big Clean Out

For the past few years I've been posting about how we've been getting rid of things that we no longer use or have need for.  Overall, we've eliminated a lot of stuff.  Some items have been donated, others sold on Ebay and a few things passed on to friends and family.  But we still have too much.  I've reached that point where I don't even care anymore about selling some of it on Ebay.  The whole process has become such a hassle due to many factors:  increased fees, unscrupulous buyers and the whole packaging and shipping issue.  Enough!

Today we start a full scale clean out on the remaining things around here.  I think the process of cleaning out my father-in-laws house has been a bit of a trigger for this line of thought.  We've been very careful not to bring items home with us that we don't need or genuinely like.  I know in many situations like ours, people end up with stuff that they wouldn't use in a million years simply because they either don't know what to do with it or they feel guilty giving it away.  I'm past that.  I was past that point a long time ago, but with everything we've had going on lately, we got sidetracked. 

One of the things we brought home from my father-in-laws were two recliner chairs.  Both leather and in great condition.  One was needed in the living room and the other for our basement family room area.  We don't use that area all that much, but it will be nice to have some decent seating.  We also brought home a small table that I'd always admired and two very nice lamps.  It will be nice to finally get that part of our house more the way we wanted it.  But there are also things that we need to get rid of to make that work. 

My nephews are coming over to help us move around furniture today.  The rest will be up to us.  I'll be glad when it's done, but it's going to take some serious work.  Hopefully we won't have too many more interruptions and hiccups because I want this to be done with. 

I recently read an article about parting with possessions and how to approach it.  One of them had a very Feng Shui approach to it.  If an item doesn't make you happy or give you joy when you look at it, then it's time to get rid of it.  Not sure I can be quite that ruthless, but I will keep that in mind.  I've had a couple of items that I've gotten rid of because they either didn't do that, or quite honestly triggered bad memories.  Who wants that kind of stuff around as a constant reminder?!?!  Not me. 

Keep your fingers crossed for us.  It's going to be a busy couple of weeks!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I'm back...I think?!

Hey everyone, it really is me!  I feel like I've been away forever, but it's only been a few months.  I guess because of everything that has happened over those few months, it just makes it seem like forever. 
To say it has been a trying few months would be the understatement of the year.  In that short time I:
A) Ended a friendship (or what I thought was a friendship, thus the reason for prior post)
B) Went on a mini vacation
C) The dog had surgery and managed to pull her stitches out--what a fiasco
D) My father-in-law passed away unexpectedly
E) I got a new car
All sorts of ups and downs, and it didn't help that B, C and D all happened over the period of a week and a half!  To say I've been on an emotional roller coaster is putting it mildly.  We are doing okay though and getting through it.
The past month has been especially trying.  We are in the process of cleaning out my father-in-laws house and we put it up for sale.  We thought we had it sold, but that turned into a fiasco of epic proportions.  In the midst of all of that, we discovered a drain issue that needed attention and I've spent the good part of the last 3 weeks waiting on phone calls as well as for the weather to cooperate so we could get it resolved.  The good news is that it's all taken care of and we can say we had the worlds most expensive hair ball (quite literally what caused the issue!) at $750!  Good help does not come cheap.  However, because I had to be "on call", I've had next to no time to do much of anything fun.  Let me just say that the "NO FUN" period has come to an end, and I plan on enjoying things now! 
The new car has been a nice bright spot in all of this emotional upheaval, although getting it involved a ton of running around.  I really wasn't planning on getting a new car this year, but I had concerns about my car and a problem with the transmission, so we were debating on what to do.  My father-in-law had two vehicles, a truck and a car.  My brother-in-law wanted the car, but no one wanted the truck, and as it was two wheel drive in an area that gets a lot of snow, selling it might take a while.  It didn't help that none of us really had any time to deal with all that goes along with selling a vehicle.  After some discussion, my husband and I agreed that it made more sense for us to take possession of the truck and then trade it in along with my car towards something else.  I figured it might take a bit of time to find what I was looking for as I hadn't really been doing much research.  And then I found a really good deal on a brand/model I had been tossing around, so I decided to test drive it.  Next thing I knew, we were negotiating the whole deal, and now it's mine!  
No more "mom" car:
I've gone back to my signature color, red.  I've had more red cars over the years than any other color and this one just called out to me.  My father-in-law would be thrilled and I can hear him now saying "why didn't you pick a red car?!" LOL  Thanks dad!  I went with a Mazda this time, my husband has a sedan and I love the way it drives, but I wanted something bigger that sat up higher to accommodate my screwed up knee.  I'm just approaching the week mark with it, but I am loving it, I haven't had a car this fun to drive since I sold my Mini. 💓 (which by the way, was also red)
The doll blog is still going strong, I've been juggling things around a bit but I've been keeping it going through all of this upheaval.  Not having time to do all of the things I am used to doing has been driving me bananas, so I'm really looking forward to having the time to work on some of this stuff now.  I have some fun things to post here over the next couple of weeks as well.  Don't panic though if you don't see me around for a bit, I'm probably busy finishing the house clean out, and hopefully that means we've sold the house which will definitely be a good thing!  My husband is hoping it's gone by October 1st because he doesn't want to have to worry about raking all of those leaves (it's seriously insane).  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Warning

I apologize in advance to my readers that you have to read this.  It is intended for two people, and those people only.  They know who they are, and unlike them, I’m not going to be sneaky and manipulative.  Just going to put it out there in a public forum and hopefully they will read it. 

To the person(s) who thinks it’s amusing to use and manipulate other people.  It isn’t.  It’s very hurtful.  You know what you did and who you did it to.  I had no idea what an awful, nasty, piece of work you were and neither did a lot of other people you were playing games with until we all started talking and comparing information.  You thought you had a lot of people fooled.  Well, the joke is on you now.  Did you really think I was that stupid and that I believed everything you said?
This post is here as a warning.  Stay away from me, my family and my friends.  That includes Twitter, Instagram, my blogs and any other form of social media where any of the aforementioned people may be.  If I find out you are contacting them or creating problems in any way whatsoever, I will not hesitate to contact your families as well as the authorities.  What one of you did is not only hurtful, but part of it was illegal.  I also know your real names as well as a lot of other personal information about you, and I will not hesitate in the least to go public with this information if you don’t stay away.  I don’t take what you did lightly and it is still very fresh in my mind.  I have an extensive file of information on you, and there are a lot of things I don’t think you want posted in a public manner.  Much of it hand fed to me from one of you about the other over a period of months.  Photos, screenshots, etc.  The irony of the whole situation is that not only were you lying to me and others in the group, but to each other.  I find that hilariously funny because now neither of you can trust each other.  Payback is a bitch, isn’t it?
I feel sorry for your families as well as your friends who you are also deceiving.  They don’t deserve this.  I know how they will feel when they learn the truth.  I used to think that at least one of you was a decent human being with some moral backbone, but over time, I learned that it wasn’t the truth.  I’ve met some twisted individuals in my lifetime, but the two of you take the cake. 
People like you make me sick.  My only hope is like others I’ve encountered like you, it will eventually be your undoing.  Karma is a bitch.  Or better yet, the stress will kill you.  At which point I will go dance on your grave.  And then pee on it.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

On Hiatus...

Just wanted to take a second to let everyone know that I haven't stopped writing here.  I'm just taking a break.  The reasons are varied.  I'm out of ideas at the moment.  I have a lot going on.  And late last year the doll blog really took off for some unknown reason, but that's a good thing.  However, that means it takes up more of my time. 
I debated on just ending this blog, but I knew about the time I did that, I'd have some magnificent idea pop into my head and I'd be thinking "why did I do that?"  So, I decided the best thing to do would be to take some time off and get back to it at a later date.  And rather than leave everyone hanging, I thought it would just be nice to let anyone who reads it know that I'm not abandoning the blog, just taking a break.  There is nothing I hate more than blog abandonment.  It happens A LOT in blog land, and the readers are left hanging, wondering if there will ever be more, or did something tragic happen to the writer.  So rather than leave everyone scratching their heads, here it is.  I'm on a break and the blog is on hiatus.  In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger..."I'll be back!"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Feeling of Accomplishment!

Several times over the years I've mentioned that we've been doing a lot of "purging" around our house, getting rid of excess items that we don't need or have use for anymore.  An interesting side to this project has been that the more I get rid of, the more I find to get rid of!  My recent clean out was my closet, and it was a no holds barred situation.  With the encouragement of several friends, I just decided that things had to go, and there was no waffling.  I did really well, and I am so pleased with the results.
One of the reasons I had for wanting to do this was due to the 4 storage bins that sit in our spare bedroom.  These hold my off season clothing.  It worked, but it had a lot of disadvantages.  First off, every time the season changed, I had to get everything out and let it hang for a while so that the wrinkles would come out.  Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't.  Then there was the issue of forgetting about things I already had, and perhaps buying the same thing or something very similar by accident.  You know, "out of sight, out of mind" kind of thing.  These bins also took up a bit of space that I could be using for something else.  Plus they were plastic, and I remember Martha Stewart talking about how storing your clothing in plastic isn't really good for the fibers.  And last, but certainly not least, just the whole process of switching everything around was a hassle.  It had to change.
Today I am proud to say that I am now the proud owner of 4 empty bins!  After the big closet clean out, I realized that I had enough space to hang all of my clothing for all 4 seasons in one closet. I started slowly, making sure as I emptied each one that everything would fit.  I tossed a couple of things and I have a small bag to donate, but everything else fit!  YIPEE!!!
The empty storage bins aren't going to go to waste either, I need them to organize my doll stuff a bit.  My collection is all over the place, but with just a couple of these bins, I should be able to sort things out and make it look less cluttered.  There are even going to be a few things that are going to leave out of that stuff as well. 
I've cut way back on my thrift store shopping and I think that has helped.  When I do go, I'm much more particular about what comes home with me.  And if something hasn't worked out, I don't feel bad about it or hang on to it in hopes it will.  I just look at what I spent on it as a monetary donation to the cause, and I re-donate it somewhere.  Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean that someone else won't love it. 
2017 is the year of reorganize for me.  We've lived here 6 1/2 years, and it's time to really assess what we have, what we are using and what we aren't using.  Plus try and organize things better than they have been.  So far so good, and it's only February!  Fingers crossed I can keep going for the rest of the year, and then I can relax in 2018.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Closet Cleanout

At the beginning of the year I posted my plan to accomplish 5 things each week.  So far I've done very well with it, and a couple of the things I'm even slightly ahead on.  The only item that has fallen behind is to sew one doll item each week, and that is primarily because it has been so grey and gloomy, I can't see well enough to do a good job of it.  I did manage to get 3 things finished though, so I figure the next day or two where it's nice I can have a good day of catch up on it.  No biggie.  I've managed to make a list of several things I want to make, and none of them are all that complicated, so once I get started, it will be an easy process.

Our bedroom has been cleaned from top to bottom including all of the dressers and my husband's closet.  It is a good feeling to have it done.  This week I plan on doing the same thing with our living room.  This past week though, I decided to tackle something a bit daunting--my own closet. 

I have managed to do a pretty good job when it comes to getting rid of clothing, I assess things fairly often as I do laundry.  But everything else needed gone through seriously and decisions needed to be made.  I hadn't planned on doing it just yet, but I was missing something and I had a feeling it was in that closet!  I was right, but in the process it became very obvious that I needed to spend some time in there and soon.  No time like the present.  Especially since it hadn't been thoroughly cleaned since we moved in just over 6 years ago!

Dirt wise it wasn't terrible.  It's a room that doesn't get a ton of traffic and sweeping all of that up was fairly easy.  My two biggest issues:  shoes and handbags/totes.  A few times over the past weeks I kept telling myself that I had way too many of both.  That was only partially true.

The biggest issue with my shoes is that my collection appeared to have outgrown the shelves and quite a few pair were laying on the floor of the closet.  This drives me bananas.  I took every single box and loose shoe out of the closet and then systematically went through all of them, sorted them into categories (sandals, sneakers, etc)  and then proceeded to put them away.  Three pair ended up in the donation box, the rest I kept.  And surprisingly, just that bit of organization made it possible for me to get every pair on the shelves!  I was really shocked at that part.  Truthfully though, I need to stay away from the shoes for a while and wear some of these out.  It's not ridiculous, I know people who have way more than I do, but I don't want it to get that way.

Bags are my real downfall.  I haven't bought all that many since I quit working, but a couple here and there have come home with me.  The problem is that my tastes have changed and I've finally found that I prefer certain styles much more than others.  I just have a hard time parting with the ones that don't work out!  I decided that I had to do it and with the encouragement of a friend, I was able to really trim my bag collection down to a nice, usable number, and ones that I really did like.  I only had one that I kept that I was on the fence about, and if I don't manage to use it by this time next year, it will be gone as well. 

So now what to do with all of this excess?  I have two small boxes and a bag of stuff to go to charity and another large box of stuff to list on Ebay.  All of that helps me check off more things on my "to do each week" lists.  Yay!  And let me just say that it sure is nice to look in my closet and see the results of my efforts.  I'll let you know how the rest of it goes as the year progresses.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder!

I recently decided to buy myself a new cell phone.  I'd been debating for a few months and finally decided to take the plunge.  There was really nothing wrong with the phone I had and it wasn't all that old, I just bought it in April.  But it was very limited in what it could do, and I wanted something with a few more bells and whistles.  Even the new one isn't the fanciest one on the planet, but it does what I need it to do and it is updated enough that as long as I don't drop it in a puddle or break it, I should have it for about 2 years.  I'm far from a heavy user, I use it to make calls, text and periodically get on the internet when I'm out on the road.  I don't need a million apps or the ability to play games.  I'm able to get by with a pretty bare bones phone compared to most people.
My husband also was in need of a new phone, and I convinced him to switch from Apple to Samsung.  My old phone was a Samsung, and even though it wasn't anything amazing, I was impressed with what it was able to do.  He too doesn't need anything fancy, he uses his primarily for work so customers can get in touch with him, so he went with a fairly simple model.  It works well for what he needs.  Because he has to have the ability to use his phone as a "hot spot", he has to go with a subscription type service.  I don't have to do that, so I've been using a "pay as you go" type service, I've been doing that for over 10 years.  I was very impressed with his phone, so you can imagine how excited I was to find the same phone as what he had available through the provider I used!  I ordered it and then anxiously awaited it's arrival.

Can I just say WOW?!?!  Even though it wasn't an expensive upgrade, I'm impressed with what I'm able to do that I couldn't do before.  I have to admit that it makes me wonder what some of the more advanced/more expensive ones do, but not enough to make me spend a ridiculous amount of money on a phone.  I've never been happier with a phone purchase, I just hope it holds up.
Before I purchased it, I did read a decent number of reviews, and the general consensus was it was a nice phone, and not a lot of people had problems with it.  Of the negative reviews, I threw about half of those out due to the fact that they were so poorly written, I assumed that the review probably didn't have much credibility to begin with.  And in all seriousness, I am regularly amazed at the level of stupidity that turns up in online reviews. 
My favorite complaint was about battery life.  This person said that the battery died during the day.  I shook my head, my husband is on his phone continually throughout the day, using it for a variety of different things and by the time he gets home, it still has a decent charge.  What in the world is this person doing that they are killing the battery so quickly?!?!  A lot of the other complaints surprised me because they seemed like minor issues or simply a case of the person not doing any research before making the purchase. 
This brings me to the main point of this post.  Online reviews and not only how they are written, but how much of what is said is legitimate and how much of it is just whining.  I've read a fairly large number of reviews that tell me nothing more than the fact the person who wrote them is an idiot that couldn't work their way out of a paper bag.  Some of them are downright laughable, and others come across as written by a spoiled rotten brat.  I've even come across a few that were unreadable, don't these people proofread them before they hit the send button?  Or are they really just that dumb?
Do online reviews frustrate you at times?  How do you sort through all of the crap to get a true assessment of the product or service?
We had to buy a new washing machine, our current one broke down and to fix it would have cost almost as much as a new one.  I read reviews and had a hard time deciding which ones to believe and which ones to ignore completely.  But my favorite part of it was reading a section devoted to questions about the washer and how it worked.  I love a good typo, and apparently the person who came across it and responded was a kindred spirit.  I laughed so hard at the response, I could barely tell my husband what it said.  Enjoy.