Monday, January 26, 2015

Free

Right before we moved, I was a girl on a mission (okay, not exactly a girl, perhaps a woman in her mid 50's would be more accurate), to sell these three items.

Table:  With six chairs and two leaves that weren't even in the picture below. The table was massive, heavy, long, too big really for us.



Buffet:  Cute, but we had sold the china that was in it and I am not one that had anything to put in it.



Entertainment center: Okay looking, but where we were moving had a little "nook" for the TV.



I did my best to sell these pieces.  Now they were several years old, probably close to 20-30 years old or older, as they were hubby's parents' things, but still in relatively good shape, just dated.

I advertised on Craigslist, I advertised on other sites through Facebook, I promoted them at the garage sales we had.  Our original price for the table/chairs was $300, we went down to $100.  The buffet $50, we went down to $15 at the garage sale.  The entertainment center $50, went down to $10. 

Not one bite.  No one interested.  

And we were getting ready to move and I definitely didn't want these to come with us.  I thought of calling Salvation Army or Goodwill and having them come and pick the stuff up but with all that was going on, I just wanted them gone.

So I advertised them for "free" on Craigslist.

The minute I placed them on it for free, no sooner had I clicked "publish ad", my cell phone started ringing, I started getting texts, emails were coming in right and left.  I finally turned off my phone, as I had run the ad at night, so I wouldn't hear the texts, or phone calls at night while trying to sleep. 

No one wanted them if they had to buy them, but everyone wanted them if they were free.  

Within a day, all the items were picked up.  I was glad to get them gone. 

Right before we moved I also ended up giving away for free a chest of drawers and and electric lawn mower; both again I tried to sell, both again couldn't get them sold. Both again very much wanted items when I advertised them for free.  They too were gone within a day after I ran the ad and both again produced lots of emails and texts wanting the items.

I had some funny things with getting rid of all the items.  One person said he would pay me $25 if he could come and get all of the items right then. I had just worked down my list, basically first come, first serve.  I told him no as I had already arranged with someone else coming the following day. If they didn't show up, I would work my way down to him.

Another person asked if I could deliver the dresser and they would pay me $20. I had to laugh at that. I wanted it gone, not have to deliver it in the process.

I heard a lot of stories of why they needed the furniture. One man had separated from his wife and needed things.  A homeless shelter could use the items, they would come immediately for them, but when I text them that they could have the entertainment center, suddenly they wanted dimensions and further details.  Several people wanted them because they were remodeling and thought it would be good for what they were doing. 

I personally was just glad everything was gone.  It would have been nice to have made some money, but the object was for them gone, and gone they were. 

I was very careful too about advertising on Craigslist. I know one has to be very careful in doing so. All the items were out in the garage, so no one ever had to enter the house. They came during the day and I tried to have them come by to pick up stuff when hubby was there, but that wasn't all the times possible. So I did text him to let him know when people were there and when they had gone. 

Now here I'm looking on Craigslist for some furniture we want to buy.........

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear......

Dear Quiet House, I sure like you during the day when I'm working.  Its nice to see you back after four years of being gone.  Thankful hubby comes home in the evening, but enjoying my time with you alone during the day.  Make sure you stick around for a bit this time, okay?

Dear Hill, you've made me winded and I could barely get to the top of you, but I'm not giving up.  I made it yesterday and I'll make it again and this time with not too much shortness of breath.  I will conquer you, not the other way around.

Dear Green Bay Packers, seriously, could you not hold it together for a few more minutes so you could have made it to the Super Bowl?  Thanks though for a great season, see you next year.

Dear Super Bowl Tickets, I thought it might be fun to see how much you cost since we live close by to Phoenix.  I was not amused that a seat in the highest of the stadium would be $2800 for one ticket.  Sorry, we won't be visiting you this year (or ever based on our budget).  Enjoy the game without us.

Dear Koda, hard to believe but its been a month today we said goodbye to you.  Still miss you like crazy.  You will always be our best corgi puppy. 

Dear A-Z Challenge, April is coming soon.  I got my theme ready to go and sign ups begin Monday. I look forward to checking out new blogs.

Dear Blogging Buddies, I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are all the best.  Thanks for reading my blog and faithfully leaving comments.  May you all have a great weekend.

Love,

Betty

Saturday, January 17, 2015

that many?


Playing along with Cate over at Show My Face for 6 Word Saturday (haven't played in ages). 

Here's my 6 words.


How many knives do we need?


A lot of you know we just moved.  I was unpacking the kitchen stuff and kept unpacking knives after knives after knives.  I didn't realize we had so many of them.  I think its because they were in three different drawers where we used to live and the movers packed them all together.  I have them in one drawer now so they are all self contained.

I'm thinking a decluttering of them is going to be happening real soon.  We honestly don't need these many, nor have we even used some of them in the four years previous to this last move.

Do you seem to have an overabundance of a particular kitchen gadget or utensil?

To play along or check out other entries, click here.

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

boxes

 
 We had boxes there


We had boxes here (note, this doesn't represent all the boxes here, just one room of boxes)


In total, we had 70 boxes.  Contrast that to 68 boxes when we moved down from Montana to Southern California eight years ago.  That time we moved 6680 pounds of stuff, this time over 5000 pounds. So less weight, more boxes, but its all good.

I'm very grateful hubby had a generous moving allowance because all our moving expenses were paid for, so that was a relief.  I am grateful that we didn't have to pack up anything ourselves or move anything ourselves except the "survival kit" we brought prior to the movers bringing the rest of the stuff.

The moving company had up to 10 days to deliver our things.  They did it seven days after we moved, so it was good to have the survival kit.  Our survival kit included the bed (we did not want to sleep on the hard floor), clothes to get us through a week, basic kitchen supplies so we could cook some meals, a card table with 4 folding chairs, my computer and computer table, and hubby's 11 guitars. (Not that we needed the 11 guitars to survive, LOL, but he wanted to transport them rather than have them be in a moving truck stored some place for a few days or subject to extreme temperatures in the back of a moving truck for a few days).  We took my computer because we were going to have Internet hooked up and we wanted to make sure it would work okay with my computer.  I'm a bit paranoid to make sure I can connect to the Internet since it is part of my livelihood.

I'm not complaining, because I am grateful that we did get our stuff packed up, but in retrospect we would have done things differently if we knew they would have packed our stuff the way they packed it.

We went with United Van Lines because it was the one that was contracted by hubby's company, which was fine with me. United had moved us from Santa Fe to Montana and Montana to Southern California.  Our packers and movers for this move were professional, kind, courteous, friendly.

I knew from previous moves when we had packers, that they just basically pack. You tell them "everything goes" and by golly, everything will go. Trash has been known to be packed by packers (not in our case, LOL). We stored things we were taking in one of the bedrooms of our previous house and told them nothing in that room was going to be packed so they left that room alone.

Packers pack unemotionally. While I would be emotionally putting this and that together in packing, they just PACK.  They do it well and quickly and they sure enjoy using lots of paper as they pack.  I might put together things that make sense to me while packing, like kitchenware I use a lot, but they have no sense of that as it applies to me, they just group together things as they have been taught and what goes well together.

So we are sorting through boxes for things we need and are missing cords and the power supply to our printer, had a few broken glasses, our washing machine wasn't properly encased, causing some pipes to break on it, causing leaks when it was hooked up, and a few other "minor" inconveniences.  We can report all these as damage and probably will down the road.  Still I'm grateful we didn't have to actually pack and move what we did.  Just wasn't the best experience I've had like previous times with United.  But times change and it was eight and a half years since I had used them before.  Would I still recommend them?  Yeah, I think I would.  They did deliver when they said they would. They were professional and did the job. My complaints are minor and fixable.  So all in all, it was a good experience. 

Now back to sorting through the boxes........

(Thank you all for your kind words on my last post, I truly appreciated each and everyone of them)

Monday, January 5, 2015

He lived his dash much loved

I cannot put this off any longer than I have already put it off and please forgive me that I didn't say anything sooner.  When it happened, it was December 23rd, too close to Christmas to really want to say anything and dampen anyone's Christmas joy. And too busy afterwards and then not the best internet or keyboard to write on. Finally today hubby is getting his pre employment physical and I'm using his laptop.

There is no easy way to say this so I'll just go ahead and say it.

We had to put Koda to sleep on December 23rd.  Totally unexpected at the time, but in looking back, what we thought was his age and his blindness, was that cancer coming back.  And boy did it come back.  Aggressive and with a vengeance.

He had that checkup in October with the swollen gland and there were no cancer cells.  

Somewhere between then and December 23rd the lymphoma returned.  I won't go into all the "gory" details, but he was a sick pup.  The vet said she didn't think he was in pain, but that he just didn't feel well.  

We could have started chemo again, but we had said we wouldn't if the lymphoma returned.  We could have bought him maybe 2 weeks up to 2 months.  

But we knew that wouldn't be fair to him.  Traveling to a new house, new state, new vet, etc., for just a "temporary" fix. The lymphoma was going to kill him and kill him soon.

So we made the tough decision no pet owner wants to make, but the decision so many do.  

We were devastated of course, but know and trust in God's perfect timing.  It would have been hard for Koda to adapt to a new house blind. We were also wondering how he would do on the drive over.  

We will always miss him and think of him with fondness and love.  We have decided though not to get another dog for at least a year. We did not mind taking care of him, giving him his twice a day insulin shots, etc., but we decided to take a break from having any pets while we adjust to Arizona.

I wrote this in my journal 2 days after he died.

Koda 12/1/2004 to 12/23/2014.

He lived his dash lovingly, loyally, contentedly, spunkily, spoily, food drivenly.

He brought joy, love, laughs to his family and friends,

He will always be loved, always be missed.

Thank you Lord for the wonderful gift you gave us in Koda.  It was our privilege to have him in our family and to lovingly take care of him.

Thank you Koda for being such a special dog.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

the calm after the storm

We are here, we arrived safe and sound. The forecast  called for a winterstorm in Southern California in mountain passes we would have to drive through so we left early afternoon Tuesday.  Got here to Prescott after a brief stop at a rest stop (that was not restful at all but that's another story for another day). We arrived here at 6 a.m. Wednesday to a SNOW STORM. I am talking at least 6 inches of snow. Fun unloading the Uhaul, but we did it.

So today it is calm. Sunny, cold, about 23 degrees.

Lots to tell you, pictures to share. Some happy news, silly news, sad news, funny stories.  Those will be in the days ahead.

Trying to keep up reading blogs. Can read fine on the tablet, but hard to comment, that's why sometimes my comments are short (but not so sure how sweet they are).

Furniture arrives Tuesday and with that my desktop computer so life should resume by early next week. In the meantime, Happy New Year, make it a good one.