Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I think I'm done with Etsy

Back in July, Etsy changed their policy by encouraging sellers to offer free shipping for sales over $35.  For those sellers who do not comply with this new policy, they will now be penalized by having their shops appear last in the searches.  I get it, Etsy wants to be like Amazon, who offers free shipping to Prime members, but unfortunately the makers are the ones getting totally screwed in this deal.  In order for the sellers to make up the difference, they will have to jack up the pricing of their goods in order to cover the shipping costs that would otherwise be lost in under this new policy.  I'm not sure why Etsy wants to be like Amazon, especially since Prime members pay a yearly free to get the privilege of free shipping.  In their efforts, they are penalizing the makers, who do not make what Amazon I'm not sure why theI y are following this model?

If that wasn't bad enough, they have added insult to injury by removing the shop names from any of the searches, so if you search for knitted mittens you will see a list of products and prices, but no shop names associated with those products.  They have in essence erased the identity and brand that these sellers have created.  I'm very disappointed in Etsy.  I used to believe they were a big supporter of the makers who sell there, but now it seems they want to erase the makers names and instead promote the Etsy brand instead
I will wait to see if in the coming months, things will change,  especially since there is a lot of outrage over this.  Also, when searching for products, I will now go to the end of the search list and give some support to those makers who cannot afford to comply with the free shipping policy.  Etsy should not be dictating how shops operate their business!!!  UGH! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

I give up!

I have no illusions that the leather chair was EVER mine....

The same goes for the tray that was given to me as a gift, several months ago....I cannot even put a drink down in it, before he comes over and gives me a stare down.  As soon as I move my glass, he takes over the tray.

Cat has to claim everything as "HIS".  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Red White and Blue

Yeah, I know that this post is too late for the 4th of July.  I must admit...I sure don't feel like posting when there are beautiful sunny days, a pool, yard sales and the like to keep me busy.  I did do a little decorating in one of our bedrooms this past year, this room is normally used as a dressing room and chill spot.  Moob also likes to hang out in here too.  Over the year it has evolved in to a red white and blue color scheme, but this was purely by accident.  The rug and the lampshade, curtains, lamp, etc. were found in the trash room in our condo building this past year.  Put it all together and you sort of have a patriotic room.  I didn't plan it, it just happened.

Lamp and lamp shade were found in the trash at different times.  I think that they go nicely together.

I love the pattern that shows up when the lamp is on.

The chair was a Craigslist purchase for $50 bucks a few years ago.  The pillow and red rug were all found in the trash area of my condo building.  The pillow is white and purple...but in this photo it looks more blue.  It always amazes me the stuff people will just leave down there.  Just this past weekend Ed found a perfectly good laptop that works great!  

These curtains were also found in the trash room!  What are people thinking??!!  Perfectly good curtains...a little wrinkled perhaps, but look great.  All of this stuff was accumulated over the last year and this room sort of evolved into what it is now.  

I've had this mirror for many years and recently painted it a beautiful blue to coordinate with the rest of the room.  

Moob's favorite spot in the room is the piano.  There was a time when we were looking to get rid of the piano...but since the cat has claimed it, the piano is staying put.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YAY!! Summer is finally here!

Wow, last time I posted there was snow on the ground!  It seemed like summer was a long way away. Spring was cold and rainy, with hardly any sunny days.....but as of this week, its finally here!  Today it is a balmy 90 degrees out...and for once, I'm not complaining about it.  In fact, I'm looking forward to hitting the pool when I get home.

Ed will be out of town next week, and while he's away, I'm thinking of doing some painting around the house.  My first project is painting all the wood doors white.  We have these cheap hollow core doors and we both agree that it would help to brighten up he hallway a bit if they were painted.  My second big project that I want to tackle is painting the entryway.  At first I was considering painting stripes, like these:

 but after doing some research, I found that you can purchase stencils that  look like wallpaper.  Some of them look pretty nice.

Not sure what color I want to use though....but I am leaning towards black...lets just hope I can convince Ed!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Plowed over

One of my favorite reporters on Fox 29, Steve Keeley,  in Philadelphia had a video that went viral and even made Letterman's top 10 list!  It was during the latest snow storm and Keeley was standing next to a New Jersey highway reporting on the road conditions.  A few moments later, a convoy of snowplows drives past him as the camera continues to roll. The first two pass without incident, but the third plow rockets a wall of snow at Keeley's back, briefly turning the entire screen white. You can hear people in the Fox 29 studio scream, obviously worried about whether he was OK...turns out he was.  He even continued with his report moments later!!

Steve is a very humble guy who doesn't want the story to become all about HIM, and has declined being interviewed by any of the major media outlets regarding the incident.  He only went so far as to tweet about it, making a joke that Letterman eventually stole for his top 10 list the other night:

Steve Keeley 

"I knew I was in for bad day when saw email from fired Gov. Christie staffer "Time for some plow troubles for Steve Keeley"@fox29philly"

At least he has a great sense of humor about the incident!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm 50...and I kick....and stretch....and KICK!!!!

Yes, that's right folks...I've reached a milestone birthday! 50 used to seem so old to me, but now that its here, its strange, because I certainly don't feel this old.  I'm not going to lament on all the things that I did or did not accomplish during my 50 years.  Life is too short for that!  I would rather focus on just living and loving life.

According to a recent Harris interactive poll, people were asked what the perfect age would be if they could live forever in good health, and surprisingly, 50 was the age that most people chose.  It was reasoned that people chose 50 because they were old enough to have wisdom and young enough that their parents are still alive.  I really hate the "50 is the new 30" bullshit!  I'm 50, I have gray hairs, I'm not as sprite as I used to be, my knees are creaky and my eyesight is terrible....but I wouldn't change a thing....well except perhaps the creaky knees, I really hate that they make noise when I'm walking down steps!

My brother bought me an AARP membership for my birthday.....I'll have to remember to do that for him when he turns 50 in few years! He told me that with my membership I get lots of discounts and I suppose getting older does have some perks.  Does this mean that I now have to wear polyester pants??!!!!  :)!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thriller Dance

On the cruise there were many activities...and one of them was learning how to do the Thriller dance.  This is a video that I found on You Tube of the Thriller dance from my cruise.  I watched this from a few decks up.  The two people in the front are quite good because they are the cruise directors who taught the dance to the rest of the group.