Sunday, August 20, 2017

Auspicious Minds

So, sometime since I came back from Frankenstein'son June 17th, this happened:

What am I going to do with this broken table?  Damn, I really need this thing too.  This is where I put all my convention spread for when the time comes to pack. Long skinny tables don't grow on trees.

A couple Twilight Rummage Sales have happened since you and I talked, as well as the comix show, so there's been a lot of activity in the swap meet department.  These last couple rummage sales have me bringing home almost as much stuff as I'm getting rid of, but at least I'm not spending more than I make.  Today I gave away a large amount of DVDs to Friends of the Library as well as some books.  My stock for the swap meets is surely dwindling like

I've been not blogging for a long time because I really don't think that, given the state of the world these days, a tidy home is worth discussing much.  I'm working on my personal plans to make the world a better place (other than creatively dispersing movies and books into the universe).  On a fun note,  I am taking another big trip somewhere, which I'll let you know about later on.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Round Round Get Around

On Saturday, June 17th, I tabled at the new Vancouver location of Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap.  I brought lots of original comic book art, magazines, DVDs, even some comics.  I left with two fewer boxes than I arrived with, which was lucky because I had to give a ride to another friend at the end of the evening.

What I'm most proud of right now is this:
I don't know how I stood having old IKEA curtains tacked up to the frames for so long.  I guess I thought it would be hard to find what I wanted to hang, and how to hang it. but it wasn't at all.  I got double rods from Fred Meyer on sale for about $3 a set, sheer curtains (4 panels) at Value Village for around $10 for all.  One set was marked down and I had a coupon that day.  The patterned drapes were about $25 each from Target, but worth it when I think about the time and materials to make them.  They're perfect, they look so good with all of the needlepoint stuff.

I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something when no fewer than four different people have brought up Nikola Tesla in conversation over the last week, then the alarm clock stops working, and I lose a key to a cabinet but it mysteriously reappears in the place where I put it in the first place. Some other strange stuff happened too, and you can laugh at me if you want, but I pay attention to these things.  Maybe I've been watching too much Twin Peaks.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Diary of a Lost Floor

I finally got the flat file out of my basement!  Yes!!  The room seems so much bigger!  My friend came with a truck guy and they took it right out of there.  I swept the space and I'm getting ready to move my drums back in there.  Woohoo!

I'm on a giveaway tear with the Buy Nothing Portland page.  It turns out that the more space you free up, the more stuff you find that you don't need.  Everything gets highlighted more easily.  On the free stuff menu today: canvas punching bag, full spectrum lamp, water-saving shower head parts.  You would think that the lamp would be useful to me, seeing as I have SAD problems every year, but it's really just taking up space.  I think a clearer room will make me happier.

After cleaning in the room for a bit, I even took a minute to go through a box of papers and magazines that I had never really paid attention to over the years.  I found some comics to sell at Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap next weekend, as well as some paperbacks that I can also sell there!  Along with some nice keepsakes that Dylan had stashed in there.  What a find!

PS edit: I placed my first free sidewalk stuff giveaway on Sunday: two small book cases, both of them kind of janky but still useful.  They were both in the laundry room and had been emptied of DVDs recently.  I went out to meet friends for a drink-and-draw and came home to find them gone!  What will I do for a high once I am done tidying?

See ya in the 25th year of NEVER, junkpile!

Oh, and let's please talk about the new Twin Peaks episodes!!   I have to restrain myself around my friends, some who haven't seen all of them, but I'll say here that I suspect there is another tie-in with the great noir film Laura that is being set up in episode 5 and the job interview scene is one of my favorite TV moments in all of my TV watching experience.  OK, those aren't really spoilers.  We'll talk again later!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Basement County USA

Hey, remember this little corner of my basement?

Well, after the guy came and took the lateral file out, everything that was left looked like it was wearing a suit that was too big.  I moved a shelf and gathered all of the DVDs I'm selling onto it.  After sweeping and wiping down the washer & dryer, here's what was left:

This looks good, but it's an even bigger deal to me for a reason that's not immediately apparent.  The DVDs on that shelf are all that are left for me to get rid of.  That's including the Bad Apple stock and personal collection items together.  Not so mega anymore.  When I closed the store I had boxes and shelves full of them and now they're all together in this little corner. 

There are a lot of containers on those shelves in the bottom photo, but they're mostly empty.  I save them for the swap meets to hold my goods. 

This is the most spacious I've seen this place in ten years! 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Accidental Exorcist

I made a new project list and one of those things was to set up my stereo system so that I can use it at long last as it was meant to be played.  Dunzo, bitches!

I had taken it apart oh so long ago to use the turntable for my DJ projects, but I decided not to bring it anymore as it's fragile and precious.  One of these days I'll have to get a portable one but until then I'll just use my digital implements.

I put the former cabinet or shelf thing that held the stereo stuff on Craigslist a couple days ago.  I'm still not sure it's the right decision, but it's so hard to connect everything through the tiny holes in the back. 
I did a lot of vacuuming and dusting around the spaces where I was working, which led to my vacuuming other spots in the living room.  I kept finding small piles of dried ant bodies here and there.  I've had several spates of ant attacks in my home again.  In the bathroom, the kitchen, and the living room.  Sometimes I can't even tell why  they're there!  I use the Raid gel to fend them off and it works really well!  Just put a tiny amount on a tiny slip of paper and place it in the pathway of the ants.  Soon they will swarm the gel  (it's really fascinating in a gross way) and hours later most if not all will be gone.  I think that spiders are eating the ants I've been finding.  I've been contending with spiders and centipedes on top of everything and it's just disgusting.  I try to leave centipedes alone if they're in the basement, because they do eat insects and spiders, but if they come into my personal space then they're going to eat shit and that's that.  Killing one of them is really gross so it's best to trap it and throw it outdoors.

I had some more adventures with the Buy Nothing page on Facebook.  I found a new home for a mandolin that once belonged to Dylan.  He got it a few months before he died but never got to learn to play it as planned.  Only recently did I think that it might be a good thing to gift someone.  It now lives with a good person whose lovely friend got it from me on the FB page.  I also gave away an old folding mirror to a person with spectacular selfies of their groovy makeup and hairstyle combos.  I was disappointed that I couldn't be there when they came to pick up (it was a "porch pickup").

Hokay, I topped off this week's giveaway streak with a guy coming over to take a big ugly lateral file that had been in my basement for over ten years!!  No one wanted it on FB so Craigslist free stuff came to the rescue.  It had held DVDs for all of that time but most of those have been sold or shifted somehow.  I had to move the washer, dryer, and a full shelf of old books to make way for the dolly to take it out.  The guy had just enough room in the back of his pickup to squeeze the thing in!  He seemed like a pro at scooting giant heavy metal boxes.

You might wonder, after all these years, why I'm STILL doing this donating/selling dance.  I do wonder too, but I remember how there had to be literally about five times the books, DVDs, furniture and other accoutrements four years ago and it all starts to make sense!

Every day, give yourself a present!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Double Nickels

I had two swap meets (three really) last month and another one happening this weekend!  Twilight Rummage Sale took place just a week before the Frankensteins/Comix Thing conflagration and now I'm rolling in small bills. 

I should really start taking pictures of my tables again.  For so long I've just had DVDs as the main course but I've been bringing more offbeat junk so I can make room for more crap.  This time at Twilight I had, among other random things: lovely old framed pastel drawing of sail boats, Elmer the Rainbow Elephant stuffed toy, and vintage silk scarves.  I ended up giving away Elmer to a cute little kid who kept coming by to pick him up.  I later saw Elmer getting a free ride in the kid's mom's hoodie hood.  Best swap meet memory ever!

For the Frankensteins show I brought a load of original comic book art, which sold super fast!  I had an awesome day!   I always seem to have a lot of stuff for each show.  I don't know where it comes from, it just keeps appearing in my basement. 

I have been forcing myself to clean my office, which has sadly been a big dumping space for a lot of things that had no permanent home.  The turning point began, really, with putting those hooks in my living room closet.  Because bags belong near the coats, right?  I got several sets of  cheap plastic shelving from my parents' place that turned out to be perfect closet sorters.  Much better than the hanging shoe holders I was using for sweaters.  Now the office closet has my art supplies standing upright and ready for use.  I gave away an end table with drawers on the Buy Nothing page last night.  I had nothing against the table, just no great place to put it.  It had been standing in the middle of the room since I moved it out of my bedroom last year.  I also went through a lot of my little decorative keepsakes to sell or give away.  My big plan for this office is to remove the carpet at last so the hardwood floor shows.

I saw this guy a couple nights ago.  So great!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Door Hooks and Your Growth Mindset

Don't underestimate the power of a good bathrobe-style hook for storing stuff.  I did and I now see I made a mistake.  Hooks are excellent for keeping stuff from forming a heap on the floor.  They are especially good, in my opinion, for using on the inside of a closet door, like so:

Don't use a nail; they can catch on fabrics.  Also, things that hang from nails put stress on the surface behind it, potentially causing damage.  If your interior doors are like mine, then they're the hollow-core wooden ones and they don't have enough thickness for an embedded nail.  The screws that hold a hook in place provide that extra contact for secure hold, and the flange on the base of the hook gives extra support.

I went out to Fred Meyer to get more hooks last night.  You can get them in the "storage" section of the homewares department, but you'll get find nice ones in the hardware aisle where you get bulk screws and whatnot.  They're not only cheaper there, mine came two to a package for extra hooking power.

Perhaps now is a good time to state the benefits of having a few power tools around the house.  I have a Makita drill that has been one of the best gifts of a lifetime.  Remember when my bed crapped out?  I'd still be sleeping on an air mattress if I didn't have the drill to brace it up again.

OK, I know my previous post clearly slows a photo of nails holding up my laundry rack.  I'm about to fix that with my score from yesterday, smartass.

Let me add that I used a Marie Kondo trick for my tote bags on the closet door there.  I put them inside the ones that are hanging.  It's better than slinging them over the back of a kitchen chair.
This is what you get if you search "totebag" in
 All right, I think I've exhausted this subject matter.  Stay organized and don't get murdered!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Forgotten Silver

I have a month to prepare for the next Frankenstein's/Comix Thing fracas.  Comic book related matter has been presenting itself in surprising ways.

Like this stuff - I totally forgot I had set this aside to sell.  I had a lot of things in front of the bookcase so I wasn't paying attention to what was on the shelves.  I have a feeling these will find someone to love them.

Only a couple of the titles available!!
 I have a lot of original art too.  I have no idea what it's worth at this point.  But it doesn't belong stacked in a basement.  Someone made this art for someone else to reproduce, distribute and enjoy.

I made good on my goal to clean up that corner of my living room and now you can see the fruit of my labors:

 ...and I made wall space for the laundry rack!

Outta the way, jerkass!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


In my ongoing sleep-improvement project I've resorted to a last resort: I'm finally cutting back on all caffeine.  It was on my 2016 to-do list to stop drinking coffee but I don't really want to, especially since I almost never drink alcohol or soda as it is.  I dreaded the withdrawal headaches.  I'm hacking it by filling my cup about 1" full with coffee, filling the rest with almond milk, and reheating.  I've been sleeping a little bit better than before - when I get to bed on time, that is.
Call the midwives - I need emergency Tetley's administration pleaseandthankyou

I've been donating a lot of stuff to the VVA these last few weeks.  On Sunday afternoons and evenings I do a lot of house work and tidying around the place and I make little piles of things that have to go!  This week it's DVDs.  I seem to have a lot of hit movies (like Pearl Harbor, gross) and no one wants them at swap meets. Buh-bye!
Lamp Uno
Lamp Dos
 I'm also using a Facebook page called Buy Nothing Portland which is specific to my neighborhood.  You can post a picture to give away an item, or you can ask for an item, but trades are not allowed.  I have antique lamps (see above) that I've wanted to get rid of for ages, but I feel guilty about dumping them at Goodwill.  Already I have takers that are thrilled to get them.  Win-win!!

I took this picture of the problem corner in my living room and I'm going to make this my project for the week.  One of my big ideas is to make a way to hang the laundry drying rack when it's folded up.  I'm planning to find room in the staircase region.

Ever since my mom died last month I've been in a fog when I want to write.  I sometimes feel unable to keep up on some of my adult responsibilities, but I'm a little better this week.  I made a post a few weeks ago that I took down, in case you don't know what's going on. I hope to have another update soon, complete with pictures, so keep coming back.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Last Trash Heap on the Left

The weather has been total crap for a few days now and I can hardly remember what day it is.  Work was closed for a couple weekdays and I came in to work on some days off, so it's no wonder.  I actually love snow, but I hate how Portland throws up its hands when we get it.

The overabundance of indoor time has given me opportunity to do some long overdue tidying.  I went through most of the jumble on the floor of my office, and recycled/shredded a nice bundle of papers and things.  I rearranged my CDs so I'd have more room for the ones I really want to keep, and made plans to say goodbye to the ones I don't.  Pretty soon I'll be able to vacuum the floor.

On Saturday I am renting a car for the Twilight Rummage Sale and to visit my dad, but also I'm going to make a nice round of large-scale donations.  Friends of the Library, SCRAP and Far West Fibers are all going to see my silly face this weekend.  I'm going to need some cardboard boxes.