But getting ready for the sale has fluctuated between extremely booooring and very difficult.
Nothing about this process has been fun except when Catherine has been able to come over and help out. And it was only fun because someone was here to talk with and laugh with while doing the booooring stuff.
When do you make the decision that stuff just might not be worth packing and moving one more time?
Can I admit here that for much of my life I have paid full price for things. And… if I happened to actually buy something on sale it was a total accident.
That is why I am not really a yard sale person. You need to plan ahead, know what you have and what you need, and be willing to wait for it. That is the real kicker – waiting until you find a deal.
Since waiting has never been my best character quality, yard sales, regular store sales, or couponing, have never been part of my purchasing process. So do you think that maybe I can ease into better shopping habits? Could I begin to learn how to be more budget conscious and really evaluate all my purchases?
But no, my next sales adventure will be to actually have a yard sale. Now you know why I’m calling it the “Yard Sale Blues”.
Boy, the last 2 days have been just one whirlwind of activity. If you have read my last couple of posts you know that I have been to lunch twice, the theatre and been entertained by a wonderful local vocalist. I have also had a delightful group of women with which to spend this time.
On the other hand, I have an ongoing project for a client that takes a few hours each day to complete. So I had to fit that time into my last two busy days as well.
I also spent time getting ready for my outings. There were years, when I was much, much younger, thinner, and tanner, that I would contemplate going out with just a little eye makeup and a hair toss. Not anymore. It takes a whole lot more work to make me comfortable going out into public these days, sigh.
My “old” normal day used to revolve around my husband and my young son. My family was the rhythm of my days and the hope of my future. And they took lots of hours each day. I can remember a time (most of my married life) that we didn’t have “time” to even watch TV. My husband unplugged our cable in 1993 and we never turned it back on. Our days were full of so much to do.
I am so blessed to have been told about the Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol, VA/TN. Yesterday we had a great outing to Camella’s Remember When Tea Parlor and the Barter Theatre. Today we had Michelle Walch come and perform for us. She is a member of the Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church choir.
I wish I had known this morning what I know this afternoon about doing video for youtube and you would have had a better and longer video of Michelle so you could enjoy more of her singing. I don’t know about you but I am working very hard at this youtube video thing.
I love watching youtube and hope to be able to figure out how to really shoot good videos I will like to share with ya’ll. But today was too special I just had to go with what I knew and share it anyway.
Michelle is singling “The Day He Wore My Crown” from the Cantata “The King is Coming”. Michelle performed a great selection of songs including “Rocky Top”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Chapel of Love” and “Crazy”. The selection was great for our newcomers group. However, I think she also has a repertoire of modern and contemporary songs for younger audiences. I wish I had a party coming up so that I could hire Michelle to perform. She was outstanding.
Early Morning, New Beginnings, and Sweet Tea
And bless their hearts at the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College where we hold our monthly meetings. They always have iced Sweet Tea. Yeah! I needed both the sugar and the caffeine as I had to get up at 7:00 AM to do some work for a client.
Today was a wonderful “ladies” day out. I belong to the Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol and today was one of our monthly outings. We visited Camella’s Remember When Tea Parlor and then went to see Little Women at the Barter Theatre.
Today I was given a wonderful blessing. I am trying to get ready for a whole house yard sale. This is the first big change I will be going through that really makes a statement that my life has really, really, really, changed since my husband passed away.
One of the things you have to give up is the vision you have held for so many years of what you thought your life would always be like. It is hard not to look at “things” and invest those “things” with your lost visions.
I am scared… no let me rephrase that I am plain old outright terrified. What if I’m not funny? What if I am not relevant? What if I bare my soul and nobody cares? What if I put down all of my thoughts, I go through all the pain, and no one even bothers to read it?
Ok, ok, I know that we skipped yesterday so maybe this would be day 3 but we didn’t make a smoothie yesterday. Now I am more convinced than ever that we need to make sure we buy for only 3 or 4 days at a time for 2 very good reasons.
First, life gets in the way and sometimes you have other priorities that pop up for your schedule. Second, I bought way too much stuff even with a list and my best calculations for 4 smoothies. I want to be able to eat it all and not throw out large amounts of money especially since organic is not cheap.
I am hopefully at the end of my recuperation from the second back surgery in 11 months. I see the surgeon for the final visit on Monday, just 3 days away. However once the recuperation is over the recovery process starts and part of the recovery process is getting into better health and finding a stronger body.
Everyone is saying that 60 is the new 40 but to be honest this 55 yo is feeling like the old 70. After spending 3 months relatively stationary I been looking for my muscles. I think they ran away from home while I was recuperating. The old rumor that the older you get the quicker you loose it is not a rumor anymore.
If you saw yesterday’s post you know I am going through some physical challenges.
So today I thought I would talk a little about how I have had enough energy to keep working evne though it is on a limited basis.
I have several projects in the works right now and of course writing lying flat on your back is especially challenging.
You would laugh if you could see my little lap top propped on a couch pillow on my stomach. It is opened full out and leaning against a bed pillow which has a mind of its own and persists in sliding down at the most awkward of moments.
And I just lost my mouse in the cushions but thankfully it has resurfaced.