Where have I been? Good question. I'm figuring out that maybe my blog is seasonal. I started it in the late spring and it blossomed for the entire summer, into fall and slowly went into hibernation. Partly though I have the excuse of my new Mac computer (thanks for the Mac suggestions). I love it in more ways than not. But here are two things that slow me down substantially regarding my blog. 1) there isn't the spell check above the writing box like on my PC (which I think should just plum be illegal). I have dreadful spelling which I'll blame on my father who also can't spell. 2) When I load pictures now, all I can see is the HTML rather than the photo. On my PC I could make them bigger and smaller with my mouse. Now I have to load a photo 4 or 5 times to get it the correct size. Very painful and slow. Luckily my dying PC is still kicking if not a little slowly. I'm setting up my office to work on both computers and eventually I'll be back up and running in full gear. Still the mac is pretty darn sexy for a computer.
Because of the photo thing explained above, I'm afraid this post will be photo free. And that saddens me because I love adding the colors of photos to the posts. I have Cerys 7th birthday photos to share, a photo of my winter cleaned pantry in the kitchen to share, the 40lb chocolate Santa my mother won on Dec. 24th to share and much more.
I also want to say thank you for all of those that have emailed me to make sure I was still breathing. Each email meant a lot. And for those curious about the boots? I did sell them, last Thursday for $245.00. I was really pleased with the sale. And of course just a little sad too. Oh I loved those. I hope it isn't one of those things I regret in 30 years. My parents apparently used to own a house in Berkeley (which I regret them selling). Of course at the time they needed the money and so on. The profit on the boots were pretty amazing and I'm still buzzing from the sale as we speak. I love those eBay moments like that.
I've moved closer to being a bookseller than ever before. I bought a nifty little tool that lets me scan bar codes to see what the value of the book is while thrifting. I feel a bit like James Bond when I am out scouting with it though. And when I'm shy or self conscious I call myself the stealth scouter as I try to sneak it out to look at a book. Scouting is the name given to book sellers when they are on the hunt for valuable books to resell. I started selling on Amazon too just on the 8th of this month and yesterday they deposited $450 in to my checking account from sales just this month. Comparing eBay to Amazon is like climbing a steep hill to rolling down on a roller coaster. eBay can take me anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes in total and Amazon takes me at the most 5 minutes (including research) for one item. I'm really happy in the direction I've moved since I closed the organizing/consulting business. I feel like I'm just beginning to be control of my schedule now. Because I am spending less time listing on eBay, I am able to spend more time with the children, more time cooking and even more time scouting. Our meals became quite bland and dull over the last few months because we just didn't take the time to spend it on cooking. In January we decided that we would take turns cooking (Dave has made most of the meals for the last 5 months while I worked from 4pm - 5pm...dinner at 5) and try to spice up our meals a bit more.
He's in England this week so were back to quick and dull meals. But last week....yum. It is nice to taste delicious food that we have prepared for each other. It's a nice new years resolution that we are really happy about. Another positive on Amazon is that I don't have the big crunch at the end of the auctions like I did before. Now I get a sale notification in my inbox and I ship it out. I can't express how nicer and less stressful my life is. And yet I'm still bringing in money which is very needed after the spendy holidays, my mac and still paying for my sewing machine. What happened to our budget in December? Out the window that went.
So that kind of a summary of what's been going on. I promise to write more often and soon.
~Apron Thrift Girl