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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holidays In Full Swing

I meant to start posting more but here lately I have been busy and when I do not have things to do I feel to tired to really do anything. The Holiday Season is in full swing now. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is not that far off. When my two weeks of vacation from work and Thanksgiving break, I ended up only working 7 and a half days in November. I had been trying to work on being thankful for things in my life not just around Thanksgiving Day. The past month has been full of things to be thankful for.

I am thankful to have a job that I have vacation pay. It is good to take time off from your work to relax and get your mind on other things. Hopefully, when we get back to work we are rested and can focus better on work. As for work, it felt good to go back and here it took three people to do all the work that I do everyday mostly by myself. At work, I work hard and enjoy my job. I prefer to be somewhere else then work but it is my job that makes the other things I like to do possible. I hope I have a good balance of work and enjoying life.

I a thankful for my online store. Sales have been a little slow of later. I sent a few days on my vacation working on getting some more books listed for my customers. Sales have picked up this past week. I am looking forward to a busy Christmas Shopping season. With my new house, I am starting to work out the organization to make the listing of the items I sell easier. I have book that are not listed in my guess room and garage. The items I have listed are in my office. I need to get my friends Seth to come over to help me move the books I have left in the garage into the guest room. This will make it easier to get to the books and the guest room is a safer environment for them. At the old place I lived at I had no room to move around with the books for my store. My front bedroom was completely filled for the none listed books and other stuff. My living room was full of books that were listed and not listed with hardly any room to move around. The rest of the place was full of supplies and more books and other items for the store. In the new house, I has enough room to have all my store stuff in the house and still my room to enjoy my house.

I am thankful for my new house. Having a house of my own was one of my life goals. It feels so good to have my own house and have the responsibility that comes with having my own house. Thanksgiving was good because I had unexpected house guest for Thursday night. It was nice to have room for them and not have to worry about a landlord complaining I had people staying at my house. My aunt and my cousin with his family stay Thursday night before heading back home Friday morning. It was their first time seeing the house and they loved it. Thanksgiving Day went really good. I am glad mom had the day off. Mom and I had 14 guest for Thanksgiving dinner. I sent most of my day cooking dinner with a short break to go get my brother, Stephen, and his girlfriend, Velma. After dinner, I took my cousin and his wife and kids out to look at Christmas lights.

The only thing missing was my Love, Jo Anne. Even with them not meeting her in person yet my family has made her part of the family. My sister and aunt talk with her regularly online. I think they are almost as excited about her coming as I am. I just hate that the government is being a pain in the matter. I am sure things will work out soon for us. I am so thankful to have Jo Anne is my life. She keeps me going and brightens my days.

God has given my more blessings then I can count and talk about. My family is one of the best blessings even when they drive me crazy. Besides the time I focus on God, my family is the best part of the holidays.

I looking forward to the next few weeks and Christmas. I am planning to have a party at the house for a few friends and the realtor to come see the house. I will have the family back over for Christmas. I plan to finish the the Holidays with New Years Eve with just mom and me.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Window Treatments Coming Along

While I have been on vacation from work, I have been working on some things around the house. My main project has been getting the window treatments up for the living room. Today while looking through Lowe's again, I decided to those eggplant colored curtains to use in the living room. I was going to get more panels of the white sheet curtains I already have up but decided to wait on them and try the eggplant curtains.

When I got back home, I put the eggplant curtains up on the window. I like the resulting look. I am sure it will not win me any interior design awards but I like it. When mom got home from work and saw the new curtains said she liked it too. I need to get four more panels of the white sheer curtains and two more panels of the eggplant panels. I will start looking around for something to use for some tiebacks. Besides looking good, it gives us the privacy which we like. I like having the room a little dark the curtains still let the natural light from the outside in.

Once I get the windows completely done, I will work on getting new furniture for the living room. The sofa in comfortable but it with the loveseat needs to be replaced. The cushions will sink down into the sofa if you sit or lay on sofa the wrong way. Mom and I never really liked the white. I saw a three piece coffee and end table set for $150 last week at a second hand store that I like. Unfortunately, I did not have the money to get it at the time. Maybe, I will be lucky and they will still be there after I pay my bills and finish with the window treatment. I have been looking for some lamps too. One step at a time, I will get the house looking more like the home Jo Anne and I want.

Food Journey: Taco Vs. Burrito Debate

Having a little fun today with the Food Journey. Here is a debate on pressing issue of Taco Verse Burrito.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Productive Day

Today was an enjoyable and productive day. I worked on posting more books on my online store while mom was at work. Mom and I when shopping after she got off from work.

I managed to upload over 30 listings to eBay today. I sold one of the books I posted this morning as I was working on more listings. The book was an old sales book for an apartment building in Chicago. It sold for $30. I am excepting a good Holiday Shopping Season, even with the slow start. I only sold 4 books so far this month.

After mom got off from work, we heading up to the stores around the Asheville Airport. We were looking for curtains for the house. Trying to get curtains for the living room is turning out to by impossible. I am thinking looking online for curtains is the way I am going to have to go. It seems all the stores have the same three colors. I did manage to find a door mat for the front door. It should add a nice touch for the holidays.

Mom and I also looked for an egg tray and a turkey tray for Thanksgivings Day Dinner. The eggs try was $19.95 at Pier 1 and we got the Turkey tray on sale for $9.99 at the World Market.

We also found a nice tea pot at World Market. I cannot wait to use it, to make some hot tea.

The shopping trip was productive since we did find some good things for the house. I just wish we could find some curtains for the living room.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm On Vacation Song

Here is a video I discovered a couple weeks ago. I have watched the video a few times in the past couple weeks. Since I am on vacation now, I figure this music video would be a good one to share.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

I just like to thank all the Veterans who serviced the United States.

The Dash - Veterans Day Tribute to Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter by Scotty McCreey

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ah! Home Improvement On Vacation

I have the next two weeks off from work. I spent the weekend resting. Today, I started to work on some of the projects, I have to do around the house. I have to say my vacation is off to a good start.

Today's project was getting curtains for the living room windows. I only got the white sheer curtains today. I could not find draperies in a color or pattern I liked. At some point, I plan to paint the walls blue or purple so I not really looking for draperies that match the yellow on the walls now. The white curtains look a lot but the the ugly brown with rose design curtains that were hanging up on the windows when I got the house. They did not even cover the widows. The hardware was messed up too and did not hold the curtain rods right. The new rods look so much better too.

My mom and I, are heading down to Greenville, South Carolina tomorrow to look around the stores down there. I hope to find some nice draperies. we should have more choices with the different stores down there. As time goes on, I will be getting new furniture and lamps for the living room. I saw a nice coffee table and end table set today for $150 for the three. I would have brought them if I already have the curtains already. I hope they will be there later when I have more money. I do feel good about getting the curtain rods and curtains setup in the livings room. I am glad to start focusing on my house instead of my car. Slowly, I will get things done around the house to make it a home for Jo Anne and I. At least with the improvements and other things I do and get for the house is like an investment.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Car Problems Agian And Voting

So far this has been an interesting week. On Monday, the check engine light came on in my car when I started to head to work. I was worried because of the issues I have had in the past two months. I planned on voting Tuesday and I was determined not to miss voting. The Senate race in North Carolina was one of the biggest in the country. I did not care for either Kay Hagan or Tom Tilas. I voted because I believe it is the duty of a citizen to vote. I am a limited government person. I believe government should only be big enough to take care of the things it is responsible for. I believe neither Hagan or Tilas will out the things that need to be cut. I do not want to get into a full out political rant here so I leave it at that. I am glad that I got to vote and things went smoothly and quickly when I voted.

Okay now for the car, I took the car into the garage this morning. It turned out to be a fuel valve that needs to be replaced. The valve alone cost over $300. My mechanic said I should be okay to drive around with the valve stuck like it is for now. I will need to get it replaced before I get my car inspected. The mechanic told me the valve is stuck right were I would want it stuck if it got stuck.

I hope that I have good sales during the Christmas shopping season so I will have the money to cover the car repair. I have the next two weeks off. I plan to work on listed as much books and other stuff on my online store while I am off from work. I also plan to do some blogging too.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

First Snow for Winter 2014

Some of the tree still have green leaves on them. Many trees still have their leaves on them. It seems too early to be have snow around here. Western North Carolina had its first snow last night at reach south of Asheville.

Rayna checking out the snow on the patio.

The rest of my backyard covered in snow.

My car before I cleaned it off to take mom to work.

Such a pretty view of the house from the road.

The good thing the road where still warm so the snow did not stick to the road.