|My $20 Dining Room Table|
Behind the table is an old buffet that I finished with a chalkpaint finish. It is almost hidden by the table and the ducks. I have a very small dining area so there is only room for the table, 2 chairs, buffet and water cooler. You should see us when we have company and open the gate legs on the table.
I have been rolling over a weird idea in my mind the last month or so. I am always tied up during the summers with ththate
Farmer's Market's and have been promising myself that some spring or late fall I will manage to have a yard sale but it hasn't happened in the past 8 years. It is always too cold before the markets or I am too tired after the markets or I have the Fall Craft shows. I have to clear out scads of stuff and was thinking perhaps about having an indoor "yard" sale. What do you think? I have a number of partial bolts of upholstery, sheer and drapery fabric, probably 8-10 large garbage bags of fabric. I also have 5 -7 big tubs of scrapbooking materials including new albums, a couch, a cricut and scads of other goodies. I really just need to clean things out of my office and storage so I can have room to turn around-not to mention that grandma can use the money!
Speaking of money, how is everyone getting along? I have been conversing (make that whining at) with my husband in the last few months about the cost differences between everything now and 5 years ago and how different our lifestyle is now. Our income (Social Security Disability) has remained essentially the same with a small increase but our quality of life has taken a nosedive.
We are living in the same place with the same rent and have made no major purchases on credit so it is just our living expenses that have increased. When I went back to our checking accounts I found I was paying almost 2X as much on all utilities, 3X as much for gas (which is really funny since I never go anywhere), insurance is 1.5X increase and of course Dr. bills and prescription costs that Medicare does not pay. Basically everything has increased. I know I get angry every time I go to the grocery. Any of you out there that are on a fixed income will understand this when I say it. When all the expenses go up and you have only so much money to pay those expenses with some payment has to shrink because there is no extra. The only thing that is left is the entertainment budget and it went 2 or 3 years ago. Next is the food budget.
It always amazes me. The companies always have excuses. Maybe there was a drought so they had to raise the price of a particular fruit. Perhaps there was a disease in a crop say peanuts so the price of peanut butter will go up. Fuel prices go up so food prices go up. Whatever the problem was is usually temporary but the price increase is "ALWAYS" permanent. Am I crazy?
While I am on my tirade I am going to continue--- THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. On top of everything else a large number of states have gotten rid of their income tax. That really sounds great doesn't it? The problem is they are replacing it with a higher sales tax that includes a sales tax on food, prescriptions and all those things that were untaxable in the past. Now who ends up paying more taxes? Is it the bank CEO making $2.9 that ended up taking government handouts but made no loans to small businesses or individuals or the top 15% incomes. No. It is the poor and middle class that are paying the lions share of sales taxes in these states. Oh, yes-these are the same states that have all but completely cut out their programs for the poor including the free lunches for school kids.
Guess I have wound down but if you have a grip or have something to add feel free to send it along. I welcome comments!
|1st Pair of earrings-Made from Recycled copper & Aluminum Wire|
|Made from Copper Washers & Recycled Wire|
|2nd Pair of earrings from recycle Wire|
|Abercrombie belt turned into a cuff with a Magnesite stone|
|Downtown Evansville Farmer's Market|
Last time my husband was able to attend.
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