Is it too late to list 183 items that don’t fit in this house on eBay? I mean, the Christmas rush is NOW if you figure 7 days to sell it, a few days for someone to pay and then I need to ship it out. Shipping is the downside of eBay- I hate that part. But I’m too cheap to drop my stuff off at one of those eBay stores because I do a better job of photos and hype than they do and I don’t charge myself an outrageous commission. Sometimes I pimp the cats in my photos. Once I sold a bunch of Abby’s beanie babies when she lost interest in collecting them two weeks after she started. I posed them all around our ragged old cat, Velcro. You would be surprised at how many people wanted to know if he was part of the package. I also got lots of unsolicited cat health tips because he looked so gnarly. He was 18 at the time.
EBay is a good place to recycle white elephants before you get a whole new supply of them for Christmas. I’m in the frame of mind where I don’t want another thing in my life. Well, maybe a flannel nightgown and the new Annie Leibovitz photography book. It has black and white photos of Susan Sontag when she was dying; I think they were partners. I saw one of the photographs and it certainly looked like love. Otherwise, I lack for nothing.
Rich gets some odd business gifts. Two years ago he got a 400.00 Hermes porcelain ashtray. I was so excited opening that Hermes box when it came in the mail- and then it’s an ashtray. The real bite is that it’s really lovely, with African animals on it. Elephants, lions, gazelles- just my thing, but it’s an ashtray, for pete’s sake. Last year he got a top of the line radar detector from the same people. Dan has been itching for that but it’s still sitting in the box. If I don’t list it on eBay soon, it will be obsolete.
The other thing he gets from work is logo stuff. All his clothing has logos on it. This year we laid hands on a World Series official hat; it’s very nice but the Tigers lost. Bud will be glad to have it in any case and he can wear it while he steers the pontoon boat around Gratiot Lake.
Speaking of work, Rich is gone this week. Yawn. Actually, he’s off doing good works. His new company flew everybody to New Orleans where they are building a house for Habitat for Humanity. No excuses, everybody goes and no spouses or family because it’s not supposed to be a boondoggle. Top to bottom, they complete one house before they come home. Now, that’s a good business deal.
I’m going to brave the cold (check the thermometer down in the sidebar) and Chicago traffic in search of a Christmas tree. I know for certain we are not going over the river and through the woods to cut one this year and that makes me pretty sad. But time is short and family is coming so I’m in search of a lot with nice trees. Also, I want to get it up because we’re headed south shortly after Christmas so it will come down earlier than usual.
I always secretly admire those goofy families that leave them up until April while they wait for some family member to show up from overseas. Then they either get on the news for the reunion or when the house goes up in flames. But I do love my Christmas tree and I wouldn’t mind having one twinkling away on all the dark nights of winter. What I need is a tree that is about 3 feet wide and 14 feet tall. I have three open stories here but no floor space. I was thinking about some kind of cedar but that is too exotic for the city, I fear. I’ll see. When I get back maybe I’ll post a picture of my space so you can see what I’m dealing with.
Okay, I’m back. Two tree lots with dried up trees that had food-colored green trunks and then I headed to the upscale garden store where my worst suspicions were confirmed. They did indeed have extra fine trees that were fresh and springy to the touch. They even had a
tall and skinny stately Frasier fir that appears to be the right size. AND they will deliver it and put it up in the stand first thing tomorrow morning. Provided I take out a second mortgage on the house. Sigh. So, three days late (seeing as how Advent started on Sunday) and numerous dollars short, I need to figure out where it’s going. See my space constraints? I’m already claustrophobic with all these darn plants in for the winter. I think it has to go right where that chair is, next to the glass cabinet. Then where will I put the chair?