Saturday, October 15, 2011
So the mountain went to Mohammed. And I had a darn good time. I met folks I only ever got to talk to online, including Granny Annie, Karen Locker (who was busy busy busy all the time) John Lawson, Larry Phillips, Melinda Jackson, Bev England..and those are the names I remember. (pictures will get added as soon as I figure out where they are filed. I'd already met Kat Simpson but we got some "together time" - not as much as we needed for all the things we wanted to discuss but..hey we made do.
I mention this now, a month later, because ?? Because eBay just posted the videos from there. And the webinar content is great. Here's the link..http://ebayonlocation.com/sessions2011.htm I'll add my commentary later -
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This week I got a notice from one of my venues and fixed the thing they were complaining about. But I didn't realize that, the venue decided I was "ignoring" their warnings and so they shut me down. As of Tuesday night, I was involuntarily on vacation. Now what do I do??
It's a little discouraging to realize "I'm addicted". Doesn't matter what you're addicted to, it's just shameful these days to admit to any addiction (chocolate and ice cream seem to be the only allowable addictions). eBay, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Farmville, etc..Not so socially acceptable.
So for 3 days now, I've worked on all my alternative venues, negotiated some deals for merchandise and services and read a book.
WHAT A THOUGHT..READ A BOOK!
You could have also gone swimming, fishing, calf-roping or plowing the south forty. (not me..I'm not doing any of those) but reading has always been my favorite pastime..bar none. So I read THE HYPNOTIST by Lars Keppler..murder, horror, intrigue ..very very good...go read it...and if you have to buy a copy, please use this link...
Saturday, July 30, 2011
PECO (Phila Electric Co) gets NO Props for fixing them because their employees are so darn obnoxious. I mean if I can see the line laying in the street, do you think they could at least send someone to figure out WHAT the line is?? nope..they have their crews out "trying to determine the source of the outage". Which means he's sitting at McDonald's having a burger... not fixing a darn thing.
I've said for years I wanted a generator.. I can't afford to do a whole house one but I could get a gasoline powered one for situations like this. I mean with no electricity you can't even read a book.
BUT I did have my "hand cranked" flashlight - purchased at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville NJ for a mere $5 so I could see to call PECO every 5 min and complain...
So this month (and next month and probably the month after that...the object is to save enough for a BIG generator so I can run the Frig, the electric stove, my husband's C-Pap and one electric light...
WHAT is your emergency plan??
Saturday, July 23, 2011
So... I decided to share some resources with you over the next few weeks (days/months/years).
First of all, look around. Are you an eBay or eCommerce seller?? So who that you trust*, (* important qualification there...TRUST)has your passwords and ids and can step in and handle things at least thru a temporary shutdown, if, in the daze of heat exhaustion or flood of spring snow melt, you step out in front of a bus and can't take care of business yourself??
I had my 2nd total knee replacement in June. My husband ran things for a week..(well really more cause I came home with strep throat and didn't realize it for 2 weeks.). BUT, for reasons I'm not going to discuss, he only had the eBay/Paypal portion of my empire to deal with. I shut down Amazon, eCrater, Addoway and Bonanza for 3 weeks.. (means no $$ coming in but no problems either)
My son had my password code sheet with ALL the other membership sites, selling venues, mailing lists and "recreational stuff" like podcast signons for Talkshoe etc.
WHO HAS YOUR BACK??? find and train someone you trust..your spouse, your adult (over 15 ? child) your sister/brother/mother, bff,
HERE is a FEMA Guide To Emergency Preparedness to get you started
And here's a blog post about some folks who went thru a "weather-related" disaster of sorts but who used the lemons of bad weather to make lemonade with their customers orders...(ok that's stretching the analogy to the breaking point but read it anyway...it's really interesting...besides they give good buys!)
And if you drop by their store and buy something - tell them you want the OBS discount! LOL (HI MARK and ROBYN)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Last week was suppose to be the day I returned to eBay - at least on a a part-time basis; however, that didn't happen because (as usual) some other stuff got in the way. I'm missing it though. Today while writing about the Highway 78 Yard sale over at my blog, I realized that it's been over a year since I've actually been to a yard sale. I enjoy going to them, even though I have yet to get up at the break of dawn to get to the "good stuff" (before someone else does) at one. I just can't roll out of bed in the middle of the night and have it together enough to be ready to get out and get at it.
Anyway, lots of thinking going on here today as I try to figure out how to organize my schedule enough to not only write, but also sell some items too. I think I either need more hours in the day, an assistant, or both.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sheldon found a Shawnee pottery ashtray - flea bite on tip. Called "The Flight" in turquoise w/gold. It was in a box set out for the trash.
Jimmy cleaned out a basement & got drills, a quick start & assorted power tools. Quite a haul isnt it? What have you found & where is it listed?...Or hidden? We wont tell! Shell
(Shell's been gone awhile and we miss her but she's sort of back using her cellphone - you can say hi on Facebook. O!! BTW she and Jimmy made it legal so she's now Shell Wooley! CONGRATULATIONS MR & MRS WOOLEY!! now try to beat me and Chuck - we're at 35.5 years and holding!!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Well, this is great news.
Kat & Karen have told us that the recent FBA Podcast on EComm Connections was the most downloaded. Woo Hoo!!
There have been requests for more Podcasts on FBA, so what do you think?
What areas do you think should be covered?
We have done two Podcasts covering mostly the "Why should I do FBA",
so what should be next?
Maybe we (Bob Willey & Chris Green) could do a monthly Podcast if there is enough interest.
It is up to you.
Here is the link to the other PodCasts:
Check for 4/4/2011 & 3/7/2011
Want a FREE FBA Download? Click HERE
We also discussed FBAPower & FBAScout (now available on Android & iPhone!!)
You can get a FREE One Month extended Trial: Click HERE
Want more information on learning about FBA?
Here is my YahooGroup called BookSellersFBA, free great group of people,
sharing information on FBA, come JOIN: Click Here
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Do you like Ice Cream ?
Do you like Candy ?
Especially Chocolate M&M`s ?
These Cone shaped M&M Candy Ice Cream dishes will hold LOTS of Ice Cream and toss in a Handful of Chocolate M&M`s for a Yummy Refreshing Summertime ( or any season really ) Treat !
These dishes can be yours and you can purchase them here ..
And while you are in the confines of my store KDMORE-CRAFTS-AND-MORE
Why don`t you browse around to see what other treasures I have in there.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
In order to even think I will get my opening bid and beyond I have to include several high quality photos of the item. No one would ever consider paying hundreds of dollars for an item they couldn't see clearly.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Now, we all have stress, we all have aggravation (I mean we SELL online..where we can't see or touch or talk to our customers, many of whom don't bother to read what we write about our products...the thought alone raises my bp). Then there's family, friends, frenemies and outright hostile people we encounter. Our pets, our cars, our computer...all conspiring to "get us".
So I read this tip and I think I'll try this with just a small fish bowl...up high were the VPs won't see it..
The tip I read is "adopt the principles of Feng Shui. Add an aquarium to the east or north corner of your office. Guppies are considered an auspicious fish choice. (and they aren't that hard to take care of either.)
I'll let you know in a few months how that works out for me.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Ok I will admit that I don`t watch every Regular Season Football Game BUT I do watch EVERY Superbowl even if my Beloved NY Giants don`t make it in .
And this year was no different. Hubby and I were settled in for the night and ready to watch the Game.
So to get ready for the Game I decided I was just going to have a bits and pieces dinner and not have to keep getting up to check on things in the kitchen.
Earlier this afternoon I had put together some Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Pinwheels made using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.. Very Easy recipe
Stayed in Fridge until dinner time
- 1Heat oven to 350°F.
- 2If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate into 2 long rectangles. Press each into 12x4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut lengthwise into 2 long rectangles. Press each into 12x4-inch rectangle.
- 3Spread dressing over each rectangle to edges. Sprinkle each with bacon, Cheddar cheese and onions.
- 4Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle; press edge to seal. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 8 slices; place cut side down on ungreased cookie sheet.
- 5Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
While we were munching on this course, I had some Crab Meat chunks warming up in melted butter on Low heat in the Oven.
When the Crab meat was ready and we were enjoying that, I popped the Tray with the Pin Wheels in the oven.
Oh did this smell good baking BTW.
Once they were baked and cool enough to eat it was time for Kick Off..
One last thing to do and that was Dessert..
Tonight was a Treat with Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon Rolls.
So I laid the Rolls out on the Cookie sheet and set them aside to wait for the beginning of the 2nd quarter when I would pop them in the oven to enjoy during 1/2 time
Hubby and I sat down to enjoy the Pinwheels and some Football .
First 1/2 of the Game wasn`t what we expected BUT the Dessert was everything we knew it would be..
Mmmm Good !
Now our Dinner is completed and so is the Game !
Congrats to Green Bay Packers 2011 Superbowl XLV Champions
Then around here it seemed like we got spoiled and we had a bunch of winters with very little snow and even ones you could consider mild for this area. In fact we had such little snow we had to trailer the snowmobiles upstate to find enough snow to ride.
Well so far this winter brought back those snows of years ago and caught many by surprise. We have had snow on the ground since December, cold temps, wind and plenty of snowstorms. We had about 18 in of snow out of one storm and other smaller ones. The worst days were when we had freezing rain and everything was completely covered in ice. We had a few of those days and even though I love the snow I could happily do without the ice.
I think the weather is on every one's mind this winter with all the snow and it looks like we have more snow heading our way in a few days. I know many people will appreciate spring when it finally gets here.
So if you would like to see some of my pictures of our winter wonderland here in pa you can check out my blog Book Corner Cafe. I know there are many who are looking forward to spring and are done with snow but there is something very special about getting up and seeing your world covered in new fallen snow don't you agree?
Friday, January 28, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The sale starts now and runs to the end of the month. By then we should be able to get out of our cabins!
Shop with our trusted friends with an array of items. We sell books, sewing patterns, clothes, glassware, dishes, antiques, magazines, souvenirs, toys, sheet music, Valentines, postcards, home accessories, movies almost anything you can think of.
Here is a list of participating stores and their discounts -
My Moms Books 15% off store wide
Cozy Home Collectibles 15% off store wide
Birdhouse Books 10% - 20% off through January 31
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
THE WIZARD OF OZ
L. Frank Baum wanted to write modern fairy tales that didn’t frighten children. His fairy tales, he said, wouldn’t upset them like the Brothers Grimm did. Baum’s first book, “Mother Goose in Prose” was published in 1897. It was based on stories he made up and told his own sons. In the last chapter of his first book a farm-girl named Dorothy makes her entrance. Three years later the timeless tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” appeared. Over the next 19 years Baum wrote 62 books. Most of those books were children’s books.
After ‘Mother Goose in Prose” Baum teamed with friend and poster designer W.W. Denslow. Together the men published “Father Goose, His Book” in 1899. It was the best-selling children's book of 1899, selling an estimated 175,000 copies. Baum went on to produce five more books in 1900. The whimsical tale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was one of those five. Denslow also illustrated it. The book turned Baum into a celebrity. The 1939 film version of the book titled “The Wizard of Oz” evolved into a pop-culture phenomenon, indelibly stamped into the consciousness of a generation of grown-up children and their children.
“The Guinness Book of World Records” calls the “The Wizard of Oz” the most viewed movie of all time, with an audience over one billion people. To say the book and film struck a chord is an understatement.
“The Wizard of Oz” was made into a musical in 1902 and toured the United States for years. None of the other Oz books were as popular as the first. Early on Baum became interested in film. In 1909 he started a company that made hand-colored slides of his Oz characters. He showed the slides as he read the book and the orchestra played background music. Interesting but not a money-maker, Baum declared bankruptcy in 1911. Then Baum went into the film business in 1914 with The Oz Film Company. They produced six movies before they also went out of business. Distribution was the downfall. Baum wrote a total of 14 Oz books. The books ended up being so popular that after his death in 1919 the publishers continued the series with other writers. Forty more Oz books were created. Ultimately what immortalized “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was the first silent screen version in 1925 and then the 1939 MGM classic, starring Judy Garland.
“The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book” (1934) with its six pop-out characters from the story and a yellow brick road ramp for them to walk down is one of the most desirable Oz items. The six die-cut, cardboard characters Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Wizard can be detached and assembled into three dimensional dolls. They were designed to walk, or waddle, down a slanted surface--the Yellow Brick Road. On Aug 5, PBA Galleries, San Francisco, featured a copy of the 211 page “The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book” in its Fine Literature Illustrated & Children’s Books auction. Published by Blue Ribbon Books the first edition, first state copy sold for $8,400.
Here are current values for other classics sold in the sale:
“The Catcher in the Rye,” J.D. Salinger; first edition, first issue jacket; pictorial jacket; Boston, 1951; $2,700.
“Where the Wild Things Are,” Maurice Sendak; rare first edition; in the jacket; New York; 1963; $6,600.
“The Wind in the Willows,” Kenneth Grahame; first Shepard edition; signed by author and illustrator; dust jacket; London; 1931; $8,400.
“When We Were Very Young;” A. A. Milne; first edition; rare limited edition, 86 of 100 copies; signed by author and illustrator; dust jacket; London; 1924; $12,000.
from Live Auction Talk 1/9/11
Friday, January 7, 2011
Today is my Husband Donald`s Birthday.
And for Both of us it`s a Very Special Birthday for several reasons.
You see, not only is it his 65h Birthday, which officially marks retirement age, ( which he has NO intentions of doing yet he says ) it is a Birthday we weren`t sure if he`d Celebrate for several reasons.
You see I have teased my Husband and called him a Cat with 9 lives a few times.
About 5 years ago he woke up one morning with chest crushing pain. He went in to see his Regular Dr. who ran a EKG on him and then proceeded to Call 911 because of the very disturbing test results that showed he was having a Heart Attack.
So the ambulance shows up at the Drs. office and by this time he is in terrible pain and the EKG machine is going bonkers..
In the Emergency room they administered Nitro Glycerin to him several times with NO effect on him ???
Hmmmm , now what ?
They have him hooked up to several machines now and whisk him up to ICU and Cardio lab for more tests.
Well fast forward here 3 days now and one of the Nuclear Stress Tests they do on him shows he has Periocarditis. The swelling and inflamation of the Sac that surrounds the Heart
Not life threatening , but extremely painful and mimics a Heart Attack. Antibiotics and bed rest will take care of it.
OK so they send him home 4 days later and we are good right ??
Approximately 1 year later in April we were involved in a Very Bad Car accident out in Detroit MI which put him in the Hospital out there for 3 days because he hit the steering wheel with his chest so hard that it broke several Blood Vessels that were leaking Blood behind his sternum and could have serious complications if not monitored.
We came back home and 2 days later he has trouble breathing and X-rays show Double Pneumonia.
Back in the hospital on Oxygen and bed rest for 3 days again.. Everything good now ?
Not for long..
April each year is the time for his yearly check up and Colonoscopy which he had done just before we left on Mini Vacation which included Reno NV for my Bowling Tournament and then 3 days of FUN in VEGAS ( which we had never seen before )
Last day of Vacation we get a call from the Dr, telling us he wants to see him the next day as soon as we get back to CT.
Dr. tells us he has Colon Cancer !
Less than 2 weeks later he is having surgery to remove a large mass in his Colon which they assumed was the Tumor..
3 days later the Biopsy comes back to show THIS mass is NOT the tumor but a abcessed cyst of some sort.
So they need to go back in and Get the tumor before it spreads anymore.
5 weeks later, barely healed from the first surgery, he`s being operated on again to remove another section of the Colon where the Cancerous Tumor is.
GONE DONE OUT OF THERE !
He was quite lucky in the respect that the type of Cancer it was and how low in the Colon it was, that he did not require having Chemo or Radiation.
The surgery got it all out and it had NOT spread.. WHEW !
And so far 1 year later, his check up is clear and clean the Cancer has not come back.
So, as I said at the Beginning of this LONG (sorry alot has happened to him ) posting, WE have several reasons to Celebrate this Milestone Birthday for him !
Happy 65th Birthday My Love !
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I found that writing out my goals for the day, week, month and years (going as much as 5 years ahead) worked for me. Sometimes I got off track but having them in writing in front of me worked better than anything else.
So for 2 years now, the group that writes this blog has also had a "conversation" on our yahoo group about daily goals, and we "grew" enough to expand that to monthly goals. And we're doing pretty good (most of us...rolling eyes at how bad I've been lately) at hitting those daily goals. Some of us have even managed to do well with the monthly ones.
So now our challenge is to step up our level of commitment and make yearly, three year, life-long goals. And we're doing that by using VISION BOARDS. Elaine called hers a "life book" but it's the same idea.
1. If you put it in writing, that's a higher level of commitment on our part than just saying "yeah I'd like to do that some day".
2. If you put it in writing, or pictures, online/offline, wherever, it's less likely (in everyone's case but mine...since my brain is moth-eaten with age now) that you'll be so distracted by "LIFE" that you forget to work on your goals or even forget that there was a goal.
Now I'm an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of person. I never put a project away until it's done cause if I do? It is not getting done. I'll open a desk drawer or a storage bin a year or 10 years from now and say "OH that's where I put that...". Been there, done that, too many times.
With that in mind some of us are doing vision boards where we use pictures to remind us, and to help us attract the "cosmic energy" that will let us achieve those goals.
I'm going to verbalize some of mine here, and picture some of mine here and then the "Cosmos" can help remind me (ok the blog... LOL nothing so grand as a Cosmos) of what I'm trying to accomplish.
Forthwith (I love that expression):
1. I need to increase income either thru more sales on various ecommerce venues or another solution. $5000 a month will do just fine. (now to figure out how) UH... so come buy something from me > here >
Antiquedaze (one of my many venues..and the best stocked too!
2. I want to blog more,write more, podcast more. I'm working on a solution for the writing art...the blogging means I have to be more conscientious and just do it... (Ihave 5 blogs besides contributing to this one so it's not like I don't have somewhere to put all my drivel). The podcasting is going to require some thought, planning and time so I'm putting that on the weekly teux-deux list.