Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tomorrow and then

tonight’s job is to get ready for the new booth.

Today I went by the storage and sorted boxes into two categories: flea market and online. Both shops where I now have booths sponsor a flea market of some kind. The newest one does it June – August, but the other does it May -Sept. So there are a lot of chance to throw books up on a table and try and get people to buy them for cheap til summer ends.

Once I get the new booth set up (tomorrow) I’ll move the sorted boxes from the old storage to the new, grouped and marked. That will leave the unsorted paperbacks and other asst. boxes, probabaly about 100 or so total, but that’s essentially nothing compared to what I started with!

I sold 9 books on the way home today, and tossed 3.

I’ve been working on this for 9 years, and at least the largest, most labor intensive part of this job (the paperbacks) is within sight of being done.

I don’t believe it!!!



Tally Reconcilliation Attempt

This is not accurate as I said, but it’s the best I can do right now. The only thing I know that I’m missing is the seed packets I bought and how many I used. I’ll add that to the next tally, before the month end. This is a redo of the entire month and what I hadn’t noted until today.

4/1/13-4/28/13 Combined Tally (woefully incomplete, but it’s what I’ve got!)


To trash: 32 books, etc. 45 books, 1 jack, 1 bookcase, 1 innertube, 1 pillow
To dump (swap shop) 9+4 plastic hangers, 4 books,  1 plate, 8 candle cups,
13 books, large twig pile, 1 hanger,4 books,
Donated 21 books in book donation bin, 8 books at flea market, 27 books in market book bin, 3 books to library, 85 books to book donation bin 144
To family/friends: box of paper 1
Clean/purging goal:
Reveal: entry, vegetable garden 2
Used: door, fireman’s pole, cat shelf, 6 pcs hardware to mount pole,
1 bookcase, 2 canisters 12

To landing pad: (not counted til used, tossed or “put away”)

Returned: 1 book 1
Found new home/put away:
Sold: 9 items not counted in March tallies, 49 items at flea market, 58
desk, chair, 2 computers w/2 keboards, 1 rug, 22 books 29
100 books cataloged 3
Moved from LANDING PAD: 1 chair into booth
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.)
vase filler 1

paperchase 143

Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone)

Bought 6 pcs hardware, clamp, 1 refrigerator storage, 2 candle cups, 1 bookcase, 6 canisters,1 pillow, 3 pcs lace, 1 robe, 1 shirt, 1 pantsuit, 2 pr socks, 29

Got free: box of paper, 2 building vents, 4 jacks 7

29+7= 36+100=136 (for fairness sake I really don’t know!)


I also need to add the seeds purchased 4? 6 packets? and used 6? 10? Have to count!

The old figure below is that of 3/31/13.

  • old 9188 76.0% remaining 2890 items out
  • new 8803 72.9% remaining 3275 items out

First harvest, book cull and other news

The radishes are sprouting! 😀 I really love spring.

I cut the most developed radicchio from the bed where the peas & radishes were seeded. The radicchio is an overwintered “volunteer.” Last year I made the mistake of wanting a FULL sized one and a chipmunk or mouse or something beat me to it by one day. This year, I’m going to eat them when they’re 1/2 grown — so we had the first one as a part of the stirfry DH made: chicken, cashews, carrots, cilantro, onions and shredded raddicchio.

My whole plan for closing one booth, opening another closing one storage unit and culling enough stuff to do that in the past week or so has been dealt a serious blow. I screwed up my left leg & knee. I can’t stand for very long, can’t walk for very long either without being in pain. I thought it would go away, but it didn’t, it got worse. Heating pads help, pills help, but it’s been about a week now and I’m more than ready to go back to being pain free — more than. In the meantime, of course, I’m supposed to be being superwoman sorting, culling, hefting, pricing, researching, etc. And you know, some of that has happened, but not anything like what I expected to do, and indeed started to do, sigh.

What we did today was remove 3 bookcases, a cabinet, and a LOT of books from the old booth. We donated 85 of them on the way home. One bookcase is one of those cheap particle board melamine things, white. It’s going to the dump. So I’ve culled 86 things today. I have a largish stack of books to take by the bookstore and see if they want them and I have one more load to go and get at the old booth — the paperback spinner and the remaining books and stuff.

Weds. I get to move into the new booth. Somewhere in here I need to see a medical professional about my leg and plant the rest of the vegetable garden, which requires hoeing, raking and bending over.

The bending over part I can do. I can rake and hoe too, for a little while, then I end up leaning on the tools instead of using them. This a.m. I was raking up small piles of leaves and after I got a small pile together I turned the rake around and used it as a cane. Did that 3 or 4 times.

I sure hope my neighbor’s son can work this coming week! And I hope that wtf is up with my leg/knee can be fixed easily and quickly!

DH is doing the cooking because I can’t stand very much. He does marathon dish washing instead of incremental stuff. That means that the dishes sit there until there’s no counter space or clean dishes, then he washes EVERYTHING. I tend to do a bit at a time more than he does. From the look of the kitchen earlier tonight, that means that I’ll probably go down in a while, when the pill I just took hits, and wash a sinkful or two.  It would have been easier to keep up if our dishwasher was working. But our Kitchen Aid dishdrawer went out of its extended warranty then died about six weeks later. (I will NEVER buy another Kitchen Aid appliance!!!)

I’m going to update the tally. I have NO idea where I am/what I’ve noted or not. I think I’m just going to basically call April a not counted month!

Start Ups, Moving Plants & Stuff, Storage, etc.

My leg, knee & back are still bothering me. Hopefully it will pass — and soon!

Otherwise, the first daffs (or jonquils?) are going to bloom today on the side of the lawn. (The bud is unfurling, but hasn’t enough yet to see which flower it is.) This is a corner of our lawn that I’ve designated as a bulb repository and the vibirnum will be transplanted there as well this year. I don’t know if the viburnum will survive in its new home, it’s currently in a sunny southern location and after it’s moved will be facing east and backed by trees, so there’s more shade. The plant needs to move away from where it is– the bulb bed needs a specimen bush or small tree for interest — the viburnim is exactly the right size and nearly the perfect shape for what I have in mind!

I found a way to sort and track of the seeds to plant, what’s been planted, etc. In my retail fixtures, I have two clip racks, one table top and one made to be affixed to a wall. The tabletop one has all the seed packets on it, sorted, on one side. The packets as they’re used are moved to the other side. What exactly I’ll  do with any unused packets I don’t know, but at the moment the overflow is in a tube pan. That will be change at some future point!

This weekend is the move out of the old booth. I’m going there today to get some of the fixtures, etc. so that Sunday we don’t have more than the car can carry!



Veggie Garden Seeding 2013 #2

Planted parsnip seeds, a packet of mixed carrot seeds and the first two packets of lettuce seeds, one red and one green. The parsnips are seeded into the new root veggie bed on the far left, with the carrots next to them. The idea is that the carrots will be thinned, pulled and reseeded (early spring carrots replaced with storage or overwintering carrots). The lettuces were seeded into my first permanent raised bed, where the asparagus lives. The idea there is that until the asparagus comes up, the soil is available and should be used. I DO need to fertilize that bed though, the lettuce and other things I plant in it take some of the available nutrients from the asparagus. Since asparagus is a nutrient hog, the bed requires fertilizing every year.

I took pictures. If I can get them downloaded, I can show you what the garden beds look like, even though there’s little there at the moment!

Stress? I don’t have any stress (Ha!)

Apparently Friday last, when they were looking for “Suspect #2” about 2 hours from here and I was running errands, I did what I do when I’m stressed and driving — I mashed my left foot to the floor.

My leg has been in spasm to a greater or lesser extent ever since. Yesterday I finally got tired of this and did something other than take hot baths and stretch — I went to the pool and stretched. Although not perfect (my leg is still inclined to spasm or hurt) things are MUCH better! I have an appt about 1 hr away at 10. My plan is go back to the pool on the way there and stretch some more! (And maybe do the same on the way home too!)

Have a good day!