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My first school dance was in seventh grade. It was in the gym, right after school. We had a live band! Normally, it would have been just DJ type of entertainment but one of the teachers, Mr. Spitaleri (yeah, what a name!), had a teen son who was in a band and they came to play for our dance. They were pretty good. And of course, all of us girls were right up at the foot of the stage ogling the guys in the band. Yeah, even me. It was a lot of fun. In fact, it’s probably the best school dance I ever went to. There were no expectations. We didn’t have to get dressed up. No one had dates. It was just a fun time. My favorite song that they played that afternoon was Spinning Wheel (originally by Blood, Sweat, And Tears) which was climbing the charts at that time. They had one of those lights that has a color wheel turning which makes the room look different colors. I still remember those couple of hours so very well, even though it was fifty years ago!

Well, that’s what my life has felt like this past month…like I’m on a spinning wheel and I can’t get off. As soon as it slows down a bit and I think I am going to get a chance to catch my breath it starts up again at full speed. Let’s see, I guess I can tell you that I have fallen down four times in the last six weeks! I lose my balance, due to the medication I take for the pain from nerve damage. At least that’s what I think is causing it because it is a documented side effect.m But I will definitely discuss it with my doctor at my next appointment on the twentieth. And I am having a lot more problems with my eyes. Reading has become next to impossible and I am thinking that a lot of it has to do with my new glasses. I had so much trouble getting the prescription right. It took them four tries to get them to where I could see distance and read. But they aren’t perfect. I’m still dealing with very watery eyes when I try to read and having to close one eye so I can focus with just one. So I guess I should go back and see if there is anything they can do. Or go some place else. Not happy about that.

I do have one very good thing that has happened to share with you. You might recall that I also am deaf. Almost completely now. I had been using some “sound amplifiers” which look like hearing aids but are a fraction of the price. They didn’t work great but they helped me get through day to day living. Then one stopped working and about a month later I lost the other one. They didn’t fit right and I think it just fell out someplace. Well, you might also remember me telling you about Buy Nothing which is an international “gift economy group.” I am now an Admin for my local group and have met a lot of people. We do this “Big Ask, Small Ask” thing each month. Members list one big thing they need and one small thing then other members try to fulfill the needs. I had posted twice about needing hearing aids and asked if someone might have some from a relative that “no longer needed them.” Nothing. Then last week I got a message from a new member that said her mother had died and she was wondering if I could use her mom’s almost new top of the line hearing aids! I jumped at the opportunity so now I have new hearing aids. They need to have new molds of my ears made so they fit right but one is almost a perfect fit and the other is good enough as is until I can find someone to do that for me and save up some money. But I can hear now! They are amazing! They’ve brightened my days and my outlook.

In any case, that’s what is going on with me. Currently I am in bed and on pain pills because I have some kind of undiagnosed pain in my leg which is excruciating. I think I might end up seeing the doctor before my next appointment if this keeps up any longer. But we’ll deal with that.

What is up with you? I’ve missed blogging and hearing about everyone’s lives. Let me know how YOU are!

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Sunday

It’s almost over but today was Sunday. It was a good day. It didn’t rain. We’ve had endless days of rain. I can’t remember when the last day was that it didn’t rain. Today was dry and a lot warmer than it has been. I think we might have reached sixty degrees. It was so nice out, with the sun shining for a part of the day that the boys got in their swim suits and played with the hose, soaking themselves and everything around them, almost as if it had rained! How ironic.

They even convinced me to take them to the park for a short time (it didn’t take a lot of convincing). The problem was that they take so long to get ready and find their dry shoes that by the time they were ready, they had wasted almost an hour and darkness was right around the corner. We went anyway. By the time we got there (only about a five minute drive) the sun had begun to set so it was starting to get a bit chilly and they had not taken jackets so they played anyway, but not for too long before they got both cold and thirsty! Off we went to run a couple of my errands which I had postponed so they would have a little bit of park time. They were very good helpers. We were picking up and dropping off items for Buy Nothing and they were able to help me by walking up to the houses and grabbing my items. It saved me from having to struggle to get out of the car and hobble along with my cane. The drop off we did together because the house is on a street where traffic goes by way faster than the speed limit so I went with them.

They earned a treat and even though it was cold by then, they chose to get a slushy drink to share! Pretty cute, huh?

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The other day, on Facebook, in one of the “Buy Nothing” type of groups, which I have mentioned previously, I shared a short story as a preface to an offer I was posting. For those that don’t know about Buy Nothing groups on Facebook, the idea is that people post their no longer needed items (some are brand new but never opened) and gift them for free to other members who reply and members can also post things that they are needing/wanting to get for free. I’m amazed at how well it works. I’ve gotten an awful lot of things totally free and I have gifted many things. However, sometimes things fall apart when members are a little less than careful. That’s what happened to me recently and I posted about it in the group as a funny thing that can happen. Then I offered the item I had accidentally ended up with. Here’s the post:

“Long post. Bear with me. This is an offer but more importantly, a gentle note about pictures posted with offers. When you take a picture to post with an item you are offering, please take an extra look at it to make sure it is representative of the item. You know what it is but will others? In December I responded to an offer for an item I thought was a bench. I thought it was perfect for my grandsons to sit on. The listing didn’t say what the item was. It just asked if anyone wanted “this” and was accompanied by a picture which I now know was not a full picture of the front of the item. She didn’t mean to fool anyone and I should have asked for specifics. She delivered and left it where I asked her to but I didn’t see this bench! It’s not a child size bench. It’s a desk! Because I have no room for it, the desk sits outside my front door, blocking the passage. I literally have no room in or outside my house. It’s my fault. But it would have helped if the picture had been a little better. So if anyone needs a DESK, I have this one. I’ll try to get better pictures in daylight.”

I figured it was funny and a “teachable moment” but one woman wasted no time in letting me know that I could have listed the desk as an offer and skipped the story. And she was rather rude about how she worded her comment. When I read her comment I was upset. She was pretty rude. My first instinct was to fire back an equally rude comment. However, that’s not really like me and I didn’t recognize her name so I figured she was a newer member (it turns out she has only been in the group for a week). I decided that I would leave it alone and if others agreed that it was unnecessary, I would delete it but I figured what was most likely to happen is that people would see her meanness and comment on that. So I bit my lip; sat on my hands; and pretty much moved away and closed Facebook entirely so I wouldn’t be tempted to respond to her comment. An hour later, I got notifications about activity on that post. I went to look. What I found was that I was right. People saw her comment as mean and snooty and let her have it. No fewer than nine people came to my defense and said the post was valuable for the lesson/reminder about both the photos that accompany items and about being more specific when we list items and when we reply to them. Yay! I didn’t have to say one word.

I learned that I should not be too thin skinned and that mean people should be left alone because no one wants to play with a mean person. In fact, several people that commented on her comment specifically said they would be reluctant to gift to her because of her attitude.

So I am trying to come around and read blogs and check in on some of my old readers that I seem to have lost track of but I also have several things I want to post. So, I will be back.

Have a great day!

Note: Today is National Word Nerd Day! Go learn a new word, play a word game, or write some of your own words!

 

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