Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ode to Bugs

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Ants and flies and red things too,

Flying, crawling, in my shoe!

I swat and I crush and I spray with Raid,

But they always come back, never afraid.

Ants in the kitchen but I cannot light a torch,

Red things crawling outside all over my back porch.

Flies buzzing about my head,

Oh I wish they all were dead!

Summer brings the crawlies and the flying things too,

I squirm and I skeeve and I cry BOO HOO!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Profit or Loss?

My sister-n-law and I decided to have a joint yard sale at her house this past weekend. We chose to have the sale on Sunday because she worked part day Saturday, PLUS there was a huge indoor garage sale at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds (Saturday) so we didn't figure on making a lot of money with people being over there.

 image taken from google images

Sunday morning arrived and it was HOT already at 7am. The entire day turned out to be (in my opinion) disgustingly hot and somewhat humid with nary a breeze. We had very few customers and I wasn't surprised. We ended up closing down at 1pm which was a good thing because 4pm rolled around and the big storm hit.

I didn't make a lot of money that day but it's no surprise why. Allow me to elaborate.

Started out with a money tin which held several quarters and $15.00 worth of one dollar bills to use as change throughout the day.

Dunkin Donuts: 3 coffees, a muffin and breakfast sandwich totaling $10.00 (used bank card, not cash).

Arrival to the house and my husband spots a small, plug-in, woodstove-looking heater that he wanted. Price tag said $10.00 so he told his sister he would give her $5.00 since her coffee and breakfast sandwich from Dunkin cost about $5.00. She agreed and now we have a cute little heater. $5.00 taken from money tin.

I spotted an awesome purse that she was selling for $5.00, therefore I bought it taking $5.00 out of my money tin.

Are you doing the math so far?

Before the sale began at 9am, my sister-n-law and I left my niece at the house while we walked to Fastrac where I purchased a 32 oz slushy for $2.99.

In 4 hours I sold $9.50 worth of stuff.

Spent $8.00 on lunch.

My father-in-law stopped by the sale and purchased something from his daughter for $10.00 and gave me $10.00 for no other reason than he is very generous and thought I should have it since my sister-in-law also had 10.

My mother stops over and gives me $10.00; $2.00 for her item purchased and the rest for whatever clothes I wanted to purchase from my sister-in-law.

Bought 2 clothing items from my sister-n-law totaling $4.00.

And so you have it folks. I have a very slight tan and not sure how much cash. Do the math. Perhaps you can figure out if I came out with anything, less than what I started with, or a little profit. I can tell you, though, I have a new purse, 2 new shirts and a cute little heater so I'm pretty happy.

I will attempt another yard sale at the end of August when it's not so hot. Maybe I'll do things right this time and earn some money, ha ha.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Never a Dull Moment

There is truly never a dull moment in my house. Or in my life, really. I have 2 Border Collie dogs (Luke and Cole) both under the age of 5 so still technically “puppies”; 2 cats (Gordon and Simba) – one semi-psychotic-borderline-bipolar and one in that “toddler” stage who gets into E V E R Y T H I N G including tons of mischief; I watch children in my home during the week ('nuff said); and though I'm not too accident-prone I do have my share of “incidents”.

In the course of just a few weeks, this was part of my life:

~Dropped a can off coffee while scooping, proceeding to spill coffee grounds (at least 1/3 of the can)

~Was pooped on by an infant (yes, all over my clothing)

~Argued with a 4 year old about an episode of “Dora” in which THEY were wrong but 4 year old kids think that anything on television is CORRECT

~Stepped on my psycho cat in the middle of the night on my way to the bathroom resulting in an ankle lashing (sheesh, it was dark and HE is dark colored)

~Almost fell out of the Jeep after opening the door when I THOUGHT my husband had parked...indeed, he had not parked yet

~Found my personal feminine items (which I had just purchased) torn apart and strewn about the kitchen floor (thank you, Cole)

~Did the “hokey pokey” for a Klondike crunch bar

Including MANY diaper changes daily, fast-paced walks with my dogs which usually result in tripping or something of the embarrassing affect, garbage bags breaking, dogs stepping in pile of swept-up dirt and vacuum bag exploding.

I love my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything because we HAVE TO LAUGH people! So laugh. Live, laugh and have a jolly old time!!