Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Welcome Annabelle

Guess what! I'm a great aunt .
Little Annabelle Avery arrived just a few days early. I can't wait until she comes home and  I can hold her and spoil her rotten.

It's past my bedtime but I just had to share the special news.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello Hello Hello

Hi friends!
I'm home with a cold today so I thought I'd do a little catch up blog.
It's been a pretty good week with only a few hiccups.
The biggest highlight is that my niece will be having her baby Monday if not before! She went to the doctor yesterday and that was the decision they made with the doctor. She is really due Sept. 21 but is having a few issues with blood pressure and the baby is already 7 lbs 4 oz. . I am so ready to meet my great niece Annabelle...I'd better get over this cold or I will have to wait.

Another pretty big highlight is that we got Garth Brooks tickets for October. Vic and I both have birthdays in October so every year we do something special together (cruise, weekend away, etc.) and today tickets went on sale so we both got online and tried for 45 min. to get good seats. I am pretty pleased with what we got. They are all the same price no matter where you sit and there were only a few dates available in jacksonsville (4+ hours away from us) but as we were trying to buy tickets they opened up a few more dates to choose from so we  got later than we planned for dates. The only thing bad about it is that it falls on Sarasota Pride weekend...we missed it last year because of our cruise to Mexico and it looks like we'll miss it again this year.

I've had one of the best weeks so far on Ebay and Amazon. It's been a wide arrangement of products. I've been posting vintage postcards this past week. Most are from 1908-1913 and they are mostly from a family from the town i grew up in (Moberly, Missouri) so I posted about them on a local facebook page and one of my classmates got in touch with me that she is either related to or friends with the family that is tied back to these postcards. Pretty cool. I love history and family trees.
I've also been posting a bunch of old cookbooks. My sister is de-cluttering her house so she brings me things every week to post while I'm at work (We work together, pretty cool having your sister as your boss I guess lol)

Vic ended up not having to serve for Jury Duty. I got a card in the mail to serve one time but I was in TN helping dad thru Chemo and everything so I sent a post back that I couldn't make it. I guess that was ok, I never heard anything else. I do think it would be very interesting.

We got a call from our lawn guy last week telling us our fence gate fell off. Yes, the BRAND NEW fence. Here we are a week later and no one has come to fix it yet. Vic has sent several pictures and spoken to them on the phone several times and now they promise to come out next week...we shall see. What a pain. We have it hooked up with wire hangers and blocks of wood so our dogs don't escape right now.

My latest obsession, revisited, is monthly subscription boxes and youtube videos doing reviews on said boxes. Some of my favorites are: Amy Lynn Thompson, Mrs. Lola Lynn , and Jenn at the Busy Bee Buzz  . I am currrently getting Ipsy , I have canceled Birchbox and I just ordered Beauty Box 5. I hope to do a review/comparison once they come this month. There are so many more that I want to get but I have to control the urges to order them all.

That is about all that is fit to print. I'm playing with the idea of doing video updates again but I tried thru blogger and it didn't take...I guess I need to make friends with my youtube again...or not.
Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I put the flag out today.

Not only because of 9/11 but because I've been sitting at my desk looking at the flag since I started working in the Venice office full time and wondering why it never gets put out.It just sits in the corner all rolled up. I know when my dad worked here he would put it out every morning. Probably just another one of those things that the world is missing now that he is gone.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Aug 27-Sept 7 Just more in the life...

New stuff since last post

  • Canceled Birch Box, Ipsy  is so much better.
  • Ate at Buffalo Wild Wings, Ruby Tuesdays, Gold Rush
  • Sold on ebay: ink,magazine,plaque, shoes,,lube,burner (scentsy),paint,wallets,
  • Lottery ; won  free tickets but the jerk at the Shell station wouldn't give me my ticket (the one next to Bob Evans) won't be going back there. He said I only gave him four non winning tickets, when I know that I gave him five and #5 was a free ticket winner. #jerk 
  • Vic and I went to our annual eye doctor -only changed a little so not getting new glasses yet.
  • Talked to my Aunt
  • Cousin had surgery #breastcancersucks 
  • Binge watched three seasons of United States of Tara. Great show!!
  • Lottery, won $22 one day and $12 another
  • Joan Rivers died 
  • Gave Scout a bath
  • Made cookies, messed up one batch by baking them on wax paper, ugh

My Obsession with calendars and numbers...
over 100,000 views on this blog since I started it four years ago
my work facebook account grew by 464 "friends/fans" in the last month...4639 now!

Sept 2010 Blog about TV Schedule
Sept 2011 my 25th Class Reunion 
Sept 2012 More TV Updates 
Sept 2013 Septembers past 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A week later...Aug 26

Since last week I..
  • Walked two miles
  • Installed solar lights on our fence (ok I watched Vic do it)
  • hung bamboo blinds on our lanai (again...watched Vic)
  • did a zillion loads of laundry
  • got my hair done
  • posted a few things more on ebay
  • sold a few things on Ebay/Amazon
  • played the lottery twice (didn't win yet but there is always hope)
  • Gained 1 lb. 
  • found a picture of my first foster baby on facebook..he's 10 now and so adorable
  • watched the VMA's and the Emmy's (yay Beyonce and Breaking Bad!)
  • Got a new Ipsy and Birchbox glam bag/box
  • Started catching up daily on my youtube peeps again (Cullen & Katie, Ace & Gina, Benji & Judy )

Just got my seller newsletter for August from Ebay. I'm pretty pleased!




13% of your sold items were purchased from a mobile device.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August in a nutshell

                                              August 2014

New Arrivals!
My great nephew Devon Michael

Our new privacy fence..big hit!

New Slip covers for sofa and loveseat..not a hit
New Shelving for my ebay/Amazon business

Departures L
Robin Williams
                                                                      Lauren Bacall

New Restaurants we tried
Eggstraordinary, in Nokomis

Walts Fish Market (it has been over 20 yrs since I’ve been so It’s considered new lol)

Doctor Visits
All ok with the lady parts!
The littles went back to their first vet Dr. G! All good , they both weigh 12 lbs (Dexter weighs one ounce more than D.J)

We went and saw 100 foot journey. I’d rate it a 3 out of 5.

My nephew Max moved to Colorado to start law school.
We helped our friends Barbie and Susan move across town.

The start of the month we had our second window stop working in the SUV. It is the motor or something that works the electric windows. And now this week our third one is broken! They run about $300-350 a pop! Yikes! L We are at almost 100,000 miles…time for a new car!

Online Business
I’ve sent in five boxes to Amazon since the beginning of the month. I had sort of slacked off on Amazon and focused more on Ebay but I am getting back in the groove now.
This month I’ve sold Shampoo, cupcake liners,toys, dog supplies, juice, games, ties, stuffed animals, clothes and my biggest sale a statue for $209.37! , biggest lesson learned was losing money on the stuffed animal..didn’t charge shipping and didn’t price it high enough to cover my costs.
I set a goal to do 25% more in sales than I did last month, it’s only the 19th today and I’ve already beat that! Go Me!  We are not talking huge money. Last month combined Ebay and Amazon was only a little over $300, this month so far we are at a little over $500! I’m still working full time at our Venice Office and one day a week at our Siesta Key office so I’m pretty impressed that I’ve done this much part time.

I’m walking with some friends after work today. They have just set up a group , walking Tuesdays and Sundays. I’m hoping that I stick with it but I know my track record!   The scale is not moving much. I’m stuck around 210 and really, really, really need to get my butt in gear and eat/exercise like I know I should.

Goals for September
Lose 5 lbs
Increase online sales at least 25% from this month
Get more  organized
List the rest of the ties I have
Send in at least 6 boxes to Amazon
Make more time for friends
Keep Walking! At least once a week

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just another day...

I keep meaning to get on here and do a little update but google has made it so darn difficult! I changed my email address and it seems everything is attached via the other gmail account. Youtube, Blogger, etc. etc.
But anyway...
I've been trying to get myself more organized. I  bought a great at-a-glance day planner ! (yes another calendar to add to my already over loaded calendar collection/obsession)
I've been setting goals and so far meeting them! (most of them anyway) I'm selling more on ebay and amazon each month. Still not mind blowing figures but enough that keeps me excited. Today I sold a figurine for a few hundred dollars.
Ebay and Amazon had been quiet for a few weeks but it's like someone turned the light on again this past week. I tend to go sourcing and post more after a day of cha-chings on my phone (It's a sound my phone makes when I make a sale on either Ebay or Amazon).

We got our fence installed a week or so's AWESOME! It has made all the difference in the world with the dogs barking. They are much quieter and happier now that they can spend more time running around the yard. Before we'd make them come in as soon as the barking started. I'm sure the neighbors are happier too. :)

A group of my friends have started a walking group (starting Tuesday) I'm pretty excited about it. I've been wanting to ask around to see if anyone wanted to walk or ride bikes with me but I didn't want to really have the commitment incase I didn't feel like it  once the time came. It's so much less stressful when someone else sets it up lol. I hope that I actually show up and do this next week! I need some exercise in the worst way. 

Since my last post I became a great aunt. My sisters son and his girl friend welcomed a little boy Aug. 8. Unfortunately I have not seen the baby and don't know if I will anytime soon. Family drama...I wish you could make young kids understand what is really important in life BEFORE it's too late. 
My other sister has a daughter that is due next will be a totally different story with that little baby...I can't wait to see her! 
Here are some pictures from this month :) A bit of "What Holly Has Seen"...