Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Rambles

It's a winter wonderland, it is!  And school is cancelled.  I am fighting the urge to crawl back into bed right now.  I really need to get out in this mess and go to that hot mess of a booth and try to whip it into shape.  With all of the other...well, let's call them distractions right now, I have not gotten my Christmas out. Gasp!  It kills me to think how many sales I have missed. I spent most of yesterday there just cleaning it up, and now I'm ready to restock.  I have so many empty spaces on the shelves.

Fortunately, I have plenty waiting to fill  them up.  My brother and his wife came up this weekend, so a family junking expedition was in order.  He has just started serious selling on eBay right now, plus he has a new side junking venture he shares with two other people.  Basically they have a warehouse full of estate sale leftovers that they open on weekends for folks to dig around in.  Sounds like a dream to me.  I have to visit there when all these damn treatments are over.

I took them to a couple of thrifts, plus a dude in our neighborhood who rents out a storefront to sell foreclosure clear out stuff.  We also hit one of the wildest sales I have ever been to.  More on that later in the week.  I have some stories to tell that need the pics of finds to go with them.

Da Bros Mitchell are on da loose!

There was a small family get-together on Saturday night to belatedly celebrate my birthday.  I decided earlier that I wanted a reason to see my cousins in a setting that wasn't in a funeral home.  We had a great time eating yummy Mexican food and laughing and talking.  We need to do that more often.

Me and Danny with our Uncle Mike and his daughter Maria
Plus their spouses (spice?)

Plus my soon-to-be spouse!

Safe to say a good time was had by all.

This is the first week in what seems like forever that I do not have some sort of cancer-related procedure or treatment scheduled, which is a relief.  Over the weekend, Keith took on the massive task of cleaning out our junk room, and I have some bits and pieces of tidying to do to finish that off. 

I'm starting to get a little bit of a rash on my belly from the shots, but it's not enough right now to crack out the steroids.  I'm going to try some Eucerin or similar lotion first.  I've also go to really get the holiday mojo going at my booth empire.  Sales have been okay this month, but the recent cold weather has not helped.  Today will be dead.  The store might even close early.

To give you an idea of how much work I have to do today:  I took my brother and his wife to see my booths, even though I was completely embarrassed about the shape they were in.  My sister-in-law started cleaning them!  I told the manager that I wasn't sure which was more pathetic, that my booth was so bad my sister-in-law was cleaning it or that I was letting her do it.  hey!  You gotta take the help where you can get it.  If they'll bring the kids next time, they can probably knock the whole thing out in short order!  (Seriously, thanks for the help, Mary Pat!)


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Glad you had some great family time! I hope you get the Christmas out in your booth. Tis the Season! Enjoy your week.

Donna Wilkes said...

I know the whole cousins and funerals thing. It is the only time some of us get together. Maybe we should expand our horizons. Please send Mary Pat immediately! I would not feel one bit embarrassed if she started cleaning out my booths - they are a total mess. I gave up Sunday afternoon and left it for tomorrow morning. Lucky for me the mall is closed on Monday's. it is pee-turkey pouring outside and tonight the temps drop to the 20's. Is it really fall!?!

Shara said...

MY husbands grandma died four years ago and we haven't laid eyes on anyone in the family since. And we all live right here in town for Pete's sake. I think if it weren't for funerals, we would never see any of them again. Your dinner idea sounds like a good one! Sounds like you had a good time.

Pat said...

Glad you got in some good family time, and how can you beat family time with yummy Mexican food!? Show us a pic of the booths after you get them full of holiday glam!
I went to visit the big antique mall on Friday and am get in the mood.

Lynn said...

Family is always good to see face to face! Glad you had your dose of Mexican food, too. Yes, you definitely need to get that Christmas stuff out, customers are probably looking for it right now!!

rush said...

That birthday of yours keeps dragging on and on. That's how I like to do mine! It sounds like you have a wonderful family. Enjoy! and, stay warm!

Unknown said...

Wow, your bro is bigger than you, can't believe that one. I don't even get to see my cousins for funerals such is being the one with the care giving/ministry job always there for others. My own needs are never met. I hate to hear that you're having side effects from treatments. I saw momma, Pat during Berea homecoming and shared your health needs with her.