Friday, March 27, 2015

BOOKS!

BOOKS!


MORE BOOKS!




EVEN MORE BOOKS!


STILL MORE BOOKS!



TOO MANY BOOKS!



AIIIEEEE!



WON'T SOMEONE COME AND BUY MY BOOKS TOMORROW FROM 9 TO 4?  DROP ME A LINE FOR THE ADDRESS.



SORRY!  HE'S NOT FOR SALE!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I seem to have acquired a stalker...

Complete with a creepy smile to boot!


He's some racing dude.  A vendor at the old Peddlers Mall gave him to another vendor as the store was closing and that vendor turned around and gave him to me.  I put him in the booth over the weekend, and he's been creeping me out ever since.

Every time I turn around, he startles me.  It's like there's a person standing there in the middle of everything.  Staring. Grinning. Standing.

I moved him out in to the aisle on Sunday so I could get some work done and kept catching glimpses of him in the corner of my eye and thinking he was a customer!  Staring. Grinning. Standing.

Do you think I should get a restraining order?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Well now, this is embarassing!

Someone secretly made a video of me working out at the gym and then put it online!  Oh no!



Now I have to find a new gym.  Oh bother!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is anyone still out there?

If any of you bailed on me after yesterday's pity party, I wouldn't blame you.  I haven't been that self-indulgent on the blog in a long time.  I'd take the post down, but that feels almost dishonest to me.  Sometimes, I do selfish things, even on my blog.

Anyway, please accept my apologies.  I was on a real downer over my booth sales, plus I hadn't slept well the night before, and kind of put my common sense on hold. Never blog when you're cranky.

The worst part about that post is that there were quite a few non-miserable things that I was planning to write about in that post, but I let the negativity overwhelm me.

We finally got the official copy of the wedding license last week.  Unfortunately, there's an error on it.  See if you can tell what it is.

No.  It's not that they didn't use my full name.  Although I wish they had.


Did you catch that?



I'm not sure if one can be one of the people getting married AND the judge officiating the ceremony.  I'm also really sure that there was a judge in the room that day.  A female judge.  Without a beard.

I'm going to have to call and get that fixed.  Only us.....

Speaking of the wedding, I need to send some public thank you's to Heidi in Denver and Janet in Pennsylvania for the very sweet wedding acknowledgements they sent me.  It really touched both me and Keith that you all thought enough to do that.  When I told Keith that I had gotten mail from a couple of blog readers, he said that I had some pretty cool people reading my blog.  He doesn't know the half of it.

I threw myself into book sorting yesterday and brightened my mood considerably.  I'm planning on having a yard sale/book sale on Saturday in an effort to downsize my library.  There's too much of it to try and run through the booth as is without creating a HUGE backlog in my already crowded storage.  My plan is to use the sale to thin it out, then split the leftovers between the booth and donations and Half-Price Books.

I got two of the book shelves in my junk room condensed down to about 3/4 of one of them.  I still have two more to go.  One of the remaining shelf is going to become my main tchotchke display shelf, so I can try to reign that hoard in a bit.  There's just too much stuff around here!

I'm debating whether or not I want to tackle the two shelves in the living room, which I thinned down a couple of years ago.  I think I might leave them, since I have about a dozen (!) tubs in the backyard shed to go through.  My name is Eddie Mitchell and I am a book hoarder lover.  If you are in the area and want to browse through an eclectic range of books this weekend, come on by.  Nothing vintage in this sale.  No comic books or graphic novels, but PLENTY of just about anything else you can imagine, including books about comics and cartooning.  I hope I have enough tables for this mess.  Prices are going to be cheap too.  Cheap, I tell you.

Sales are on a temporary pick up again, at least until Louisville (Thursday) and Kentucky (Sunday) play again.  This store has been such a struggle for me from the beginning as far as sales go.  I just didn't handle it very well when my first real momentum got derailed.  Then I dragged you all along with me.

Sorry about that.  Here's a little something to make up for it:



One last note, I love all your comments and notes and have gotten better at replying like a polite blogger should.  For some reason, I've stopped getting email notices when a couple of you comment.  I'm not sure what's going on, but please know that I'm not ignoring you.  Also, there's a good handful of regular commenters without an email attached to your profile, which means I can't respond directly.  I appreciate your comments too!  Thanks for hanging with me!

PS to Sandy in PA:  You did make me chuckle yesterday!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Rambles

Almost titled this one "Monday Ram-blahs."  I guess you could say I've been in a bit of a funk over the last couple of days.  I'll get over it.  Probably.

As predicted, the basketball tournament torpedoed sales last week.  From Monday to Wednesday, my sales dropped off a whopping 90%!  I am not exaggerating that in the least.  I really went from $50 a day (on Monday) to $5 (on Wednesday). 

I know by now this time is coming.  It does so every year, but I had been riding such a high earlier in the month, that the crash is particularly hard this time.  Bummer.  I've been feeling a bit discouraged over the whole thing.  I did have a good, strong day on Sunday, but the tournament has two (!) more weekends to run.  Sigh!

Based on first half of the month sales, I had a pretty hefty month end total as my goal this time around.  I think I'm still going to come out okay at the end of the month, but there's no way I'll make my goal now.  Ebb and flow.  I know it's a fact of this business, but I'll never get used to it or like it.

It's very early in the yard sale season here, which means they're hit or miss.  It also means they're farther apart than I like.  Once the season starts in full, I tend to hit the ones I know will be good  from past experience and stay mostly in my own central area otherwise.  It saves a lot of useless travel and frustration.  I'll branch out for something that seems extremely special, but I tend to stick to the established patterns.

This weekend, we ended up going from one end of the county to the other and coming up basically empty.  We went to a find-raising sale at an American Legion post that promised thirty sellers.  Of course, that ended up being more like ten.  Who weren't anywhere around their stuff when I tried to buy something.  Who were wildly over-priced when I could find someone to ask.  One seller even tried to lay a guilt trip on me to get me to buy something.  I'm sorry, but "You know what this is for." is not a way to get me to spend money.

After that, we went to what had been advertised as a neighborhood sale, but ended up being one house with about ten things for sale.  Really? There was a house in the neighborhood with a bookshelf sitting at the curb.  We debated back and forth about it and drove past a couple of times.  Finally, we saw a woman in the yard acting like she was waiting for someone to come pick her up.  We asked her if the shelf was free, and she said "Oh no.  It's five dollars."  We bought the self, but it was all just too weird.

After that, we went to a video store that's getting ready to close.  I bought a display rack there.  They had another rack that I wanted, but I have no room for it anywhere.  Today is the last day, I'm going to pop over there one more time to see if they've lowered prices any more.  Keith found a copy of one of my favorite movies there, so I got that too.

We ended up going by the storage unit to actually make a van load for the booth.  This is the second time we've filled up the van from the unit,  yet the unit is still full all the way to the door!  I think it violates the known laws of physics, mass, and volume.  Mind-boggling.

On the way to the booth, we decided to take the dog for a ride.

He likes to hang his head out the window.

Good boy!
I spent the rest of the weekend at the booth, cleaning and restocking.  Hopefully, that will work a change in the sales.

My scan is this Friday.  We'll see what happens, I guess.  Sorry this one is a bit of a downer.  I'll work on cheerfulness this week.

Ram-blahs.




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Your Chiquito of the Month Catch-Up

Here are the January and February pics from the Chiquito calendar.

January:


This is one of those sleeping poses I was talking about in Wednesday's post!  He seriously does this all the time.  How can you not love it?

February:


Look at that face!  You just have to love it to pieces, I tell you!

BONUS SHOT:

Here's the cover for the calendar.


This was right after he came to live with us.  He has always had to greet us when we come home. Vociferously and enthusiastically.  The first one home gets the most intense treatment.  It's like we've been gone for days.  Seriously.

So on this day, Keith got home first.  He did the whole "love the kitty" routine, then bent over to take his shoes off.  Chiquito, not being done with the loving part, hopped up on the table, then crawled over on Keith's back and started kneading and purring.  Keith said it was hard to keep him balanced, but he managed to grab his camera and snap this shot.  I love it.  It so totally captures the sweet natures of both my fellows.

I'm so freaking lucky.