Monday, October 8, 2012
Greetings and Salutations,
Last weekend, the better half, had yet another "basement sale".... ( after swearing about 4 years ago that she would NEVER do it again).
I was able to scarf off a nice padded rocking chair, great little wooden table, and a strong set of monoculars to take down to the cabin. I offered to pay for them, but was turned down. She had a nice collection of stuff that she had tired of, or replaced with newer stuff when she gets into her "remodeling crazes". Also, a couple of our residential customers donated some nice stuff that they were tired of. Both of these customers are millionaires, so the stuff was top of the line and practically new.
I used to take the "leftovers from garage sales" up to a friend in Eastern Kentucky so his wife could sell the stuff in her garage sales. However, it would cost me about $50 in gas to continue this, and he would not come down off the mountain to pick the stuff up....so, Goodwill received two pickup truck loads.
As a result from the proceeds (about $350), she has put in a special little fund to purchase a 46-50 inch flat screen TV for the family room. That is the next phase of her "remodeling".
We had two laptop computers (belonged to daughter and husband in college) that she wanted to sell. So, she took them to our computer guy to have all the personal info stripped out. As it turned out, Justin's laptop had a bad monitor that would barely light up.... so it was a waste of money to even take it in. Marisa's laptop is a Dell, and in great shape. After, the work was done on both laptops....we got a bill for $135. As a result, I sold Justin's laptop for $10 and kept Marisa's laptop for myself.
I have plans for taking it down to the cabin and using it to start writing articles again for the "Kentucky Explorer Magazine"
Our Cleaning Business has remained pretty steady through this recession. We have lost a couple big customers due to the economic downturn, but, was able to fairly quickly replace them. Now, one of the big ones has called us back to restart around Nov 1. It was a Church that decided to utilize their "volunteers" to save money. They forgot that 14 years ago they got us to come in and take over the job from their "volunteers" that started off with about 20 and quickly dwindled down to only 2 or 3 on a regular basis.
I wanted to jack up the price by about 25% (since we never raised their rate in the 14 years we had them), but, Kim talked me into just taking them back at the old rate.
Went down to the cabin this last weekend, without the dogs, so I could just relax and not having to keep popping up to check on them. Got to catch up on my reading, NetFlix movies, and "home cooking" of sorts.
Kim is on a diet, so she doesn't care much for me cooking at home which tempts her too much. So, at the cabin I was able to fix fried chicken, fried pork chops, and fried mushrooms. and yep....I used LARD...and yes, they were delicious! I packed up most of it in ziplock bags and brought it home to munch on this week.
Kim didn't feel like cooking the veggies on Sunday, so, today at lunch we went to Cracker Barrel and ordered some extra vegetables to warm up the rest of the week.
Fall colors are starting to pop out here in Central Kentucky....hopefully next weekend it will be nice enough so I can break out the camera and hit the backroads.