Regardless of the situation, no matter how hopeless the outcome may be, I will never quit, and I will never back down. I have become the wolf.

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Sometimes the fates tell you where to go.

Driving Joe to PT today we decided to hit a few garage sales on the way since we had time to kill and getting in and out of the car is good exercise for him.  Found some real gems today.  Two plates to add to my collection, some beadable chopsticks that were in a “free” box, a handful of dead trees also known as books (my iPad is ruining the paper experience), and best of all a four piece bar set.  This set is rocking, not only are the dice ivory and can be used in other pieces of jewelry, the ends unscrew and I can replace them with beads.   The rods are just a hair over 1/8″ so I’ll have to thicken the bead release a bit, but totally do-able.  I thinking silver cored tiger stripe beads.  Very retro 60’s.

Anyway we to the “last sale” of the day and it was getting close to his apt. time so we did a drive by to see if anything jumped out at us. I saw a glimmer of orange glass and decided to take a chance and see what was there.  Joe and Mom decided to wait in the car for me.  As I walked up the drive I noticed a white van pulling up behind my vehicle.  I continued into the garage and began looking around.  I realized that there was no-one there and thought it strange, then I figured that whoever was running the sale was most likely in the house.  A  guy, I’m assuming that he came from the van, rounded the corner into the garage and walked straight to the door connecting the garage to the house.  As he reached for the door knob, the lady of the house opened the door with a startled look and looked over at me, he turned, saw me standing there and practically ran out of the garage.  The lady had gone in to grab a snack and he had surprised the crap out of her when she opened the door.  It took about a minute to figure out that neither of us knew him and that his behavior was a little off.  The hands of fate.  If not for a glimmer of orange glass (no I did not buy it, just a tip people, if you want someone to buy what you no longer want, wash it first.)

 Time for a short soapbox rant.

This rant goes out to everyone with an elderly relative, and it’s coming from the heart of someone caring for one.

Please don’t make commitments you aren’t positive you can keep.

Elderly people remember your casually spoken words and their caregivers have to deal with the sorrow and the questions.  Think before you speak please.  And if you can’t keep your commitment, call and explain.  It’s hard having someone not want to leave the house because you said you were going to come by and spend time.

Soapbox put away for now.  Don’t make me bring it back out.

It’s getting late and I see I have 24 new e-mails since I started typing.  I’ll bet 22 are junk one is a receipt and 1 is from my friend.  Have a safe night all.

Oh, can anyone explain why I keep seeing Ouija boards on T.V.?  Those things scare me.  Mom laughs at my reaction to them, but I can’t help it.  Evil little boards.

Anxiously awaiting the first signs of spring

No, not the Robins, they’ve been here for a month now.  No, not the crocus flower, those have come and gone.  The daffodils and tulips, yep they are coming up, but even that doesn’t give me the clue I need to identify that spring has truly arrived in Michigan.

I’m waiting for the sign.

The “Garage Sale” sign


That wonderful harbinger of spring that silently calls treasure hunters and bargain hunters from their winter hibernation, making their palms tingle at the thought of sorting through other people’s cast offs and never useds.

I, myself, cannot physically pass up a garage sale.  I get sick to my stomach if Joe just drives past one.  It might only take me 30 seconds to scan what’s for sale and leave, but the need to scan is there.  I look for particular items when I go “saleing”

  • Yarn and craft items that I can donate to the local senior center or nursing home.  Most people will give you those items if you explain what you are doing with them.
  • Old china plates with a “blue” theme.  I’m decorating the soffit in my kitchen with plates so I’m always looking for new ones that are unique and unusual.

  • Photo frames.  Even paintings with really cool frames get repurposed.  I have lined the upstairs hallway with family photo’s.  I’ve mentioned them before, so I thought I’d show you just a few.

  • Toys for the kids who come over.  Current count is nine members of the family under the age of 10.  I like to have toys around.  Also, pool safe toys.  Keeps the younger ones occupied in the pool for longer.
  • Oil lamps.  I’m always looking for the old oil burners.  The ones with wicks.  I love using those when the power goes out.  Face it, I’m in Michigan, it goes out often.

Other than those specific items, unless it’s shiny, or unusual or different, I can scan and leave.  I’ve been known to hit 30 or more sales in an afternoon and not spend a dime.  Then again, I once bought a grandfather clock for $20.  And it worked.

So, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for that first sign, the one that tells me that spring is truly here.

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