It happened so abruptly. Portland can usually expect some gorgeous weather into October, but not this year. The rains started on October 1, way too early. I'm pissed about it.
It's October and my front porch is rotting. It's the worst time of year, plus the porch needs to be replaced. What fresh hell is this? Autumn. I'm already over it and it's just begun.
I've been out and about a bit lately. Shopping. Doing the down and dirty research so you don't have to. What have I found? Well, some really nasty funny cards for starters.
My friend Kristin is interested in making an outdoor bar
from salvage. That's so cool. Even cooler? She wanted to go shopping to spark some good ideas for her creation. That's pretty much my idea of heaven.
There's someplace you need to go. Yes, it's August, and the beach is calling, and the street fairs, and your company work party, but you need to make room for one more thing.
In the summer all I want to do is sit in a lounge chair and eat berries. I rarely turn on the stove, much less the TV. Clothes get dried on the patio railing, not in the dryer. Everything seems simpler in the summer, probably because my rule is that all indoor projects go by the wayside from June until October.
I was recently using the powder room at a friend's house and discovered a lack of TP - everybody's favorite situation. There was none under the sink or in the hall closet. Moving into my friend's bedroom I checked under her bathroom sink. No TP, but there was a bottle of wine and a glass. Folks, there's just no need for this kind of behavior. There are endless salvage options out there - you can have a bar or bar cart in every room of the house! Don't store your wine with the Scrubbing Bubbles.
I met a guy last month who had just purchased a new-to-him house. It's on SE 72nd, and he got it for $280K. Under $300K in Portland - nearly impossible right now. Given the price, you might assume that the house needs some work. And, you'd be right. But that's where the fun starts, isn't it? All the projects, all the work - that's the best part of home ownership. (OK, maybe the best part is a drink on the deck with friends, but work with me here.)
More updates in the What I've Sold Lately On eBay Category: All the unopened packages of pantyhose from my office days - about $15 a package; my college calculator - $100; five Swatch watches from the '80s (no working battery in any watch so it's unknown if the watches work, and some of the straps were broken) - about $16 each; a pair of old Ray Ban sunglasses for $25; nonstop clothes and shoes, including swimsuits. Sound crazy? It is. Trust me - you have stuff that will sell!
Update: I've added two pics to this post: numbers 6 and 7. These painted pieces will be used to create the look of pic 4. Pretty cool, right?
I have been spreading joy this holiday season!! No, not with my sunny personality or rapier-sharp wit, though I'm sure that was your first guess. I've been spreading joy from California to Texas to Alabama to the Bronx and Queens by cleaning out my closet and selling the goods on eBay.
My friend Lori, she of the ongoing kitchen remodel, had some furniture to sell. Table, chairs, light fixture, china cabinet. While these were still good pieces, their days were numbered. The new kitchen was rendering them obsolete. They needed to go.