Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good Grief, Oklahoma!

I have a feeling the folks in the Oklahoma Comptroller's Office heard someone in Washington D.C. said that there was nothing more complicated than the Federal Income Tax form, and they looked at each other and said "Wanna bet?" and then they created the Oklahoma Income Tax Form. Particularly the Non Resident Oklahoma Income Tax Form.

But after three hours and a lot of "What does that mean?" I finally got it done, and all for $5.00. That's right, I owe Oklahoma five measly dollars.

On the health front, Hubby is just about back to normal. Last Friday I began to feel pressure in my left ear that soon felt like there was a ping pong ball lodged behind my ear drum and a piercing pain when I bent over. Recognizing the signs of ear infection, I started taking a decongestant and juiced an onion for a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic ear drop. That usually nips it in the bud for me, and it did stop the pain, but not all the pressure. Saturday morning I woke with no pain in the left ear but soon I had it in the right ear, so I repeated my onion juice ear drops. I've been coughing up my toenails for most of the week and it finally eased up yesterday, but the pressure in my head continues. I keep thinking I will swallow and the ears will suddenly clear like on an airplane, but they don't. So I gave up and made a doctor's appointment.

Other than not-quite-death and taxes, nothing much going on around here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sometimes Sharing is a Bad Thing

Colds, for instance. Hubby claims he didn't share it with me intentionally, yet, he did. This is the one that starts with a sore throat, then a dry cough when I try to talk, then laryngitis, and then the deep chest cough that feels like ribs are breaking. Hubby came down with it the Friday evening of our garage sale, and I got it the following Friday. I entered Stage 4, the deep chest cough, this morning. Hubby is still coughing too, but his seems to be getting a little better.

The worst part is the brain fog and being so tired I just want to go to bed. So I think I will. See you later.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Winner and a Reveal

My low tech drawing generator (putting names on a slip of paper and drawing one out of a bag) picked Pat as the winner of my giveaway. Pat chose the Jim Shore Easter basket. My thanks to all of you for commenting and I hope I can stick around long enough to do this again for my 700th post.


The garage sale went well this morning though I'm still not sure it's worth all the effort. We spent every evening dragging stuff out of the storage building, attic, and closets, and I spent hours every day unpacking boxes, cleaning, and pricing. And we made $200. We're supposed to have another day of it tomorrow, but the forecast predicts rain in the morning, so today may have been it.

We had a good turnout considering we are seven miles from town. I think that was because there were several of us and we advertised it. We all noticed that $5 was pretty much the cutoff for prices. Anything over that, no matter what the price, the buyer offered $5. So even if we do have the sale again tomorrow, the collectibles will stay in the house and I'll try them on ebay or etsy.


I also wanted to show you another project we've been working on. We're not finished but had to get it out of the garage to get ready for the sale.

These are cabinets that we made as an entertainment center thirty years ago.  I've repurposed them for my china in this house.  In every other house we've had, the three pieces were together, but in this house, they only work on this wall and, as you can see, there is a little extra space on the left side.

  So we cobbled together a bookshelf out of leftover wood in our garage.

Hubby routered the same cut in the sides so that part will match.

And then we sanded.  A lot.  (One of these days I'm going to get my camera squared up with the piece before I take a picture.)

It's made of pine, ash, and white oak plywood, and pine and red oak hardwood. But it's better than a vinyl covered particle board bookshelf from the big box store, fits the space perfectly, and best of all, it was free - so far. All that will show is the face frame, and it is the same red oak as the other cabinets. I need to put another finish coat on the face frame and then it should match the rest of the cabinets.  (Sorry, I was too tired to move all that garage sale stuff.)

Next up is doors.  I hope we can remember how we built the first doors.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

600th Post Giveaway!

Technically, this is my 599th post, but with the garage sale coming up I thought I should get started.

I have two items for the winner to choose from. I hope you don't mind regifting. The first is a kabob grilling basket. Mom gave it to us for Christmas, apparently forgetting that she gave us the same thing last year. The second is a Jim Shore Easter basket that I bought for my daughter and she totally rejected it. Since I have a similar one, I don't need this one although I think this one is really cute. But mom made mine, sooo....

To enter, just leave me a comment and make sure your email thingy is turned on so I can contact you. I'll draw the winner Friday afternoon.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ugh, We're Going to Have a Garage Sale, Any Tips?

I have a love/hate thing about garage sales. I used to love going to them, and now it's hardly worth the gas. I've always hate having them. However, we have too much stuff and don't want to just give it away. I'm not sure a garage sale isn't just giving it away by the time you add up the time involved.

Hubby wanted to have a booth at a flea market but the local organized monthly trade day closed down. I was ready to donate some and try to sell the rest on craig's list and ebay when a neighbor called and said some of the neighbors had organized a neighborhood garage sale. There will be at least four families so maybe that will be enough to draw people out of town. That's another reason I don't like having garage sales. We are off the beaten path. About seven miles off the beaten path.

But now we're obligated, and we've been dragging stuff out of the closets, going through boxes, and getting ready. Tonight we have to get into the attic. I dread that. I'm the only one who can stand up in there and only at the peak. Walking around hunched over isn't as easy as it was when I was thirty. I'd do it this afternoon so we could start pricing tonight, but I have to take Deedee to the eye doctor for laser surgery.

Our plan is to set up everything on tables in the garage and tag them with different colored tape. Different color for each dollar amount, and write the amount on there as well. I'll price in even dollar amounts except for a 50 cent box and free box. I thought I'd also group the stuff by price so it's easier for me to tell people how much something is if the tape falls off or they can't find it.

Then, on the morning of garage sale day, we'll move the tables outside and close the garage doors. I don't want to have to find sheets to drape over everything that isn't for sale and still have people going over there to peek behind them.

My neighbor also has a couple of friends who want to come over the afternoon before the sale starts because they work. She suggested notifying all the neighbors to come to the presale also. Sounds good to me.

Hubby is going to take off work and we'll both wear a fanny pack to keep the money close. Since it's just our stuff this time, we hadn't planned on keeping a tally of stuff sold. But I wondered if it wouldn't be a good idea to have an inventory sheet of some kind.

One neighbor is putting an ad in the paper, another is making signs, and I am placing the craig's list ad. We'll all have signs in our yards pointing the way to the next sale.

Any tips from your last garage sale?