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No thrifting today!

My friend and I have decided to postpone our thrifting trips until after the beach trip. Well, we'll be thrifting at the beach, but we always do that! I want to save what little money I have left for the trip.  He has the trip, taxes, and the possibility of a car purchase before the trip.  He wants to get a larger vehicle than the one he has for trips and such.  I love being able to take mine, but if he gets one, I won't have to worry about so many miles being added to Goontz!  

I wrote a LOT today.  I finally stopped at 4567 words! @_@; Yes, I was on a roll! I am now going to relax a bit until bedtime. I want to re-read what I wrote, too! :)


Yes, this post is going to be boring. Why? I have nothing to share.  I haven't really done much today.  I did write a ton, but other than that, nothing. OH! I did do one thing.  I have several Traveler's notebooks as you know. Well, the blue one that is actually a Traveler's company notebook has an insert that I made for the first half of the year.  I bought the set last year from them already done.  This year, I just used a blank book and created a weekly.  It's going to run out in June so I found another one of my blank notebooks (well this one is dotted) and I made the rest of the year.  I try to put one word or something in there that I am grateful for that day.  It all started when I got a generic insert in 2019 for November and December and one of the boxes was 'today's gratitude' or something to that effect.  I have continued that with the purchased inserts last year and the ones I made myself this year.  I got the rest of the year's one set up today.  It is ready to go. :)

Here is an example page:


That was a new one!

I meant to mention this last night, but I was fighting time to get a good post out so I made a note to myself to mention it tonight.  Last night, when I got home, my computer was being extremely slow. When this happens, I give it a reboot.   I did and it did the startup bong sound but the display was black.  I was freaking out. I listened and I could hear the drive working.  I kept waiting for the display to show up or the keyboard to light up but nothing.  I rebooted a few times and the same thing so I went looking for help on my phone.  Someone said they had this problem and they shone a flashlight through the apple on the back of their mac and they could see the screen loading and when it got to the password screen, they put in their password and the display came up.  Well, I tried this.  I could see the computer was booting. All I could see was the Apple logo that shows on the screen.  I watched and hoped. Before I could get to the login, something must have kicked in and my screen came back.  That was the weirdest thing. I've used Macs since 2003 and I've never seen anything like this. I am truly happy that one guy had a similar thing happen. I would have never thought to sign a light through the Apple! I guess it's a good thing this is an older Mac. The newer ones from 2015 on (I think) don't have the light-up Apple.  My computer is working fine today and has worked well all day. I won't be rebooting again until I have an issue, so I don't know if this will happen again.  If it does, I know just to wait.  Phew. That was so scary! The weird stuff that happens to me! :p

Tuesday thrifting!

My friend and I went thrifting today. I didn't think we were because he said we shouldn't because of the possible gas shortage, but I told him I wanted to go one more time and we could just put on hold future trips until our beach trip.  We went and I didn't get a lot of stuff, but I did get a  few fun things. At Salvation Army, I got a vintage photo album, a little sign, and a book. The book is The Little Seagull Handbook it's a handbook for writing that I thought would be very handy. It's still sealed in the shrink wrap. I looked it up and it retails for over $20 for this edition and I paid a whole one dollar! Whoo-hoo!

We went to the Reidsville Goodwill and I bought a case and keyboard cover for a random Macbook. I wasn't sure if it would even fit. The case does not, but the keyboard cover does.  For $3 it was worth it!   I also found a little zipper purse/passport thing.  I saw this several trips ago to this Goodwill and was going to buy it last time we were in. I didn't see it so I thought it was already gone.  I looked on the first trip in there today and didn't see it.  We went back in there after going to Mayodan and I found it.  It was meant to be mine!  The reason we went back is I passed on the Macbook cover thing because I thought it was $1.49 and it was $3.00 I decided I DID want it and I'm glad I did since the keyboard part does work!

At Mayodan, I found a cute little unicorn notebook, a Ziploc with a pack of Papermate Mirado pencils, 21 loose Ticonderoga pencils (MY FAV!), some cap erasers, a few used bigger erasers, a small one in the plastic wrap, and a box of pink big erasers. It's a 12 pack and ten are still there.  A good amount of goodies for $2.  I also got some Fiskars cutting stencils. I can use them as regular stencils for my bullet journal. I also got a little travel kit with rose-scented things.  A nice little haul. :) OH, I almost forgot! I found another pair of Homer pajama bottoms! LOL These are him with Christmas lights and it says D'oh all over them. :P

New Sak bag...

Considering that Sak is the French word for bag, that is sort of fun.  I have three Sak bags that are exactly the same. One is black, one is teal, and one is purple. I LOVE this bag. It's the one I found at the beach and like an ass, I didn't buy and then had to buy on eBay.  As you know since then I've found it in teal and purple. WELL, I was looking on eBay and found it in yellow. @_@ I love love love love yellow bags.   I found several and looked for one at a good price. I found it and I bought it last week. It came today and it's so pretty!  I love it.  I took several pictures and picked two to share.  The color looks brighter and darker depending on the light.   Here are two pictures I took:


I'd say the first is more true to the color, but I'm sure the bag would look like the second picture outside in natural light. It's very pretty and it's in excellent condition.  It's a perfect summer bag. This is the only handbag in my lifetime that I've gotten in four different colors! LOL  If I see it in a thrift store in yet another color, I'll probably buy that too. :p   The reason I like this bag so much is that the inside is big enough for everything I need to carry but isn't too big. The front has a zipper pocket which is perfect to carry my face masks. The back has a big slide pocket that fits my phone.  The inside has two small slide pockets and a zipper pocket.  It's just a great bag.  

Long day

It was a long day and I didn't really do anything.  I did write a ton though! I wrote over 4400 words! That makes up for a few lower word count days for sure. :)  I pulled out the beads and jewelry-making stuff I had before I got the box of jewelry-making stuff at Goodwill.  I combined them and got them organized. After I did that, I was looking for something else and found a Ziploc bag of bead I found at another Goodwill some time back! lol I put those in with all the stuff I had organized earlier and now I have all my beads and jewelry stuff together. :) Everything is nicely organized and I hope to start making things. There are a LOT of supplies.  I'm thinking if I didn't make jewelry, I could make some charms and things for planners and sell them on Etsy! ^_^ 

Friday and thrifting

My friend and I went for our Friday thrift trip today. We went to Reidsville, Walkertown, Mayodan, and Martinsville.  All those places and I didn't get a lot.  At the Salvation Army in Reidsville, I got a flash drive new in the package for $3. I didn't get anything at the Reidsville Goodwill.  We went to Walkertown and I found a Starbucks tumbler that I wanted. Sadly while we were in there their power went out and they would not ring up anyone. They wouldn't even do cash transactions.  It was very annoying.  We waited a bit hoping it would come back up but no.  That was frustrating.

We left there and went to the Mayodan Goodwill. I found two bags with stuff for $2 each. In between the two bags, there were craft supplies, two packages of pencils, a multi-pen, a ruler, and three loose pencils. The funniest thing is, two of the loose pencils are promo items for my bank! I thought that was pretty cool. There were also three brand new (at least I am pretty sure) Sakura gelly roll white pens! Very neat.  We went on from there to Martinsville and I only found one thing there.  I found a DayTimer planner for $1. Not a huge haul, but some good finds. At the Mayodan Goodwill, I found four Fossil bags! I didn't buy any of them. One I already had the exact same back and the other three were nice but they were not bags I would carry myself.  Yes, I could have gotten them to re-sell, but I'm a bit low on funds this month as I just had to pay taxes on my car. Yikes! I took a picture of a cute little tree at the Goodwill in Reidsville:


Grocery shopping and a treat!

I needed to go to the grocery store today and I really did not want to! I had to mail out a few things, so I figured while I was out doing that, I'd run to the grocery store and get s few things I needed.  I got my groceries and I think I remembered everything I went for! Yay!  While I was in there, I was looking at the cakes and things and decided to get myself a treat!  They have these larger cupcakes so I bought one for myself.


Let me tell you, it was delicious! I meant to pick up a few non-food items and I was going to stop at Family Dollar one the way home but I figured I'd get that another day.  None of the things I was planning on getting is an immediate need so it was okay.   I'm tired and I am hoping to be able to crash early tonight  It's been a long time since I've been able to do that and it sure would be nice.


Yeah, I know, exciting title, huh? It's been a boring day. I overslept this morning. I don't know if I turned off my Fitbit alarm and just forgot or it didn't go off, or I just slept through it. LOL!  Luckily, I was only about half an hour late, so that wasn't too bad. It threw me off all day though.  I did write, but not as much as I usually do.  I didn't leave the house either.  I was naughty and ordered from DoorDash.  It was extremely fast and very delicious! I ordered from a local Chinese place that I love called Long River.  My food was so delicious! I was going to order from the Mexican restaurant on UberEats, but the delivery fee went up so I checked on DoorDash. They don't have that restaurant, but I was able to get Chinese, so I was happy with that.  My friend doesn't like a lot of different foods, so I get these when I'm on my own.  I know, this is a very exciting post, isn't it? :p

Tuesday Thrift Trip

Sorry about the last few days and not posting.  My friend and I went on a thrift trip today. We went to Reidsville and Mayodan. No Walkertown this trip.  We hit Reidsville first and went to the Salvation Army store.  I got another weather alert radio, a grabber stick, and a little sketchbook/scrapbook.   At Goodwill, I only found one item. This:


It's a ceramic Starbucks cup from 2011 and it's 8oz.  I just happened to see it and grabbed it. I may have said, mine! out loud. :p   From there we went to the Goodwill in Mayodan.  There was a little package there last time that I wanted and didn't get. It was some hanging file folders and some other types of folders mixed in. I got that, a got a two-pack of alcohol wipes, a little case that is the perfect size for carrying DS games, a little card maker set, and some straps to keep your sheets on the bed.  The little card maker set is some blank cards, envelopes, stickers, etc. Some of it has been used, but a lot of it is still there and it was only $2 so I got it.

That was the trip, not a lot of things, but I'm always happy to add to my Starbucks collection and this cup is nice.  I love the ceramic ones as I don't have a lot of those in my collection.




So, I didn't post the last two days. Sorry about that. I meant to yesterday, but it didn't happen.  My friend and did a thrift trip yesterday. I didn't think we were because I was broke. My friend said he'd spot me if I found anything I wanted.   I agreed and we went. We went to Reidsville, Walkertown, and Mayodan.  I found a pair of Ryka shoes at the Salvation Army. I love Ryka and these looked pretty new and they were my size. They will replace my daily shoes that were also a pair of Ryka that I bought brand new at the beach in 2018.

At the Reidsville Goodwill, I found a nice Starbucks holiday mug from 2013. I'm always happy to find those.  My friend was looking in electronics and I found something.  We checked it out and it was a vintage hair dryer from Sears. It's all in one. It's a plastic case and everything is inside. The bonnet for your hair, the hose that goes to it, and the power cord. Totally compact and totally cool! It was $6." It's even got a built-in plastic carry handle. My friend said it was small enough to carry to the beach. He is right!

We went from there to Walkertown.  Last time, I saw and left a Fossil bag.  I was sort of hoping it would still be there, but it wasn't.  It was priced at $20 which is not bad for a Fossil, but I didn't have it.  I didn't have it yesterday either, but my friend said he'd spot me the money if I found another purse I wanted.  This particular Goodwill prices nicer name brand handbags are a bit more. There was an off-white or Bone as they call it Sak bag.  I debated on it and debated on it and left it. As we sat in the parking lot, my friend told me that if I wanted it, I better get it or I'd regret it. He was right. I want back and got it. I took a picture of it today:


It's lovely and I love it!  I don't think I've ever mentioned the seat covers. If I have, sorry! We found those on another thrift trip some time back at the Salvation army. The pink and black looks nice with Goontz dark interior. :)


I just typed up a post and now it's gone. I'll post it tomorrow and re-do it. I'm too frustrated right now. I had a nice long post all ready to go. I just had to do something and thought I had saved it as a draft but I didn't. Sigh.


EDIT: I just re-did the other post but I'll leave this one here.