I kept a list….

It’s kind of like childbirth…the garage sale.  While setting up in the heat and humidity, I decided that I would never have another garage sale…..ever….and afterward sitting with my oldest daughter all day, meeting fun people and after counting the money…..I can’t wait for the spring citywide garage sale.  I will have to say that I learned how to throw a garage sale from the best of the best….Kim Balmer.  I always miss her during these events…and I always remember one garage sale patron who would bid you down on EVERYTHING….a dime for a quarter etc but she always bought a lot.  And I’ll never forget the garage sale that it rained and smoked Kims  big adding machines we used every year …electricity and water do not mix!

My favorite family was a woman and her brother and the woman’s adult daughter and and adult son….as soon as they walked up the driveway, I started laughing….the adult son was looking at a table and his adult sister ran over and touched it and said I touched it first and they laughed one of those laughs like you had to be there.  MOM said that since they had been small, there were garage sale rules so they wouldn’t fight over things.  MOM’s brother said he didn’t know any of them.

I must say one of my only items that didn’t sell was the 7 1/2 foot $300 Christmas tree that I had marked for $50.  Every time someone walked by it I would think….uh huh. Come November, you’ll be sorry!!

…..and then the 12 year old male person who combed over the books.  His selection was The Family about Charles Manson and a medical dictionary for nurses.  AFter he left, Jenny and I looked at each other, shook our heads in wonder….she said hmmmmm that’s a strange choice.

The best thing about garage sales on sunny 70 degree days is having permission to sit and people watch while making a little money along with no guilt for just sitting outside all day enjoying the breeze.

Until next time….

Everything caused static…..

I’m making curtains for the craft room tonight…a little side note.  I bought curtains at a big box store for the larger window even though I had planned to find some material and make the curtains myself.  It was something I wanted to do as a first project in my new room.  I was astounded at the cost of material.  I searched and searched Joann’s fabrics and could not find anything I liked well enough to pay the price….  So I bought curtains and spent 1/4 of what I would have paid for the material to make them.  Perhaps I didn’t think it through or perhaps I didn’t take inflation into consideration.  I was bummed.  I do have a little egress window which took a yard.  I could afford that.  That’s what I’m working on tonight.  While sewing, I had a flashback to my younger years at home when you couldn’t run the sewing machine or the mixer without messing up the TV…static and distorted picture.  Does anyone else remember that.

This is the material I’m using for my little curtain.


I have also finally finished the extra chair for the dining room.


My friend, Sue, was down for the Labor Day weekend.  Last time she visited we made red, white and blue bandana wreaths for summer.  This weekend we worked on burlap wreaths.  I chose burlap ribbon that had a design rather than plain burlap.  I like it but it was not very flexible and was difficult to work with because the “painted” design made it very stiff.  But I’m happy with the way it turned out.  This was my first attempt at making a bow with wired ribbon.


It was a fun weekend.  We enjoyed some little trips around the KC area as well as relaxing on the deck in the evening enjoying the breeze.

Until next time…..


The KC Zoo

I have a love/hate relationship with zoos in general.  The National Zoo in Washington, DC impressed me because I didn’t feel like the animals were being held as captive as I’ve seen in other zoos.  Today’s visit to the Kansas City Zoo made me feel even better.  Seems the wild animals have the opportunity for long range wandering….not like the jungle, of course, but  I didn’t see pacing and didn’t get a vibe of discomfort.


Only one pink flamingo seemed to be weighed down

It was a truly gorgeous day and in 4 hours we didn’t even see it all.  I chuckled to myself when I realized that I was craving a hot dog for lunch. Eating healthy makes you totally appreciate the chance when you can eat something unhealthy as a treat.

I hope it is a long fall this year.  It felt so good to be out in the sun with a cool breeze.

Until next time….