I finished my first sewing project tonight! I made a small handbag. It is plain, white muslim (good thinking on Mom’s part), so if I totally screwed it up, it wouldn’t be a big deal. It has pleats, a band around the top, fully lined, handles and everything! I’m so proud of myself!! I know, it doesn’t take much. I already have my material to make my next one. Hopefully, I can get started on it tomorrow. I was hoping the sewing machine I bought would help keep me occupied while the hubs is gone and I just think it might.
The husband is getting ready to leave for Okinawa. He has already started out-processing, his replacement is already here, and he is home a lot more. I don’t mind one bit, we’ve actually gotten some things done around here and it is more time he can spend with the kids (and a break for me!). I was talking to my sister earlier and she asked why he was home. I explained and she then asked if he still got paid. I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I do (no offense to my sis, she has no experience with the military outside of my life). That is one great thing about the military, you never have to worry if and when your next paycheck is coming. It magically appears, twice a month, no matter what you are doing. With the way the economy is going, it is a blessing to know the paycheck is secure. I lost my job last November and knowing is job is secure is a relief. I have read many stories of people who are joining the military now because they have no other job options or desperately need the benefits. This may not be the best reason for joining, but to each his own. I still have respect for anyone who will willingly join, because I don’t think I could ever do it!
Hubs started out processing yesterday. The little one and I had to meet him for something, so we tagged along for some of it. I remember when we still had 18 months till we knew he would go to Okinawa. Now we are down to 2 months. It still doesn’t quite seem real though. Our story is not a normal one and he had some difficulty admitting that the family life was what he wanted. We wasted a lot of time because of this. Time that we could have spent together. We are together now, and happy, so there are no regrets. It just makes me feel like we just found each other and now he is leaving.
On a lighter note…My little man had his doctor check-up yesterday for kindergarten. How is he this old already? Poor thing had to get 3 shots. That didn’t go over well, but besides that, he is a perfectly healthy and normal little boy. He is so excited though. All he wants to do is ride the school bus! He has been in a preshool through the school district and it has been wonderful. He has learned so much more than I ever could have taught him and he has gotten used to somewhat of a school setting. He only goes 3 hours a day, but it is great break for me!
Ebay is my best friend. I discovered the site about 6 years ago and mainly bought things. I rarely buy anything now, but I sell everything!! Every season I go through my closet and the kids and sell any clothes that are a brand name, Target clothes included. I also sell books, toys, coupons, small electronics, and any thing else that I believe is possible. I don’t get rich off this, but it is a little extra money. Most items will sell for more than it can be sold for at a garage sale.
Tutorials can be found on the site for how to actually list items. It is best to do a search for the item you are wanting to sell. This will give you an idea of pricing, how to word listings, and how to best word the title of the listing.
There are fees for listing and a percentage taken when the item sells, but I’ve found that it is minimal compared to sales. Pictures are super important. A description is great, but a picture is worth 1000 words. Take pictures from very angle if need be. Include pics of any flaws if there are any. Make sure to note the condition, flaws, sizing, material, edition, etc. Do your research on shipping. I guesstimated for a while before buying a simple postage calculator. It has been a lifesaver! I had been overestimating the weight of packages, but not the shipping costs. The buyer always pays shipping unless you decide to be nice and offer free shipping to attract bids.
Most everyone uses PayPal to send and receive payments. The money can then sit in your account or you can transfer it to a bank account or have it sent to you as a check. Paypal also allows you to then print a shipping label. The postage amount is deducted from your balance. The packages then just need to be dropped off at the post office.
There is a lot to read up on about eBay and it isn’t for everyone, but it is a great way to make a little extra money and clean the clutter!
The hubs, the kids, and I were outside yesterday doing yard work. I had bought some bushes and flowers to plant, so hubby was getting my new flowerbeds ready, as well as mowing, seeding, and all that fun stuff. We live at the bottom of a hill, so there is a ditch in the front yard right next to the road for water drainage. There was a good amount of leaves in the ditch, so, man that he is, decided to burn them. The area we live in is odd, so even though we live in town, we are not in city lines, so we can burn when we want. I was sitting on the front step with our daughter and our son was with him by the ditch. I didn’t see exactly what happened, but he lit the leaves and then I guess poured gas on them.
All I saw was him yelling, walking backward across the street with a trail of fire following him. His feet were on fire and he told me after the fact that his hand was on fire too (no damage though). I yelled at our son to come to me, he stomped his feet out and dropped the gas can. He yelled at me to get the hose and told the kids to get inside since he thought the can was going to explode. I went to get the hose and I’m crying trying to get it undone from the sprinkler. He finally had to come help me. The fire never got ridiculously huge, but it still scared the crap out of me. He stood there for a while with the hose, just keeping the street wet and controlling the fire. That is when it started to get funny. I got the camera cause it was so funny. Our neighbors were out working on their yard too and offered thieir fire extinguisher. That finally put it out. We are now less a gas can.