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A chilly garage sale
I am cold tonight. Funny, reading through my friends page right now, it seems that everybody is cold. Winter is coming.

I bundled up today, wearing tights, jeans, wool socks, boots, a turtle-neck, my thickest wool sweater, a coat, and mittens. The cold still seeps its way into your bones after awhile of sitting still outside. I have just put my kettle on, and once it starts whistling I will make myself a mug of hot cocoa or tea.

I spent the day helping out at the garage sale. It didn't rain, except for some late-afternoon sprinkles, so that was a relief. It is going pretty well! We made about $400 so far, with tomorrow yet to come. Lots of stuff is still left; hopefully we'll get a good turnout tomorrow.

I got rid of a lot of video games, comic books, star trek books, and assorted toys of S's. I also got rid of a few items of mine. Some books and puzzles. A small fish tank. A chess set. A box of leggos. (That one was hard! I love leggos. But I never play with them anymore. They've sat unused in the same place since I moved here almost three years ago. I had quite the internal argument, but finally the "purging" part of me won. I want to simplify my life. I'm trying to purge as much out of it as possible. It's not easy. I love my memories, even if they are only memories.)

I also bought some stuff, but not much. A sweater and a turtleneck. Two pairs of jeans. It's funny, they are 1980's jeans, fitted and tapered. You can't find jeans like that anymore! It felt weird putting them on, and then I looked at myself in the mirror, in my tight jeans and baggy sweater. I looked like I'd just stepped out of 16 Candles or some other brat-pack sort of movie. But I needed more comfortable-casual jeans, and these were only $1 each.

I also bought myself some glassware and bowls. The bowls, in particular, will be nice. I always run out of bowls long before anything else in my house needs to be washed, due to my cereal and ice cream habits. I often come home from work and decide that all I really want for dinner is a nice bowl of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. When your dishwasher only contains 5 bowls, 5 spoons, and 3 cups, it feels a little silly running it. But it's inconvenient to have to hand-wash a bowl before you can eat your cereal. I now have 5 new bowls. I was only going to buy 4. They were $0.50 each, and I wanted an even dollar amount. But everybody started ribbing me about leaving just one bowl on the table, and finally one of the other girls chipped in another $0.50 so I'd leave with all of them.

A few minutes ago I quieted my urgently-whistling teapot, shook some no-sugar-added hot cocoa mix into a mug with hot water, and added a generous amount of kahlua. I'm feeling warmer already.

I have a quiet night ahead of me. Perhaps I am old, that I am so comfortable with the idea of quiet relaxation at home on a saturday night.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 26th, 2002 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yum, cocoa. Cold here too, only in the 50's all day and rainy and more in the forecast. Saw it's 46 in Royal Oak, MI and the same in Turin, Italy. I'd rather be colder and dry than warmer and wet. I've got 13 bowls, eight in the dinnerware set and 5 chinese bowls in two different styles.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 26th, 2002 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was quite chilly, especially once you sat in it for a few hours. Just a little wet though, that that was a relief. Were able to keep wares in the driveway for most of the sale.

13 bowls! Means you can live on cereal for almost 2 weeks!!

mm...speaking of which, I now need to go buy milk and more cereal, since I've run out.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: October 26th, 2002 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm reminded of girls in Jr. High wearing stone washed jeans with zippers in the ankles...

renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 26th, 2002 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


Ha! I had a pair of those, only with buttons not zippers in the ankles. I also remember how we would carefully "taper" the legs themselves if they weren't already ankle-tight, folding lower-leg in close and then rolling it up....

I do that, from time-to-time with my boot-cut jeans, taper and roll them, for nostolgia's sake. I always feel like I look a little silly though!

Only problem with my new jeans is that pants were a lot more high-waisted back then, and I really like the current "low-rider" style of today....just can't stand those flares!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 27th, 2002 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Guess it's time to get out the sewing machine to taper the pants.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 27th, 2002 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


heh....sewing machine...that's funny!

Actually I've often thought about begging assistance from a friend's mother who does sew, but haven't yet tried it.
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