Posting to Craigslist. Elaine update. Warm and dry.

Iris Smart Kit
Lowe’s Iris Smart Kit home monitoring and automation starter kit

I have started posting some items for sale on Craigslist; these are the “high-ticket” items that did not sell in the yard sale over the weekend. I have only a little experience with using Craigslist. I had advertised some items last year but the only response was from a scammer and I cut that off quickly. A couple of items are things I had bought for the house but never used. One is an Iris Smart Kit – a home automation and monitoring package. I bought this but before it got installed we replaced our HVAC system and the new system came with a Nexia bridge built into the thermostat, so I didn’t need the Iris system. Price new $299; I am asking $125. Here’s a link to the listing. Continue reading Posting to Craigslist. Elaine update. Warm and dry.

Motorhome sale update. Yard sale cleanup. Elaine somewhat better. Newsletter.

motorhome at Sun City RV
Our Phaeton motorhome at Sun City RV for sale

I got a call a few days ago from Sun City RV, where our 2012 Phaeton 40QTH motorhome is on consignment sale. While it has not yet sold, they reported a lot of interest in it. As of that date there had been over 240 online clicks on the listing, and over 200 of them were unique (meaning a first-time visit). There had been at least one party that had done a lot of follow-through but did not make an offer to purchase. We are hoping that with the return of many snowbirds to the Valley, interest will pick up even more and that our dear motorhome will be sold. Continue reading Motorhome sale update. Yard sale cleanup. Elaine somewhat better. Newsletter.

$91 plus. Elaine up and down.

We finished our yard sale a little early today – just after noon. I had 12-15 people stop by our sale and about half of them bought something. A couple were repeat customers from yesterday. All told, I finished the sale event with over $91 in proceeds, so it was a good sale. I estimate that about 2/3 of our stuff got sold. Some of the leftovers I will pitch, others I will store in a couple of tubs for the yard sale coming in March. However, there are four large-ticket items that I will advertise on Craigslist or similar. That will include the Iris Home Automation kit, the 36-volt golf cart battery saver, the Schlage deadbolt kit, and the tow bar to use with motorhomes. Continue reading $91 plus. Elaine up and down.

$73 plus. Elaine still down.

This was the first “official” day of my yard sale; tomorrow is the official Park-wide yard sale day for the Royal Palm Social Club. Our sale consists mostly of items cleared from our motorhome before putting it on the market, so a few days ago I let word be known to some in the RV community here in Royal Palm. As a result, I had customers coming by over the last few days – even ahead of my advertised start today. I had 6-8 customers prior to today, and 8-10 today. So far I have taken in $73 and change. Continue reading $73 plus. Elaine still down.

More yard sale stuff. Newsletter work. Gizmo eye drops.

I spent some time this morning getting out some more items for our yard sale tables. These latest ones included the Iris home automation kit I bought but never used, a Schlage remote operation deadlock I tried but did not use, and a 36-volt battery saver unit for golf carts. I bought the latter when we still had a 36-volt golf cart but we soon after bought a 48-volt golf cart so did not need it. Those three items are being offered at great discounts from their price new. I had two customers today and brought in another $4. Continue reading More yard sale stuff. Newsletter work. Gizmo eye drops.

Sweet Tomatoes. Hashtags. Making blog tweeter. Yard sale prep.

Once more out to dinner – this time to Sweet Tomatoes. We joined Larry and Kay Hale, Bill Russell, and Pete Petersen there; it is the Hales’ last night in Phoenix as they are headed home to Michigan tomorrow. We will miss them! We had never met Larry and Kay before, but have come to enjoy them very much in the few weeks they have been here. #SweetTomatoes was good; Elaine and I have not been there for a couple of years, though we have liked it in the past. They have a great salad bar, good bakery selections, and lots of dessert choices. Pete and Bill go there often enough that the staff at checkout know them by name! Continue reading Sweet Tomatoes. Hashtags. Making blog tweeter. Yard sale prep.

Taco Tuesday at Beaver Bar. Craft Tuesday. Shopping. More yard sale items.

at Beaver Bar
A gang of 18 from Royal Palm at The Beaver Bar tonight

There were eighteen of us from Royal Palm at The Beaver Bar tonight! This is the third Tuesday in a row that a group of us have gone, and the group has gotten larger each week. The Beaver Bar is not normally staffed to handle such a crowd so this week someone called in advance to let Mike Beaver know about how many were coming, and they had our tables all rearranged for us when we got there. And Mike had made sure he had enough staff to handle the load. Other than our group, there were only about 6-8 people there tonight. Part of the draw is their 99¢ Taco Tuesdays. Continue reading Taco Tuesday at Beaver Bar. Craft Tuesday. Shopping. More yard sale items.

More RV stuff out. More shed rearrangement. Pool is still cool.

I spent a couple of hours today getting RV and camping items out of the shed and into the table area where we will be having the yard sale on Friday. The new items included two folding recliner chairs and another folding chair – each in a protective sack. And from another area I got out the long-handled scrubber/squeegees, of which I had two or three. I think we now have all the RV-related items out. Continue reading More RV stuff out. More shed rearrangement. Pool is still cool.

A good day’s work. Prepping for yard sales. Housecleaning. Pool cool.

Shelves in use
The shelves are completed in our shed addition and are being put into use.

Elaine and I put in a hard day’s work this morning and while being tired from it we are also satisfied that we accomplished a lot. I started by finishing the shelves in the shed addition, then set up our two folding tables beside the house on the patio. Then, one by one, I brought out the dozen or so plastic tubs we have been storing in the shed and we went through them. Sell, pitch, or keep were the choices. We were merciless about it and did not vacillate about any items. We wanted to be done with all that “STUFF” that was hanging around! Continue reading A good day’s work. Prepping for yard sales. Housecleaning. Pool cool.

Happy Birthday, Agnes. Stamping show. Shelves.

Agnes and cake
Agnes Volk and her birthday cake. Donna Volk in upper right

Happy Birthday, Agnes Volk! She is 93 years old and a lively, wonderful person – a real asset to Royal Palm. Her daughter-in-law, Donna Volk, organized a surprise birthday party for her and invited a lot of people from the Park – there were 23 of us at North Mountain Brewing Company for dinner tonight. We all enjoyed a great dinner and then shared a birthday cake with Agnes. I don’t know how Donna did it, visiting in Agnes’s house, but she made tons of decorations for the tables and had lots more for the walls. She and husband Glen, Agnes’s son, arranged for him to take Agnes out on some pretense and they “just happened” to end up at North Mountain where we were all gathered. It was a total surprise for Agnes! Continue reading Happy Birthday, Agnes. Stamping show. Shelves.