Finding New Homes for Things

I’ve posted our outdoor gas fireplace for sale on a local website.   It seems we hold onto things for too long.  Convincing ourselves that we aren’t going to use the item again and really could use the space it occupies is the key.   The recent yard sale inspired me to sell lots of things that just weren’t getting much use.

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I’m glad to say the outdoor fireplace found a new home.  Now I have to try posting the Coleman portable grill online.  There’s no use it sitting in the garage forever.  It won’t fit in our campervan, though it was a great accessory when we had the motorhome.


Gail Martin’s eHow Articles – Subject Index

At 84, Gail Martin writes family memory articles online for Our Echo and how-to articles for the eHow website.  Here’s a selection of her varied articles:


How to Develop a Personal Library

How to Decorate a Home with Collections

How to Collect Feather Bird Pictures

How to Collect Bricks


How to Plant Potatoes in the Spring

How to Plant Crocus for Spring Beauty

How to Plant Trees with Limited Water

How to Use a Rototiller

How to Have the Top-Selling Booth at a Farmers Market


How to Help the Elderly with Doctor’s Appointments

How to Wash Clothes and Save Steps the Senior Citizen Way

How to Adjust to Aging and Make the Most of Those Years

How to Prevent Falls at Home

How to Give Gifts on a Social Security Income


How to Create a Writing Room

How to Personalize a Bookshelf

How to Use Old Bottles for Vases

How to Make Wagon Wheel Rugs from Rags

How to Raise Good Children the Old-Fashioned Way

How to Use Health Remedies from the Good Old Days

How to Encourage Imaginative Play with Dress-Up Clothes and Props

Here are her other how-to topics.  Just click on the link to see the whole list of article titles and go to the articles.

Her articles about COOKING
Her articles about CRAFTS
Her articles about THRIFTY LIVING
Her articles about WRITING

Clearing Out Clutter

I took a car full of stuff to the community yard sale Saturday.  Getting there at 6:30 was challenging for someone who likes to sleep in until 8 am.  My husband had to follow me over in the golf cart with several items that wouldn’t fit in the car.  He wouldn’t fit in the car either.  We set up the tables in the dark, and unpacked the boxes.  Early shoppers took a quick look as they tried to spot the real bargains before the crowds arrived.

The whole thing was over at 11 am, so we packed up the remnants and brought them back to our much less cluttered garage.  We donated a few items to the Salvation Army that stood by with their truck at the end of the sale.  Many sellers carted boxes over to it.  It was stuff they could no longer stand the sight of.  I wasn’t willing to donate the Coleman Grill or the portable screen house, so they’re back in the garage. 

I now have to follow up by posting descriptions on various online sale sites.  Hopefully I can find buyers there for these bigger items that we want $125 and $75 for.   Some of the RV gear, I’ll try to sell with notices on the bulletin board at local RV parks.  Of course, it’s a nuisance taking phone calls and having people come to the house to see the stuff.  Worth it, I guess, to get a tidier garage  and for several hundred dollars return.

I wrote an article for eHow about How to Sell More at a Yard Sale or Flea Market.

Florida – The Sunshine State

We’ve been living in Florida for almost five years now.  I’m enjoying the Sunshine State very much, but being retired may contribute to that enjoyment.  Hey, it’s fun to be on vacation all the time.  Living in an area with warm winters means lots of time for outdoor activities.  Just eating breakfast on the lanai in early March is a treat.    This evening, three wild turkeys strolled by while we were out in our screen room.basketweave patio set

I’ve written a number of articles about life in Florida.  Here they are:

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You might also enjoy my articles about the theme parks.

I Love Holidays

At the moment, I’m decorating the house for our annual St. Patrick’s Day party.  Before long, everyone will be in the mood for Easter.   Whatever the holiday, it gives a lift to our routine lives.  I think everyone loves holidays.

Here are my articles on eHow about the different holidays:









Theme Park Fun and Other Travel Notes

Snow White and Dopey
Snow White and Dopey

Here are my articles about getting the most from theme parks:

The following ones are not exactly theme park articles but ones related to Disney or to a Florida vacation.

For good measure, I’ll throw in my other articles about interesting places to visit around the United States.