Monday, October 5, 2015

The Yard Sale This Past Weekend - Update

Usually I take part in all 3 days of these Park Wide Yard Sales in our senior mobile home community (twice a year) but this time I only did it Friday and Saturday. They predicted rain during the night or early on Sunday morning. I knew I could never tear it down in the middle of a sudden downpour, so I took it down around 6:30 Saturday evening.

All in all, it was not best of my weekend yard sales and it was not the worst.

In total, I took in a whopping $51. Last year, I took in about $150. BUT, there were times in the past when the family friend who lived here with me (now deceased), and I, didn't even take in $20 the whole three days.

We had a lot of visitors/traffic on Friday, about half as much on Saturday. I don't know about Sunday - I didn't really watch out the window to see.

Meanwhile, I've de-cluttered just a bit more, and I can certainly say I got some much needed physical activity. Not too shabby.

Oh, and a BONUS - while trying to display some pieces, an old American Tourister suitcase (old - without wheels!) kept taunting me when I tried to figure out how to open it. A dear friend/neighbor, who was helping me start and finish the day's set up and tear down, opened it for me. I decided to display it open wide, and I further decided to open any and all flaps, compartments. To my surprise, one portion still had some music CDs stashed in it! Right now, I'm listening to one of them - 24 Nat King Cole favorites! Among the others are some by Ella Fitzgerald, a Billie Holiday, some Beethoven, some jazz and more. How cool is that?

Yesterday and today, I mostly healed. It rained today, and probably will a little tomorrow. So, I'm earmarking Wednesday and/or Thursday to return things to the shed if I'm putting them back out in the Spring, and to pack some things for charity pick up, and to put some in one spot in the shed for sale in our monthly park newsletter.

God is SO Good to This Child of His, Especially Tonight

We just had a lot of rain today and about half an hour ago, a thunderstorm finally stopped. The rain came down sometimes light, sometimes steady, and a few times, in gully-washing downpours. 

During one of the heaviest downpours, I was adjusting the indoor TV antenna on my non-contract TV, when I felt drops on my hands. Yep - my ceiling was dripping. I quickly turned off the set and switched off the power strip, too, at the bottom. I got a fairly big pot and placed it on top of the TV. 

I took a few deep breaths and started to think about how to handle the situation.

Now, I have friends who I love dearly, who would freak out and rant and rave and pull an "oh for Pete's sake, what next?" moment or something similar. 

For me, that's a complete waste of what energy I have left in this bod and soul.

I know my old mobile home has an old-fashioned roof and it should have been re-coated about five years ago. I figure there must be a little crack up there that needs patching right now. I do not have the funds. What I had on hand went last month for brakes for the car. I don't regret it or resent it - it's simply a fact.

So - here's my take on this. God was very good to me by giving me a head's up on this. When this rain stops, I'll get this one shop I know of to come out and give me a free estimate so I know what a patch will cost. Oh, by the way, other than those first few drops, nothing else happened! The pot is dry - so far.

I'll probably get him to give me a updated estimate on re-coating it while he's here, too. I had him out here over five years ago to do a quick patch so I trust him.

Father, I must take a moment to thank you and to ask your protection and blessing. You gave me advanced warning that something needs to be done soon. If funds come my way, or I easily figure a way to get them, I'll know where to put them. You blessed me several ways tonight. The leakage, so far, was minimal and light. The top of the TV is so flat, the pot sits there safely. It was a warning I will heed. It did not damage the TV. I was home and in the room when it happened so I was quickly aware of it. I am thrilled with all the ways you helped me tonight and protected this child of yours. Thank you for loving me so much. Keep my eyes open to the way you want me to deal with this.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Prayer for Buyers This Weekend

I've done as much as I can do to prepare for this weekend's community Park Wide Yard Sale. Now I just pray that the Lord will help by sending folks to me that need what I have. This would be a wonderfully mutual blessing.

Father, you know what I have to get rid of this weekend. And you know I am trying hard to declutter. This latest effort wore me out but you helped me through it. Now I pray that you will help just a little more by sending folks who need what I have. Wouldn't that be a wonderfully mutual blessing? Yet, not my will, but thine be done. 

Park Wide Yard Sale Weekend Update

I will not be online very much this weekend. Our senior mobile home park has its semi-annual Park Wide Yard Sale this weekend and I will be participating.

I am "beat" tonight but I have everything ready to set up early in the morning. I'll get up at 5 and make coffee and breakfast, then take the car down to Visitor Parking, then walk back and begin setting up. 

The hardest part of setting up is that the Friday visitors typically begin driving in for what they hope are "early bargains" and often almost a whole hour before the 8 a.m. start time. This is very nerve wracking for me. I usually do not have enough stuff unpacked and placed on the tables and ground. Still, it will work out - it always does.

I spent half of today pulling cartons of stuff from my shed - thank God for my dolly. And yesterday, I carried out stuff from here in the house. I never have anything grand or expensive, unfortunately. But I cannot, in conscience, just "dump" things without at least trying to get some cash back, no matter how little. There were times, many years back, when Jane (old family friend now passed on) and I would go through the whole weekend and not even have enough for Taco Bell after a tiring day. I don't expect a ton of cash but I don't think it will be too bad.

I'll be shutting down early tonight and Saturday and Sunday nights. And I will not even open the PC until late evening, for perhaps an hour or less. 

The good part of this is that I have a deal with myself - nothing left at the end ever goes back inside. It either gets picked up by charities or I'll put it for sale in our monthly community newsletter.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Way to a Peaceful Mind at Our Fingertips

Had to share this trio of thoughts - it was in my 9/13 daily email from a way, putting it down here will help me to remember it more easily...

A Time to Think
Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. –Norman Vincent Peale, best-selling author and minister

A Time to Act
Remember that faith will lead you through unsteady times. 

A Time to Pray
Thank You, Father, for giving me everything I need to be content. 

Father in heaven, thank you for all the ways in which we can reflect on your goodness. In today's world, these thoughts and ideas are right at our fingertips. What a marvelous world it is when we use these tools for your greater good.